Four Ways Volunteer Vacations Build Strong Families

Four Ways Volunteer Vacations Build Strong Families

Guideposts staffer Lenore Lelah Person and her husband took their two teenage daughters to the U.S. Virgin Islands to volunteer on the trail crew in a national park there. Here she shares four ways that volunteer vacations can build stronger families.

  • Guideposts: A pair of team leaders instruct a group of volunteers of all ages

    Being with a group of people of various ages is a welcome break for children and the social pressures they face each day. It is an opportunity for empowerment and acceptance, and brings out strengths they didn’t know they possessed.

  • Guideposts: A young girl holds a trash bag open while a group of volunteers places tree trimmings in it.

    Working as a team—one that Mom or Dad is not the captain of—brings family members together.

  • Guideposts: A smiling young couple work as a volunteer servers for charity.

    Volunteering to do what you love is restorative; it replenishes your soul and helps you be available for others. Trail crew isn’t for everyone; do what helps you find God in the world.

  • Guideposts: A young boy watches the sunset over the ocean from under a thatch beach umbrella

    Taking the opportunity to disconnect from social media allows you to be present for the people you are with. We got lucky on St. John; the work was done for us when we decided not to pay for the expensive Wi-Fi.

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