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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In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.

From 6,795 AED

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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Work on life skills and basic education with children in colourful and vibrant Tanzania

  • 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 7,370 AED

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
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From 5,295 AED

Volunteer with Children in Nepal
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers assist with childcare volunteering for teenagers in Kenya as they play educational games with the children in the school yard

From 8,270 AED

Volunteer Work with Children in Kenya for Teenagers
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Take part in community work with other teenagers in Kenya and help local children to learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From 6,795 AED

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
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From 8,120 AED

Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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Do volunteer work with children in South Africa and focus on supporting early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of children with Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers outside a kindergarten in Sri Lanka.

From 6,045 AED

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka
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Support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres while experiencing life in Sri Lanka

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of sharks pictured by Projects Abroad volunteers whilst diving on their Shark Conservation volunteering project in Fiji.

From 12,565 AED

Shark Conservation Volunteering in Fiji
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Dive in the stunning waters of the South Pacific and play a vital role in shark conservation efforts

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From 8,270 AED

Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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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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