- Figure out your cause. Passionate about animals or the environment? Education or children's issues? Something else entirely? No matter the area in which you'd most like to make a difference, research an opportunity that fits it. You'll end up more satisfied if you are working for a true passion rather than picking based on a destination desire. Your duty there is to help, not to rest and relax, so do your homework for a volunteer vacation that fits your interests and location needs!
Learn two more considerations when you read on.
- Figure out your budget. Despite the word "volunteer," these vacations usually cost you some money. Finding a reputable volunteer vacation company (like Global Volunteers) is key — remember higher fees may mean more security and comfort in high-risk areas. As an added benefit, part of your program fees and travel expenses are tax-deductible and should go toward the organization you're helping out.
- Figure out a plan. A good resource for finding opportunities in a predetermined destination is the Volunteer Abroad section of the Transitions Abroad portal for worldwide options. It describes causes and provides tips for affordable housing if you'd like to add a volunteering portion to your regular trip, too.