You Care, We Care

In January 2011, we introduced our “You Care, We Care" voluntourism program as part of our Crystal Adventures Shore Excursion Programs. Through this program, we develop "volunteer" programs where guests and crew can get directly involved in worthwhile causes in the destinations we visit; Crystal sets up all the arrangements, including transportation, and offers these opportunities for free to guests and crew sailing on most cruises. The program helps travelers give back, while also bolstering cross-cultural understanding and local economies.

Opportunities include assisting with poverty relief, education, workplace training, cultural preservation, environmental conservation, animal welfare, building/repainting homes, renovating local schools and community centers, helping improve communities’ living conditions, and general donation of love and a helping hand. Local charitable organizations we have partnered with include:

Lima, Peru ANQUIEM Burn Rehab center Arts & crafts at children's burn center
Astoria, OR Friends of Ft. Stevens Improving St. Stevens State Park
Berlin/Warnem—nde, Germany Rostock Zoological Garden Assist zookeepers in feeding the animals and maintaining their natural habitats
Cape Town, S. Africa Langa Township & Siyamphambili orphanage Assist orphans with homework, learn about local arts, crafts, & culture
Cartagena, Colombia Granitos de Paz Foundation Helping children & elderly in barrio/urban farming
Darwin, Australia Territory Wildlife Park N. Territory biodiversity/botanical garden assistance
Honolulu, HI Makapu'u Beach Native Coastal Plant Preserve Makapu'u Beach gardening & coastal plant education
Lautoka, Fiji Treasure House Orphanage Redecorating orphans' playroom
Marigot Bay, St. Maarten St. Maarten Pride Foundation Hands-on cultural & historical preservation efforts
Montevideo, Uruguay & SOS Children's Village Underprivileged children's village support activities
Durban, S. Africa
Napier, New Zealand Hakikino Conservation Reserve Conservation efforts
Puerto Vallarta, MX PEACE Organization Beach clean-up & community beautification
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil RIOVOLUNTARIO Recreational activities for children from Rio orphanage
Sitka, AK Sitka Sound Science Center Wildlife preservation via assistance with operation/maintenance of salmon hatchery or
marine-life exhibits (only facility of its kind in AK)
Sri Lanka Sarvodaya Building project (water-related) or adult education
Tallinn, Estonia Estonian Food Bank Packing and donating food