Family & Group Volunteer Abroad Projects
Family & Group Volunteer Abroad Projects
Are you seeking a meaningful volunteer experience that extends to your family? Are you a member of a club, school group, or team that's interested in participating in a worthwhile project together? If so, be assured that there are tons of volunteer abroad opportunities available for you and your family and friends all around the world!
If you haven't considered taking your family on a volunteer trip , now is a great time to get started. You will spend quality time with your loved ones, strengthen family bonds through shared experiences, encourage young ones to take on leadership opportunities, and share a passion for community improvement and empowerment. Plus, volunteering in a new community gives children the opportunity to grow emotionally, learn new skills, explore a new place, and make new friends while developing a greater sense of empathy.
If you're a leader of a group in your community or school, or a member of one that would like to broaden your horizons, consider suggesting a volunteer abroad experience for the same reasons. Group volunteering allows people to step outside a routine, challenge themselves mentally and physically, and share skills and compassion together.
Interested? Here's a sampling of just a few family-friendly and group overseas volunteer opportunities!
Group Volunteer Abroad Projects from Global Vision International
Global Vision International (GVI) is an award-winning organization that provides high-quality community development and conservation programs worldwide. GVI offers a variety of placements overseas, including academic year abroad, internships, under-18 programs, and volunteer abroad projects. They also offer family volunteer holidays, which are a perfect way to explore the world while making a positive impact on it along with your family. More than 20,000 volunteers have signed on with GVI in Africa, Asia, and beyond.
Through this under-18 program, volunteers may assist with construction projects in local villages. Tasks include building eco-toilets, performing home repairs, and renovating schools and playgrounds. Outside of the project, volunteers may see a Keralan Kathakali dance performance and take part in a cooking class. Participants can sign up for two to four weeks, with programs starting from $2,400. Click here to learn more.
Based on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, this youth program invites volunteers to learn about marine conservation issues, assist with research, and complete PADI dive certification. This program lasts two to three weeks and starts from $3,390. Click here to learn more and to sign up.
Another excellent group travel opportunity through GVI invites high school travelers on an alternative spring break to the Quepos community of Costa Rica. Through this amazing program, you’ll volunteer to refurbish community centers and teach English in after-school sessions, and have the opportunity to take dance classes, cooking classes, surf lessons, and side trips. Click here to learn more!
What Volunteers Say
"GVI's construction program in Pokhara, Nepal was my first volunteer trip ever and it was something I had been wanting to do for a very long time. There were many challenges during my 3 and a half week stay, but, do you know what the hardest thing about it was? Not the candle lit cold showers because the electricity randomly goes off, nor the carrying of bucket loads of cement back and forth for my construction project. Not even the fact I had to use squattie potties when I'm a very clumsy person. No, these were all challenges. Definitely challenges. But, the hardest thing… was coming home. Saying goodbye and leaving behind what now felt like a part of me. GVI and the other volunteers I lived with became my family. My home-stay family treated me like a daughter and took amazing care of each volunteer they hosted (even when there was 11 of us living there!). The projects I were on were the most amazing experiences where I got to work alongside locals and really feel like a part of the community. All in all I cannot wait to go back and see how much my projects have progressed and to say hello to all the amazing people I was so privileged to meet."
Family & Group Volunteer Abroad Projects from Global Volunteers
Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers offers internships, volunteer trips, gap years, and TEFL and teach abroad placements in 200 communities throughout 34 countries.
More than 33,000 volunteers have traveled with Global Volunteers to date - and as one of the longest-running volunteer vacation providers in the world, Global Volunteers was granted Special Consultative Status with the United Nations in 1999, and formalized a relationship with UNICEF in 2008.
This organization also has been featured as part of Oprah’s Angel Network, which initiates and supports charitable projects making a difference worldwide. Global Volunteers offers many different family and group volunteer programs, and even offers placements for family summer vacations, student groups, and high school travel opportunities.
