Adventure Travel

So you've got the urge to do volunteer work abroad, but you aren't sure if the full-blown, two-year Peace Corps experience is right for you. How about a getaway that combines volunteerism and adventure?

Global Volunteers is one of the oldest nonsectarian organizations to offer short-term "volunteer vacations." Kenny and Jackie Slutsky booked a two-week family trip to Carnitas, a small village in Costa Rica, where their team of 14 volunteers worked alongside a team of 14 locals to build a town recreation center. The work was physically demanding, but the whole family agrees that it's been their best vacation. "It's...

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