27 Nov Take a Vacation and Change the World
One of the hottest travel trends in 2020 is volunteer vacation. If you are one of the thousands who want to make a positive difference and make your vacation more meaningful or a parent who wants to instill caring and empathy toward others in your children, you have many wonderful opportunities. From taking care of animals to helping special needs children, there is a volunteer vacation experience just right for you.
Start With a Spirit of Giving
If your trip involves an airline flight, hotel stay, or car rental, you can begin making a difference when you make your reservations. By taking advantage of coupons on websites like Goodsearch and We Care, you not only save on your reservations, but a portion of the proceeds goes to charity at no cost to you. It’s an easy and painless way to start your volunteer vacation with the spirit of giving.
Choose Where to Go and What to Do
Whether you are on your own or with your family, you can find a rewarding volunteer opportunity that leaves lasting memories. Look at some of these rewarding examples of volunteer vacation opportunities in the United States and around the world.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
If you love animals, volunteering at the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States offers an unprecedented experience. Single volunteers and families are welcome to the sanctuary located in the scenic red rock country of Kanab, Utah. Volunteers do everything from cleaning pet areas to walking dogs to socializing shy cats.
Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs
Many special needs organizations, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Easter Seals, and Ronald McDonald Charities, offer summer camps for the children they serve. Camps give children and their parents a welcome respite from the constant stress and worry of visiting doctors and undergoing treatments. Volunteer opportunities at summer camps are plentiful and typically include training, so almost anyone can apply. If you are looking for a way to help brighten the lives of special needs children, there couldn’t be a better choice.
Making a Difference Around the Globe
Global volunteer opportunities encompass a wide range of time expenditures and activities. Volunteers serve members of a community and work on local projects to improve the lives of the people who live there. Some of the activities include tutoring, teaching proper hygiene, planting and maintaining crops, teaching English, and building and maintaining community buildings. The nonprofit Global Volunteers organization provides a wealth of information and services to help you find and participate in the volunteer program that fits your skills and abilities.
Volunteer for a Day
If your family vacation destination is a Florida theme park, consider taking one day to volunteer at giving Kids the World Village. Located in Kissimmee, Florida, the storybook themed resort is designed for children who are battling disease or disabilities and their families. Volunteers serve one or more days. Activities include assisting with pony rides, serving ice cream, and running carnival rides.