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Volunteer Vacations: 5 Trips To Donate Your Time, Efforts This Summer (SLIDESHOW)

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As you plan your summer vacation, consider swapping the cabana for the work gloves and opt for a volunteer vacation instead of the typical indulgent getaway. There are numerous ways you can donate your time and efforts in destinations all over the world.

This summer, beat the heat by visiting Alaska to build homes through Habitat for Humanity. Or, give new meaning to the concept "wet and wild" by volunteering to bottle-feed baby manatees in Peru!

No matter what type of adventure you are looking for, there's something for you. Check out our picks for top programs filled with volunteer opportunities that leave room for plenty of time for other activities as well.

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