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Teen And Family Volunteer Opportunities

From community service such as building homes to volunteering for environmental projects, travelers are looking for ways to give back, and the trend known as voluntourism gives them a unique opportunity to do so. The concept of mixing volunteer activities with seeing the world dates back several centuries to the work of missionaries and took hold in the 1960s with the development of...

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An Orlando Village Gives Kids The World

Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Florida that provides a special vacation home for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides 168 fully-furnished villas at its resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and...

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Vounteer Vacations Where Going Away Means Giving Back

Interest in volunteer vacations has grown as travelers seeking a local experience realize their presence affects a destination -– for better (creating jobs) or worse (degrading the environment). Because it’s hard to get the balance right, the best volunteer programs encourage responsible travel that emphasizes respect, cross-cultural exchange and sustainable development. The Value of Volunteering The...

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Volunteer Vacations Make Universal Orlando Vacation Super Special

If your family is yearning to explore every fantasy the Orlando themeparks have to offer, when you'd prefer that the kids were more focused on helping others, consider a volunteer vacation.  Now you can mashup the hotel, Spider Man, Hogwarts Castle and more fun places to play at Universal Orlando Resort with...

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Mixing Fun and Volunteering on a Fathom Cruise

The recently created Fathom Cruises, a division of the mammoth Carnival Cruise Line, offers a kind of social good cruise unprecedented in the industry. For the inaugural Dominican Republic itinerary, that translates to two days cruising from Miami each way, and three days docked at Amber Cove to give back to the Puerto Plata community. The concept is to combine travel with “social impact,” providing...

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8 Essential Dos and Don’ts While Volunteering in Kenya With Your Family

Immersing in humanitarian work in Kenya is a brilliant way to learn about the cultural nuances of this region and explore the wilderness at the same time. However, one must keep a note of a few important travel etiquettes to avoid calling for trouble. During my recent volunteer stint in Nairobi i learnt from our local guide some really important tips and tricks to make a healthy and safe sojourn. So,...

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Sharing, Giving Back, and Making Memories with an Impact

There’s something about Spring as a season of renewal that makes us think about the sustainability of travel, and how long we can enjoy the planet as we do without pausing to give something back. With Spring comes Earth Day, a time (hopefully more than one day) when the travel industry focuses on protecting the environment at some of our favorite places. And then there are companies who think...

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Iberostar Playa Mita Resort On Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit

Recently, on a press trip for the grand opening of the Iberostar Playa Mita, the company's newest hotel in Mexico and its first property on the Pacific at Riviera Nayarit, I enjoyed watching toddlers, kids, and their parents splashing in the infinity pool and building sand castles. It's...

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Bringing the World to Your Kids at Project World School

When we first heard about Project World School, we knew it was an intriguing concept and enriching travel opportunity that our frequent traveling families would want to explore. In this interview, co-founder Lainie Liberti and her son, Miro Siegel, share their story and how other families can participate in their “worldschooling” experiment on a Project World School retreat.What...

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Studying abroad in high school

For those of you looking for a study abroad program for your teen, go with SPI Study Abroad:Both of my kids have studied abroad with SPI (in Costa Rica and in Italy) and loved it. I felt very comfortable with the level of supervision...

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