Best Destinations for Young Families to Make a Difference

Did you know that even if you have young children, it is still possible to volunteer on your luxury family vacation? If so, do you wonder what the best destinations for young families to make a difference are?

We typically say that from 5 years old, children can get involved, especially in our wildlife conservation projects. They can even lend a hand on some of our building projects – under close supervision!

And even if your children are under 5, they can focus on playing with the local children and get insights into their lives; which will remain with them in later life, imbuing them with compassion and empathy.

To help you decide, here are our Top 6 Best Destinations for Young Families to Make a Difference

  1. Costa Rica – help at a wildlife rescue center: prepare meals for rescued or injured monkeys, parrots, sloths and more, feed them, create enrichments to stimulate the animals and assist the vet on his daily rounds, soaking up so many facts about these animals as you go.

responsible luxury travel Costa Rica

You can combine this with:

  • Chocolate making class
  • Zip lining (min. weights apply)
  • Nature walks
  • Safari
  • Kayaking
  • Volcanoes
  • Rafting (min. ages apply)
  • Beach relaxation
  • Snorkeling

Discover more about Costa Rica here.

2. Belize – help build an eco-stove for a Mayan family; these stoves are awesome because:

  • They replace open flames so reduce the incidents of burns, especially with young children running around.
  • They have a chimney so remove respiratory problems such as asthma
  • They are much more energy efficient

Children of any age can get involved in the stoves as it is all done by hand using clay, but for really young ones, they can focus on playing with the local children

Luxury family volunteer vacation Belize

You can combine this with:

  • Chocolate making
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Mayan ruins
  • Wildlife safari
  • Beach relaxation


Discover more about Belize here.

3. Thailand/Sri Lanka/India – elephant conservation: preparing meals, feeding, walking with and watching these gentle giants bathe and socialize (no riding takes place, due to the torture elephants have to endure in order to be “broken” and made rideable)

Luxury family volunteering in Thailand

You can combine this with:

  • Beach relaxation
  • Cultural immersion
  • Temples
  • City tours
  • Wildlife safari (tigers in India, leopards in Sri Lanka)
  • Whale watching (Sri Lanka)
  • Cooking classes
  • Zip lining (min. weights apply)


Discover more about Thailand here.

4. Australia – bond together as you conduct survey counts of kangaroos, wallabies, wallaroos, weed eradication, prevent erosion and assist researchers. All in the incredibly beautiful Blue Mountains

conservation volunteering australia

You can combine this with:

  • Beach relaxation
  • Snorkeling
  • Horse riding
  • Walking
  • Biking
  • City tours
  • Theme parks
  • Cultural immersion

Discover more about Australia here.

5. New Zealand – Penguins are ever-popular for children, and you can build predator-proof nest boxes for penguins to protect them from dogs, cats, rats, stoats and ferrets.

luxury family volunteer vacation new zealand

You can blend this with:

  • Maori cultural immersion
  • Geysers, boiling mud and hot thermal pools
  • Gentle hikes and bike rides
  • Wildlife watching (kiwi, penguins, albatross, dolphins, whales and more)
  • Sailing
  • Kayaking/SUP
  • Beaches
  • Helicopter flights to otherwise inaccessible locations, such as live volcanoes, glaciers, and fjords
  • Discover more about New Zealand here.

6. Guatemala – even with really young children, you can change the life of a Guatemalan family by funding and helping build a place they can proudly call home. Your kids can get as involved as they feel confident to, and can also choose to focus on play and cultural immersion with the local children – imprinting these meaningful interactions in their memories, which will hold them in good stead later in life.

luxury family volunteer vacation Guatemala

Your family can round out your meaningful trip to Guatemala with your choice of:

  • The stunning Lake Atitlan, surrounded by soaring volcanoes and dotted with fascinating villages
  • The remarkable Mayan ruins in Tikal
  • Gorgeous colonial Antigua
  • Climbing Pacaya volcano
  • Exploring the colorful markets of Chichicastenango
  • Discover more about Guatemala here

Get in touch with our preferred travel specialist, Bonnie Sherman at Bonnie Sherman Travel to get even more inspired; she will create your perfect itinerary, tailor-made to your family’s exact preferences. Email Bonnie or call her at 619 482 2223.