Enjoying beautiful sights while experiencing new cultures, taking in local history, or just sitting back and relaxing are great ways to spend family vacations. But what if you could enjoy your trip, while helping others in the process? After all, nothing feels quite as good as making a difference and putting a smile on a stranger’s face. So, let’s look at 3 great ways you can pay it forward by making your next family vacation a volunteer vacation!
3. Youth Rebuilding New Orleans
Much of New Orleans, Louisiana, remains devastated even years after Hurricane Katrina.
Youth Rebuilding New Orleans provides the opportunity for you and your family to partner with others in rebuilding homes that would otherwise be uninhabitable due to ruin or foreclosure. Teachers can then purchase the “new” homes (for about 80% of the Fair Market Value!).
Not only does this help create more appealing neighborhoods, it also generates a positive impact on New Orleans‘ education system.
USA Today claims Youth Rebuilding New Orleans is among the “10 best family volunteer vacations”.
While volunteers are often high school age and up, younger participants are allowed with appropriate supervision. So parents, bring your tweens and help rebuild a community in need!
2. Solmar Foundation
Want to get out of the good ole’ United States? Another great place to check out as a family is in Los Cabos, Mexico.
Associated with Solmar Hotels and Resorts, the Solmar Foundation hosts twice weekly bus tours for hotel guests and non-guests to volunteer in the Los Cabos region.
These tours are a great way to get kids out of the comforts of resort life and into the giving spirit. The 2 hour guided tour introduces you to a variety of community assistance locations.
One stop allows you to help meet elderly needs in a nursing home. Another stop renders the opportunity to do some work with children at an orphanage. A final stop provides the space to bring donations and volunteer in one of the community shelters.
Then, you can spend the rest of your day relaxing at one of many beautiful resorts. How much more so will you be able to enjoy the other sights and sounds of Los Cabos, knowing you played a small part in helping make the community a little better?
1. Give Kids The World Village
Located in Kissimmee, Florida, this fairy-tale inspired resort caters to children facing life-threatening diseases and their families. Volunteering at Give Kids the World Village is a great way to make a difference.
There are hundreds of shifts available here every day. Volunteer options range from helping with crafts, serving ice cream, assisting with pony rides, to (calling all performers!) fulfilling character roles.
Although seeing the smile on a child’s face is all the reward you’ll need, volunteers are also eligible for discounts at nearby Universal Studios!
While 8 years old is the minimum age to help, most volunteer opportunities here are for ages 12 and up, so just plan your trip accordingly.
Let Us Help you Pay it Forward
Here at Premier Timeshare Resale, we believe in paying it forward.
One percent of our commission on every sale (up to $5000 a year) goes to helping the Make a Wish Foundation and seeing a child’s dream come true.
Buying a timeshare resale is a great way to give back with some of these worthy charities year after year.
We are happy to help!