How to Make Your Summer Meaningful

Summer is only half over, which means there is still time to explore and give back in an inspiring destination. Read on to discover how to make your summer meaningful with our top 5 recommendations:

  1. Costa Rica – Whilst technically it is the rainy season, Costa Rica often enjoys a dry spell in August, so you can sneak in and enjoy lovely weather in lush, vivid greenery.  You can:
    • help at a wildlife rescue center: prepare meals for rescued or injured monkeys, parrots, sloths and more, feed them, create enrichments to stimulate the animals and assist the vet on his daily rounds, soaking up so many facts about these animals as you go
    • help at a medical clinic that cares for Nicaraguan refugees: assist the doctors by taking notes in session, enter patient data, and help make the patients comfortable as you help this free clinic provide the much-needed care
    • care for turtles by monitoring beaches, protecting eggs from predators and removing plastic from the sea

Luxury voluntourism Costa Rica

You can combine this with:

  • Chocolate making class
  • Zip lining (min. weights apply)
  • Nature walks
  • Safari
  • Kayaking
  • Volcanoes
  • Rafting (min. ages apply)
  • Beach relaxation
  • Snorkeling or diving

2. Here’s how to make your summer meaningful in Zambia – build a home for a widow and her children and provide them with a home that will withstand the coming rainy season. The family will thus be much healthier and the children able to attend school more regularly, with fewer sick days. A decent place to live really does make a big difference to positive life outcomes.

Luxury family volunteer vacation zambia

You can combine this with:

  • Safari (in nearby Botswana or other parts of Zambia such as South Luangwa)
  • Victoria Falls (from both the Zambian and Zimbabwean sides)
  • White water rafting on the Zambezi River
  • Flights over the Falls

3. Kenya – August is one of the best months to be in Kenya, specifically in the Masai Mara where you get to observe one of the natural world’s greatest spectacles: the Wildebeest migration. You can make your trip meaningful by helping install an ecological stove for a family living near the Masai Mara, which reduces respiratory problems, or help build a classroom for a school on the edge of the Masai Mara.

luxury family volunteer vacation kenya

You can combine this with:

  • safari and the Wildebeest migration
  • exploring Nairobi
  • hiking around Mt Kenya
  • views of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • beach relaxation and snorkeling

4. Here’s how to make your summer meaningful in Hungary – head to Central Europe and create furniture out of pallets for low income families in the fascinating capital city, Budapest.

luxury family volunteer vacation hungary

You can blend this with:

  • Children’s railway
  • Treasure hunt around Budapest
  • Cruise on the Danube
  • An open-air cultural museum
  • Spy reenactments
  • Therapeutic baths

5. Italy – serve meals for the homeless at a restaurant that provides delicious meals in an uplifting, dignified setting. You will gain insights into the lives of people living on the margins and be imbued with greater compassion and empathy as a result.

luxury family volunteer vacation italy

Your meaningful trip to Italy can be combined with:

  • Gladiator training school
  • Kayaking
  • Cooking class
  • Private, exclusive visits to the Sistine Chapel and the Uffizi
  • Exploring Lake Como in a classic wooden speedboat
  • Hiking in the Dolomites
  • Cycling around fascinating Puglia
  • Relaxing on the Amalfi Coast

Get in touch with one of our consultants who will be delighted to create your perfect luxury family trip that makes a difference this summer.