Family Volunteering Overseas
Are you looking for family volunteer opportunities overseas? International Volunteer HQ is proud to provide affordable family volunteer holidays for Australian families looking to experience a new country and culture, while giving back to a local community.
We’re here to make organising family volunteering holidays easy and affordable with family volunteer opportunities available in Asia, South America, Central America, Africa, Europe and the Pacific. Learn more about planning a family volunteer holiday with IVHQ below.
Can I volunteer abroad with my children?
Certainly - IVHQ offers a range of volunteer overseas programs suitable for parents who would like to volunteer abroad with children as part of a volunteer family vacation.
Our friendly Volunteer Program Consultants are happy to support you in selecting the volunteer abroad program best suited to the ages and abilities of your children and your family travel desires.
Where can my family volunteer abroad?
IVHQ has volunteer overseas programs for families in over 35 destinations, including Cambodia, Bali, Peru, Costa Rica, India and Kenya.
We recommend that families with children under the age of 15 look at our programs which offer home-stay accommodation, rather than those which offer dormitory-style accommodation. This is provides families with greater privacy and the opportunity to be accommodated together in private rooms. Living in a home-stay is a unique experience, as your family can enjoy living alongside a local family, while learning about their culture, cuisine and traditions. Our volunteer programs that can accommodate families together in home-stay accommodation include Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nepal, Peru - Cusco, Peru - Lima and Tanzania.
If you are looking for a more social setting and the opportunity to live in a volunteer house alongside other international volunteers, your family can enjoy the comforts of a private room while volunteering in Argentina. Or if you prefer to volunteer closer to home, families can also be accommodated together in private villa accommodation in Bali.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss the suitability of any of these volunteer abroad programs for your family, as we will be happy to support you with selecting the best destination to meet the unique needs of your family.
Please note that children under the age of 18 years are able to volunteer abroad with a parent or guardian on any IVHQ program, with the exception of the Italy, Romania, Brazil and Colombia volunteer programs.
Which projects are most suitable for family volunteer trips?
During your volunteer program, children and teenagers under the age of 18 will need to be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times.
For families with young children, our Childcare projects are generally the most suitable volunteer projects, as these allow children to become involved and interact with the other children. A Conservation project may also be suitable for families with children who enjoy working outdoors and don’t mind getting their hands dirty!
Browse our wide range of volunteer abroad projects to find one that appeals to you and your family.
How long can my family volunteer abroad for?
The flexibility of our volunteer abroad programs means you can choose to volunteer for anywhere between 1 week and 24 weeks. This allows you to fit a family volunteer vacation into your children’s school holidays or your working year.
You will have your weekends free to explore more of the host country and local culture. You also have the opportunity to take an organized tour or safari with a tour provider recommended to you by our local staff.
How do we apply to volunteer abroad as a family?
To apply as a family, one family member needs to complete the application first and select “Yes” to the question “Will you be volunteering with a friend, family member or group?”. They will be stepped through creating a profile for your family, where they are prompted to enter the email addresses for the other family members who will also be volunteering abroad.
All family members will then receive an email invite, which they are encouraged to click to complete their personal application. Following this process will ensure you will be accommodated and placed together.
How much does it cost to to volunteer abroad as a family?
We do our utmost to make volunteering abroad affordable for both families and solo travellers, so each family member will need to pay the Registration Fee and Program Fee for your chosen volunteer abroad program. Take a look at our program costs to see our range of affordable program fees.
Please note, the Bali program incurs a surcharge of US$200 per week per family (approximately AU$270) for families volunteering with children 12 years and under to cover private accommodation and extra care during the program. This will be paid to our local staff upon arrival in Bali.
If you have any further questions on how to volunteer overseas with your family, please contact us.