Top 5 Volunteer Vacations in South Florida

Volunteer vacation - South Florida
Volunteer vacation - South Florida

Volunteer vacations have become a popular option for travelers, and many are using their vacation time to make a difference. Probably one of the most ideal areas in the state to vacation as well as volunteer is in South Florida.

On a volunteer vacation travelers combine their vacations with community involvement, education, and other worthy causes. Let’s unpack the Top 5 Volunteer Vacations in South Florida. 

#1 Habitat for Humanity of Key West and the Lower Florida Keys 

At Habitat for Humanity, the objective is to end homelessness one home at a time. They do this by using the generosity of donors and the braun of volunteers. It’s only natural that volunteers love this organization.

You can contribute by providing financial support, volunteering, or becoming an advocate. Habitat for Humanity – Key West and the Lower Florida Keys is headquartered on Overseas Hwy in Key West, Florida.  

Volunteer vacation - South Florida

#2 The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden 

Located on College Rd in Key West, Florida, The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden sits on 15.2 acres of native garden and forest. Via Volunteer in the Garden, vacationers can learn about native plants by helping to preserve the rare ecosystem located there.  

Here you get to spend time with other gardeners. You’ll trim, weed, install new plants, and perform general maintenance in the Garden or in the Native Plant Nursery.  All tools and gloves are supplied. 


#3 REEF Environmental Education Foundation 

REEF Environmental Education Foundation provides the SCUBA diving community with a way to contribute to the understanding and protection of marine populations. They do this via its volunteer fish monitoring program, the REEF Fish Survey Project. 

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Volunteers not only learn about the environment they are diving in, but they also produce valuable information. Scientists, staff, and the general public use the data that is collected by REEF volunteers. 

#4 Manatee Observation and Education Center 

The primary purpose of the Manatee Observation and Education Center is to promote understanding and responsibility for the ecosystems of Treasure Coast and its inhabitants.

They offer a volunteer force, known affectionately as “the ManaTeam,” a variety of roles such as Discovery Guide, Roving Naturalist, Gift Shop and Merchandising Assistant, and much more. There is sure to be the perfect fit for you! 

#5 Florida Oceanographic Society 

The Florida Oceanographic Society is a fun and exciting spot to take on some volunteer work. Located on NE Ocean Blvd in Stuart, Florida, the Society is a 57-acre education and research site. It includes a network of nature trails, a lagoon, and saltwater tanks.

At the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals 15 and older. There are also family and group opportunities with project-specific activities at different times throughout the year. 

Also, check out the Top 3 Volunteer Vacations in the Florida Panhandle (here) or in five in Central Florida (here).

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