Voluntourism is a great way to have a meaningful vacation, but nowadays, the entire family can actually take a volunteer vacation together. So if your family is looking for a vacation where you can have fun and make a difference, there are more and more options out there.
The Crooked Trails organization has developed specialhome stays with the people of Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas for families with kids aged 9 and younger. The 9-day program is about $1700 for adults and $1000 for kids. For kids who can wield a hammer, Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village trips welcome families on their projects, which could have you and the kids building houses for needy families from Tajikistan to South Dakota. A two-week Thailand trip, for example, costs $1650 per person. Then there’s Wildland Adventures, which specializes in responsible travel. They feature such diverse trips as kids walking with elephants in Botswana or homestays in tiny Turkish villages.