Exploring a new place and enjoying the weather can be real fun after months of working hard at the desk. For many people, traveling is a great way to rejuvenate the mind and unwind the body. However, have you considered the idea of traveling with a purpose? In this post, we will talk of some amazing things regarding volunteer vacation, which is getting popular by the day, especially with frequent travelers.
What’s volunteer vacation?
The whole concept of volunteer vacation is also known to many as ‘voluntourism’. It is all about traveling to a new destination and working for the local communities in some form or the other. You can choose to volunteer in Costa Rica sports or opt to teach English to children in Thailand- the choice are many. There are also other options like working for wildlife conservation and cleaning local areas, depending on the region and project. Frequent travelers often choose voluntourism because of the amazing purpose it adds to vacations. Instead of just enjoying the culture and weather, you get to do something more for the local people, which can be rewarding for your soul and helpful for those in need.
Taking the right steps
Before you decide on such a vacation, there are a few things to be understood. Firstly, such travel trips are going to be different from regular vacations. Don’t expect high end hotels and services. There are many companies and organizations that arrange for volunteer programs abroad in a number of places, and most of the services and facilities are very basic. You will be sharing the spaces and accommodation with other volunteers, which will help in meeting likeminded people, while the food will be very basic, with a fixed menu. Of course, a lot of these things depend on the actual price charged, but for those on a short budget, going for a smaller priced trip is better.
Things to decide
First and foremost, you need to decide on the kind of trip that interests you. Try to understand the destination, the common problems that you may have to face with regards to stay and weather and other costs that may not be included in the package. Volunteering work is about giving back to the community, and therefore, having pleasure in the work is important. The good thing is you don’t need to spend a massive amount on the project, and there is no need for specific skill set, unless and otherwise mentioned. If you are unsure whether you are going to enjoy the project, just pick a trip for a smaller duration of two weeks. In case you end up liking the experience, there is always the choice of extending the weeks.
Finally, don’t miss on checking the flexibility offered by the trip. Apart from the volunteering work, you would also need time to travel and explore the local places, so the work schedules shouldn’t be too watertight. With a few things in consideration, your next vacation can be meaningful in many ways. Take a shot!