Tag Archives: family volunteering

15 amazing experiences you should try in Bali

Swim in a gorgeous hotel pool

Swim in a gorgeous hotel pool

Enjoy a romantic meal on a beach

Enjoy a romantic meal on a beach

Visit a stunning waterfall

Visit a stunning waterfall

Make a difference in the life of a child

Make a difference in the life of a child

Watch the sun set over the water

Watch the sun set over the water

Watch a fire dance. Photo credit: Hai Thinh on 500px.com

Watch a fire dance. Photo credit: Hai Thinh on 500px.com

Try amazing Thai food

Try amazing Thai food……

.....and learn how to make it yourself

…..and learn how to make it yourself

Discover a new culture

Discover a new cultural traditions

Explore the small streets and countryside on a bicycle

Explore the small streets and countryside on a bicycle

Dive and snorkel in crystal clear waters

Dive and snorkel in crystal clear waters

Take a ride on a beach

Take a ride on a beach

Visit the famous, beautifully crafted lush green rice paddies

Visit the famous, beautifully crafted lush green rice paddies

Go rafting through the jungle

Go rafting through the jungle

Help a disabled person gain back quality of life by helping to build them a bathroom.

Help a disabled person gain a better quality of life by assisting with a build of a bathroom.

Family voluntourism

Morocco Voluntourism

Morocco Voluntourism for Families

With the new school year fully underway now, you’re hopefully seeing your kids enjoying learning and getting excited by new things. While class studies are important, there’s nothing that broadens a child’s mind more than experience. That’s why we’re such big fans of family-based voluntourism . Imagine taking your children to a completely new environment, one that was safe, exciting and full of challenges and learning experiences. On one hand, young minds can apply themselves to a truly rewarding and memorable project – one to really tell their friends and teachers about when they get back. On the other hand, you can enjoy your escape in luxury surroundings, with all the amenities and comforts you’d expect at home. Take a look at our range of family trips and talk to your kids about what kind of things they might like to see and do. You’ll be feeding their imaginations for years to come.

Special offer for Rainforest Alliance Week – eco-luxury voluntourism Costa Rica

Rainforest Alliance voluntourism

Luxury voluntourism Costa Rica

You might know Rainforest Alliance best for its promotion of sustainability and fair incomes for farmers…well, they also do the same good work for hotels in Latin America.

We are delighted to be partnered with Rainforest Alliance, and to celebrate Rainforest Alliance Week which begins on the 19th September, you can have a 20% discount off a luxury voluntourism trip to Costa Rica, using eco-luxury Rainforest Alliance certified hotels throughout.

Conservation voluntourism Costa Rica

Conservation voluntourism Costa Rica

Like with all our trips, you get to make a difference in conserving Costa Rica’s wildlife, with three days of this fabulous 11 day itinerary spent looking after animals that have been illegally kept as pets, helpig them to be re-introduced to the wild. Animals include monkeys, parrots, and the delightful sloth – an easy one to keep an eye on!

Costa Rica voluntourism

Costa Rica voluntourism

In addition, you get to enjoy a Rainforest Alliance certified coffee farm, the mighty Arenal volcano, and finish up in the stunning Punta Arenas with beaches and wildlife in the Manuel Antonio National Park.

The price for this eco-luxury adventure is reduced by 20% from US$5,330 to US$4,265 per person, plus flights.

But hurry!

To claim your 20% discount, you need to book your voluntourism trip before the 30th of September 2011, for travel anytime until October 2012.

Click here to book or read the full itinerary of this deluxe eco-adventure in gorgeous Costa Rica.

To find out more about our partnership with Rainforest Alliance, click here.

Have an inspiring weekend and enjoy Rainforest Alliance week!

Like Madonna, have mercy in Malawi

You have probably heard that Madonna has been given Malawi’s High Court permission to adopt 4-year old Mercy James…I do not want to enter into the rights and wrongs of this now, and am certainly not emailing you about how to adopt a child, but want to give you the opportunity to make a real, meaningful difference in Malawi in a hands-on way through voluntourism.


Malawi is one of Africa’s hidden gems, and we offer two scheduled trips to Malawi, and can tailor-make a trip to your exact requirements.

All of our trips in Malawi enable you to have authentic interaction with the Malawian people through your volunteer adventure.

