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Tips, ideas and resources for families planning a volunteer vacation abroad.




How Multigenerational Travel Helps Families Connect

Posted by on September 9, 2015 · 2 Comments  

Grandparents Day is just around the corner (September 13), and a growing body of evidence confirms the rising incidence and influence of multigenerational travel.

My thoughts turn to August 2013, when I joined my parents, two siblings, brother-in-law, niece and nephew, wife and two young children on a group journey to northern Israel.

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Traveling With Different Needs (and Speeds)

Like most multigenerational travel endeavors, the reasons for our trip were as diverse as the people present. For my mother, the project’s real engine, the goal was to share a gift-from-beyond-the-grave inheritance. She wanted to behold with her own eyes and set her feet on land her father had secretly purchased, sight unseen, decades before. The title had finally been placed in my mother’s name after considerable effort hacking through bureaucracy.

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Traveler Spotlight: The Testarmatas on Family Volunteer Vacations

Posted by on August 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

When Ann Marie Testarmata first started researching summer travel experiences for her daughter, she hadn’t expected it to become a family affair. But once she stumbled upon Discover Corps’ Volunteer Vacation offerings, she realized that a family trip would be even more special.

Ann Marie and her daughters, Vika (now 18) and Ira (14), spent nine days in the Dominican Republic with Discover Corps’ “Heart and Soul of the Caribbean.” (At the time, Vika and Ira were 15 and 12, respectively.)

Allow us to introduce you to Ann Marie, Vika and Ira, who generously shared their memories of their experiences in the Dominican Republic with Discover Corps.

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How You Can Volunteer with Children Abroad

Posted by on July 21, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Kids understand kindness. Even those born into difficult circumstances possess an appreciation for our world and an innocence that can be incredibly uplifting.

If you love kids — whether you have your own or just enjoy spending time with the offspring of others — then volunteering with children is a great way to make a difference.

Teaching is the most popular option; helping out in a classroom gives you the opportunity to develop meaningful connections with young people. By volunteering at schools, you can help communities that lack the funds to hire enough teachers, purchase the proper supplies, and provide the individualized attention children need.

Here at Discover Corps, we love kids and believe our volunteers can have a positive impact on their lives. We offer you the opportunity to work with children in the following destinations:

[bctt tweet=”Want to #volunteer w/#children abroad? Here’s how (and where) you can:”]

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Meet Deirdre, Who Volunteered in Costa Rica with Her Grandchildren

Posted by on May 14, 2015 · 1 Comment  

It’s time to meet another intrepid Discover Corps volunteer! Today, we’re introducing you to Deirdre, who went on our Costa Rica volunteer vacation with her husband, daughters, and grandchildren. Intergenerational travel is growing more and more popular, and for good reason: it’s a great way for families to learn, bond, and spend time together.

Without further ado, here’s Deirdre’s lovely story of intergenerational volunteer travel.

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Why Is Everyone Talking About Intergenerational Travel?

Posted by on March 31, 2015 · 1 Comment  

When’s the last time you traveled with your family?

Baby boomer travel is at an all time high, and statistics show that “intergenerational travel” is part of that trend.

Just like it sounds: intergenerational travel entails traveling with multiple generations of one family, which could mean you, your kids, and your grandkids, or just you and your nieces.

Sounds fun, right? Traveling with your extended family is the perfect opportunity to reconnect.

But what kind of trip should you take? Adventure travel might be too rigorous for the youngest and oldest in your family, and theme parks may interest the grandchildren more than the adults.

Our suggestion? A volunteer vacation. It’s a well-balanced combination of fun, adventure, and education — not only for the little ones, but also for you!

Let’s break down why volunteering abroad works on many levels for your next intergenerational vacation:

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How to Prepare Your Kids for a Volunteer Vacation

Posted by on December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments  

Winter break is right around the corner, which means we’re about to host lots of family trips with school-aged children — and we can’t wait! As you know, we love family volunteer vacations because they’re educational AND fun.

If you’re about to embark on your first family volunteer vacation (or trip abroad, for that matter), you might be wondering how to prepare your kids. After all, you want them to get the most out of this experience by being excited and curious — rather than scared and unhappy. And to do that, you’re going to need to take a few steps before getting on the plane.

With that in mind, here are six ways to prepare your kids for a volunteer vacation:Read More




Meet Catherine, Who Traveled & Volunteered in Tanzania with Her Family

Posted by on December 4, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

Welcome to our next Discover Corps profile! Last time, we introduced you to Alex, a Discover Corps travel specialist who talked about his passion for people and travel. This week, we’re excited to share the story of Catherine, who, along with her husband and two college-aged daughters, took a Discover Corps volunteer vacation in Tanzania. Since then, she’s even started a wonderful volunteer charitable organization: Book Clubs 4 Change.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a family volunteer vacation, you’ll enjoy Catherine’s honest account of the highs, lows, and surprises of her trip.Read More



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7 Reasons a Volunteer Vacation Would Make the Perfect Family Gift

Posted by on November 18, 2014 · 1 Comment  

The holiday season is here! Which means decorations, desserts, family get-togethers… and presents.

If you’re stumped on what to get your family this year — or are simply sick of spending money on toys that go unused — we’ve got an awesome gift idea: a volunteer vacation.

Take your husband and kids on a trip, plan an inter-generational reunion, or surprise your grandchild with some special “grandma and me” bonding time.

The possibilities abound, and the rewards are endless. We think a volunteer vacation would make the perfect family gift, and here’s why:Read More




Family Volunteer Vacations: Beyond the Classroom

Posted by on July 25, 2014 · Leave a Comment  

Recall the days when you were a child, questioning everything around you and developing your sense of self. “Those were the days” many people like to say. But imagine if you had the opportunity to travel with your family to a far-flung corner of the world, coming face to face with the local communities. How would that have changed your outlook?

In a recent article in Conde Nast Traveler, Claire Shipman describes the importance of exposing children to the outside world. Turn off the technology, open up their eyes and unveil the world around them, argues Claire. Volunteering abroad together as a family allowed her to take her children outside of their suburban “bubble” and engage with a community of people in a culture unlike their own.  Volunteer vacations for families raise questions that are great conversation starters.

  • “Why do people eat with their hands here?”
  • “How do locals get water from the well to their house”
  • “Why don’t all students have pens and notebooks in this school?”

These are all questions a child might ask that may seem quite simple from a distance, but have much deeper roots. Travelling as a family opens up these conversations and creates a unique opportunity to share in the curiosity of your children.

A family volunteer abroad trip is also the perfect way to combine much needed time off with a strong educational component. Claire talks about the valuable life lessons that her children took away from even a short volunteer stint. These include empathizing with others and learning about the value of simplicity. Seeing the other side of the coin, as many put it, truly changes one’s outlook.

If you are looking for your next family vacation, why not combine relaxation with a fun and meaningful experience? Discover Corps offers family friendly volunteer vacations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, just look for the “FF” next to the dates. Who knows, your kids may thank you for this someday.