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Make an impact abroad

Want to make an impact while on holiday? Here is a quick guide to environmentally friendly, socially responsible travel.

  • Use spare luggage space: Wherever you go in the world, check out Pack For A Purpose at www.packforapurpose.org to see how you can make the best use of spare space in your suitcase. If you are going to Istanbul, for instance, you could drop off some crayons and pencil-sharpeners at a rallying point that sends them to a school in eastern Turkey.
  • Volunteer your brains and computer skills: www.sparked.com lets you lend your professional expertise to philanthropic efforts around the world. Get in touch with the local Habitat For Humanity, or spend a Sunday morning helping to build or renovate a house.
  • Choose your destination: Responsible Travel at www.responsibletravel.com lists two- to four-day trips that offer a chance to help rescued chimps in Spain, watch over wildlife in Portugal or restore paths in Britain's beautiful New Forest.