Every now and then, people deserve a break from their regular lives and go on extended vacations to relax and see the world beyond their immediate community. Though the issue for some with these month-long holidays is having a little too much free time.
There are those that simply cannot function without a schedule or require a specific purpose for their travels, and if you happen to fall under that category, you should probably consider volunteering on your next trip.
There are a multitude of destinations around the world that could benefit from your philanthropy, even large cities such as London that see around 17 million tourists year after year, according to the Evening Standard. Some countries are quite strict with visitors who wish to volunteer, requiring them to obtain a work permit in order to be eligible to work with a charity or nonprofit organization, despite these being unpaid opportunities.
Luckily for tourists in the UK, the government has amended several of their immigration laws to increase visitor accessibility, with one now allowing travelers with a 30-day Tourist Visa to volunteer with any organization listed under the UK Charity Register, provided that volunteering is not their main purpose of their visit.
Everyone has their own preference on the charitable causes they wish to support, and there are plenty of registered UK charities that accept non-committed or short-term volunteers, so do your research and donate your time to something that you’re passionate about.
If a loved one is currently battling cancer, you may want to look into Cancer Research UK. Selected as the main charity backed by Gatwick Airport, one of London’s most important aviation hubs due to their diverse airline operation and economical parking options that Parking4Less says garnered the prestigious Park Mark Award recently, Cancer Research UK can always use help at their retail stores and fundraising events. If animal protection is where your heart lies, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home supply a wide range of volunteering opportunities that depend on the animal needs at the time.
So if you’re planning on staying in the UK for a while and need an activity to fill up your time, think about doing charity work to add more meaning to your travels.
Note: This is a collaborative post