Giving back to others in a time of need can be an uplifting experience that can make a difference in the world. Here are the top five places you can volunteer for this year.
Running an animal shelter takes a lot of hands. Finding your local shelter can help cute animals as well as help you make possible connections. Most shelters need administrative help with answering calls, responding to emails and answering visitor’s questions. Be careful: You might end up adopting several new family members.
Around the holiday, many church organizations will get groups to help at a soup kitchen. During the other times of the year, these places need volunteers to help keep up with the demand. Visit FoodPantries.org to find your closest soup kitchen or food bank to volunteer.
If you have ever visited a retirement home, you know how drab some of them can be. Volunteering your time at a senior center can brighten someone’s day that may not get many visitors. Teach a new skill, play a game or simply just chat with residents.
Every county has an office for the political party you side with. Campaigns need hands to answer emails, hang fliers and run fundraising events. These volunteer jobs can lead to great networking opportunities. Call your local municipality for information on where these offices are located.
Habitat for Humanity
Love to build? Offer your time at Habitat for Humanity ( ).This organization uses teamwork to build homes for those in need. With no experience needed, Habitat for Humanity will boost your skill set with programs that will teach you how to build.
When it comes to local, authentic tapas bars in the capital of Catalonia, they can be considered a dime a dozen. There are loads of options to choose from, so many so the average visitor to Barcelona can be completely confused as to where to even begin a search for pan con tomate. But one unsuspecting gem in the trendy neighborhood of El Born features a no-fuss, no-nonsense approach to traditional Spanish tapas, adding an extra touch of authenticity with the homemade cava.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Hotels, airlines and travel companies are constantly looking for the best way to offer guests unique and memorable experiences. One of the latest ways hotels have expanded guests’ cultural exposure is through specialty concierges, or on-hand experts who can arrange bespoke travel experiences for individuals or groups.