Family Volunteering Abroad and in the USA

Change your life! Stretch outside your normal routine, dig deeper, and share your skills and compassion together. Family volunteering can be life-changing for everyone. Global Volunteers engages families of all compositions all year-round on meaningful service opportunities. Because of the wide appeal of our community projects, most every team is multi-generational in its makeup, and children as young as age 6 can often work side-by-side with their parents and local people at the project sites. LGBT and non-traditional families are welcome. Children 12 and under pay 50% of the international program fee during March, June, July, August and December.
See minimum age requirements for each program.

Media Resources - Learn from other Families

Video: The Sandom Family Abroad

Magazine: The Feldstein Family in the Cook Islands

News Story: The Pincus Family in Peru

News Story: The Ford Family in Tanzania

13-year-old student in Peru

First-Person Interviews:

The Huff Family Worldwide

The Gaultieri Family in Kunming, China

The Kay Family in Romania

The Kleissler Family in Tanzania

"Global Volunteers has a plethora of programs for families, and a "Safety Trumps Everything" policy that is especially appropriate when young people are involved. The organization is one of the largest and most respected VSOs in the United States. Global Volunteers offers family programs all around the world including China, Vietnam, Poland, Mexico, Peru and Tanzania."
~ Transitions Abroad Volunteer Travel Editor Zahara Hechscher


From family pairings of grandparents and grandchildren, to "family service reunions" of 10 or more, families experience a community - and each other - with "new eyes" as Global Volunteers.


Safety Trumps Everything
Nothing is more important to us than your health and safety, and our staff and team leaders are trained to care for you throughout the service program. We manage all the program details so you can focus on your service as a family. You'll have secure accommodations, safe food and water, and a partner community that cares about your welfare. Every minor volunteer must travel with a parent or adult guardian.

"It was all we had hoped for and more. From the very start, the Global Volunteer staff was attentive to our needs and made a conscious effort to assure that we understood the intricacies of volunteering as a family."
~ Lisa Kaija, Costa Rica volunteer


Exceptional Service Learning
Our team work structure optimizes your service contribution while joining with like-minded team mates increases the potential for your personal satisfaction.

"My experiences with Vanessa, Ben, and Alex in Costa Rica, Poland, Greece, China, Brazil, and Africa have been life-defining. I have been taught first-hand the power and selflessness of human compassion, and that the political, cultural, or religious variants in life are secondary to human solidarity and well-being."
~ Graham Bessellieu, student and six-time volunteer


An Experience of a Lifetime
We know that as a "volunteering family," you expect to make a genuine contribution while learning about the host community. Our team leaders are Global Volunteers staff and experienced volunteers especially trained in volunteer engagement, health and safety, host relations, project management, and most important - delivering the 12 Essential Services to children and families worldwide. Our expertise is rooted in four decades of practical and academic experience, so as Global Volunteers, you benefit from this deep intercultural understanding.

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