You may be someone lucky enough to have the opportunity to go on vacations during the year, but would you ever consider taking a different kind of vacation, a more meaningful one? These types of meaningful vacations are called volunteer vacations where you, well, volunteer your time, skills, and heart to do something good for animals, people, and the planet. The popularity of volunteerism has grown over the years with individuals ranging in all ages, backgrounds, and reasons who just want to do good and help to make our world a better place for all.

You may be thinking, why on earth would I go on a volunteer vacation? Whether traveling to help out nationally or overseas, you will return home with the satisfaction of knowing you changed the world in a positive way. Your acts of kindness and compassion will remain with you for the rest of your life, hopefully inspiring others to follow in your footsteps.


Things to keep in mind include knowing your physical and mental limitations and that some organizations require you to foot your own expenses — most are non-profits, self-funded. Now, let’s look at five types of volunteer vacations to help animals and the planet that you might be interested in.

Volunteering With an Animal Sanctuary or Rescue

Animal lovers everywhere are happy to know there are animal sanctuaries and rescue organizations to care for all sorts of creatures. But why not get involved too?

Rescued farm animals and pets rescued from cruelty cases can always use an extra helping hand, even hugs. Duties could include chores such as feeding, cleaning animal living areas, exercising animals, socializing animals, and assisting in rehabilitation. Check out these 10 Amazing Volunteer Vacations Where You Can Help Animals!

Wildlife Conservation

The list of endangered animal species is not getting any smaller. There is no better time than now to get involved in the protection or rescue of wildlife like elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, and rhinos.


In these sorts of volunteer vacations, you can work beside researchers and collect physical data that will help toward preserving a species or even get the chance of a lifetime to rescue an endangered animal in the wild.

Marine Conservation

The oceans are home to countless marine species. Sea turtles, sharks, dolphins, whales, manatees, sea birds, and reefs, volunteer all over the world to help preserve ocean habitats, save animal lives, and protect marine species on the brink of extinction through actively assisting in rescues.


Check out these 10 Amazing Marine Conservation Volunteer Vacations.

Trail Maintenance  

Do you love a good day hike? Backpacking and camping? Then, consider donating time to help build and maintain our nation’s trails while taking the opportunity to give back to nature and meeting new people with like-minded interests. Choose the trip that best fits your experience level and physical abilities.


Clean-Up a Beach

You can still go to the beach and do good for the planet at the same time! This type of clean-up volunteerism can be done through an organization on a more elaborate level or even on your own with a simple sack and a garbage grabber. Either way, make sure before you throw away the collected beach garbage to separate out the recyclables! You will feel a sense of satisfaction having helped out to clean up the beaches which does good for animals, marine life, people, and the overall environment.

Ultimately, if you give your time to any type of volunteer vacation whether to lend a hand to animals, people, or the planet, you are actually helping all. Every living thing on Earth is intertwined. Therefore, it takes all of us working together to keep a healthy environment and to secure a better world for the future.

There are so many volunteer organizations just waiting for you to participate in their programs!

Links to get you started: 


Go Eco

American Hiking Society


Sierra Club Outings

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