If you’re thinking about what to do during your next school break, traveling and volunteering are rewarding activities — and student travel programs let you do both! These teen tours give you the chance to not only experience a new culture but contribute to the communities you visit. Before you finalize your plans, consider how you can make a difference and benefit most from your journey.
3 Ways to Make the Most of Volunteering During a Student Travel Program
Follow Your Passion
Do you enjoy spending time with children, or do you feel energized by the idea of working with wildlife? No matter your preference, find a project that gets you excited. While volunteer work is always enriching, it can involve hard work. Dive into something that inspires you and motivates you to contribute.
Understand the Culture
Whether you’re cleaning up the environment in an Alaskan community and hiking on Mount Denali or contributing to a Canadian welfare program and watching the Calgary Stampede, take time to research every element of your trip before you go. Learn local customs, familiarize yourself with their language, and find out the primary needs of the community. By learning about the culture, you will appreciate it more and relate better to the people you help.
Take Stock of Your Experience
While volunteering will keep you busy, take time to document your experience. Write in a journal or compile a photo gallery to document your community service experience. Consider how your similar goals and desires are expressed in different ways in the places you visit.
If you’re ready for the thrill of an adventure and fulfillment of giving back, opportunities abound. Zeal Adventure & Travel offers a variety of student travel programs and will help you explore your options and find the right fit. Visit their website to learn how they will help you make a difference and call (844) 282-9325 to start planning your teen tour or summer community service trip. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter for more tips from the travel business.