Family Volunteer Trips

We love to work with intrepid families who are keen to get off the beaten track and to make a genuine contribution to a volunteering project. We have specially formulated family volunteer trips to allow you and your family to get involved, for as little as just one or two weeks.

These trips are designed with your family’s needs in mind, from private transfers to private accommodation. Each trip will differ in terms of the minimum ages of children that can take part, as well as in its pricing structure for family groups. For more information about these, please email Anne on anne@oysterworldwide.com.

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Sri Lanka - Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka for families

Elephant conservation in Sri Lanka for families

Make your family’s dream of working with elephants a reality in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Not only will you and your family be living far off the beaten track in a place resembling paradise, but you will be making a genuine contribution to protecting elephants and helping communities.

Dates: This project runs throughout the year. Arrival day to Colombo is a Sunday. The duration is 2 weeks.

Suitability: You know your children best, but we would suggest a minimum age of 10 for this project. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared for some basic living and be open to a very different experience.

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Namibia - Elephant conservation volunteering for families in Namibia

Elephant conservation volunteering for families in Namibia

Calling all intrepid families! Not for the faint-hearted, this fantastic family volunteer adventure combines elephant conservation and community work. Not only will you and your family be living a nomadic desert lifestyle, but you will be making a genuine contribution to protecting elephants and helping communities.

Dates: This project runs twice per year. 2017 dates are 30th July – 9th August.

Suitability: Children need to be a minimum of 8 years old at the point of departure. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared to “rough it” in the great outdoors and be open to a very different experience.

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Thailand - Family volunteering in Thailand at a wildlife sanctuary

Family volunteering in Thailand at a wildlife sanctuary

Preserve and protect hundreds of extraordinary animals at this wildlife paradise with your family. The animals range from sun bears to monkeys, macaques to birds and much more – with elephants closeby at the neighbouring elephant sanctuary! Immerse your family into the wild and make a valuable contribution to this worthwhile venture.

Dates: This project runs throughout the year. Arrival day is a Sunday.

Suitability: To work at the sanctuary, children need to be a minimum of 12 years of age at the point of departure. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared to live in rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

 

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Thailand - Family volunteering in Thailand at an elephant sanctuary

Family volunteering in Thailand at an elephant sanctuary

Immerse yourselves in an elephant lover’s paradise on your family holiday. Spend a week or more working closely with rescued Asian elephants in a sanctuary on the Malay Peninsula in Thailand. Rescued from street begging and tourist entertainments, these elephants need your help to rehabilitate and recover.

Dates: This project runs throughout the year. Arrival day is a Sunday.

Suitability: To work with elephants, children need to be a minimum of 14 years of age at the point of departure. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared to live in rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

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Romania - Family volunteering with Bears in Romania

Family volunteering with Bears in Romania

Prepare to get stuck in and mucky volunteering at Eastern Europe’s largest bear sanctuary in Romania. You and your family can help with the care and rehabilitation of over 80 bears in this stunning wooded haven. The combination of life at the bear sanctuary, beautiful mountainous countryside and cultural cities makes this family holiday one you will never forget.

Dates: You and your family can take part in this throughout the year, with the exception of over the Christmas and New Year period. Arrival day is a Friday.

Suitability: Children need to be a minimum of 14 years old at the point of departure. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky and be open to a very different experience.

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Thailand - Family Volunteering with elephants in Thailand

Family Volunteering with elephants in Thailand

Travel to the northern jungles to help preserve and improve the lives of the Asian elephant. As a family, you can make a real contribution to a rapidly developing conservation organisation which helps to provide sanctuary for rescued elephants. Many of the elephants have been abused and used for street begging; you and your family will actively be helping to improve their lives and living conditions.

Dates: This project runs throughout the year. Arrival day to Chiang Mai is a Sunday.

Suitability: Your children need to be a minimum of 12 to be able to get involved in this. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared for some rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

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South Africa - Family Volunteering with monkeys and baboons in South Africa

Family Volunteering with monkeys and baboons in South Africa

Travel to the South African bush with your family to work with orphaned and mistreated monkeys and baboons. Get stuck in and hands-on with baby primates in the world’s largest primate rehabilitation centre, helping them on a journey back to life in the wild.

Dates: All year round for 7 days, 10 days or 14 days.

Suitability: You know your children best, but we would suggest a minimum age of 8 for this project. You need to be prepared for basic living conditions, happy to get very mucky and up for a very different experience.

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Costa Rica - Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

Family volunteering with turtles in Costa Rica

Take the ultimate family beach holiday, combining the golden sand beaches of Costa Rica with a turtle conservation trip you’ll never forget. Step off the beaten track and into a rural paradise, living on unspoiled beaches alongside friendly locals, helping to protect both baby and adult turtles from extinction.

Dates: Annually from July 1st – December 15th

Suitability: You know your children best, but we would suggest a minimum age of 5 for this project. You will need to be happy to get stuck in, prepared to live in rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

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Thailand - Turtle conservation family volunteering in Thailand

Turtle conservation family volunteering in Thailand

Take your family to live and volunteer on a Thai island, complete with glittering waters, golden sandy beaches and small communities. This island has been all but forgotten by the tourist boom, and the local community welcomes volunteers with open arms. Help them to preserve and protect their natural environment, with an aim to increasing the turtle populations in the area.

Dates: Annually between the beginning of December and the end of March.

Suitability: You know your children best, but we would suggest a minimum age of 8 for this project. You will need to be happy to get stuck in, prepared to live in rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

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Borneo - Wildlife conservation volunteering for families in Borneo

Wildlife conservation volunteering for families in Borneo

Intrepid families who are keen to make a genuine contribution to wildlife conservation will love this volunteer project in Borneo. Immerse yourselves in the stunning Borneo rainforest, living and working alongside local people, helping to protect their natural environment and the creatures within it. This is a fantastic hands-on and educational trip for children and adults alike.

Dates: This project runs twice per year. Upcoming dates are 9th – 15th April 2017 and 4th – 10th August 2017.

Suitability: Children need to be a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 13 years old at the point of departure. You will need to be happy to get stuck in and mucky, prepared to live in rustic accommodation and be open to a very different experience.

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Not just a regular family holiday

Why not think outside the box and do something different this year with your family? While others will be booking the predictable two week holiday sitting in a hotel by the pool in Spain, you and your family could be helping to look after elephants in any one of our beautiful locations in Sri Lanka, Nambia or Thailand! You can volunteer with a range of animals and conservation projects across the world and give your children the opportunity to see what life is like away from their regular comfort zones.  Our programmes offer the chance to make a difference to the lives of endangered animals and bring recognition to the environmental impact of humans. Your family will be able to stay in locations you never dreamed of and work with unique animals and friendly locals, who will make this a lifelong experience to remember.