You can assist in a fulfilling way at a registered charity in villages around Lilongwe, with:

· Orphan and other vulnerable children care (OVC) – help feed children under six, as well as give them basic education. You can help cook for the children and serve them;
· Home Based Care (HBC) – our Volunteer Project partner takes care of patients and people living with AIDS. You can go into the communities and help care for the patients, such as cleaning their homes, fetching water, and generally making their lives easier;
· Community Development Construction – you can help build Community Child Care Centers (provided your stay coincides with the timing of building work);
· Other teaching opportunities at all levels, including academic level;
· Gardening, planting and maintaining vegetable gardens and trees;
· Maintenance and renovation in the school buildings and sometimes in the huts of elderly or vulnerable people who can’t do the repairs themselves.

For scheduled trips, we offer:
1. A luxury adventure (“Malawi Magic“) that counts that combines the volunteering with sailing on Lake Malawi, relaxing on gorgeous Likoma Island, exploring wildlife in Mvuu Wilderness Safari Lodge in Liwonde National Park, and canoeing in Mumbo Island.
You can read more about this inspiring luxury trip by clicking here.

2. A budget camping adventure (“Malawi, Parks and Falls“) that takes you to Zambia, where you can enjoy game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’ in Luanda National Park, be in awe of the Victoria Falls, and visit tribal textiles workshops.
You can read more about this enriching camping trip by clicking here.

As noted above, you can also tailor-make your own Adventure That Counts to meet your exact requirements – just reply back to me and I will be glad to be of assistance.

Top 10 reasons for family volunteering

Doing Good Together, a non-profit organization has posted a list of its “Ten Reasons to Start Doing Good Together Now” (for the original story, see: http://www.doinggoodtogether.org/tenreasons.html) for family volunteering travel trips, and I think they’re great!

1. Family Volunteer travel is a chance for busy parents to spend time with their kids while giving back to the community.

2. A family volunteer vacation enables parents to pass on key values to their children, such as good citizenship, community responsibility, compassion and kindness.

3. It can help your kids stay out of trouble: Studies show that children who volunteer just one hour per week are less likely than other kids to get involved in destructive behaviors, such as smoking or drug and alcohol abuse. Another bonus: Adults who volunteer are happier and healthier than those who don’t.

4. Family volunteer travel helps with family bonding, gets you all talking to one another, and can spark meaningful discussions about important personal and social issues.

5. It can make you smarter. Hosting a foreign student can teach you about another culture; working to save the rainforest can teach you about ecology and biodiversity. Not to mention the lessons in responsibility and team work.

6. Family Voluntourism can make us grateful for what we have, especially if the volunteer job involves homeless families, lonely seniors or hospitalized children. There’s nothing like volunteering for putting our own problems into perspective.

7. It breeds a generation of future volunteers. According to a 2002 report, adults who volunteered as children were two times more likely to be involved in community service as adults who didn’t.

8. It helps children appreciate their own talents, gain self-confidence and feel good about making a contribution.

9. It helps break down stereotypes at a young age, and teaches greater tolerance and understanding. Through volunteering, children often meet people from diverse cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, ages and income levels.

10. Volunteer vacations are fun. There can be great joy in serving others, especially when you’re doing it with the ones you love.

Family volunteering – from a teenager’s perspective Pt 9 (Day 7)

The voluntourism adventure of the Kennedy family continues:

Day 7 – Today we woke very tired.  Hattie was up the whole night being sick (poor her) she stayed crashed out in her sleeping bag for the whole day but at least she is managing to drink water now.

Today we made two big piles of sand and gravel to make the cement.  The children again helped and the boys enjoyed showing us how strong they were, until the wheelbarrow almost toppled over!  The builders have prepared the roof with cross beams but there has apparently been a problem and they are not ready for the bricks to be laid yet.

After lunch we played with the children teaching them playground games like Ring a ring of roses and The farmer wants a wife!

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Family voluntourism – a teenager’s perspective Pt 8 (Day 6)

Family voluntourism – a teenager’s perspective Pt 8 (Day 6)

Day 6 – We woke late this morning at half past eight after sleeping remarkably well on the floor.  We had a good hearty breakfast.
We spent the day moving bricks and the children all helped.  The bricks were to support the roof.  We then explored more of the countryside around the village.  There is a very cute little baby donkey which was born only two days ago.  We feel a little like the Pied Piper as we are surrounded by children wherever we go, but it does feel good to be able to help.
We all had a ‘shower’, which was another experience.  You have to climb in through this low hatch into this room within a room, which has been heated up by a fire outside so it is very hot and very steamy, the ladies then pass us buckets of fresh hot water and us girls and Mummy all had a real good scrub!  We came out feeling wonderfully clean.  Poor old Daddy had to go in on his own.  Getting back out through the hatch is another story!