Here’s another type of travel to consider: volunteer trips for families.
I haven’t done this with my family, yet. I know I will when they are older. Some of my favorite bonding memories with my friends are those where we volunteered with an organization for something greater than us. I can’t wait to bond in this type of meaningful way with my kids.
This isn’t something, when the time comes, that I will go into half-heartedly. I imagine hours upon hours of researching the right fit.
In the meantime, I want to do things a little differently with this post.
First, I want to ask if anyone reading this has any experience with a volunteer trip – domestic or international. If so, please leave your thoughts in the comments, or shoot me an email.
Second, here are a list of resources I’ve found online. I will update this list and this post as I learn more about it.
Resources for Family Volunteer Trips
- International Volunteer Program Association: Includes a list of member organizations as well as a lot of information for people interested in volunteering.
- Global Citizens Network: Offers information about volunteer and plans scheduled or custom trips for independent travelers, groups, or families.
- The Great Projects: Provides volunteer projects focused on wildlife around the world.
- Outreach 360: Started in orphanages, but has branched out to include empowering children in poverty-stricken areas.
- Me To We: Focuses on volunteer trips that provide the sustainable community development.
- Give Kids the World: This Orlando-based company helps children with life-threatening illnesses make their wishes come true. Volunteers have to be at least 12 years old.
For more articles about family volunteering
- USA Today lists the 10 Best Family Volunteer Travel Vacations
- New York Times discusses some of the things families should discuss before embarking on a volunteer trip.
On another note
I have loved doing this A-to-Z challenge. It’s been fun writing new posts almost daily, and meeting so many travel bloggers. I can’t believe we’re already at V! Only 4 more (very difficult) letters to go. I’m not ready to stop these daily, themed posts. In the month of May I’m going to write a new post every week-day about an attraction (museum, park, anything) that our family has visited. I’ve wanted to write about these anyway, and this is a good time to do it. If this is something that interests you, please join me! I hope you stick around for those posts – and I’m sure I’ll still check out a lot of your blogs in the future.
A funny thing, my A-to-Z spotlight blog of the day, the Traveling Suitcase, is also going to continue the A-Z challenge in May. Let’s see if we can get a group of travel bloggers doing the same! In the meantime, check out their blog!