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Would You Go on a Volunteer Vacation?

Doing good never gets old. Volunteer vacations present unique opportunities to help out while visiting someplace new. They can be hard work though, so it's not all about appreciating the scenery.

These types of adventures still cost the traveler money, and while giving back is highly rewarding, money is tight these days and most of us could use some R&R. Would you go on a volunteer vacation?

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erinsugar erinsugar 8 years
I actually just got back from one.
telewyo telewyo 8 years
Maybe when I was in college and had a bunch of vacation I get so little that there is no way I would use it for working. Anyway, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities close to home that I can do on weekends without using my precious time off.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
it's something I've wanted to do for a while, just haven't been able to get it all together!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that depending on why/when and who i was going with i would definitely consider it. it's good to be able to give back and you don't always have to lay on a beach for your vacations.
julieulie julieulie 8 years
I like the idea, but at this point in my life, I wouldn't go. My husband and I each work over 80 hours/week in our respective fields, and working 6-7 days a week, every week, for years, is just exhausting. When we actually are able to take time off of work to travel, we just want to relax, not continue to work on our time off. If we actually had weekends off, though, it might be a different story.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
No, I wouldn't.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I'd definitely go, but I would probably make arrangements myself. I've found a few volunteer-vacay groups that charge $2500 for two weeks of volunteering in Central America. I feel like I could use that money to extend the volunteer time for much longer than two weeks. But the idea of helping while abroad is such a great thing. And I think anytime we can travel and see how others live, it helps us grow. So, yeah, I'm all for it!
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Sure I'd go on a volunteering vacation...but most of the time they cost just as much or more than any other vacation I'd like to go on, so that's pretty discouraging. I'd rather volunteer close to home in my community - they need just as much help around here, and I have easier access to make a larger impact.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've done a few of these and I must say, I've never had a more rewarding experience in my life. My husband and I went to Mexico with a group from our church and we sort of helped out how we could. I worked with the Lion's Club to get several hundred pairs of eyeglasses shipped there and I set up a free vision clinic to give glasses to kids and people that couldn't afford glasses. My husband helped a family build a house and helped people fix their cars and trucks. Granted, the accomodations were a little bit rustic (we stayed with my parents in a tiny little dorm-room with two bunk beds) and we only got to take 5 minute showers, but we really did have a great time. And yes, it did cost money to go, but the church that we went with raised the money needed using fundraisers and special collections so we didn't have to pay very much at all.
crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
I have been wanting to do one of these for a very long time but every time I start to look into it I get annoyed at just how expensive it really is to do this. I mean for the price of most of these I could go on a decent relaxing vacation to a resort for less. It just seems that you should get some kind of price breaks for volunteering so much time and hard work.
heatherhas heatherhas 8 years
I have to be honest. Probably not. This is a really nice thing to do, but I do physical labor during my day job, I don't just sit at a desk any more. So when I am on vacation, I want to be schedule-free.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
I've actually been thinking about doing one of those volunteer programs in small African towns. A couple of my friends have done it and the experience changed their lives. Now, if only I had the summer off from work!
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