Two sisters playing with a skipping rope with a child on the Projects Abroad Childcare Programme in Fiji

Family Volunteering Abroad

Family-Friendly Volunteer Projects

Volunteering abroad is a great way for families to bond and add meaning to their holidays. We know that every family is different, so we’ll work with you to create a bespoke itinerary. Now’s your chance to help your children explore a new culture, leave a positive impact, and learn vital life skills.

The Best Family Volunteer Opportunities

Many of our projects are family-friendly. Just get in touch to let us know which ones interest you. Here are some of our most popular projects for family volunteers:

Our Background

We began sending volunteers abroad in 1992. Over a decade ago, we shifted our focus to be more on groups, which helped us build a strong reputation for sending families on volunteer trips. We’ll help your family grow and learn together as you leave a meaningful impact on local communities.

Here’s an example of a family volunteer trip to Ghana:

Why Choose Us for Family Volunteer Trips?

We love helping families plan and complete their dream volunteer trips abroad. That’s why our core principles are designed to help all people, including families like yours.

When you book a volunteer trip with us, you can guarantee that your trip will be:

  1. Safe: You and your children will have access to 24/7 support while at your destination. All of our placements are fully researched, safety audited, and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector. Learn about our safety procedures.
  2. Hassle-Free: Travelling the world can cause unwanted stress. We take the pressure off by organising much of the trip for you, making sure it's rewarding and memorable. Discover our hassle-free approach.
  3. Impactful: We want you and your family to end your trip with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Your trip will be designed to leave a positive impact on the communities you visit. Read about our impact.
  4. Flexible: Every family has unique needs and goals. From where you travel to what you eat, all our trips are bespoke and tailor-made just for you.

Volunteer trips can help families bond and give children the cultural awareness and employability skills they need to thrive as they enter adulthood.

For more insight, read this family’s personal volunteer story or follow this grandmother-grandaughter adventure.

A mother and daughter volunteering overseas together help paint a classroom in Tanzania, Africa.

Volunteering with Children

We support families with children of various ages:

  • We generally 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 of travel to discuss your options.
  • Ages 4-14: Children between 4-14 years old can be accommodated and work with their parent(s). The price per child is charged at the lower extra-week fee.
  • Ages 15+: If your child is aged 15 or older, they may volunteer with or without the accompaniment of a parent at the standard per person price.

We will try to arrange family volunteering in whichever destination interests you the most, although this is not always possible. Let us know your preferences and we'll look into the possibility of organising a safe and impactful family volunteer trip. If your preferred trip isn't available, we'll suggest alternatives to find the best option for you and your family.

What's Included?

We provide as much as we can to ensure your trip is both hassle-free and meaningful. To find out what’s included in more detail, check out our price information page.

You can also learn more about our hassle-free approach to family travel. Our aim is to ensure your family feels safe while being able to engage fully with volunteer work opportunities.

The cost of your trip covers accommodation, meals, and ground transportation. To further enhance your family’s experience abroad, the price also includes:

  • Pre-organised tours and excursions
  • A bespoke itinerary for your family
  • Upon request, a detailed information pack
  • A presentation on the tips we offer
  • A Q&A session to raise any concerns
  • A full risk assessment on your trip
  • Support for your application and trip preparations
  • 24/support while in destination
  • Fundraising advice
  • Tips on booking flights
  • Full induction and orientation on arrival
  • Educational reflective journals for your children

Taking your family on a volunteer trip abroad will be an unforgettable experience, but it can be hard to know where to start. We’ll support you every step of the way.

Next steps:

  1. Get in touch to let us know you’re interested.
  2. Discuss with us your aims and requirements.
  3. If requested, we then send you a proposal and some example itineraries.
  4. Begin your application with our support.
  5. Start your preparations, including securing visas and making your final payments.
  6. Head off on a family adventure of a lifetime!
  7. Return home as a closer family unit, with new skills and memories.

Ready to book a family volunteer trip?

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