Volunteer Opportunities…

Travelling is amazing and it seems like everyone wants to do more of it. If you’re budget is tight or you just can’t justify the time away, why not create a less expensive but more meaningful experience?

There is nothing wrong with staying in a hotel and checking out all of the tourist hotspots but you can’t really discover the depth of a city that way. When you volunteer, whether it is just in another city or on the other side of the world, you get the true experience of being a local.

Volunteer hosts invite you into their homes and show you what it really means to be a local there. You can get off the beaten path and learn some amazing skills. If you’ve always thought that you’d have a vineyard when you retire, why not work on one for a few days?

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) has opportunities across the globe from Bolivia to Zimbabwe. You can make everything from compost to wine. They offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet people from around the world and see things that you would never see as a tourist. You can exchange a bit of your time for free accommodation and meals.

If that seems a bit too physically demanding, check out WorkAway or HelpX. You can volunteer at a hotel, school, or even a cruise ship. There is a dizzying array of options so there is definitely something that will pique your interest.

It’s great to throw your change into a donation box but your time is even more valuable. You don’t need to travel far or devote weeks of your time. You can have a life-changing experience over the weekend. It is an amazing way to broaden your horizons while making a real difference in the world.

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