Best Family Volunteer Vacations for Summer 2022
Unplug from smartphones and video games and engage the world as a family. Many volunteering families tell us that spending a week or two helping others in a new community is a welcome change in routine from two years of limited mobility and perspective. Whether at age 6 or 86, your life (and your children’s and grandchildren’s) will be transformed in unexpected ways. These are “family-friendly” volunteer vacations abroad and in the U.S. that are sure to fit your schedule and travel preference. (The minimum age for volunteering children is noted in each description.) All adult and child volunteers must be vaccinated against Covid-19. Please consult with a volunteer coordinator about vaccination requirements for your family.
Volunteer Abroad: Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and South America
Siedle, Poland – Summer Language Camp
Teach conversational English to students ages 8 to 18 at the historic Reymontowka manor house. No previous teaching experience is required. Minimum age: 6. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Siedlce, Poland, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Poland Summer Program dates 2022- July 16, 30, August 13,
Lima, Peru – Childcare, Labor, Conversational English
Nurture toddlers and preschoolers through games, stories, music, and art at a daycare center. Work one-on-one with children from kindergarten through high school on English language skills. Help maintain and improve safe housing and learning spaces at Sagrada Familia, a community for displaced children, by painting, and repairing buildings. Minimum age: 11. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Lima, Peru, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Peru Summer Program Dates 2022- June 11, July 2, 30, August 27,
Crete, Greece – Summer Language Camp, Childcare
Use crafts, songs, charades, skits, treasure hunts, word searches, and outside sports to practice English skills with summer school students aged 6-12 years. All ages can contribute to these fun, educational activities. Minimum age: 6. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Crete, Greece, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Greece Summer program dates 2022- , June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13,
Quito, Ecuador – Childcare, Labor, Conversational English
Feed, play with and care for preschool children in a lively daycare center; repair and maintain early childhood development center facilities, or teach conversational English to children and youth at a K-12 school, when school is in session. Minimum age: 6. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Quito, Ecuador, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Ecuador Summer Program Dates 2022- June 18, July 2, 16, August 13
Tanzania- Childcare, Classroom Teaching, Construction
Work in Tanzanian classrooms with small groups of students of all ages on numeracy, reading, and spelling. Entertain small children while their mothers attend educational workshops. Help plant school and household container gardens. Build chicken coops and fuel-efficient stoves for local families. Minimum age: 14. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Tanzania, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Tanzania Summer Program Dates 2022- June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27
Anse La Raye, St. Lucia – Childcare, Light Labor, Gardening
Care for and stimulate children 1 to 5 years old through storybooks, arts, songs, crafts, and games. Assist with light labor projects such as cleaning and painting community buildings or planting, and maintaining container gardens. Minimum age: 8. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Anse La Raye, St. Lucia, and browse a team photo journal, here.
St. Lucia Summer Program Dates 2022- July 16, August 6
Sicily, Italy Conversational English
Serve as a valuable resource in classrooms teaching conversational English to local youth and adults. Prepare conversational topics as well as other engaging activities to promote lively interaction with students. No previous teaching experience is required. Minimum age: 6. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Sicily, Italy. Learn more about the inaugural team to Sicily, here.
Italy Summer program Dates 2022- July 9
USA Indian Reservations: Montana and South Dakota
Blackfeet Reservation, Northwest Montana – Youth Activities
Help supervise a tribally run summer day camp for children five to 18, with the older kids helping to supervise the younger. Read books, play team sports, swim, fish, and bowl with primary school children. Minimum age: 8. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in Montana, USA, and browse a team photo journal, here.
Montana Summer Program Dates 2022- June 18, July 23, August 20, 27
Rosebud Reservation, South Dakota- Labor, Youth Program
Assist the local community on a variety of projects, including helping with planning, organizing, and running a week-long summer camp for elementary-aged youth, helping community members with home repair, and helping build up the firewood supply for the brutal South Dakota winters. Minimum age: 12. Learn more about family volunteer vacations in South Dakota, USA, and browse a team photo journal, here.
South Dakota Summer Program Dates- June 11, July 16, August 13
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