One of Global Volunteers’ many different volunteer programs open to families right now invites you to Peru, where you can help children from impoverished backgrounds reach their full potential. Volunteers aged 14 and up can play with toddlers, teach games to preschoolers, practice English with grade school students, and tutor teens their own age. Parents, grandparents, and other adult family members meanwhile are able to help with English teaching, health and hygiene education, repair and maintenance, and many other projects. Click here to learn more and to sign up.
If you’re traveling with a school group, corporate group, or even just with friends, Global Volunteers has an amazing opportunity in Tanzania, where you can help with English teaching, math and science tutoring, simple health care procedures such as blood pressure checkups or diabetes screening, and much more. This is also a great opportunity for teachers, social workers, physical therapists, and other professionals to put their skills to use with a community in need overseas. Learn more and sign up here!
Group Volunteer Abroad Projects from Naturally Africa Volunteers
With placements in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, and South Africa, Naturally Africa Volunteers offers a large number of volunteer programs for families, groups, and individuals. Projects range from teaching, to sports, to wildlife conservation and beyond.
Open to group volunteers, this program provides immediate and vital assistance—particularly focusing on nutrition and living standards—for 500 families throughout eight project areas in Kenya. Volunteers work with child-headed households to teach computer literacy, reproductive health, sustainable agriculture, and more. This program lasts four to 12 weeks and starts at $758 per volunteer. Click here to learn more.
In this program, volunteers coach football alongside local coaches to street children and vulnerable children in local schools. Volunteer groups—especially athletic groups—are welcome on this program, which starts from four weeks. During their free time, volunteers can visit Lake Victoria and embark on safaris. Click here to learn more.
What Volunteers Say
"My time in Malawi was amazing. Meg, Sam and Aug were the main reason. They provided a balanced view on how to go about my role as a volunteer. I cannot describe how inspired I was by the whole trip and the staff at the cottage. The structure of the project was brilliant. You can clearly see the priorities. Keeping a good relationship with the village population and the elders was their main focus. Providing amazing support to the wound clinics, HIV support groups, nursery and home based care groups was incredible. I am very lucky I was part of the development of the different village I visited. At the weekends I got to experience other parts of Malawi. Like the landscape and culture outside the village. I wish I could have stayed for longer. I hope to return to Malawi in the near future."
Family and Group Volunteer Overseas Projects from A Broader View Volunteers
A Broader View Volunteers invites families, groups, and individuals to volunteer with programs throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia on programs ranging from day care, to community development, to teaching, and more. Volunteers can choose their own start dates, and as A Broader View Volunteers is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, all program fees are tax-deductible.
This program lasts two to six weeks and is perfect for groups—volunteer work includes monitoring and registering nesting patterns, keeping records of eggs laid and hatched, moving eggs to hatcheries, and more. This program starts from $1,300, and placement is available on both the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. Click here to learn more.
Based in Lusaka, volunteers work with a local NGO established to address injustices faced by youth, including human rights issues, abuse, and incarceration. Volunteers may assist with vocational training, advocacy workshops, funding proposals, and more. This program lasts one to eight weeks and starts from $820. Volunteers between 12 and 17 must travel with a parent. Click here to learn more about this project.
What Volunteers Say
I loved every single moment of my trip from meeting my host family and the children to being able to witness a funeral, learn the language and about the culture. I felt truly at home in Kpando and I hope to have a chance to go back in the future to visit. If I had a question I usually asked locals I became friends with. When packing skirts and dresses are advisable as well as items that cover your thighs and bra straps. Also items that dry quickly are easier to wash. Pretty much every moment of my trip was my favorite but overall being a part of the community and the best host family I could have asked for as well as participating in the lives of 31 of the most special children I have ever met.
Group and Family Volunteer Overseas Projects from International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
One of the most popular volunteer abroad providers in the world, International Volunteer HQ offers safe and affordable placements for individuals, families, and groups on programs worldwide. Projects can include wildlife and animal care, environment, construction and renovation, arts and music, sports, and lots more.
