On September 18th, 2017, Hurricane Maria passed directly over the Caribbean Island of Dominica. Regarded as a Category 5 storm, this natural disaster left destruction in its wake. Wind speeds were up to 160 MPH, and there were well over a dozen storm-related deaths that occurred as a result of the tragedy.
But disaster relief efforts have come in full swing, helping build the island back up to what it once was. Non-profit organizations, like the Red Cross, are doing their part to help Islanders and their families get back on their feet by fixing the heavily damaged hospitals, stores, and home buildings. Slowly, slowly, the island is pulling itself back to its former beauty.
But many traveling agencies and disaster relief programs are now advertising a new kind of vacation that can help Dominica and other islands affected by the hurricane. Several of these Caribbean Islands, including Dominica, have volunteering options for short-term and long-term visitors. That means that you can help build houses or patch up hospitals while you get your much-needed vacation in.
There are different levels of volunteers, and depending on how much time you can commit, you can tackle a big or small project with the help of a volunteer supervisor and team. With this kind of vacation, you can rest assured that you’re making a positive impact on the island while you’re also getting your rest.
If you don’t want to get your hands dirty, there are also other ways that travelers and vacationers to the island can help with the rebuilding programs. Donations help tremendously in these events, and sponsoring a project, like providing new electrical units to a school, can make a lasting beneficial impression on the island.
So, next time you’re looking to head to sandy beaches and pristine waters, consider going to an island in need, like Dominica. These vacations are fun, fulfilling, and most importantly, furthering the restoration of the beautiful islands.