A family volunteering abroad together help run a fun educational activity outside for Kenyan school children.

Family Volunteering Abroad

Take a family-friendly volunteer vacation and work in local communities overseas to make a difference

Family volunteer vacations can help give your children a greater appreciation for travel, helping others, or protecting the environment. We offer a range of family-friendly volunteer opportunities abroad. With us, you can expect: 

  • A safe and guided experience with 24/7 support from our local staff 
  • An experiential learning experience where your family learns by doing
  • A family service vacation where you make a real impact through your work
  • To explore a different country and learn about the local culture first-hand 

Volunteering with your children is an exciting and different way to help shape their view of the world and broaden their horizons. We cater for families with young children too, so we can accommodate kids as young as six years old on our volunteering opportunities for children.

What are some good volunteering opportunities for families?

For family volunteer trips, we strongly recommend the following programs:

Interested in a family volunteer vacation with animals? Your family will love working with dogs at a shelter in beautiful Belize. If your family wants to work with wild animals, you can volunteer with sea turtles in Mexico or giant tortoises in the Galapagos

Some projects will be more suitable for families than others, so we advise speaking directly to a Project Expert about which one would be the best family volunteer vacation for you. Below, we also offer a curated list of projects that are definitely family-friendly, so we encourage you to take a look.

Choose a Family-Friendly Volunteer Program

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Children learn how to tell the time from a volunteer teaching in Mexico

From $2,765 USD

Volunteer Teaching Project in Mexico
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Teach English to school or university students to boost their confidence and career prospects.

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $2,970 USD

Giant Tortoise & Sea Lion Conservation in the Galapagos Islands
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Work in the Galapagos National Park and contribute to the conservation of many unique ecosystems

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Culture and Community Volunteers live and work with Nomads in Mongolia whilst riding horses to herd cattle.

From $2,720 USD

Live and Work with Nomads in Mongolia
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Experience a unique and ancient way of life by living with a nomad family in Mongolia

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Students release turtles for their conservation volunteering in Mexico.

From $2,470 USD

Sea Turtle Conservation in Mexico
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Become part of ongoing conservation efforts on the Pacific coast and help protect endangered sea turtles

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers teach surfing in South Africa through warm up exercises.

From $2,770 USD

Volunteer Surf Coaching In South Africa
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Teach surfing to underprivileged children and adults and help develop the community

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A spider monkey relaxing at the animal rehabilitation center in Peru

From $3,220 USD

Animal Rehab in the Amazon Rainforest – Peru
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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help with vital conservation work

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers interact with a child in Argentina during a community day at a local care centre.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Argentina
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Live in vibrant Argentina and prepare children for school through general development and teaching them basic life skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Students have group lessons with the volunteer teaching in Madagascar.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer Teaching English in Madagascar
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Gain practical classroom experience while supporting the education of disadvantaged children in Madagascar

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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What do I need to know about volunteering with my family?

With dedicated in-country staff around the world, we can provide your family with a hassle-free volunteering trip. We provide:  

  • Visa advice
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Project activities
  • In-country airport pick-ups and drop-offs 
  • Ground transportation to and from your project
  • Health and travel insurance

We will also support families with children of various ages: 

  • We can accept volunteers aged four years and older with their families. Contact us if your child will be under the age of four at the time you want to travel and we can discuss the options available. 
  • Ages 4-14: Children between 4-14 years old can be accommodated and work with their parent(s) for a reduced fee.
  • Ages 15+: If your child is aged 15 or older, he/she may volunteer without the accompaniment of a parent at the standard per person price.
  • We offer a 5% discount to immediate family members traveling together. This discount applies to adults and children aged 15+.
  • We can usually arrange family work abroad programs in all destinations except China and Costa Rica. 
  • In Jamaica, families are welcome. However, children cannot go to work with their parents here, so one parent needs to look after the children, or childcare can be arranged.

What are the benefits of volunteering for families?

Family humanitarian trips give you the time to connect with and develop a new sense of appreciation for each other. Your family will step closer to realizing their potential, and build meaningful connections with groups of diverse people around the world.

Here are several other benefits of family volunteer vacations abroad:

  • Share a love of travel. This is the perfect opportunity to travel, meet new people, and see new sights together. Volunteer abroad with family, and get a fresher perspective of the world while introducing your kids to the challenges people face everyday.    
  • Take part in experiential learning. The best lessons in life come from experience. This is a fantastic and safe way to teach your children about the world. They’ll learn from the people they meet, from their observations, and from you directly. Turn a volunteer vacation for families into a lesson that your children will never forget! 
  • Bond with your family. Use each moment on your family volunteer program to strengthen family ties and create new memories together. With so much to do on your trip, there’s guaranteed to be less time spent on digital devices, and more time spent being a family.
A mother and daughter volunteering overseas together help paint a classroom in Tanzania, Africa.

Can my family volunteer abroad for free?

We often get asked if families can volunteer abroad for free. The short answer is “no”. We can’t offer a gold standard for our volunteer abroad programs without charging fees. Read our blog which explains why we ask volunteers to pay a fee.

Next Steps

Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you and your family. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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