Volunteer Vacation: The Growing Trend of Charitable Traveling

Zip through the bustling city of Hanoi on the back of a motorbike to teach English, discover Italy's ancient Roman coast, or play with the children at a local orphanage in Costa Rica. These aren't out-of-reach travel experiences -- these are volunteer vacations.

Students and work professionals are changing their vacation experience by signing up to volunteer with medical, environmental, and teaching programs around the world. Volunteer vacations can last up to two weeks and will give you the chance to fully immerse yourself into a new culture, see the sights, and help out the community with some hard work.