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Of course it failed. Who wants to pay, to go on vacation, only to have to dig, build, and whatever else in the name of helping those less fortunate.
I work with 2 orgs, one a wild animal rescue, the other a children's hospital, and both have people pay to vacation to support their causes. For the hospital, we have volunteers come from all over the world. Each year we have a 2 week event that draws 1400+ volunteers. Americans come to Ohio from nearby states as well as NC, TX, CA, and many other states. DW and I drive up from FL. Internationally we get people from all over Europe, a Nigerian, India, Japan, and China. My daughter flew in from Beijing to work eleven 8 to 12 hour days for the hospital.
At the rescue, we always have 4 - 8 Europeans who have paid about 600 / month to work 6 day weeks caring for the tigers, bears, monkeys, and other assorted critters. These people generally work 1 to 3 months with housing and food provided. Then they often go to Orlando to enjoy the giant mouse before heading home. We also have longer term interns that work 6 - 12 months, but those folks are getting college credit for degrees in biology and zoology.
And one of my DW's horse buddies is an anesthetist and uses 2 weeks of her annual vacation each year to do Doctors without Borders or Operation Smile surgeries in Central America.
It isn't for everyone, but there are lots of folks who enjoy doing something productive with their vacations.