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Thursday, April 17, 2014

8 Volunteer Vacations for Your Family

Family members can immerse themselves in a different culture
on a volunteer vacation with Cross Cultural Solutions.
Families across the nation are embracing a new type of vacation for their families.  It's called a "Volunteer Vacation."  Rather than taking a trip filled with rest and relaxation this summer, have your family do things a little differently by using that break to serve others.

Take a look a these opportunities, and see if one is right for your family.

Volunteers work closely with locals to address their needs while also engaging in other experiences and excursions that allow the volunteer to truly experience that culture. 
Locations: Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Morocco, Tanzania, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Brazil
Ages: 8+

Your family could be involved in home repair, assisting the elderly, building ramps for the disabled, lawn care, preparing for an event, or simply sharing in conversation.
Locations: Appalachia, New Orleans, Mexico
Ages: 5+ or 12+

Your family can help a community by refurbishing buildings, installing irrigation systems, or working with local artisans. 
Location: Africa, Asia, Latin America, US/Canada
Ages: All

Habitat extends its arm to those in need overseas as well as right here in Louisville. 
Locations: U.S., Central America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Caribbean
Ages: 16+

Your family can join researchers in studying and observing dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.
Location: Belize 

In this environment, your family might participate in education, athletic, or construction activities, or help with medical clinics along with distributing shoes to individuals. 
Locations: Haiti, Costa Rica, Honduras, India, Jamaica, and Tanzania.
Ages: 10+

Your work could be restoring a Malaysian rainforest, identifying and tracking elephants, releasing baby turtles into the wild, or one of many other experiences. 
Locations: Sri Lanka, Borneo, South Africa, Amazon/Peru, Finland, Namibia, India
Ages: 9+

A trip with this organization could include hand pump repair and/or building a mini water purification plant (including training and equipping locals to run and repair it), along with health and hygiene classes and vision clinics.
Locations: Worldwide, including India, Kenya, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Ethiopia, and Ghana.
Ages: 16+

— Contributed by Meredith Ball, parent writer, Today's Family.


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