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You’re probably used to traveling for leisure, but what if you could travel with a purpose?

Whether you help build a school for orphans, feed the poor, teach English to students, or dig wells, ahead are five organizations and nonprofits that allow you to satisfy your wanderlust while giving back.

Global Volunteers
Global Volunteers is a nonprofit that allows trip-goers to work in development projects that make a lasting, positive impact on communities. The organization has volunteer programs worldwide in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. There are a number of different opportunities including volunteering with youth at language camps, after-school programs, or a women’s and children’s shelter.

Points of Light
Dubbed the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, Points of Light mobilizes volunteers to take action on causes they care about through service programs, events, and campaigns. The organization allows volunteers to serve different causes including disaster preparedness, economic opportunity, youth and education, civil and human rights, and social entrepreneurship. The program offers opportunities in the U.S. and more than 30 different countries worldwide.

A Breeze of Hope
Travel to Bolivia to volunteer as a teacher on an international service learning trip. Headquartered in Philadelphia, A Breeze of Hope works to improve the quality of life in local Bolivian communities by providing free legal, social, and psychological services to victims of sexual violence. In addition to working in education, volunteers can serve at a specialized center for sexual violence survivors or shadow nurses and doctors at the health center.

United Hearts Ghana
Help improve quality of life for children by contributing to the Ghanan community of Awutu Bawjiase with United Hearts Ghana. Formerly known as the Christian Refuge Orphanage Center, the organization started out as an orphanage with five kids on a mat. With the help of local and international volunteers, the program has now expanded to 25 children, who each have three meals a day, health insurance, and go to local government schools. Want to help? You can make an impact by volunteering with child care or agriculture work.

If teaching English is your thing, then TravelBud is the organization for your next travel abroad experience. Travel to Thailand, Vietnam, and South Korea to teach English to natives. The teach and volunteer abroad travel agency offers both paid and volunteer options. You’ll have the option of working with kids from kindergarten through high school while being immersed in a new culture (win-win!).

xx, The FabFitFun Team