Lemon Tree Tours will offer tour packages that pair adventure with health oriented volunteer projects and/or clinical placements. The goal is to make it easy for anyone to volunteer in a setting that is suited to his or her interests, comfort level, and price range.
Lemon Tree Tours believes that voluntourism provides the richest travel experience possible. Through volunteering the traveler is able to immerse his or her self into a culture and become part of a true cultural exchange. The local community is an equal participant in the exchange, playing the role of participant/educator, not recipient/student.
Before volunteers can begin to understand the needs of the community, they need to learn about the history, culture, language, and environment of the community, which they will do through sightseeing and instruction by community members.
All projects will operate under the guiding principal of “Do No Harm”. In order to meet this criterion, all projects must be sustainable and developed with the guidance of the community. Projects will focus on at least one of the following aspects of health care: health promotion, prevention, screening, curative treatment when possible, and connection with available local resources for chronic conditions. Prevention may include non-medical activities, such as developing a clean water source, stable food source, that contribute to community health.