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

Family Volunteering Abroad

Travel to a developing country as a family and work together to support local communities or the environment

Our family-friendly volunteer trips are ideal for any family looking to do something different and learn and grow together. We can accommodate any type of family, from families with young children, to those looking for mother-daughter volunteer opportunities.  

This is what you can expect from our family volunteering programmes:

  • Work with and learn from diverse groups of people around the world
  • Gain or improve valuable life skills, like communication and teamwork
  • Work on long-term, sustainable solutions, not quick fixes, and show your children the power of helping others
  • Get a unique insight into different cultures and traditions

For families volunteering abroad, we also offer: 

Every child learns from watching their parents and the people around them. Go a step further and help your family learn and grow together through a family volunteer vacation!

What are some good volunteering opportunities for families?

As a family volunteering with Projects Abroad, you’ll roll up your sleeves get right to work on a project designed to benefit local people or the environment.

Some of our projects are more family-friendly than others. Here are our most popular and suitable projects for families: 

  • Conservation: Work in the heart of the Amazon Rainforest, help protect endangered giraffes in Kenya, or care for and release baby turtles into the ocean in Mexico. We have several conservation programmes around the globe that focus on protecting endangered species and environments. This is also a great option if you want a family volunteer vacation with animals. 
  • Childcare: As a family, you can support local teachers and caregivers by caring for and teaching kids. Plan fun activities, read stories, teach children games from your home-country, or help with mealtimes. As the saying goes, many hands equal light (and fun) work!
  • Sports Coaching: Sports are a global language and have the power to bring people together. Share your family’s passion for sports with local kids and young athletes, and help encourage people to have fun keeping fit.

For a full list of our family-friendly volunteer holidays, take a look at our product snippets below. You can also speak to our Project Experts, who can advise you on which project will best fit your interests and goals. 

Interested in family gap year volunteering? Our projects are safe and entirely flexible, and you can choose for how long you want to travel. We can also organise different types of projects in multiple countries. Read our popular blog post about the Fatan family who did just that!

Find a Family-Friendly Volunteer Project

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A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From $3,695 NZD

Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa
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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,920 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers scaling a canopy walkway during their Conservation volunteering in the Amazon Rainforest in Peru.

From $4,295 NZD

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
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From $3,295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji

From $3,970 NZD

Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers
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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers working in the Himayalas take a break from activities in Ghandruk, Nepal.

From $3,440 NZD

Himalayan Conservation Expedition in Nepal
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Live and work in the Himalayas and help preserve and enhance the biodiversity of this renowned area

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad Conservation volunteers build an eco-wall using recycled plastic in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

From $3,970 NZD

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
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $3,445 NZD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Childcare volunteer working with children in Fiji sits in a circle with children during a kindergarten lesson.

From $3,295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Fiji
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Help local kindergarten teachers and support early childhood education on the island of Viti Levu

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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How does it work for children?

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 travelling together. This discount applies to adults and children aged 15+.

Please note that we can usually arrange projects for families 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.

How will my family be supported during a volunteer holiday?

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

  • Visa advice
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Project activities
  • Airport pick-ups and drop-offs
  • Ground transportation to and from your project
  • Health and travel insurance
A family volunteering abroad together enjoy an afternoon meal after finishing their work for the day in the Galapagos Islands.

What are the benefits of volunteering as a family?

There are multiple benefits for family volunteering abroad. It’s not just an opportunity for your family to have an exciting holiday. It’s a chance for your family to realise more of their potential, and build meaningful connections across the world. 

Here are the benefits of our projects for families: 

  • Take part in cultural exchange and see how people live: You’ll stay with a host family or in comfortable accommodation organised by our staff. You’ll work with local people and become part of the community for a short time.
  • Share a love of travel with your family: For families with young children, volunteering overseas is an opportunity to guide your children safely on their first trip and develop a love of travelling. A trip like this will open their minds to the beauty or our world, but also the different challenges that other families have across the globe.
  • Take part in experiential learning: Encourage your children to learn by doing. Teach them how to adapt to different environments, learn from people they meet, or how to learn from their own observations. A family volunteer vacation lets you make the world your children’s classroom.
  • Bond with your family: A family work abroad programme is the perfect opportunity to deepen your bonds while in a new environment. You’ll create lasting family memories filled with exploring and wonder. With a schedule packed with volunteer work, your family will also have less time to spend in front of the TV or on their phones!
A mother and daughter volunteering overseas together help paint a classroom in Tanzania, Africa.

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 well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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