IVHQ offers a number of family-friendly programs in Guatemala, including construction and renovation, eco-agriculture conservation in a coffee farming community, and more. Usually there are between 20 and 50 volunteers engaging in this program each month, so this is a perfect group opportunity. Volunteer programs last one to 24 weeks and start from $299. Click here to learn more.
IVHQ also offers a variety of family- and group-friendly programs in Ecuador, including kindergarten support, general school support, administrative support, street children work, and English teaching. Usually there are 10 to 20 volunteers onsite each month, and programs start from $270 for one week. Click here to learn more.
What Volunteers Say
The best program to have done my first IVHQ experience with! The partner organization, TVE, was very organized and employs some of the nicest staff members and volunteers I've had the good fortune to work with. Accommodations were well managed and they were very helpful in choosing and helping you reach the volunteer placement. Tanzania itself was so wildly different from anything I've experienced before, but what better way to learn and grow?! I loved every moment and am already planning my return trip. Be warned, if ever you travel to Tanzania, it will steal your heart and have you coming back as often as you can.
Family & Group Volunteer Projects with Volunteering Solutions
Founded in 2007, Volunteering Solutions (VolSol) offers many opportunities for groups and families who want to travel the world and give back to the wonderful communities they visit. So far, nearly 12,000 travelers have signed up with VolSol, which offers 122 different projects in 21 countries around the world. It’s also one of the most affordable volunteer organizations in the world: depending on where you go, your first week abroad starts at just $200, with an option for travel insurance at just $12 per week.
Perfect for cultural immersion, this is a wonderful opportunity for families and groups who want to explore Ghana while volunteering on a community project. For the volunteer portion of this two-week adventure, you’ll work in a center that prepares girls - many of whom have dropped out of school or whose parents cannot afford an education for them - for school by teaching basic English, math, and social sciences, and more while assisting teachers with day-to-day tasks. You’ll also be able to embark on a Northern Ghana Wildlife Tour as well as a Wildlife Viewing Tour of Mole National Park, Ghana’s largest game viewing park. Click here to learn more.
Another two-week volunteer opportunity perfect for groups and families, Volunteering Solutions’ short-term volunteer program in India invites you to assist in a shelter for street children to teach English, serve meals, create play activities, and help with day-to-day maintenance, while also taking weekend excursions to the Taj Mahal and throughout Delhi. You also will be able to visit the Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, and Qutab Minar throughout your adventure in India. Learn more and sign up here.
If you’ve always wanted to visit Costa Rica, Central America’s tourism capital, Volunteering Solutions has an amazing trip for individuals, families, and groups, where you can volunteer in a childcare program in San Jose. As a volunteer, you’ll help out in a childcare center or an orphanage to provide basic support and attention to children by organizing games and activities, helping staff with their day-to-day work, and spending quality time with the children. You’ll also have time to visit Costa Rica’s beaches, take an adventure trip to Arenal Volcano, and so much more. Click here to sign up.
Student Group Volunteer & Intern Abroad Projects with Global Nomadic
With programs throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania, Global Nomadic provides a wide range of internship opportunities and volunteer travel experiences. With a mission of helping young professionals gain experience in their desired educational or career path, Global Nomadic places participants on hands-on programs with community organizations and charities worldwide. Global Nomadic is a great opportunity for groups of students who are seeking professional intern abroad and volunteer overseas projects.
Volunteers on this program are invited to work alongside scientists and biologists on the Pacific Coast of Guatemala treating and rehabilitating different sea turtle species. Other projects are available through this program as well, including community work and environmental education. The internship starts from one week, and participants may join year-round. There is a $500 placement fee, and the internship starts from $225 for the first week. Click here to learn more.
