Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Raising a compassionate child starts with parents leading by example. However, acts of kindness do not have to be an individual effort. Working as a family on a community service project is not only a great way to help others, but also a way to bond as a family. I know that many of us work on community service projects as a family, doing things like working in soup kitchens, visiting nursing homes, beautification projects and more. But have you considered taking those efforts on the road? There are many ways to incorporate volunteerism or giving back into your family travels.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to give back, or any money in some instances. Often times, the only cost is your time – the most valuable commodity of all.

Giving Back to the Community while Traveling

Have you heard the term voluntourism before? It is defined by the act of giving back to the places you travel. More and more people are looking for ways to combine volunteering efforts with scheduled holiday trips. Giving back to the community while traveling is guaranteed to enhance your itinerary and manifest lasting memories. Have you or a family member vacationed with the sole intention to give back to the community?

We’re having a great conversation about giving back to the community over in the Family Travel Talk Forum by Residence Inn on Facebook. I hope you’ll stop by and join the conversation. If you’re not already a member of the forum, just ask for an invite and we’ll get you added right away.

In what ways does your family give back to the community while traveling or at home?

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  1. Sandra VanHoey says

    Our family makes donations to many organizations. We are also teaching the grandkids to help others whenever possible. No good deed is ever to small. It’s great seeing a smiling face in return

    • Sandra VanHoey says

      We had not heard of this before but another great way for our children to learn and help out other communities

  2. says

    I’m a big believer in being a gracious guest and always leaving the community you visit a better place either through a donation to a local charity or volunteering your time. Great post.

  3. saminder gumer says

    i usually take a trip where i like to just go to volunteer and enjoy the people and culture. i don’t always volunteer where i travel, but this is a great idea. thanks.

  4. says

    I love the idea of volunteerism! I have seen a few programs like this but they usually cost more than a real vacation so we haven’t found one we can afford yet.

  5. Tammy S says

    What a great way to give back and learn about people and their culture. I love it! Thanks for the great info.

  6. says

    When I was in college, I went on an “alternate” spring break where we went to Philly and basically volunteered at various different amazing organizations. It was both an eye opener and an unbelievable learning experience. It was one of the best and most impressionable things I’ve ever done. I think it’s a great idea for families too!

  7. says

    I have never heard of this either, but I think it is wonderful. My kids are donating their time and efforts during lent and giving monies earned to those in need. We are starting with the small things and hopefully this will inspire them to do more.

  8. says

    There are some ecological trips which I feel would tie into this voluntourism really well. I’m seriously considering some of the animal related trips.

  9. says

    I enjoyed your article on Volunteering in the Community (while traveling). I had never heard of “voluntourism” until now. The concept is great and I’m sure it will help many people.

  10. says

    I love the idea of traveling and giving back to others in the process. I know when I visited Jamaica I wanted to stay and help every wonderful person I met.

  11. Christina says

    I love the idea of volunteer work traveling. I have visited 46 countries and was a Peace Corps volunteer during my travels. I loved volunteering at orphanages along the way.

  12. M.Clark says

    This is such a great idea, volunteering is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. You should always be prepared to give back to the community wherever you go. Thank you for sharing this post.

  13. says

    What a great idea! We have never done this before, but I really want to work it into our next vacation. Great thing to teach/pass on to our kids as well.

  14. Julie Wood says

    What a great way to give back when traveling. I never thought about this concept and would love to do this with my family, and find ways to give back when traveling.

  15. says

    I haven’t heard of voluntourism before, but I think I’ve seen it in action. In high school we had a May Term, the last 2 weeks before school was officially over for the year, and my roommate junior year went on a Habitat for Humanity trip for her May Term class. Definitely sounds like a cool idea, and I’ll have to check out more of the conversation!

  16. says

    What a great idea – voluntourism! I love the idea of giving back whilst traveling and when my future trips are longer than business hopefully I’ll be able to give back

    Added you on Twitter so I can read more great tips!

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