8 Family-Friendly Volunteer Vacation Destinations You Need to Check Out
Did you have a chance to read our previous blog post: 6 Reasons Your Family Should Take a Volunteer Vacation, and now you’re in love with the idea? We totally get it! In fact, to save you some time, we put together a list of places you and your family should without a doubt check out for a little voluntourism.
Whether your family is passionate about animals, helping other families in need, or conservation of this beautiful world we live in, we have a feeling you’ll find something perfect from our favorites below. After all, we included a little bit of everything for everyone!
Have a heart to help make a difference for other families? Budget some time during your dream-come-true trip to Disney World to volunteer at Give Kids The World Village!
GKTW is a nonprofit resort dedicated to providing cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Their goal is simple – provide everything these families need to turn their trip into the vacation of a lifetime.
So, take a day or two to break free from the parks and help make this mission possible! Greet the families as they land at the airport with nothing but excitement to make their child’s dream come true. Not to mention, you can also help kids enjoy the rides, deliver food to the families, and simply enjoy putting some smiles on other people’s faces.
2. Kanab, Utah
Have a family full of animal lovers? Head on out to beautiful Utah and work with the largest no-kill animal shelter in the country—Best Friends Animal Sanctuary!
Support its mission to provide shelter and reduce the number of animals entering shelters by visiting the sanctuary. Here, you can spend a few hours a day during your vacay walking dogs, cleaning up a rabbit run, or just sitting and playing with the animals.
Talk about a great opportunity for every member of your travel tribe to interact with the furry creatures they love while working a few hours for a great cause!
3. Gulf Shores, Alabama
Take your annual family vacation to the beach and spend a morning helping out baby sea turtles!
Share the Beach welcomes hundreds of volunteers to help patrol the beach as hatchlings leave their nest and make their way into the Gulf of Mexico. What better way to learn about wildlife alongside your kids? And, best of all, you can adopt a sea turtle, then come back to witness this precious event with your favorite people.
Though it’s been nearly 13 years since Hurricane Katrina made its mark on the city, the rebuilding work continues in New Orleans.
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans provides a hands-on learning experience teaching youth construction skills, financial responsibility, and other homeownership skills by rebuilding distressed or foreclosed homes in the area. And once rebuilt, the homes are sold, for less than the appraised value, to local teachers who will help make a difference in the neighborhood.
Spend a day, or week, to take a break from the beignets, gumbo, and sightseeing in New Orleans. And, give your kids the opportunity to make a difference helping out this community!
5. Appalachia, West Virginia
Live on the east coast and looking for something a little closer to home? Join Global Volunteers and help enhance the Appalachia community!
Family volunteer projects within the community of Appalachia are plentiful during spring and summer breaks! Teach your kids to be handy by repairing broken homes. Tutor kids in the area so they can better comprehend challenging lessons. And, give your mini-mess the opportunity to help other children practice reading and express creativity!
6. California Parks
Passionate about the preservation of this beautiful land we call home? Get the whole family outside and partner with The Nature Corps.
When you take a trip to Yosemite, Morro Bay State Park, or Sequoia National Park, you can savor lessons on the value of preserving these treasures. Spend a portion of your time working on a conservation project, and the rest enjoying recreational activities like hiking, fishing, and moonlight nature walks—all while absorbing the magnificent views around you!
7. The Caribbean
If Caribbean cruises are your family’s ideal form of vacation, then Fathom might have the perfect volunteer vacation opportunity for you.
Fathom exists to connect, unite, and inspire in a world that is far too divided. Most importantly, it aims to deepen human connections by delivering deep travel experiences on Carnival Corporation ships—onshore and in the travelers’ communities.
Hop aboard Fathom and lend a helping hand in specific areas of the Dominican Republic by tutoring children, creating inexpensive water filters, and so much more.
8. Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru
Expand your volunteer vacation beyond the United States, and take your family to South America!
Open your travel tribe’s eyes to the Peruvian culture and share a bit of your own! GoEco offers families a two-week opportunity to teach English, theater, and art to children in Cusco. Take a few minutes to help them with their homework and tutor them. Then, go explore Maras and Moray archaeological sites. And, enjoy white water rafting, ziplining, and a trek through the Andes to Machu Picchu!
While these are just a few volunteer vacation destinations, the opportunities truly are endless! If you’re looking for something a little different, try researching an area you’re interested in escaping to, and you’ll find the perfect volunteer adventure for you and your family.
Can’t wait to take a volunteer vacation to Orlando, California, or New Orleans? Give your travel BFFs at Tripbound a call at 1-888-816-5214. We’ll take the stress and time of booking off your plate!
Do you have a favorite family volunteer vacation destination we missed sharing today? If so, leave us a note in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about your experience!