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#1 of 3 Old 08-17-2012, 09:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello!  I'd love to do a Habitat for Humanity-type service trip w/my 7yo.  We'd also like to do some occasional volunteering in our community.  Any thoughts/tips?  Ideally, we'd be able to do a volunteer family trip to a Spanish-speaking country...

 

I'd love to hear your experiences/suggestions.  Thanks in advance!

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i would do regular volunteer in your community. things like once a month. lots of resources around that you can look at in your community to see what you can do. food banks. local farms. non profits. of course the homeless people.

 

i think that is attainable. 

 

do you not already volunteer? or are you trying to volunteer to set up an example for your 7 year old. i think that's a wrong way of looking at things. find out what you are passionate about and then include your child in it. what should be key is your need to volunteer in what YOU find interesting. like SPCA. you can help with cleaning out cages and take ur child along to help. or perhaps you enjoy gardening. maybe you could become involved with the Native Plant Association in your area and help them gather seeds and clean and store them properly. 

 

there are LOTS of volunteer opportunities for kids abroad. TONS. if you have the money. instead of habitat for humanity i would do something like http://www.globeaware.org/thailand-volunteer-vacations-voluntourism-environmental-work-and-working-vacations

 

i know a 7 year old who went on this volunteer mission and it changed her life. 

 

http://www.amazon.com/Volunteer-Vacations-Short-Term-Adventures-Benefit/dp/1556523637

http://seniortravel.about.com/od/travelguidebookreviews/gr/volvacationrev.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Best-Volunteer-Vacations-Enrich-Your/dp/1426204590

 

these books come with all the details for you to choose from. 


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Thanks very much!  These are great ideas and starting points.

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