#2 Find the volunteer project and country that fits your family best
You’ve decided to start your family’s work abroad programme. Now you just need to decide on a few other things like what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go.
Choose your project
Volunteering with your kids might seem overwhelming at first, but they’re usually more open to new experiences than most adults. They might even have an idea in mind or preferences like being around people of a similar age. This will help to narrow down your options. Generally, the best projects would be Childcare, Teaching, Sports Coaching or Conservation as there is plenty for both adults and children to get stuck into.
No matter what project you choose to do, we’ll make sure that the whole family can get involved. You’ll get to make the most out of the experience and make the biggest difference you can while your kids enjoy a learning experience like no other.
Choose the country
Once you’ve chosen your project, the next step is to decide what country you’d like to volunteer in. Family volunteer travel is all about new experiences. Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe or the South Pacific? The choice is yours.
While you’re volunteering, you’ll have weekends free to explore the country so it’s always worth considering this. If you’ve always wanted to see Machu Picchu, Peru's the country for you! Kids desperate to go on a safari? Why not try Tanzania or Kenya.
Consider age restrictions
You may be wondering at what age your kids can volunteer. It’s good to keep in mind that most volunteer organisations have an age restriction. We can accept children aged four and up on most of our projects. However, we also allow volunteers as young as two as long as there are two parents accompanying them. If your kids are still young, then a Childcare or a Sports Coaching Project would be ideal. They’ll be able to interact with the local kids and you’ll be able to keep an eye on them while you take on the role of teaching assistant or coach.
If you find yourself overwhelmed by choice, you can contact our Project Experts for assistance. They’ll be able to suggest the best projects and countries for you and your family.