While volunteer vacations are becoming more popular, so has the competition. This Daily Green slideshow gives you an idea of how extensive these vacations have become.
Whether you want to help build shelters in Africa or help with farming across the United States, these packages allow you to travel with your family in style and with a purpose.
There is no end to where you can go or how you can help. If you do choose to travel internationally, it is important to research the area to be sure it’s legitimate.
For the sake of this article, we’ll stay local.
In California, the Naturecorps organization has put together a number of fantastic adventure experiences that ought not to be missed. While staying in some of the states most beautiful areas, the prices are unbeatable and the time spent invaluable.
Naturecorp provides lodging and food, and in exchange, they require your services such as planting vegetation, collecting seeds of endangered fauna, or replacing invasive vegetation with plants native to the state. The idea is to restore our great national parks and help preserve them.
Children will not only learn a great deal about nature and the history of their state, but will experience the joys of giving back to the environment, contributing to society and knowing they played a part in keeping the parks clean and indigenous to their origins.
Meanwhile, these vacations offer everything you might want in a typical holiday get-a-way. A few activities they offer include hiking, mountain climbing, wine-tasting, golfing, biking, kayaking, relaxing under a giant Sequoia tree, fishing in a river creek or swimming in the ocean, all under the guidance of the professional staff.
Delicious meals and outstanding accommodations are included as part of your stay. The fees range from $500-$900 per person for the week. You’re obligation is to arrive to the location. Many families drive their own cars since the areas are often secluded and often would require a rental car.
Naturecorps offers volunteer vacations in Yosemite, Morro Bay, Sequoia National Park, Big Sur, Channel Island among other locations.
After a guided tour and instructions from a counselor, families then participate for a few hours in whatever the area needs, the main focus being on restoration. Given this takes just a few hours, the rest of the vacation time is up to how you want to spend the leisurely hours.
One of the many upsides is you are part of a volunteer team, you meet other like minded families, are located in a more protected, less crowded environment and often get to see areas that are off limits to others.
Children love to give and when exposed to volunteer work at a young age that is also fun, this will stay with them for a lifetime. As parents, what could be better than hiking the stunning trails in Big Sur while knowing your time spent is for the betterment of the community?
One does not need to fly across the world to help others when we have needs right here in our own state. Times are tough financially, so this also is a great way to save on a memorable vacation.