Are volunteer vacations going to get more popular?

This article on a survey about American’s travel wishes indicates that volunteer vacations may get more popular in the future:

VOLUNTEER VACATIONS: One-quarter (24%) of travelers said they were currently interested in taking a volunteer or service-based vacation. More than one in ten travelers (11%) said they were MORE interested now compared to five years ago in taking a volunteer or service-based vacation. Interest was strongest among baby boomers, with the largest share (47%) of those interested in taking a volunteer vacation falling into the 35 — 54 year old age range.

I wonder if people are just saying they’d like to do a volunteer vacation or if they will really start booking these vacations. I mean I’m interested, but I haven’t done one yet…

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  1. Gregory Roll says:

    My brother, daughter and I volunteered for a one week stint through a non-denominational Christian association. We helped build homes in Harlan Kentucky, one of the poorest counties in the U.S. If you do go on a volunteer vacation, I will give one piece of advice – go with the attitude that you are priviledged to be let into other peoples lives and homes. I met poverty of both types in Kentucky i.e. poverty of materialistic needs and poverty of the spirit, but I also met some wonderful men and women that kept their faces towards the light and looked you in the eye when they shook your hand. It was a privledge to work along side them. As Tennyson said, “there but for the grace of God go I.” By the way, we had a blast… Greg Roll

  2. James Trotta says:

    Thanks Greg, that sounds like Habitat for Humanity – I think they also organize trips for building homes. It doesn’t sound like a relaxing vacation, but I believe it was very rewarding.

  3. cleo thompson says:

    I’am interested in knowing more about vounteer vacations. please send me more info thanks!

  4. lil says:

    Have done about four volunteer vacations” doing medical in the Dominican Republic and Bolivia and they were awesome. Attitude is important – you have to go with no expectations and take things as they come.. there are inconveniences but you appreciate what we have in the United States. Also cannot be judgmental, we are guests in their country and we cannot impose our values and standards on them. Your teammates will be incredible – everyone is there because they WANT to be there and WANT to help… you may witness or experience some cultural meltdowns because what you are experiencing is so different – it is and will not be a “Club Med” vacation but it will change you forever.

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