Volunteering Vacations

A trip will do you good. These trips can do good for others too.




Travel with an ulterior purpose doesn’t always work. Consider the sailor in the old song who joined the Navy to see the world. “And what did I see?” he sang plaintively. “I saw the sea.” Still, if glimpsing new places and helping others are both on your 2019 “to-do” list, you may be able to do both—perhaps even with the whole family. A growing number of “voluntourism” opportunities offer to take multigenerational travelers to exotic locations and give them altruistic ways to engage with local cultures and assist people—and animals—in need. Here are four tours worth exploring:

RESCUE ELEPHANTS IN KENYA

Take a digital detox and unplug to walk on the wild side in the heart of Africa. From safari to service project, every member of your clan will be awestruck and inspired during this once-in-a-lifetime trip organized by Elevate Destinations travel group. This off-the-grid holiday safari adventure boasts accommodations in secluded, family-friendly luxury lodges on the fringes of Nairobi National Park and an agenda packed with custom-designed activities for your family members’ needs and interests. Volunteer opportunities can include preparing and serving meals for children in need. Visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation center to adopt one of these majestic—and arguably adorable—creatures. Then get close to the world’s tallest living terrestrial animals at the nearby Giraffe Center.

When your volunteer and educational excursions are over, explore the lively city of Nairobi, soak in the wonders of nature while exploring the endless plains of Laikipia and venture out into the bush on walking safaris guided by local Maasai warriors. Enjoy picnics set in the open wilderness, birdwatching, scenic sundown cocktail hours and night drives to spy on nocturnal creatures. The possibilities are as vast as the African landscape!

BUILD A SCHOOL IN MOROCCO

When your kids get back from this break, we bet they’ll ace their “What I did on my vacation” essays. Your Moroccan trip will be sure to earn them merit points if they’ve volunteered to help build a community classroom or library in a Berber village. The longest-established inhabitants of Morocco, the Berber people come from a feudal society that has proudly preserved its culture and traditions. In another tour organized by Hands Up Holiday, you’ll be working side by side with natives on this project—a true labor of love to educate local children and raise their standard of living.

During your free time, continue your quest for knowledge and adventure with private guided tours of magical Marrakesh and Fes, hikes on the Atlas Mountains, camel rides in the Sahara, kite surfing on the coast or a visit to the blue-washed walls of the city of Chefchaouen. Be sure to take the time to enjoy the famous Berber hospitality over a cup of mint tea.

PRESERVE BIRD LIFE IN NEW ZEALAND

This dreamy island nation has it all—mountains, beaches, geysers, lakes and wine country. It’s compact enough to explore in a couple of weeks but sufficiently diverse to keep you coming back for more. Taking an eco-centric luxury vacation to this bucket-list destination through the Hands Up Holiday tour company will be made even more memorable when you head out to the wops to help conserve habitats for native sea birds on the North Island or penguins on the South Island. But this tour isn’t all work and no play. If your brood is the adventure-seeking type, you can go sailing on the Bay of Islands, swim with dolphins, enjoy a private guided tour of geysers, explore hidden hot springs, take a helicopter flight for a bird’s-eye view of a live volcano and even heli-hike on a glacier!

FEED THOSE IN NEED IN GREECE

The chance to enjoy local fare is always an enticing travel lure; feeding your soul while doing so is priceless. And that’s just what you’ll gain through participating in International Volunteer HQ’s food outreach program in Chios, Greece. As part of your two-week experience, you and your family will not only enjoy Greek food, but help others in need do so too by providing daily meals to residents of nursing homes, public schools and special-needs care centers.

During the week, you’ll connect with local community members and savor the satisfaction of making and delivering food and smiles to local residents. On the weekend, you’ll explore Chios, the fifth largest island in Greece, where beautiful beaches, quaint medieval villages, breathtaking coastline views and historical sites abound. You can islandhop or take a day trip to nearby Turkey. If you want to stay longer or travel before or after the program, indulge your wanderlust further afield by visiting Athens and other great destinations throughout Greece to feast on the region’s rich history, culture and natural beauty.

