"7 Reasons to Volunteer on Your Next Vacation"

Article by Claire Volkman from U.S.News - Sep 23, 2015

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"Travel can offer rewarding, life-changing and humbling experiences. Exploring an unfamiliar environment can open your eyes to a world you never thought existed, teach you important lessons and introduce you to people who will heighten your perspective and understanding of a place and its culture. This kind of experience is unlikely to be found on the beaches of five-star resorts or in big group tours, however. For a more meaningful adventure, consider lending a hand on your next vacation.

Lucky for you, the concept of volunteerism (volunteer tourism) has rapidly grown over the years, with more travelers looking for more hands-on and enriching travel experiences. Whether you're a seasoned volunteer or brand new to the concept, here are seven big reasons to give back on your next trip.

Because You'll Experience Life Like a Local

Unlike a tour group or a prepackaged vacation, volunteering will give you the chance to understand the local perspective. You'll skip the typical tourist activities to pursue more rewarding interactions with real locals every day. You'll also get a taste of the local flavor, with home-cooked meals from your host to thank you for your help. ..."

 

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