What Volunteers Say
I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful experience in Bali! The Cultural Immersion, Teaching, and Adventure Weeks surpassed my expectations. Global Nomadic and the Green Lion Bali Center made it possible for me to make lifelong friends from all over the globe and bring many incredible experiences home with me. Three weeks was almost too short. The longer your stay the better!
Group and Family Volunteering Abroad with Love Volunteers
Based in New Zealand, Love Volunteers helps thousands of underserved people in communities around the world. Since 2009, this organization has placed volunteers in 35 countries, in programs ranging from childcare, to construction, to sports, arts, and music, and lots more.
Designed for volunteers that don’t have more than one to two weeks to commit, the school renovation is perfect for families and groups. Volunteers help repair and renovate one of Love Volunteers’ partner schools, play with children, and join in on sightseeing tours. Click here to learn more about this program, which starts at $400 per volunteer for one week:
Through this placement, volunteers teach sports skills to children in a community program taking place after school hours and during holidays. During weekends and off hours, participants can travel to national parks, the zoo, beaches, and even take part in a safari. The Cameroon Sports Development program starts from two weeks at $300 per volunteer. Click here to learn more.
What Volunteers Say
I was very happy when I found Love Volunteers. Not only do they have programs all over the world, they are also economical! I took a bit of a risk when signing up to go to Zambia as there weren't any reviews of LV volunteers there. That being said, it was the best decision ever!
I saw other programs available for Zambia at twice the price! I ran into some of the programs in Zambia and am glad I didn't end up signing up with them. With the local NGO LV partners with you get more of cultural experience and you live in the bush! Don't let that scare you thought, you still get a chalet with showers, toilets, nets, pillows and great cooks. Most importantly you get to know the locals, whether it be the locals whom you'll work alongside with or the locals whose house your building or the neighbors.
The NGO also has an option for a Botswana Safari which is reasonably price considering you go to different parks, accommodations and transportation.
If you want the real Africa, go to Zambia. If you want to truly contribute to the local community, volunteer with Love Volunteers. All the money you pay (except admin fee) goes to the local NGO, which in turns buys material for volunteers, hosts you, feeds you, and employs locals!
I couldn't have hoped for a better experience. Thank you to the LV team, the NGO, and the local Zambians!
Family and Group Volunteering with Maximo Nivel
With placements in Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala, Maximo Nivel offers a variety of programs for families and groups, including volunteer programs in childcare, conservation, and more, plus TEFL/TESOL Certification.
With placement in three of the most bio-diverse countries in the world, this program invites volunteers to assist with turtle conservation, animal care, reforestation, environmental education and cleanup, and organic farming. This program starts from one week at $585 per volunteer. If completing 100 or more hours on this project, volunteers may receive the President’s Volunteer Service award. Click to learn more.
What Volunteers Say
I went to Cusco, Peru on a one-way ticket back in 2009 and had the time of my life. Maximo was a big contributor to my positive experience. I volunteered with underprivileged kids and helped paint a battered women's shelter. I also took inexpensive Spanish lessons with them. The accommodation they provided was great (I recommend Arcopata Family House). I lived with fellow participants of the program in a house and was provided really good meals. When I got sick, they had a doctor come to the house to check on me and give me medicine too. After volunteering, I became TEFL certified with them during a 4-week course. All in all, I was very impressed, and I would recommend them to anyone. The experience changed my life.
Group and Family Volunteering Abroad with Paramedics for Children
Based in Copán, Honduras, Paramedics for Children provides medical care, education services, and disaster relief to low-income communities in Honduras and Guatemala. Volunteers are invited to assist in the organization’s clinic, help train local rescue workers, and more.
Groups and families are welcome to help the Paramedics for Children team deliver school supplies and educational materials to more than 25 rural mountain schools in Honduras. Through this program, volunteers collect and distribute supplies, and play with children at the schools. This program starts from one week at $475. Click here to learn more.
