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Family volunteer opportunities abroad with IVHQ

Are you looking for family volunteer opportunities abroad? As more travellers are choosing to volunteer abroad as a way of experiencing a new country and culture while giving back to a community, International Volunteer HQ is proud to provide affordable family volunteer vacations for those looking to travel with a purpose.

Whether you are interested in construction, conservation, working with children or volunteering with animals, volunteering abroad as a family gives you quality time together while amplifying the impact to your chosen cause. We’re here to make organizing family volunteering holidays easy and affordable with family volunteer opportunities available in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, North America, South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Learn more about planning a family volunteer abroad trip with IVHQ below.

Can I volunteer abroad with my children?

Certainly - IVHQ offers a range of trusted volunteer abroad programs suitable for parents who would like to volunteer abroad with children as part of a volunteer family vacation.

Our friendly Volunteer Travel 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.

Family IVHQ volunteers in Indonesian hutt

Where can my family volunteer abroad?

IVHQ has safe and family-friendly volunteer abroad programs in over 45 destinations with a special family volunteer program in Indonesia that was custom-designed with family service trips in mind. If you are looking to volunteer in a different destination, 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 provides families with greater privacy and the opportunity to be accommodated together in private rooms. Living in a homestay 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 Indonesia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Kenya - Maasai, 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. In Bali, families can also be accommodated together in private villa accommodation.

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.

IVHQ Mother and daughter volunteers in South America

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! Our conservation-focused program in Indonesia includes family-friendly volunteer work like bird watching, community development and turtle conservation activities.

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 breaks or your working year.

You will have your weekends free to explore more of the host country and local culture and you also have the opportunity to take an organised tour or safari with a tour provider recommended to you by our local staff.

IVHQ Mother and daughter volunteers with group

How do we apply to volunteer abroad as a family?

An online application will need to be submitted for each family member to volunteer abroad with IVHQ.

Each application must reference the name of the other family members in response to the question “Are you volunteering with a friend, relative or group?”. This allows us to ensure our local staff can place and accommodate your family together.

How much does it cost to to volunteer abroad as a family?

Each family member will need to pay a Registration Fee and Program Fee for your family’s chosen volunteer abroad program. Take a look at our program costs to see our range of affordable program fees.

Please note that the Bali program incurs a surcharge of US$200 per week per family US$200 (approximately £160) for families volunteering with children 12 years and under. This is 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 abroad with your family, please contact us.

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!