1. A Call to Service: Making a Difference with Road Scholar

    Looking for a way to combine the rewarding experience of volunteering with a once-in-a-lifetime learning adventure? Road Scholar Service Learning programs offer special opportunities to lend a helping hand as you experience fascinating aspects of local life in locations throughout the United States or around the world. Live and work at a Romanian orphanage in the Carpathian Mountains, make a difference with your grandchildren at an animal sanctuary, preserve coral reefs in Belize or tutor in a Navajo Reservation school. There are more than 30 wonderful and diverse Service Learning programs to choose from.

                           

    Last week, the Wall Street Journal featured Road Scholar in its cover story, “Our Picks for the Best in Volunteer Travel in 2012,” naming our USS Missouri Service Learning program in Hawaii as one of the best volunteer experiences:

    “The program offers opportunities normally off-limits to the public, including an overnight stay in the crew’s quarters and access to the engine room and captain’s quarters. Volunteers, whose hotel and meals are included, attend lectures and can visit sites including Waikiki Beach, the Waikiki Aquarium and the USS Arizona Memorial.”

    We’ve heard back from many generous participants whose lives were changed for the better by their Service Learning programs with Road Scholar. Linda, who served on a Habitat for Humanity program in Louisiana, had this to say about her experience:

    “The Road Scholar program combined interesting people with an interesting travel experience.  We always get more out the experience than we give and we feel it’s necessary to volunteer because giving back is a part of life.”

    Mary, who participated in the Maine Seabird Biology and Conservation program, was profoundly moved by the rejuvenating effects of Service Learning:

    “Hog Island is a place that gets into your soul and recharges your spirit. I went for a week in June to do a program, returned two weeks later to volunteer, and attended a second program in September. The program rekindled my love of nature. It has truly been a turning point in my life!”

    Others, like Rick, were impressed by the bonding that occurs on these programs:  

    “A quite remarkable thing about these service programs is how quickly friendships are made as we all pursue the common goal of helping the local community.”

    Not only does Service Learning with Road Scholar mean helping worthy causes, it also means you are intimately connected with local people and experiences that few visitors ever get to see. A portion of your program cost may even be tax-deductible! Click here to view a collection of Service Learning opportunities in the U.S. and around the world.

    For more information on these and other Service Learning programs, call toll free (877) 426-8056 or visit www.roadscholar.org

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