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 multi-faceted Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers...

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Monmouth Museum NJ Emerging Artists Series presents: Susu Pianchupattana: Inseparable Exhibition open from September 15th - October 13th, 2019 Opening Reception: Sunday,  September 15,...

Cost: Admission $8

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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

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The multi-faceted Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers...

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Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to...

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors,Veterans+active military personnel free

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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
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“Oh, the thinks you can think!” when Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters collide in this unforgettable, fantastical musical extravaganza! Accepted students will create larger-than-life...

Cost: $610

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Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

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Join Susan G. Komen Central and South Jersey for the Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day Breakfast on Wednesday, October 16th from 8:30am to 10am at Asbury Park Press in Neptune, NJ.    The...

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Monmouth Museum Visiting Artist's Workshop Presents Memoir: Stepping into Photographs Visiting Artist: Shelley Benaroya Director, Writing Center for Creative Aging Wednesday, October 16, 2019 10:00...

Cost: $25 for members, and $30 for non-members

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Monmouth Museum
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Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to...

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors,Veterans+active military personnel free

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New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
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The Playground’s strong foundation of respect and encouragement allows for a challenging and diverse, conservatory-level curriculum taught by a staff of dedicated, extensively-trained...

Cost: $160 Monthly

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Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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The Playground’s strong foundation of respect and encouragement allows for a challenging and diverse, conservatory-level curriculum taught by a staff of dedicated, extensively-trained...

Cost: $160 Monthly

Where:
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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Sponsor: Count Basie Center for the Arts
Telephone: 732-281-7560
Contact Name: Rachel Repole
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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

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The Oyster Point Hotel
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Where:
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146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ
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Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to...

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors,Veterans+active military personnel free

Where:
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
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Holmdel, NJ  07733
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“Oh, the thinks you can think!” when Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters collide in this unforgettable, fantastical musical extravaganza! Accepted students will create larger-than-life...

Cost: $295

Where:
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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Sponsor: Count Basie Center for the Arts
Telephone: 732-281-7560
Contact Name: Rachel Repole
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“Oh, the thinks you can think!” when Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters collide in this unforgettable, fantastical musical extravaganza! Accepted students will create larger-than-life...

Cost: $610

Where:
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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Sponsor: Count Basie Center for the Arts
Telephone: 732-281-7560
Contact Name: Rachel Repole
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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oyster Point Hotel
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Red Bank, NJ  07701
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The multi-faceted Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers...

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NJ Emerging Artists Series Presents Kate Eggleston: Still Deep    October 18th, 2019 - November 17th, 2019   Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  Gallery Talk:...

Cost: Admission

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to...

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors,Veterans+active military personnel free

Where:
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
1 Memorial Lane
Holmdel, NJ  07733
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NJ Emerging Artists Series PresentsOpening Reception for Kate Eggleston: Still DeepOctober 18th, 2019 - November 17th, 2019Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm Artist Statement:I...

Cost: Free

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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Sponsor: The Oyster Point Hotel
Contact Name: Ellen Martin

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The multi-faceted Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ
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The Write Journey'sWOMEN’S WRITING GROUPSaturdays: October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th,November 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th & December 7th10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.The women’s writing group provides space...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
1st Cup Coffee (in The Studio)
96 First Avenue
Atlantic Highla, NJ  07716
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Sponsor: The Write Journey
Contact Name: Chelsea Palermo
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NJ Emerging Artists Series Presents Kate Eggleston: Still Deep    October 18th, 2019 - November 17th, 2019   Opening Reception: Friday, October 18, 6:00 – 8:00 pm  Gallery Talk:...

Cost: Admission

Where:
Monmouth Museum
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ  07738
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Sponsor: Monmouth Museum
Telephone: 732-747-2266
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Above & Beyond: The History of the Medal of Honor explores the history of the most prestigious military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded to...

Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for students/seniors,Veterans+active military personnel free

Where:
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation
1 Memorial Lane
Holmdel, NJ  07733
View map »

More information

“Oh, the thinks you can think!” when Dr. Seuss’ beloved characters collide in this unforgettable, fantastical musical extravaganza! Accepted students will create larger-than-life...

Cost: $610

Where:
Count Basie Center for the Arts
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, NJ  07701
View map »


Sponsor: Count Basie Center for the Arts
Telephone: 732-281-7560
Contact Name: Rachel Repole
Website »

More information

The artist Peter Bradley has had a long and storied career. In 1968, as Associate Director of the prestigious Perls Galleries in New York City, he was one of the first black art dealers in the...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Oyster Point Hotel
146 Bodman Place
Red Bank, NJ  07701
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Sponsor: The Oyster Point Hotel
Contact Name: Ellen Martin

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