Family vacation with volunteering in India

We extended this trip to 3 weeks and spent 2 weeks volunteering and then one week on vacation. We felt this gave our kids time to really take it all in.
Week of volunteering in Kerala Fort Kochi Rickshaw transport Full support throughout One to one pre trip advice.
US $1295 excluding flights
4 Weeks
Small group
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$325 per person/per week.
This includes airport transfers, meals, accommodation, staff, projects.
Start 2024 with a truly rewarding vacation of volunteering and exploration. Join us in Kerala and experience local culture and local communities. Book before 31st March and get 10% off.
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Description of Family vacation with volunteering in India

Price information

US $1295 excluding flights
$325 per person/per week.
This includes airport transfers, meals, accommodation, staff, projects.
Make enquiry

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Vacation information

Top tip:
Don't be afraid to be proactive and offer activities that you think that might be useful. A sports day, a music lesson, whatever you think would be good in the situation.
Trip type:
Tailor made but working with other volunteers.
Single parents welcome.
Volunteers house in Fort Kochi.
Breakfasts and lunches included. Kitchen facilities at accommodation.
Pre trip support, airport transfers from Cochin, accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, local support team, transport to site.
About this vacation company:
Ridhi set this organization up in 2014, after a life changing volunteering trip that she made to South Africa herself. After that, she returned from London to her home country of India to set up volunteering projects in both Kolkata and Kerala, which range from nursing to teaching, women’s empowerment to midwifery.


1 Reviews of Family vacation with volunteering in India

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the enthusiasm of the children and how welcome we felt at the schools. Feeling connected to the local community and other volunteers whilst staying in the comfortable volunteers house instead of a hotel. Also the delicious authentic Indian food cooked by a lovely local lady at the house.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Make time for a bit of relaxation before the project and after as the traveling is very tiring and we would have liked to have had more time to spend in India. Make sure you read all the helpful teaching tips that are sent beforehand so that you are properly prepared.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We do feel that our vacation benefited local people by helping the local teachers, supporting local shops and businesses.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

It was an amazing experience to work together as a family whilst teaching at the local schools. We all loved the experience and the people from the volunteering organisations were so helpful and kind and made us feel very welcome. We would definitely do a volunteering vacation of this kind again.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.


Our volunteer placements in India are designed to immerse you in a different culture, living and working with local people. There’s plenty to gain personally from this. But we make sure that local people benefit too by choosing projects that bring tangible improvements to their lives. Our local partners are leaders in sustainable tourism. All activities and itineraries are designed in collaboration with the villagers themselves, based around the principles of community-based tourism. We are committed to providing local people with a complimentary source of income while still continuing their traditional way of life.

Pre-departure preparation
All of our participants receive pre-departure guides. This covers topics on how to be culturally sensitive, how to best look after the environment when in the country and how to stay safe as well as up to date information on the political situation. They are also briefed on how to dispose of waste properly and where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles as these are not easy to dispose of environmentally.

Meaningful Volunteering:
Our Volunteer programs are lasting and meaningful and have a long term impact on the communities we work with. These children have little access to quality education.This is where the volunteers come in. In order to attend formal school in Thailand students must be at a certain academic level and you will be helping the children we work with to reach this standard. For the children, a good understanding of English opens up many more opportunities in the future particularly in Tourism.

Child Protection:
We have a strong child protection policy and require police checks and DBS from all our participants. Staff who take photos are required to ensure they are up to a standard approved by our local partners or schools. We have strict expectations of volunteers as far as how they interact with the children. We also give no information to the volunteers about the children’s backgrounds.

We send out comprehensive pre-departure briefing, which includes a section on protecting the local environment. In particular we advise participants to take care with water, which is an issue in many of our destinations. We recommend they avoid unnecessary washing, using hand wash gel where they can. We also instruct them on how to dispose of waste properly, not to litter and, where possible, to avoid using plastic water bottles which are not easy to dispose of environmentally.


The benefit of this project is manifold. By working in the local community schools we are helping underprivileged children with their education through volunteers who can support them and aid them. A lot of children do not have education reinforced at home, are lagging behind in class as they do not follow what is being taught or have learning disabilities. Our volunteers help such children to come up in class and teach them life skills that will help them. This program also supports teachers who also need helping hands in classrooms that are too big usually. A lot of teachers are not well trained, use rote learning methods only and schools lack teaching resources. With our support we can help train teachers to use limited supplies and make their class more learning conducive. Part of the cost of this trip is used to buy resources for school that will help teachers, students and volunteers.

We also want to ensure that Teaching projects are following the guidelines of responsible travel.

We also protect children by having Qualified teaching applicants taking classes only. Non qualified applicants can assist teachers only and are vetted before they are accepted onto the project.

We Make DBS checks compulsory and have a training day for all teaching volunteers before going to the project. All volunteers also have read and sign our child protection code

We emphasis or encourage long term applicants of 4 weeks minimum.

When you work on the construction program you will be helping the community greatly by installing a water sanitation for the family. Some of the families have toilets in the village but do not have a waste disposal unit (called septic tank in India) and thus human waste goes into the rivers that surround their house which is not hygenic. You will help in building a septic tank for the families who do not have one and thus improving sanitation.

A further way we support our community is by employing local staff - they are the cultural ambassadors, know multiple dialects of the sub-continent and can easily facilitate local interaction and thus guide our travelers in general best practices (e.g. how to avoid encouraging a “begging” mentality, how to be sensitive in photographing local people, etc.) as well as specific tips on how to avoid running afoul of local customs. More importantly they will earn an income through employment.

To give you a true understanding of life in a country we will arrange your accommodation in home stays with a family or will house you in a very local area. When you go on any tour we use local hotels and small businesses. Wherever you stay you will be eating locally grown food and delicious local delicacies!

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