Take a break and do some good. Volunteer vacations let you learn about an area and its causes while also giving back to the community you’re visiting. But how do you find the opportunities? And what should you expect?
But before jumping on a plane and flying to New Guinea to help a charity you know nothing about it, it’s a good idea to check them out on the website, www.charitynavigator.org, which rates charities on financial efficiency. You can see where they spend most of their money, say on services or director’s salaries.
Finally, be realistic. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t save tigers from extinction in a week. Remember you’re part of a tapestry of volunteers who can make it happen.