“After my 12-year-old daughter read the book I Will Always Write Back, she asked my husband and me if she could forgo her bat mitzvah party, and instead go to Africa to do volunteer work with children. We decided this would be an experience we should have as a family and planned a trip to Kenya this past August through Elevate Destinations. The volunteering was our favorite part of the trip. The safari was amazing, but we wished we had planned more time for volunteer work.” —Toby Hirsch, Alpine

“There are ways to make doing good doable when traveling. Sprinkling in elements of service work with cultural immersions and fun activities allows multiple family members—from grandparents to young children—to work together while keeping everyone happy.” —Theresa Jackson, Mahwah resident and travel advisor for Enlightened Journeys Travel, Allendale

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

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The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
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Telephone: 201.488.3005
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Elvis is in the building! The King of Rock and Roll- the ever lasting Elvis. Bob James’ extensive career in the casino circuit in Vegas brings Elvis to you as one of the country’s top...

Cost: free

Where:
Mahwah Public Library
100 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ  07430
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Sponsor: Mahwah Public Library
Telephone: 201-529-7323
Contact Name: Mahwah Public Library
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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Telephone: 201-608-2377

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
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Kim from KS Knits is back at Creative Den in Glen Rock! This time we will learn how to make a cozy hat to keep us warm in this cooler weather. Don’t worry if you’ve forgotten some of...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Creative Den
216 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ  07452
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Sponsor: Creative Den
Telephone: 201-882-1422
Contact Name: Julie Salvatoriello
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
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Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
View map »


Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

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Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
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Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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All In For Our Heroes is a unique and exciting charity casino night and poker tournament in honor of our Type 1 Diabetes Heroes. This annual event offers a night of exciting casino play, poker...

Cost: 175

Where:
Seasons
644 Pascack Road
Township of Washington, NJ  07676
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Sponsor: JDRF
Telephone: 732-219-6654
Contact Name: Casey Snyder
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Have you ever thought about trying your hand at a new craft like making your own paper? Join us at Creative Den as featured artist, Heather Corey, will be here to share her experience as a...

Cost: 65.00

Where:
Creative Den
216 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ  07452
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Sponsor: Creative Den
Telephone: 201-882-1422
Contact Name: Julie Salvatoriello
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
View map »


Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

More information

Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

More information

During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

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What better way to spend a Friday night than with a crisp glass of prosecco and a decadent dessert made from scratch? Join us at Creative Den in Glen Rock with Hope Lichtman, local mom and...

Cost: 60.00

Where:
Creative Den
216 Rock Road
Glen Rock, NJ  07452
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Sponsor: Creative Den
Telephone: 201-882-1422
Contact Name: Julie Salvatorieillo
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The exhibit highlights canvases of landscapes and intimate details of nature. The facts of nature are visible in the brilliance of light, the burst of wetland grasses, and the roil of wind...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Riverside Gallery
, Suite 201, The Shops at Riverside
390 Hackensack Ave.,
Hackensack, NJ  07601
View map »


Sponsor: The Riverside Gallery
Telephone: 201.488.3005
Contact Name: Ms. Yoon
Website »

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Stop dreaming and start planning your getaway at the 6th Annual Vacation Expo! hosted by Excel Travel, NJ 101.5 and Dearborn Market. Vacation Expo brings you a wide range of trusted travel...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dearborn Market
2170 Rt. 35 South
Holmdel, NJ  07733
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Sponsor: Excel Travel
Telephone: 732-571-1960
Contact Name: Ted Friedli

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During this eight-week program, participants will learn how to establish a personal meditation practice, balancing mind and body. The class is developed for all levels — beginners welcome....

Cost: $65 for eight-week series if you register by January 5 or $12 at the door.

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377

More information

Over the course of 6 sessions, mindfulness-based stress reduction will teach participants powerful and effective healing therapies—meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, breath work, and...

Cost: $375 for the 6-week series

Where:
Graf Center for Integrative Medicine
350 Engle Street
Englewood, NJ  07631
View map »


Sponsor: Englewood Health
Telephone: 201-608-2377
Website »

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