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Save on vacations this year
Save on vacations this year
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While being holed up in our frozen homes this winter, we are all thinking the same thing- where are we going on vacation. Family vacations are usually spent going to the popular white shores of the Gulf or the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic, searching for the unknown in Savannah or visiting the exciting coasters of amusement parks. But, what if you could travel overseas for less and make a different while visiting. That is the idea of volunteer vacations. This year, plan a vacation that matters.

African Impact
11 Philips Ave.
Belgravia, Harare

"Explore, Inspire, Impact"

The African Impact facilities assists in a variety of projects in the African area, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya and Botswana. Some of the projects include trail and wildlife rehabilitation, coaching children's soccer, helping out in orphanages, teaching school, building schools and facilities, researching lions, elephants and leopards.

Volunteers are provided food, lodging, and clean water in host houses in nearby towns and villages. Most projects require a month commitment but could be a shorter time if necessary.

If interested, an application must be completed on its website at least three weeks prior to the anticipated departure. Skills not required, just the willingness to work and help.

Helpful hint on this project: Must be at least five feet tall to help with the lion rehabilitation project.

Asociacion Centro de Estudios de
Espanol Pop Wuj ("Pop Wuj")
Primera Calle 17-72 Zona 1

Looking for educational and healthcare destinations that benefit children and adults? Look no further than Guatemala. The need is great and the demand for volunteers is low. Spend a week, month or more helping build greenhouses, buildings or help in day care and healthcare facilities. It is suggested that volunteers speak Spanish. Although there is no fee for this destination, translation services are available for a small fee.

Families are welcome and will be housed with area families. The facility needs only two week notice of your arrival.

Centre for Alternative Technology
Powys, SY20 9AZ
United Kingdom

"CAT aims to inspire, inform, and enable people to live more sustainable lifestyles, researching and demonstrating sustainable technologies to a large number of people."

Founded in 1973, this organization has improved the lives of thousands by digging ditches, weeding, clearing beds, moving compost, or other garden maintenance. Short and long term volunteer positions are available year round. The project location is in rural Wales, near Snowdonia National Park- remote but accessible to public transportation, if needed.

Make a difference during your next vacation.

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