Do you want your children to appreciate how fortunate they are?
Do you want to bond as a family?
Do you want to interact with another culture in a meaningful way?
Do you want to instill the values of serving and giving back in your children?
All in luxury?
You have come to the right place.
Luxury trips that combine sightseeing with philanthropy and hands-on volunteering.
Your itinerary is custom-made, exclusively for you, so you get to do (and help) in exactly the ways you want.
For families, the ideal volunteer project depends on the age of your children…as a rule of thumb, we recommend:
– with children under 12: wildlife conservation projects are perfect for those children who love animals.
For instance, in Thailand or India you could help prepare meals and feed elephants, and even help bathe them, or in Australia you can help protect kangaroos, wallabies and wombats.
– with children 12 or over: the wildlife conservation projects still rock for animal loving teens, but we love to encourage families to bond together and build a house for a needy family.
You can enjoy unforgettable, meaningful memories – get in touch and your personal consultant will make it happen for you.
What Makes Us Special?
The secret ingredient that makes our family trips so special is the combination of a fantastic custom-made luxury trip with a ˜taste of giving back. Combining the two gives you the chance to get under the skin of a destination and interact meaningfully with the local people and provide a ˜hand up in life. Scratch below the surface: help that African family have a safe place to live, teach business skills to the microloan recipient in Peru so that she can better provide for her family, or help conserve elephants in Thailand.
In so doing you will find yourself immersed in local life, championing a cause and gaining new insights, all combined with the experiences you want to have, led by an expert local guide.
Some of our clients have been so transformed that it has inspired them to change careers and in a few cases they have even moved to the country where they helped. Now, this might not happen to you, but rest assured that you will make a difference, have fun and return with lifelong memories and touching stories.
Whats more, we have a special focus on eco-luxury accommodation: we actively scour the globe to find those luxury hotels and lodges that genuinely care about sustainability and being sensitive to the environment, both in their design and their everyday running (such as energy conservation, solar power, recycling, and waste management).
Those luxury hotels that care for their community also qualify as eco-luxury and get priority positioning by us.
Your safety is our top priority, and Hands Up has a 100% safety record. By only using local guides who know the area like the back of their hand, you can be sure they won’t take you to dangerous spots. We use only the best vehicles and other transport partners with stellar safety records.
Trip Sample of 9 days
Days 1-3 are with your expert local, English-speaking guide; exploring your chosen destination and also learning some of the local language, cultural norms and etiquette. Your accommodation is typically 5*; small boutique hotels with buckets of charm and character.
Days 4-6 are your Give Back days. Here you experience meaningful interaction with local people while you give back in a hands-on way. This includes:
- building a house and giving a family a decent place to live
- being a reading partner and improving the conversational skills and confidence of a young boy or girl
- wildlife conservation and help ensure the future of animals
- business or marketing advice and help entrepreneurs better provide for their families, or help charities communicate their messaging better and raise much needed funds
- medical treatment and bring health and welfare improvements
- repairs and renovations of a school or day care center and provide a more pleasant and inspiring learning environment
Days 7-9 are for relaxing and continuing to explore with your local guide.
- You want a luxury family vacation, like to explore a destination, and feel fulfilled, make a difference and bond together as a family
- You want your children to interact meaningfully with other cultures
- You value custom-made sustainable tourism practices that directly benefit local communities
- You have specific skills that you would like to use to help others, or you have a lot of enthusiasm and a positive attitude to make an impact
We know that this is your vacation, and volunteering does not have to involve sleeping on the floor; luxury volunteering is our specialty.
The volunteering portion of your trip is generally for 3-5 days “ not enough time to save the world, but sufficient to make a positive impact, rub shoulders with the local people, and have your worldview challenged.
Come and join us for your luxury family Adventure That Counts!
A message from the Founder “ Christopher Hill
“I founded Hands Up Holidays to give you the opportunity to not only see amazing sights, but also to have authentic interaction with local people and give something back in a “hands on” way to local communities through a taste of volunteering. In my life I have been blessed to have had some incredible travel experiences in over 60 countries, from African sunsets on safari, to swimming with dolphins, to hiking up volcanoes and even gasping for breath in the Himalayas. But as amazing as those experiences are, my most enduring memories are the times when I have engaged in meaningful ways with the local people: becoming the official photographer at a village wedding in a remote section of North-East Vietnam, sharing chai with Indian farmers, sheeshah with Touareg nomads or copious brandies with gracious Montenegrin hosts are memories I cherish. Moreover, when these interactions are overlaid with giving back through volunteering, they became incredibly fulfilling, inspiring…and life changing.
Experiences such as helping build a house in South Africa and teaching English to my host family in a home-stay in Guatemala are great examples, and the lifelong friends I have made as a result and the lives changed were the catalyst for leaving my job in the City in London and setting up Hands Up Holidays. Through volunteering, and the consequent meaningful interaction with local people, I gained an insight into peoples lives, and was blown away by how happy and content they were, despite having very little materially.
I was both challenged and inspired by this, and I decided to adopt a simpler, more contented attitude to life “ being grateful for what I have, rather than striving for more and more possessions. I started working on Hands Up Holidays in 2003 to make it easy for you, fellow travelers, to have inspiring luxury voluntourism experiences that dig a little deeper into a community and give back in ways that enable you to make a positive impact in 3-5 days.
I am passionate about you having remarkable travel experiences. Expect to have a meaningful vacation with us, while at the same time being challenged to look at the world in a new light. Thats why we are Hands Up Holidays: luxury family Adventures That Count…for you, your family, and the community.”
President and Founder