10 Tips for Finding Volunteer Vacations

You might want to purchase a memento or two.
You might want to purchase a memento or two.
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Create a budget for your volunteer vacation. Sure, some of your expenses will be covered but certainly not all -- especially plane tickets, unrelated excursions and souvenirs.

Your trip will vary in price depending on where you're going and who you're volunteering with, but if you're planning on traveling abroad, expect to pay a minimum of $500 and up [sources: CNN; Allen].

More important is deciding how long you'll be able to stay. Volunteer vacations can range from several days to several months.

If you take all of these things into consideration you'll have a great chance of not only helping others but having a great time as well.

Travel over to the next page for lots more information.

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