Give Back While Getting Away With These Amazing Volunteer Vacations

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This time of year, we focus on how grateful we are. What better way to express our gratitude than giving back to our global communities? With these volunteer vacations, you can lend a hand by day and enjoy everything your destination has to offer by night.

TravelAwaits ~ American Hiking Society
If you love the outdoors, nature, and outdoor recreation, then here is your chance to give back by helping build and maintain trails across the country with the American Hiking Society (AHS). Each year, AHS organizes dozens of volunteer vacations to some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever see. It’s your chance to give back to the trails you love while meeting interesting people, experiencing wildlife, and making new lifelong friends.

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Each vacation consists of six to 15 volunteers plus a trained crew leader who will teach you the skills you need to know. Volunteers will either do day hikes or backpack to the work area. Accommodations range from primitive tent camping to cabins and bunkhouses and all tools are provided. Meals are included in your registration fee.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
If you are an animal lover, then this one’s for you. What started as a small sanctuary for homeless animals in Kanab, Utah, is now the nation’s largest such haven. The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary provides shelter for homeless animals, adoption and spay and neutering programs, as well as educational programs not only in Utah but across the country.

The volunteer experience at the Best Friends Sanctuary can include providing animals with enrichment and encouragement through car rides and playing, taking the animals for a walk, preparing and serving the animals meals, and helping with the upkeep of the grounds. And you don’t have to go to Utah to volunteer. Best Friends has regional facilities in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, Houston, and Arkansas.

See Turtles
One of the most wondrous sights in nature is to see literally hundreds of baby sea turtles poke their head out of a sandy ocean shoreline and race for the crashing waves. You would think that nature would give these youngsters all they need to survive from nest to sea, but predators — including humans — make their journey perilous. See Turtles is an organization that offers volunteer vacations to those who are interested in saving these incredible creatures in places like Costa Rica and Belize, but its focus isn’t only on sea turtles.

Volunteers spend a week assisting scientists and researchers in their study of turtles, dolphins, and even manatees, with profits from each trip going to protect over 500 hatchlings along a turtle nesting beach. Your registration fee includes in-country transportation, meals, lodging, after-work activities, and airport pick-up and drop-off.” ~ TravelAwaits

Click the link below for the rest of the list of amazing volunteer vacations.

Source: Giving Back While Getting Away — 6 Amazing Volunteer Vacations – TravelAwaits

**Please note: Due to the impact of COVID-19 on travel, we encourage people to always plan trips in accordance with the guidance provided by government and health officials.

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