One of the big benefits of doing volunteer work is that you'll be given opportunities to learn new skills. Since you're rarely expected to be an expert in the field you're volunteering for, chances are you'll walk away with a newfound appreciation for a type of work you may not have done before [source: Volunteer International].
Stay within your physical and mental bounds -- if you try to tackle an unrealistic challenge, you won't be doing yourself or the volunteer group any good. There are plenty of low-impact volunteer jobs available in which you can help observe wildlife, restore natural habitats, work on architectural digs, clean rivers and more. Finding something you believe in and enjoy can make a volunteer vacation feel less like work and more like a real vacation.