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Design a Volunteer Vacation You'll Love

Interested in getting away from the grind while helping others? You're not alone! The volunteer tourism industry has reached $2 billion and it continues to grow. Join the trend—and maximize your time off—with these tips:

Choose a trip that aligns with your values. Whether it's renovating classrooms in Kenya or saving sea turtles, select a trip that gives your family a sense of accomplishment in a region you want to explore.

Set your budget. Most volunteer vacations require participants to pay travel expenses and room and board. But you'll save money compared to an all-inclusive resort—especially if you share a room with another vacationer. If funds are tight, do your research because you could find volunteer opportunities that pay a small stipend to offset expenses.

Start small. Consider one-day volunteer opportunities as part of a longer stay. At Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida, you can volunteer for three-hour shifts at the nonprofit resort, which serves terminally ill children, and spend the rest of your time enjoying Orlando's theme parks and nightlife.

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