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

Family Volunteering Holidays Abroad

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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Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From €1,695

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
TY Special
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From €1,620

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
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From €1,320

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

From €1,845

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
TY Special
Projects Abroad volunteers play ball sports with children in Tanzania on our placement for teenagers

From €2,070

Volunteering with Children in Tanzania for Teenagers
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Work with volunteers your age in local communities and help children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
TY Special
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From €2,070

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
A group of volunteers over 50 doing childcare volunteering in Nepal, take a photo outside their placement.

From €1,695

Childcare Volunteering in Nepal for Volunteers over 50
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Travel to Asia with a group your age and support students at disadvantaged schools

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 50 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
TY Special
A volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From €1,845

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka as a Teenager
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Join teenagers from all over the world to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.

From €1,545

Volunteer with Children in Peru
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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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How does it work for families with 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 in every country where we work, 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. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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