discover-corps-vacations-with-purpose

Discover Corps

About

Discover Corps is a new way to travel. Our authentic, off the beaten track itineraries plug travelers into the daily lives of local people.

Our team of local Program Hosts gives you unparalleled access to the lives of people and the stories of places in our host countries. Since our average group size is 8-10 travelers, you can have experiences that big tours can’t. And because you’re traveling with us, we can ensure you’ll have a safe and seamless volunteer travel experience.

Whether it's learning to cook a regional delicacy, helping out at the village school, or sharing stories over cocktails with a local artist or activist, our trips across Asia, Africa and Latin America are vacations with purpose.

Visit our website to learn more about these unique 8, 10 & 14-day trips.

Headquarters

10509 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
United States

Reviews

Default avatar
Barbara
10/10

The Sea Turtle Initiative trip with Discover Corps was wonderful. EVERYTHING, from meals to transportation, was taken of as advertised. The guide/interpreter was personable and knowledgable about the culture and country. The diversity of backgrounds of the other volunteers and researchers with Turtle Trax made for interesting conversations. I was able to help with moving sea turtle nests, releasing hatchlings, and beach clean up. The night beach patrols were amazing--the stars above, sound of the surf, and walking in the sand were very calming.
I knew some about problems sea turtles face, but this trip changed my view of how to help & I highly recommend this experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Daniel
10/10

The experience of volunteering in the community while staying with a local knowledgeable guide who is well connected in the community is priceless and totally unforgettable. I highly recommend it to any family or group of friends that want to have an experience of a lifetime. You’ll meet new lifetime friends and make a difference in kids lives. Excursions to various points of interest were thoughtful and well managed. Bring your hiking boots have a fantastic time!

Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Dan
10/10

I went with my 2 teenager children and my mom for an 8 day trip to Cuba that included 2018 New Years. We had an incredible experience from start to finish and highly recommend this trip. It was great having a private driver, a comfortable, air conditioned vehicle and a tour guide with us virtually the entire time that could answer questions for us and show us around. We usually take trips on our own, so this was a very different experience and we loved it. We were very happy with the level of support we received from the tour operator and their itinerary for us. What an amazing memorable trip.

Yes, I recommend this program
Gary
10/10

This trip was a very fine experience. The guide and fellow travelers were wonderful to share experiencing Costa Rica with. We saw a wide variety of plant and animal wildlife at several national parks and an wildlife rescue center. The local people were very nice as we interacted with them in two volunteer experiences. This was my second trip with Discover Corps in Costa Rica and I would go again.

Yes, I recommend this program
Default avatar
Gretchen
10/10

After 300+ days on the road during an around-the-world trip with my 2 sons, we decided to end our journey with the Thai Elephant Conservation Expedition with Discover Corps. Having taken a DC trip before, we knew the quality would be good, the locations beautiful and the food amazing. We were not let down!

Everything was thought of, from the time we arrived. Our guides (Joon, Mai and Prae) even had extra bottled water for us so we wouldn't get dehydrated (since you sweat a LOT in Thailand). They also asked us every day if we needed anything. They were so nice and cared about giving us the best experience.

We visited the beautiful temples of Chiang Mai and the surrounding area, went to places not on the normal tourist track (Elephant Parade HQ, elephant hospital) and also got to see the efforts to help elephant conservation both in the public and private sector. Our day at the elephant nursery was hands down the best day of our around the world trip. We also enjoyed our time at the Thai Elephant home camp. Seeing these creatures every day in an up close and personal way was a memory I will never forget.

I also feel like we got to know real Thai people and we definitely learned a lot about the Thai way of life and the many small tribes of hill people in northern Thailand.

Not only did we get to see and interact with the elephants, but there were things for thrill-seekers on this trip as well! We rafted in the Mae Taeng River and did a 35 point zip-line/ropes course! These trips were outstanding for their natural beauty, care and safety of the passengers, and general helpfulness of the guides.

All in all it was an amazing experience and I feel like I have friends in Thailand. I hope they visit us someday in America so I can repay their kindness and show them our country.

How can this program be improved?
There is nothing we could think of that could have improved this program, other than having our own pet elephant!
Yes, I recommend this program

Programs