For many, there comes a point when volunteering becomes a very important part of our lives. There are so many needs throughout this country and around the world that a volunteer trip may be exactly what you’re looking for. Young or old, if you’ve considered a volunteer trip but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve outlined a few organizations and resources to help you. Finding the ideal match will take some time so make sure you give yourself at least three months to plan an incredible and rewarding trip.

Opportunities overseas:
Cross-Cultural Solutions has been around for more than 20 years giving volunteers opportunities around the world. They work alongside locals to help end poverty and hunger, ensure healthy lives and education and promote gender equality. With opportunities in Asia, South America, Central America and Africa, you are sure to find the perfect location.

Global Volunteers offers people the chance to volunteer overseas from one to three weeks at a time. Its mission is to help kids reach their full potential by providing the 12 Essential Services. If you enjoy working with children, this may be the organization for you. Available locations include China, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Greece, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, St. Lucia, Tanzania, United States and Vietnam.

Opportunities close to home:
Habitat for Humanity, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has more than 1,400 local affiliates across the U.S. and more than 70 organizations around the world. Building affordable housing for those who cannot afford it on their own is truly a rewarding experience. Habitat offers programs for all ages and experience levels so virtually anyone can lend a hand.

The American Red Cross has opportunities locally for youth, nurses and groups. You can help provide food and shelter for those affected by natural disasters, support blood drives, or support fundraising and special events.

Whatever you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a rewarding experience and support a great cause!

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