Every parent knows that children are always asking for more. More toys, more clothes, more gadgets, children often forgetting their old possessions and often not taking the time to enjoy what they already have. Perhaps you want to teach your children to appreciate what they have and help out the world along the way. Here are a few foreign destinations that will give your children a different perspective on the world.
Kenya always has humanitarian trips going on, which means your family can find a service group to join and help Kenyans in their communities. Most volunteers work at kindergartens and special care centers to support babies and children up to 14 years old, so your children could try to befriend and play with some of the native children. The work consists of educational games, group activities, emotional support, and hygiene lessons. Some organizations also work on local community projects like schoolhouse improvement or delivering drinking water to schools in dry areas. When your children help out people who sometimes don’t even have access to drinking water, they’ll be more grateful for the belongings they’ve been given.
Nepal is a beautiful developing country in the Himalayas just north of India. Many of the volunteer programs that provide aid to Nepal, like the Nepal Relief Project, helping with school projects and humanitarian help. DoTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing program and others build earthquake-resistant schools, while others build homes and stimulate economic growth with new jobs. Your family could help with these efforts, contributing to different community projects.
An island nation off the eastern coast of Africa, Madagascar offers many volunteer projects related to wildlife preservation, healthcare to the locals, marine conservation, and education. All of this work is done with the background of the stunning Madagascarian nature, which your children will never forget. They’ll also never forget seeing how the natives live with the little they have.
This South American country was once home to the Incan tribe and contains the ancient city of Machu Picchu. All the natural beauty of the nation is coupled with illiteracy, lack of essential services, and poor agricultural resources of the people. Many different programs help to alleviate issues that arise from those things that are lacking. These include building and improving schools, teaching children, and caring for families. Your children could help paint walls and prepare meals, and you could help install windows and doors, build fences, and teach the locals life skills so they can improve their livelihoods. It could be a family vacation to remember.
Sri Lanka is another island country in southern Asia. It is full of beaches, diverse wildlife, rainforests, and ancient Buddhist temples. Much of the volunteer work in the country goes toward providing relief from the 2004 tsunami that hit the country. The economic conditions in the country force people to live with less than 2 dollars a day. Programs for medical care, social assistance, and education bring volunteers together from all over the world.
When you take your children to help out in one of these countries, it will teach them to appreciate everything they have. Not only that, but many of these opportunities can also teach responsibility towards those that are worse off than them while leaving them with the memories of bonding, friendliness, and the beauty of the world.