I’ve baked cupcakes to raise money for school supplies in Panama, cut fruit to feed monkeys and bears in Bolivia and taught art and photography classes to children in tiny villages in Argentina.

Now, as an adult traveling with my daughter, we do volunteer work together. The experience is enriching and educational, for both my daughter and me, but it’s also a lot more than that. As she works along beside me, it’s a bonding moment between us.

If you’ve ever considered volunteering with your child while traveling, here are some of the reasons why you should volunteer work.

You will learn amazing things while volunteering

Working alongside local communities in need helps children develop empathy and compassion as they witness firsthand the challenges faced by others and the power of making a positive impact.

Children can learn other languages

Volunteering abroad with your kids is an enriching and transformative experience that offers numerous benefits for both you and your children.

It gives them global awareness

It can be very empowering for children to see first hand some of the shortfalls of this world and put them on the path to becoming informed global citizens.

Develops skills

Volunteering offers opportunities for children to develop valuable skills such as communication, problem-solving, teamwork, and adaptability.

They get outside the classroom education

Volunteering provides hands-on learning opportunities that is far more impactful and useful than what they can learn in formal education. We’re not talking just practical skills, but valuable life lessons, too.

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