Can we volunteer as a family?
We often place family groups and happen to think that there's no better way of spending time together than volunteering to help others! There are a few things to consider when volunteering as family and the notes below may help with your planning.
Age: Generally we recommend that children be over 5 years of age to volunteer. It is often possible for us to make arrangements whereby families stay together and some family members volunteer or take turns volunteering. Contact us to see what might work best for your family group.
Accommodation: Typically we offer dormitory style or host family accommodation. It may be necessary to make alternative arrangements for your family group and we will work through the options and costs with you.
Suitable programs: Depending on the age range of your group it is often best to choose programs that work with either children or animals.
Cost: Flights are often the biggest cost factor, particularly when travelling as a group, so be sure to research these when deciding on a destination.
Applying: Generally children under 13 years can be included on an adult application, under the 'Group volunteering' section. Participants aged 13+ should submit their own application.
Fees: All volunteers pay program fees to cover the cost of hosting them and arranging the placement. In addition volunteers register with us. The registration fee is $299 for all volunteers 17 years and over. We offer discounted registration fees for children as follows:
- Children aged 13 - 16 years $149
- Children aged 8 - 12 years $99
- Children 5 - 8 years $49