Best Volunteer Abroad Destinations For Families On A Shoestring Budget


As the holiday season of winter is inching closer, friends and families have started planning their trips abroad. This is the time when people mostly travel around in huge numbers; mostly family vacations. One very cost-effective and popular travel trend during the winter holidays is taking a family volunteer vacation abroad. Adding volunteering to your family trip gives it a different meaning altogether, and also an opportunity for your children to learn something new, something different, and learn how to indulge in act of kindness from a young age. 

Volunteering Solutions has been hosting and placing families looking for budget volunteer vacations abroad, for a while now. This has helped us in shortlisting some of the most preferred volunteer destinations for family vacations.

Here, we have listed some very interesting destinations to take a budget volunteer trip with your family this winter season. Take a quick look and start planning, NOW!

1. Tanzania

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While volunteering in a childcare in Tanzania: My place, where I left my heart and soul to find the most true and beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen in my life. Smiles of children who have nothing except love and happiness: exactly what we really miss in our lives. ❤️🌍 ~ . . . . . #IAmVolSoler #volunteeringsolutions #volsoltanzania #volsol #volunteer #volunteering #spreadsmile #bringthechange #makeadifference #photooftheday #volunteerdiaries #makeachange #volunteerabroad #workforchildren #play #kids #children #volunteerforacause #bethechange #beavolunteer #childrenof_instagram #learnsomethingnew #teachchildren #cutekids #childrenofinstagram #playwithkids #happythem #tanzania

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An African country can hardly fail to provide adventure experiences and opportunities to make wonderful travel memories. Tanzania, with its astonishing national parks, game drives, and the massive Mt. Kilimanjaro, is an ideal destination to have a great family vacation. What adds to the excitement is a chance to be useful for the society and make a difference. There are several volunteer opportunities in Tanzania for families to work in consort for the underprivileged. Vol Sol offers placements in Arusha and Zanzibar areas to provide a different working environment, yet, covering an overall view of a typical Tanzanian lifestyle.


2. Nepal


If there was to be a list of places that fit perfectly to the adage, “Big things come in small packages”, Nepal would, certainly, be one of the Top 3. Home to the mighty Himalayas & the highest peak – Mt. Everest, it is needless to say how and why Nepal is an apt destination for a perfect family holiday abroad. And, when it comes to volunteering in Nepal, the need for volunteer support has escalated ever since this beautiful country was hit by the two successive earthquakes. Here is an opportunity to explore the many scintillating sites in Nepal, while making a contribution to society.


3. India

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What an incredible bunch of people!🌼 They all were a part of the Summer Volunteering Program in India, and during their trip to the Jaipur, they rolled with fun & frolic. Not only did they touch the lives of the little ones while volunteering, but they also ensured that every moment of their journey in India turns to memories worth cherishing. . . . . . . #IAmVolSoler #volunteeringsolutions #volsolindia #volsol #india #volunteering #teaching #childcare #volunteer #programs #teaching #streetsofindia  #travelindia #voluntour #teachinindia #jaipurigers #makeadifference #bringachange #delhigram #childrenof_instagram #streetsofdelhi #travelrealindia #jaipur #jaipurdiaries #volunteerdiaries #volunteeringindia #summerprogram #travelinindia #GoVolunteerAbroad #grouptravel

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Does it even require an explanation, as to why India is on this list? Ask those who have been to this incredible country, and you’ll get a loud and clear NO. When making a bucket list of destinations to travel and/or volunteer abroad you cannot simply miss including India. Popular for its diverse culture and preserved traditions, India is possibly the best destination to teach your children about ethics, family values, unity, hardship, and more. Adding to the excitement of volunteering in India are some specially designed excursions to take over the weekends, that will take you and your family for a cultural and historical ride.


