girl skipping rope in Kenya

Family Volunteering Abroad

Children learn more from what you do, than what you tell them to do, so show them the power of giving back! Family volunteering is an incredible opportunity to bond together, and learn something new. 

mother and child in Fiji

Why family volunteering?

Volunteering with your children or teens is a fantastic way to do something different, take part in a unique experience as a family, and to teach your children about giving back. 

This is a fantastic learning opportunity for the entire family, to experience another country, to learn about a new culture, and to contribute to a developing community. 

Family volunteering is allowed on specific programs, so please do check with us before booking. Generally, we accept children from 3 years and over. If you have older teens, we have programs for 16 years+ which they may be able to take part in themselves.

Children need to be supervised by their guardians at all times, or if over 16 a permission letter is required. 

family volunteering

What does family volunteering involve?

Naturally certain volunteer projects are more suited to family volunteering than others.

Our childcare and teaching programs are best all-round projects for families, particually if you are taking younger children with you. They will be able to take part in the childrens activities and interact with the local children. This provides a great chance for a cultural exchange.

You could also volunteer on a conservation project. This is a fantastic way to practiically lend a hand whilst teaching your children about environmental issues. This is suited to children and teens who like to be outdoors. Our animal conservation projects are also a great way to teach kids about protecting endangered species. 

mum and son cleaning a turtle

What are the benefits of family volunteering?

The are so many reasons why volunteering abroad as a family is beneficial. Not only do you have the chance for an exotic holiday, you have the added reward of doing something valuable too!

Here are some of the benefits of family volunteering:

  • It puts things into perspective. For children and older teens, seeing disadvantaged communities in person allows them to see how other people live, which can be a valuable teaching opportunity.
  • You will bond as a family. Doing something for the greater good and helping others, can feel like a real achievement and a chance to make some beautiful memories together.
  • It teaches the value of helping others. Having your children volunteer with you can make them appreciate the value of helping others and the joy it can bring to people, and themselves.
  • You will learn new skills. From learning to communicate with people from around the world, to practical skills on your project, you will come away learning something new!

Find Family Volunteering Projects

Why IVI?

Make a Real Impact​

We focus on projects with genuine needs.  Community, Healthcare, Education, Childcare, Construction etc. You'll leave feeling like you truly achieved something​.

Top Rated

We were voted 'Top Overseas Volunteering Organisation 2019' by APAC insider Australia awards. We have thousands of positive testimonies

35+ Years in Operation​​

IVI is one of the pioneers of overseas volunteering. Established in 1989 we have trustworthy partners that know the local needs and treat every volunteer with love.

Charity & Non Profit​​

We don't just send volunteers overseas, we run campaigns and fundraise for materials so that our impact is significant and lasting in communities that need it.

Affordable Placements​​

Why pay thousands to volunteer abroad? It shouldn't cost that much. We're a non-profit org so we're not focused on profits, we're focused on helping people​. 

Flexibility & Choice​​

We have over 100+ projects in 20 countries. Most of our programs start every week so you have options around destinations, projects and start dates. 


Mangrove Conservation, Cambodia
"I really appreciated the diversity of the work. Each day was a different mix of planting and collecting seeds which made it all very interesting. Collecting mangrove fruits from already established trees was something I had never done before so that was definitely a highlight. "

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