What do you know about volunteer vacations?

Old Feb 14th, 2014, 10:16 PM
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What do you know about volunteer vacations?

Aloha,
I'm interested in taking a volunteer vacation in the USA this summer. I have come across Global Village/ Habitat for Humanity that would last for for 12 days in various locations across the US. Does anyone have any other ideas? I'm not really skilled with construction but will do this if I don't find another option.
I'm female, in my 40's, and do a lot of volunteer work. I work with children for my occupation. Any Christian organizations?

Much Aloha and many thanks for your time/ideas.
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Old Feb 15th, 2014, 09:17 AM
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I'm most familiar with ones that do things for the environment or in foreign countries. The problem with volunteer vacations is that most places don't really need or want short-term volunteers for a week or two who don't have any particular qualifications, they just create work for people who have to train them and it's not worth it for a short time, and their are liability issues, also. So places that just want hard labor like Habitat for Humanity for a short time make sense for what you want.

But here is a CHristian one in Appalachia that will take some short-term volunteers http://christianapp.org/vol/short-term-volunteering/

I know the most about ones for environmental issues, like Sierra Club or Earthwatch (which is pretty specialized and rather expensive). see http://www.greenamerica.org/programs...ervacation.cfm

This is a good global volunteer vacation website, it has stuff in the USA, you can search by length of time.
http://www.goabroad.com/volunteer-abroad
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I've been on a number of volunteer trips with Earthwatch. Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but check them out.

www.earthwatch.org
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Old Feb 15th, 2014, 11:47 AM
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I am in no way related to these people but became aware of them a couple years ago. They have been known to bicycle from one job to the next. http://www.fullercenter.org/volunteer
My favorite volunteer opportunity is with the Passport in Time (PIT) projects for the US Forest Service. I have done some roofing and archeology work with them.
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Mahalo. I will look at these!
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