Looking for new things to do on your family vacation? Consider a volunteer vacation this year. Serving together provides a positive way for family members to spend quality time with one another, brings parents and children closer by inspiring important conversations about values, attitudes and beliefs, and offers the gift of intergenerational connections.
Volunteer Vacations can take many forms and be very rewarding. Not only is there a sense of accomplishment in ‘giving back' to the community you are visiting, but it provides an opportunity to learn the local culture on a deeper level. So how do you go about planning a volunteer vacation? Your local church or religious organization may have connections in the area you are planning to visit and can provide some referrals. Next consider how you and your family would like to volunteer – helping the homeless, children and families, animals? Once you narrow your search, you can find local organizations that need your help. If you are interested in the full volunteer vacation experience, we recommend these options:
I also recommend that you start small – try a local outing first for a few days. Then graduate up to one of the three domestic recommendations above. After that, you'll be ready for the big time – international destinations for longer periods. You and your family will be amazed at how rewarding a Volunteer Vacation can be! So book your trip and enjoy family bonding time while making a difference in the lives of others.