Volunteer Abroad as a Family
The concept of volunteering abroad with your family is growing in popularity. Some people, while taking a career break or pause in full-time education, cannot or do not want to leave their families behind while going overseas. Other people see their service trip as a great way to teach their children to grow emotionally, learn a new skill, or explore a new place. Regardless of motivation, our volunteering families find that living and working together on an international service project brings them together in a way that nothing else could.
When setting up arrangements for a family to volunteer together, we always keep in mind that there is no such thing as a “normal” family, work hard to personalize your project and accommodations to your personal situation. To find out what we can set up for you, give us a call or email to discuss your personal circumstances.
Kids: Can I Bring my Children?
Yes. Projects Abroad has many projects where you can bring your kids – if they are at least 4 years old. The appropriateness of each project depends on the age of your children, your needs, and the details of the placement on-the-ground.
- Ages 0-3: Projects Abroad cannot allow volunteers to travel with children younger than 4 years old, except under certain circumstances. Contact us if your child will be under the age of four at the time you want to travel and we can discuss the options available.
- Ages 4-14: Children aged 4-14 can usually be accommodated with a parent or guardian on any project for the “In-Country Extensions” program fee in all destinations except China, and Costa Rica. In Jamaica families are welcome, however, children cannot go to work with their parents, so one parent needs to look after the children, or child care can be arranged.
- Ages 15+: Children ages 15+ may volunteer with their parent or guardian at the standard per-person program fee. Siblings who are aged 16 or older may volunteer without the accompaniment of a parent or guardian.
In most countries we cannot arrange day care for your children. However, it can be arranged that one parent stay home and take care of the child while the other parent works on a project. If a family chooses to volunteer in Jamaica where families are welcome, the children cannot go to work with their parents. One parent needs to look after the children or child care can be arranged.
Couples: Can I Bring my Spouse or Significant Other?
Yes. Friends, significant others, and husbands/wives are certainly welcome and, if you like, we can arrange placements where you can live and/or work together.
Volunteering for families: discounts
If you volunteer as a family with Projects Abroad, each member will qualify for a 5% discount on their normal project fee (children travelling with the family need to be 15 years or older for the discount to apply to them). Please note that this is only for immediate family members, and excludes cousins, boyfriends, girlfriends, and close friends.