If you are looking to do something a little different with your family this summer, why not volunteer with Kaya on one of our family overseas wildlife, conservation or community projects.

Family Volunteers

At Kaya we know families have individual requirements, which is why we have put together a range of options that offer experiences to suit different needs. Projects are specially designed to cater for a range of ages and interests, with exciting ideas about ways to spend your free time. Whether you have young children, teenagers or pre-teenagers we have projects that are suitable for your family.

Why Family Volunteering?

Family volunteering is your chance to experience the real world, in an off the beaten track location, in a safe environment while working together as a family to contribute to the sustainability of local projects worldwide.

The range of travel opportunities for families can be quite limited, and if you and your children are the adventurous types, something out of the ordinary might be more fitting. Maybe you are looking for something different from the holiday activities that your family have enjoyed in the past.

Volunteering is a great way of teaching your children the value of helping others and how to travel responsibly from a young age. By volunteering as a family, you can experience an entirely new environment together, and learn as you go along.

What can you do?

Whether you’re involved in a conservation project, a community project or working with wildlife, there are educational themes running through all of our projects; respect for others and their cultures, understanding the challenges facing millions of people everyday, as well as the specific objectives of your chosen project.

Kaya’s projects offer members of the family the opportunity to get involved in a range of activities, including child friendly roles. This means that every member of the family gets their own experience from their volunteering placement, which is just what you want, especially if you are catering for the needs of children of different ages.

Tailor made placements

Our family programs are designed to be short-term and fit in around your holidays, as we are aware family time can be limited. You can join any project for 2 weeks, and several have the option to add on extra weeks.

Working with you to find out your expectations and desires, Kaya’s advisors will make sure to find the adventure that best suits your family, where you can make the biggest difference.

The projects featured on this page are those which we feel are suitable for family engagement. If you are keen to volunteer but cannot see a package that best matches your travel plans and interests, then Kaya will be happy to try and put together an individual package for you.

We understand that different families have different requirements and so our selection has a variety of arrangements, including for accommodation. If you really want to get to grips with the country, you can choose a project where you can live with a local host family. This way, you’ll get to become immersed in the living habits of the locals, learn some of the language and get your children even more engrossed. If you need a little more comfort – no problem! We have projects where your whole family can share separate volunteer accommodation.

How much will it cost?

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and a result, we can’t give a one-size-fits-all quote. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for the type of project that you and your family can get involved in and you’d like an idea of cost, then we’ve featured our best family volunteering options, with costs for example families sizes and ages, in our family brochure.

Find out more

Click here and request your copy of our family brochure to get started.

If you’d like to hear an account of what’s like to volunteer as a family, read the Clark family blog here – The Clarks volunteered with us in the Galapagos.


Our projects

Family Volunteering: Swaziland Building to Kruger Adventure
Bring your whole family and engage in volunteering within a friendly community, and have the adventure of a safari experience in South Africa’s best known National Park
Family Volunteering: Women and Child Empowerment in Nepal
Bring your family to Nepal and spend your holiday volunteering and give your family the chance to give something back to communities less fortunate than themselves.
Family Volunteering: Building and Organic Farming in Belize
Bring your family to Belize and join us on this farming and building project for disadvantaged teenagers.
Family Volunteering: Coral Reef Conservation with dive certification in Belize
For an active and educational experience, a marine conservation project is an exhilarating choice for the whole family.
Family Volunteering: Community Development Projects in Bolivia
Volunteer in the poorest country in South America, and your family will be welcomed with open arms into a friendly and vivacious community
Family Volunteering: Marine Conservation on the Thai Island of Koh Tao
Learn to dive as your family contributes to sustainable development for the sea and local communities of the stunning Thai Island of Koh Tao.
Family Volunteering: Ecotourism and Community Development in Ecuador
Volunteer in Ecuador and the whole family will enjoy living in a tight-knit community, working on small conservation projects in the misty cloud forest.
Family Volunteering: Elephant Welfare Project in Chiang Mai
As volunteers in Chiang Mai, your family will gain a true insight into local Thai life, living in local eco-accommodation and working with elephants and their mahouts.
Family Volunteering: Community Beautification and Development Projects in Costa Rica
Despite being derived from the Spanish for “Rich Coast”, Costa Rica still endures relatively high poverty levels, especially in rural areas.
Family Volunteering: Childhood Development and Education in India
The purpose of this project is to allow education centres to increase their resources via the help of volunteers.
Family Volunteering: Volunteer in a Wildlife Rescue Sanctuary in Zimbabwe
Protect indigenous African wildlife and have up close encounters with animals such as lions and leopards to monkeys, antelope and birds in a responsible way.
Family Volunteering: Wildlife Research in a Game Reserve in South Africa
Volunteer as a family on a research and conservation project in the famous Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and many more.

Easy 3-step application process


Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.


Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.


When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.


We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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