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Guest blog post by Jennifer Spatz, CEO & Founder of Global Family Travels

The most memorable family trips are ones that offer experiences beyond just relaxing or spending time together. A vacation that combines a bucket-list adventure with volunteering can be that unforgettable trip and a chance to pass your values to your children. Kids are naturally idealistic and want to make the world a better place so a volunteer vacation reminds us that we can have fun and make a difference at the same time.

What's the secret to choosing the perfect volunteer vacation? Find a trip that promotes a cause that is meaningful to you and your kids. That might mean helping underprivileged children get an education, lending a hand with a community project, or helping to conserve an endangered animal species. Wherever your interests and priorities lead, there is a fantastic trip waiting for you.

As we head into the holiday season, consider giving your family the gift of a meaningful volunteer vacation.

Spend Spring Break Saving African Painted Dogs in Zimbabwe

Painted Dogs © Global Family Travels

Painted Dogs © Global Family Travels

How many kids can say they helped rescue an endangered species on Spring Break? This 10-day Zimbabwe trip over Spring Break 2019 offers your family the extraordinary opportunity work on a conservation project to save the beautiful African Painted Dog, one the most vulnerable species on the continent. This trip also includes wildlife viewing in the Hwange and Zambezi National Parks and visiting the natural wonders of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River, and Batoka Gorge.

Give Underprivileged Girls an Education in India

BaaleMane-India © Global Family Travels

BaaleMane-India © Global Family Travels

There may be nothing more rewarding than the chance to help children climb out of poverty. On this 10-day tour of India, you'll learn about the important work of the Kiran Ajali Project, whose mission is to help underprivileged children—and especially girls—get a good education in India. This immersive, once-in-a-lifetime journey will introduce your family to an array of exotic sights and sounds in this fascinating country. Highlights include stops in New Delhi and Agra, including a visit to the majestic Taj Mahal.

Lend a Hand on Community Projects in Costa Rica

Horseback riding Arenal-Costa Rica © Global Family Travels

Horseback Riding Arenal-Costa Rica © Global Family Travels

Do your kids love to pitch in and make a contribution? Take them on a 9-day deep dive into the Costa Rican rainforest, where you'll stay with a local family and work side by side on community projects that promote positive change. This incredible adventure balances work with play and includes exploring volcanoes, visiting wildlife reserves, relaxing at beaches and lagoons and attending chocolate-making and pottery workshops.

Empower School Kids on a Tanzanian Safari

South Africa - CapeTown © Global Family Travels

South Africa - CapeTown © Global Family Travels

Looking for a classic wildlife safari experience that also lets your family connect with school kids? Our 9-day family safari in Tanzania not only lets you view giraffes along Lake Natron, spy leopards and lions in the Serengeti, and marvel at exotic birds in the Rift Valley. During your adventure, you'll visit a local Maasai village, meet students at the Ganako Secondary School, and learn how the Karatu Education Fund (KEF) is making a positive impact in these schoolkids' lives.

And great news! For the month of December, Global Family Travels is offering a special discount on the Gift of Meaningful Travel : Take $250 off per person if you book two or more people on one of Global Family Travels trips. Deposit must be made by December 31, 2018. That means a family of four can save $1,000 on a transformative trip of a lifetime!

EDITOR'S NOTE: More opportunities for volunteering vacations can be found here and here.