Are you thinking about what to do for your next vacation—and wondering how to squeeze the most out of it while having a lasting impact? Try incorporating some community improvement!
Whether you’re visiting far off locales or taking a needed staycation near home, there are fun and meaningful ways to do good during your down time.
If you want a new adventure in a new place while promoting peace, Global Citizen Network (GCN) or Cross-Cultural Solutions may be right for you. These organizations partner with indigenous communities in Africa, Asia and Central and South America to immerse volunteers in native cultures. You’ll expand your cultural awareness and promote peace while enhancing the quality of life for others. You can also visit tribes in Minnesota and Washington through GCN.
Do you prefer to explore the sea, learn about its creatures and help protect its variety? Try a volunteer vacation with the Oceanic Society. You’ll be able to dive right in with no prior research experience. Volunteers get to swim alongside biologists, collecting valuable data on marine species and habitats.
Head outside to help
Youth volunteers are the “core” of the Corps Network, which engages young people in environmental and community service projects across the U.S. It’s a direct descendant of the Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps. The comprehensive programs include job training, academic programming, leadership skills and support.
Is there a national park near you? If so, there’s an easy way to help. The National Park Service relies on people like you to preserve our nation’s natural treasures. Kids can join the fun too, including one program strictly for ages 15-18.
Keep close to home
If you opt for a staycation this year, there are plenty of ways to have a big impact in your community:
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Ready to volunteer now? Find a service opportunity near you with Create the Good.
Help your neighbors stay cool during times of extreme heat by checking on your community members and offering to drive them to an air-conditioned location.
Wherever you go, make the most of your trip by planning ahead—and consider transforming a community with voluntourism.