While volunteering has become more international, it has also become increasingly more inclusive. Now, even kids and teens are interested in doing their own volunteer projects. Volunteering alongside your children can have enormous benefits for both parent and child. Here are a few reasons you should consider a family volunteer trip:
- Teach your children valuable life lessons by example.
Volunteering teaches valuable life skills such as working with others. They can also put what they have learned in a classroom to use. Working side by side with your kids on a project that will improve someone’s life provides a positive example that can leave a lasting impression.
2. Give them a voice.
Before your trip, include your children in the discussion. Find out what type of volunteering they are interested in, what issues they care about, and what they want to learn. Giving them a voice will make them feel valued and truly a part of the project.
3. Encourage your children to explore career opportunities with a mission to do good.
Giving back plants the seed for something greater. Many individuals with an early exposure to philanthropy, non-profit work, and social entrepreneurship go on to incorporate those same values in their future careers, such as with Travel To Do Good founder Roslyn Parker. Volunteering can be an early introduction for your child’s future career.
4. Form deeper bonds and lasting memories.
There is no question that a meaningful volunteer experience will create lasting memories, but it can also serve as a bonding experience for everyone involved. Form a deep bond with your children through the act of doing good.
To find out more about how you can your family can have an international volunteer experience, visit our Family & Friends page.