4. Vietnam

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Our volunteer @jemma_buck shared this lovely photo with us along with a touching note – "Such an amazing two weeks on the medical program at the hospital with @volunteeringsolutions in orthopedics and pediatric rehabilitation, so grateful for the opportunity to work with the incredible team of staff and patients. An experience I'll never forget with people I hope to see again, couldn't recommend it more to medical students looking to volunteer abroad." #volsolvietnam #vietnam #Iamvolsoler #travelgirl #medical #volunteering #volunteers #inspiration #dogood #makeadifference #share #love #care #happiness #likeforlike #followforfollow #instapic #instaupload #instagood #happy #portraits #theglobewanderer #traveler #goals #goodness

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It may come as a surprise to many, but, Yes! Vietnam is a great family volunteer vacation option. Coming far ahead from its days of war and social instability, Vietnam, today, is one of the most subtle and peaceful destinations to travel in Asia. Located in Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City, the volunteer projects offered in Vietnam are Childcare, Medical volunteering, Animal welfare and Conservation, and Teaching. Working for the childcare or animal welfare and conservation project can be a great idea for families. And you’ll get ample scope to explore the country over the weekends, as well as during the evenings on weekdays!


5. Ghana

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"I decided to volunteer because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and help those in need, whilst being part of a new and different culture. Ghana has proved to be the right place for my first volunteering experience, apart from being one of the safest countries in Africa the people are extremely welcoming and always willing to know more about you. After spending 3 weeks in Tamale I can say with confidence that this experience has exceeded all my expectations. I am sad to leave but glad to have made some very good friends starting with Fred and his family, the other volunteers, the football players and the girls in school. Hopefully, I will be able to come back again." – @alvaro_bertran who joined Football Coaching Volunteer Program in Ghana for 3 weeks. . . . #IAmVolSoler #volunteeringsolutionsl #volsol #volsolghana #ghana #volunteer #volunteering #football #sports #play #game #sportscoaching #contribute #volunteerabroad #spirit #sportsmanship #traveler #traveladdict #soccer #football #playtime #sportstime #childrenofinstagram #childrenof_instagram #ig #playwithkids

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As said earlier, it’s hard to find an African country that’d disappoint as a destination to spend holidays in. While Ghana does provide all the typical African adventure opportunities, volunteering in Ghana offers a glimpse of typical African village life as well. Apart from volunteer work, life in Ghana is relaxed and easy. By spending time with the locals you will learn about their elaborate festivals, the local cuisine comprising of Banku and Fufu – Ghana’s most famous dishes, their colorful dresses, and the music and dances.


6. Costa Rica

If you wish to explore the gorgeous beaches of Costa Rica and soak in the authentic vibes of ‘Pura Vida’ – then what can be better than a volunteering vacation with your family! Take your kids for an amazing joyride, work for an animal conservation program or live by the coast, working for turtle conservation – and experience the goodness of doing something for Mother Nature. You can also opt for other programs like Teaching or Child Care. Make the most of your weekends exploring the country’s wilderness. If you are an adventure junkie, then you’ll get ample options here – including zip-lining through forests and cave explorations. There is so much to do in Costa Rica, that your weekends might not just be enough!


7. Portugal

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In Portugal, over two million people are in danger of living in poverty, including 500 thousand children and their families. This program directly helps these families, by giving them a decent home. As a volunteer, you will rebuild and repair their houses so they have a healthier and happier place to live. You will have the opportunity to be integrated into a team of volunteers from all over the world that have a common mission. Painting doors, repairing the rooms’ floor or fixing the bathroom wall will be part of your daily tasks. You don’t have to have construction experience because there will always be a supervisor explaining how to perform the tasks and making sure everything you do is correct. #portugal #IAmVolSoler #VolSolPortugal #traveltoportugal #porto #lisbon #makeadifference #volunteer #travelabroad #makefriends #contribute #explorecreateshare #travellovers #wanderlust #volunteeringisfun #letsgo #instagood #instaworthy #saturdayvibes #rebuild #happyplace

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A family vacation to Europe is something that we can never say ‘no’ to! And guess how exciting the entire journey would turn out to be, if you can spend a couple of weeks, contributing towards a meaningful cause during your holidays. You can choose to be a part of the Marine Conservation Program, Construction & Renovation Program or the Food Waste Management Program. No matter whether you plan to spend your days in Lisbon or Porto – we’ll make sure that you’ll have a great time out there! And if you are looking for something more – join our 2 Weeks Special Voluntour in Portugal and get to spend time in both the cities, along with 2 days amazing experience at Berlengas island in Peniche.

Looking for a great budget holiday with your family? Choose from these amazing places, and more, and book your spot now. Speak with our program advisors for more details – drop us a mail at [email protected] and we shall get back to you!

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