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