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We offer the opportunity for families to volunteer abroad together.

Volunteering abroad with your family is an excellent way to discover a more meaningful holiday experience. You will help at a Deaf school, getting involved with practical work like arts and crafts and playing educational games with local D/deaf students, while learning about a new culture and having the holiday of a lifetime.

You’ll get to know people in the local D/deaf community and discover a different side of your destination that you wouldn’t normally see as a tourist.

All trips include an experienced BSL Communicator

Come face-to-face with huge elephants during a VoluntEars family volunteering holiday in Sri Lanka

Where can we go?

Our family volunteering trips are currently based on the island paradise of Sri Lanka.

Some of your time will be spent exploring your new home, with visits to unspoilt beaches, an elephant sanctuary and beautiful Buddhist temples.

You’ll also have the chance to work with sea turtles and learn how to cook some of the delicious local food.

Sri Lankan people are very family oriented and it’s a wonderfully friendly and welcoming place to visit with children of any age.

Read more about the Sri Lanka trips.

VoluntEars includes trips to temples, beaches, tea plantations, an elephant orphanage and turtle conservation project during your family volunteering holiday


We provide good quality accommodation with a local host family or private rented house close to our partner school where you’ll spend some of your time.

The accommodation is clean and secure. By living with local people you will experience a true home from home where you can relax and enjoy your free time.

Fresh, tasty food is all provided and you can tell us if anyone in your family has any particular food requirements.

Work with sea turtles on the beach during your family volunteering holiday with VoluntEars

Safety and support

Sri Lanka is a safe and secure destination to visit as a family.

Throughout your trip VoluntEars will provide a member of staff to accompany you, both on days helping at the school as well as when visiting the local sites.

All the local travel arrangements will be taken care of for you. As usual on a VoluntEars trip a BSL Communicator will also be with the group.

Visit iconic places like the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Sri Lanka, during a family volunteering holiday

Dates & Prices


We will be running a Family Trip in August 2024. Please contact us for dates.


Adult: £1,395
Child: £945

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What’s Included

Food – 3 meals per day


BSL communicator on every trip

Trip leader

Airport transfers on arrival and departure

All local transport (not flights)

Social and cultural activities

Local sign language class, cooking class, visits to local markets, temples, beaches and a tea factory in the mountains.

Weekend trips

Turtle project and Temple of the Tooth, Kandy.

Comprehensive orientation

Pre-departure briefings in Sussex, UK

Certificate of completion


Work alongside local people during a family volunteering holiday with VoluntEars
Family volunteering holiday with VoluntEars - Top 10 reasons for doing one!

Why join as a family?

There are many reasons to join as a family. We will take the stress out of arranging your trip so you can focus on enjoying a holiday with a difference. You will explore a new country together and make memories for a lifetime.

Read our top 10 reasons for doing a family volunteering holiday.

Next Steps

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Complete our simple, secure online booking form to secure your place today.

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