Group and Family Programs with Projects Abroad
With more than 100,000 volunteers placed overseas since 1992, Projects Abroad has become one of the largest volunteer travel organizations in the world. With programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, Projects Abroad offers opportunities for volunteers in construction, archaeology, conservation, teaching, and more, for individuals, groups, and families.
Volunteers on this program will assist with rebuilding some of the 874 classrooms destroyed by a typhoon on the northern part of the Cebu Island. Families and student groups are invited to repair and replace damaged roofing, set foundations, plaster, mix sandbags to construct walls, and paint the classrooms. This program starts from one week at $2,195. Click here to learn more.
On this project, volunteers help young people develop their talents in creative arts through music, acting, painting murals, and more. Volunteers can teach children and teens how to play different musical instruments, make art with recycled materials, paint murals within the community, and even teach some English through acting. This project starts from two weeks at $2,315. Learn more about this program.
What Volunteers Say
Incredibly supportive, helpful, and accommodating. Felt welcome as soon as we got off of the plane, and they continued to offer their assistance in any way possible and the staff member that accompanied us throughout our daily activities was amazing and certainly added to the overall experience I had in Costa Rica. I was there for 2 weeks and always felt safe and taken care of. Not only did projects abroad help plan activities, like dinners, trips to the beach, and other excursions before we arrived, but they also helped us plan last minute activities after we had arrived too. They were able to make last minute zip lining reservations and were easy to work in. They made sure that we were happy and could do what we wanted. Our placement in a local host family's house was great and we had no problems with our living arrangement. I went with a group of 14 girls, and they were able to house almost all of us in the same home. The volunteer placement at a local daycare was only a 25 minute drive, and they provided transportation that was never a problem. The first week we were there, we were arriving to the daycare before the children, and we were a bit confused as to what our role was. But, they quickly adjusted the time that we were picked up, and we arrived an hour later the next week. We felt a little uncomfortable in our placement at first, as we were unsure what our role was and what exactly we should be doing. After a couple days, we got the hang out of and felt more comfortable. Staff contacted us multiple times via email and phone before our trip in order to make us feel comfortable and answer any questions we may have. Overall, I was extremely happy with the accommodations and staff. They really care about you and want to make you happy, the projects abroad staff even attended dinners with us and truly just wanted us to enjoy our time in the country. This was my first time traveling abroad and I would definitely do it again with this organization.
Volunteering Abroad as a Family with Lead Adventures Ecuador
Staffed locally, Lead Adventures offers volunteer placements and adventures in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, with a focus on wildlife conservation and research as well as childcare.
Family Volunteer Program
Lead Adventures offers customizable trips for families, with programs available throughout the Amazon, the Andes, the Ecuadorian coast, and the Galapagos Islands. Families are invited to combine volunteer work—helping street children, working in animal rescue centers, volunteering in schools, and more—with adventure tours such as mountain biking, island hopping, and beyond. Click here to learn more:
With programs in Ghana, Costa Rica, and Thailand, uVolunteer offers a number of placements for individuals, groups, and families in teaching, childcare, sports education, community development, and more.
Costa Rica: Building and Construction
With 10 to 15 volunteers placed in each group, this program invites participants to help build new lives for low-income Costa Rican families by constructing and renovating homes, schools, and community buildings. This program starts from two weeks at $1,040 per volunteer.
Ghana: Sports and Physical Education
Perfect for groups and families, this program invites volunteers to help local coaches with their regular instruction through teaching, reinforcing, and improving students’ athletic skills. Volunteers also accompany teams to local tournaments and games.
What Volunteers Say
The staff is very friendly and always makes you feel welcome and comfortable. I am glad the number of volunteers was relatively small. I felt that I was able to get to know everybody very well because of this. I developed some close relationships in a very short period of time. As a Spanish major, I am very glad that I chose to volunteer abroad instead of study abroad. I felt that I was able to be immersed in the culture and utilize the language more by working at The Community Center. I learned so much about life from the staff and the children and community members that attend there. Everybody seemed so happy regardless of what their living situation was. The Costa Rican people seem to enjoy life and appreciate the simple things. All of the people that I met were so genuine and thankful. This was very inspiring to me. I am truly thankful for all of my experiences that I have had and relationships that I have made while in Costa Rica. I will never forget. I want to return in the future. I would recommend uVolunteer to anybody that is interested in helping others and would like to receive a change in perspective. Remember to keep an open mind. There are so many possibilities in life when one keeps an open mind. Thanks again!
