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 and 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.
We have 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: DACF cannot allow volunteers to travel with children younger than 4 years old.
Ages 4-14: Children aged 4-14 can usually be accommodated with a parent or guardian on any project
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.
Depending on the individual needs of your placement and family, your children can either go to work with you on a daily basis, or we can suggest options for convenient local day care.
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.