Amazing Volunteer Programs for Travelers Who Love to Hike, Run, & Swim

2018-10-22T14:28:22+00:00By |
By Robin Van Auken on Volunteer Forever

Do you have itchy travel feet? Are you more comfortable in boots than sandals?

Hikers know that a long, solo walk is the easiest and quickest way to lose yourself and your cares in the beauty of nature. Hiking is great for mood, and this Stanford University study proves that it also decreases your anxiety and improves your memory. Another study found that long walks help battle depression, so if you’ve been sad for a while, trekking in nature may help. Or, if you want to increase your attention span and creative problem-solving skills, going into the wild can help it by as much as 50 percent!

Did you know that hiking is also a great addition to your volunteer trip abroad?

If you want to combine a trekking adventure with a meaningful trip abroad, there are numerous organizations that offer affordable excursions. Take a look at the suggestions below – each designed to give you a spectacular and unforgettable outdoor experience while having a positive impact on a community in need!


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About the Author:

Robin Van Auken, CEO of Hands on Heritage, is a writer and researcher, with 35+ years experience interviewing people and telling stories. Her educational background combines advanced degrees in Communications and Anthropology, with a focus on Public and Historical (Military/Industrial Sites) Archaeology. In addition to her work as a journalist, she is the author and co-author of a dozen books on regional history. An adjunct college instructor, she has directed multi-year historical and archaeological projects, working with hundreds of volunteers and temporary staff, and educating thousands of visitors.