Voluntary Projects Overseas
Within the past 10 years, Voluntary Projects Overseas has placed nearly 2,000 volunteers on programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Volunteers help with teaching, wildlife and conservation, construction, and community care, and placements are open to individuals, families, and groups.
Costa Rica: Sea Turtle Project
Based on Playa Blanca, this program invites groups and individuals to engage in in-water monitoring, including preparing boat equipment, maintaining turtle nets, assisting with field rescue, and helping out at the local rehabilitation center. This program starts from one week at $750.
Founded in 2014, Volunteering Journeys provides volunteer abroad placements in India, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bali.
This organization’s founding story inspires the work carried out by its team and travelers every day: after quitting her job as an investment banker, founder Ridhi Patel took time to volunteer for three months in South Africa. This life-changing experience led her to build a volunteer organization within her home country of India, where she could bring together travelers who wanted to explore new places, give back to their host communities, and learn more about themselves along the way.
Volunteering Journeys prides itself on personal attention and tailored experiences for all participants, as well as high-quality service and placements that actively engage community leaders and local professionals. There are many different opportunities for families who want to volunteer and travel together, from India, to South Africa, to Nepal and Cambodia.
One of Volunteering Journeys’ family-friendly programs invites you to South India, where you’ll have the chance to volunteer in one of several different projects, including childcare, education, sports coaching, or school renovation. Volunteering Journeys will customize your trip to make sure that your whole family gains the most from this amazing experience. This program lasts one week, with an optional second-week extension of a North or South India tour. Learn more at: https://volunteeringjourneys.com/family-volunteering-in-india
Based in the Limpopo region of South Africa, you and your family will be placed on a volunteer project close to the world-famous Kruger National Park for this experience through Volunteering Journeys. There are a few different volunteering opportunities to choose from, including teaching English and arts and crafts at a local primary school, working with a women’s empowerment program, or volunteering at an orphanage. As with the family holiday in India, you’re invited to stay one to two weeks on this customizable trip, which also includes a weekend safari camping experience in Kruger. Learn more and sign up at: https://volunteeringjourneys.com/family-volunteering-south-africa
Ready to Go?
In addition to the opportunities listed out here, there are so many amazing experiences just waiting for you and your family and friends to join in. Consider a family-friendly or group volunteer program as a way to combine two elements of your life that can mean so much to you: spending quality time with people you love, and actualizing your passion for helping others.
Children learn by doing, and they learn best by doing what you do. And as the saying goes, you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with! Inspire and encourage your nearest and dearest, and volunteer with them: remember, volunteering has a positive impact on those who give, as well as those who receive.
If you’re ready to take the plunge, set up your Volunteer Forever profile today and learn what you can do to pursue adventure, have fun, and make a difference! Also, if you've got a big heart, but little wallet, check out our list of cheap and affordable volunteer placements.
P.S. If you're still looking for a volunteer opportunity, check out our list of best volunteer abroad programs and recommended volunteer projects in Africa, Central America, and Thailand. You can also read about 7 Great Medical and Veterinary Volunteer Abroad Projects, 10 Dental Volunteer Abroad Program and Medical Mission Tips for Pre Dental Students, and nursing volunteer abroad projects for students and nurse professionals. Or, if medical volunteer projects aren't for you, be sure to read about our sports and coaching volunteer abroad, wildlife conservation and veterinary abroad, teach abroad, and intern abroad programs. Lastly, if you're under 18, you may be interested in a teen volunteer abroad program from one of our many great partners.
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