Top 5 Volunteer Vacations for Retirees


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Build Something
Lend your strength and skills to a community building project, and leave behind lasting evidence of your well-spent vacation.
Lend your strength and skills to a community building project, and leave behind lasting evidence of your well-spent vacation.
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It's always nice to step back and look at something you've built with your own hands. After your volunteer vacation, you could leave behind a playground, an irrigation system, or a much-needed community center. Whatever your vacation legacy is, it's guaranteed to give you a real sense of accomplishment.

Now that you no longer have the pressure of work to worry about, you might find that some physical labor is just what you need. It gets you moving and offers a pleasant break from your routine.

Opportunities abound for this type of volunteer vacation. The best-known volunteer construction organization is Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes for deserving families in the U.S. and abroad. You can take part in one of their projects in almost any location you can name, and you need no special building experience or skills. Many other groups connect volunteers to worthy construction projects around the world.