Volunteering abroad with family is a great way to not just take a vacation with your folks but also make a difference and give back to society. An inspirational way to instill these qualities in growing children, taking volunteering trips with the family goes a long way in creating dual benefits both for the family and the host destination as well. A storehouse of learnings and creating memories, taking a vacation with family that clubs traveling and volunteering has innumerable benefits for a family where the members juggle with work, school, kids, home, social gatherings, and several other activities.
It enhances family interactions, improves your personal skills, and enriches the lives of individuals. When volunteering as a family, each member interacts with others and finds opportunities to reflect on their actions. It’s an activity that family members often find worthwhile when they do it together. It fulfills a goal of ‘spending quality time’ with each other while doing something meaningful for strangers, without expecting anything back in return. You get to know your close people in new ways, and they get to know a different side of you as well. Demonstrating skills and learning new ones provide the chance to work together for the same goals — and discuss the necessary actions that should be taken.
Vol Sol facilitates easily doable volunteering trips in different destinations and we have sourced specific projects for families that are safe, rewarding, and provide scope for all family members to work in, meaningfully. The destinations that offer tailor-made family volunteering projects include India, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bali, Tanzania, Kenya, Costa Rica, and Peru.
What are the benefits of volunteering with your family? What kind of projects are available? How do you go about making travel and accommodation arrangements? How do you all of this, affordably? Well, we got you covered. Take a look:
If you are a parent, then you should definitely go for a volunteering trip with your kids, as it would help them in multifarious ways. When volunteering begins at an early age, it can become a part of the kids’ lives — something they might just expect and want to do. They would also learn the value of helping others. It can teach them:
In order to cater to different family needs, we have sourced projects that cover a wide array of destinations and work. For families that have animal lovers and nature lovers in them, we have projects in Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Costa Rica. Guided under professionals, these projects are safe for children and create an opportunity for children to get close to nature and taste what’s life like in the countryside.
The Elephant and Community Work Project in Thailand deserves a special mention here. Projects in Costa Rica are also popular amongst families as there is a lot of conservation work and spending time in the fields. This is an ideal clubbing of doing some good work, spending quality time together, and getting the kids to experience and work with nature.
For families that are looking to work with kids and also give their children a look into the lives of underprivileged children, we have projects that revolve around childcare. Activities that can be undertaken at these projects include taking basic English lessons, designing fun and educative play games for kids, and living with locals like a local.
Projects in Nepal, India, and Costa Rica are also recommended for ample cultural immersion activities in addition to childcare projects. Projects in Peru with kids in kindergarten and daycare centers along with the language and culture immersion week, too, is an option that the families that have a working knowledge of Spanish can explore for their volunteering trip abroad.
Accompanied by adults, children above the age of 4 are allowed to come for most volunteering projects. This is made mandatory so that families can truly work and involve themselves in the projects together and parents aren’t occupied with only taking care of toddlers the entire time. However, in case there are a group of families traveling together and there are more than one or two caretakers, exceptions can be made on a case to case basis. For specific country requirements and permissions, feel to contact our project advisors. Age limit tends to vary across different projects and other than suggested destinations, please contact our advisers.
Please note that separate Application Form has to be filled by all family members interested to participate in the projects, family-specific arrangements are made and grouped together after the application process is completed.
While volunteering projects are available throughout the world in 27 destinations, the destinations suggested are more suited for families with respect to the nature of the project, accommodation, and age requisites. Vol Sol suggests India, Nepal, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bali, Tanzania, Kenya, Costa Rica, and Peru for volunteering abroad with family. With respect to volunteer work, projects which involve families to work together are made available.
Projects such as animal welfare – specifically the Elephant Volunteering Projects, conservation, and community building projects in Costa Rica which include the Turtle Conservation Project, Wildlife, and Rescue Center Volunteering amongst others are ideal for families. Orphanage, Childcare, and Teaching Monks projects in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand are also recommended for families.
Specific requirements in a country other than the ones suggested arrangements can be made that suit families at extra costs.
Volunteering trips can be taken for a duration of 1 to 24 weeks. There are several 2 Week Specials that aim to give you the most in a compact time. The 2-week special volunteer projects, in particular, are ideal for families. However, if you are planning to volunteer for an extended summer/winter/spring vacation, volunteering for 4-6 weeks is an ideal duration. Weekend trips and extended weekend trips to the noteworthy sights of each destination are also facilitated at affordable costs. For families that are looking for cultural immersion and language orientation weeks, projects in India, Nepal, Peru, and Costa Rica are highly recommended.
The inclusions under the project fee are accommodations, specified meals, airport pickups, full in-country assistance, in-country transportation (from the accommodation to project site), a comprehensive pre-departure information kit, project placement fee.
In case you are a big family and wish to avail group discounts, feel free to drop an email at [email protected], and project advisors will take get back to you.
Riyanka is a traveler who is keen on exploring different parts of the world. She’s a travel blogger who’s equally passionate about photography. Her quest is to turn all her journeys into beautiful stories. Being a die-hard ‘mountain-aholic‘, her favorite destinations are all around the Himalayas! She can spend days gazing at the snow-capped mountains, binge on Maggi and lemon-honey-ginger tea, and reading Ruskin Bond books.
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