New York City is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, which means that travelers have the opportunity to make a significant, positive impact by choosing their activities wisely. While it can be overwhelming to sift your way through the seemingly-unending options the city has to offer, the good news is that planning your itinerary can be simple if you know where to start. And that’s where Visit.org comes in.
Visit.org is the world’s leading platform for social impact travel experiences hosted by do-good orgs. They offer thousands of activities around the world, which reinvest 100% of the host revenue into a good cause. And in NYC, they have dozens of unique, immersive workshops and tours, which support everything from environmental conservation, to education, to fighting poverty, and more.
Here are some of our picks for the best Visit.org NYC experiences for a cause:
- Volunteer at a Recycling Center: Visit the Sure We Can recycling center to learn about canners, recycling, composting, and the impact of consumerism on the environment. After, be a part of the org’s pollution-fighting cause by helping to sort cans by material, brand, and size. You’ll also have a chance to learn about and participate in composting!
- Make Cocktails for a Cause: Not your average cocktail-making class, this workshop led by social enterprise restaurant PS Kitchen will not only teach you how to make traditional cocktails and their history — but revenue from the experience also goes to a great cause. The org donates all profits to charity and employs 25% of its staff through those same charities. This means your visit helps break the cycle of poverty by providing marginalized New Yorkers with a sustainable livelihood.
- Take a Holistic Cooking Class: Fun for those new to the kitchen as well as seasoned veterans, this cooking class teaches you how to make tasty, healthy food based on the Ayurveda tradition. Ayurveda is an ancient holistic medicinal approach that emphasizes balance. Not only will you learn a new form of cooking, but you will also help support the host org’s cause to make holistic educational and social programming accessible to everyone.
- Discover NYC Off the Beaten Path: Experience Alphabet City like never before! On this unique historical tour, you will learn about the East Village’s radical roots. On top of supporting the host org’s mission to reclaim urban spaces with greenery, you will get to visit and learn about legendary sites where the community faced off against gentrification and financial power. These include the park where both the Hare Krishna movement and Occupy Wall Street were born, Christodora House, Tompkins Square Park, and more. Custom tours are also available!
For even more NYC activities that give back to the community, check out Visit.org’s New York page.