Family placements 2018
Trip date: Throughout 2018
Cost: $6,700.00
Application deadline: 01 Mar 2018
Pre-departure training: 17 Mar 2018 - 17 Mar 2018 Tearfund (GB)

Our family placements are designed to give your family the chance to gain a fresh perspective by connecting with community life in the developing world.

Our prayer is that your family will be inspired and challenged, helping to grow your children’s understanding of the world and their place in it.

Our placements will challenge you and stretch everyone’s faith. You will each experience how the local church is at the heart of tackling poverty and injustice. Plus you will have the chance to show God’s love in practical ways as you visit and learn from inspirational communities.

We recommend these placements for families with children seven years and up, but are happy to chat with you if your children are younger.

Please note…

Our costs include pre-departure training, insurance, debrief, a medical package, administrative costs and in-country travel, accommodation and food. Please note that flights, visas and vaccinations are not included.

The cost of our family placements are variable, depending on the size of your family, the age of your children and the country you're visiting. 

Family of 3: £2600
Family of 4: £3400
Family of 5: £4200
Family of 6: £5000

For additional costs check out our ‘All you need to know’ section.

We’ve got lots of great opportunities for 2018. Have a look through and see where you’d like to take your family.

Where will you take your family in 2018?

Give us a ring on 0208 943 7777 or email: to explore the possibilities available and to kick-start the process.

2 weeks in Uganda: August 17th - 31st 2018

Everyone should have access to clean water and sanitation. Just imagine not being able to turn the tap on at home and get a cold, clean, glass of water.

Ensuring access to and long-lasting management of water and sanitation, is the 6th Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s). In Uganda, Tearfund are aiming to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene for 120,000 people by 2021.

That’s why our partner, The North Kigezi and Kinkiizi Diocese (NKKD) Water and Sanitation Programme, is working tirelessly to see whole communities have access to this basic need.

And now we’re offering families the opportunity to work alongside our partners in North Kigezi, helping families to get the information and services they need to stay healthy and for their children to get a good education.

Many children spend so long collecting water for their families, that they miss out on time spent in school.

Meet Doreen and her sister who spend four hours a day collecting water for their family:

The work of NKKD is bringing incredible change to communities across south west Uganda. To ensure the long-lasting impact of new water facilities, community members are trained in maintenance and repair.

Who are we looking for?

Families who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Uganda, working as a team, alongside Kigezi staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Helping as a family to lead fun, basic health and personal hygiene workshops for children to get the information they need to stay healthy
  • Participating as a family in the life of the local church; attending church services, leading services, preaching and teaching at the Sunday school
  • Helping as a family to work alongside local builders to construct life-changing water facilities - including Gravity Flow Systems and rainwater catchment systems
  • Spending time building relationships with young people and encouraging each other through Bible studies.

                      Female volunteer showing phone to young children

2 weeks in Malawi: August 11th - 25th 2018

Volunteer in Malawi with your family and spend two weeks supporting Tearfund’s partner, Eagles, in their effort to improve food security and reduce poverty in local communities.

Since 2002, Eagles have been working with local churches, to equip them to meet the needs of their own communities and help themselves out of poverty.

The work is transformational. Many families have been positively impacted by the work and many more continue to be. It’s all about tackling poverty by mobilising churches and local communities to take action using their own resources.

AIn Nsaru, Central Malawi, five villages were completely dependent on the crops they grew and needed a way to generate some income. Eagles helped the community to prioritise their problems and come up with a way to tackle them themselves.

After receiving training from Eagles, each community set up a Village Savings and Loans Association. Now the women meet each week to put in their small savings and after a month, they can take a loan to start or improve a small business such as selling vegetables. The idea has caught on and now other communities are forming groups and asking Eagles for training.

This is an amazing opportunity for your family.

Who are we looking for?

Families who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Malawi, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Eagles staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Participating in the life of the local church, leading bible studies and devotions
  • Helping as a family to plant and cultivate crops
  • Learning about and helping to supporting initiatives to tackle droughts and prevent floods
  • Helping to plant trees
  • Taking part in the community projects working with vulnerable children, the elderly and disabled and those living with HIV


2 weeks in South Africa: July 13th - 27th or August 1st - 14th 2018

Volunteer in South Africa and spend two incredible weeks connecting with adults and children impacted by and living with HIV.

You’ll be volunteering alongside our partner, Ethembeni, who have a vision to see, through Jesus, hope-filled families free from the brokenness of HIV and TB. Ethembeni in Zulu means ‘Place of Hope’. They recognise that when followers of Jesus come together to serve Him, hope is created. And hope is a future worth having.

The 3rd Global Goal for Sustainable Development (SDG’s) has an incredible target to see the AIDS epidemic wiped out by 2030. Ethembeni is engaging with the church in South Africa to support people living with HIV and helping to educate on the wider issue.

Starting with just home-based care in 2000, today Ethembeni is running numerous programmes aimed at caring for sick and vulnerable adults and children affected by HIV and TB in the Umgeni and Mpofana municipalities.

The programmes include:

  • A primary health care programme
  • An HIV prevention programme in conjunction with the AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), including paediatric HIV testing & counselling
  • An educational support programme
  • A nursery & family centre
  • A TB screening facility
  • DREAMS - a program caring for young women and girls
  • An enterprise and skills development programme

Ethembeni’s programmes aim to target the root underlying causes of broken families. They work hard to ensure their services make a lasting impact on people and families. They are constantly seeking God, looking for gaps in the services they provide and filling gaps as God leads them to.

See the impact of a family placement for one family:

Who are we looking for?

Families who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in South Africa, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and Ethembeni staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Creating and leading fun teaching sessions around English, supporting reading, literacy and teaching basic I.T skills as part of Ethembeni’s Educational Support Programme
  • Leading children’s activities at Ethembeni’s Nursery and Family Centre
  • Helping run bible based holiday clubs during the school holidays
  • Participating in the life of the local church, including Sunday services, bible studies and evangelistic activities

The following opportunities will be available dependent on the age of your children:

  • Helping as a family to support HIV awareness workshops as part of Ethembeni’s HIV Prevention Programme
  • Running gender specific activities through the local church, for example, Men’s nights, women’s nights, park runs, camping out, bike rides and craft activities
  • Leading and participating in devotions with the Ethembeni staff

                      Group picture of school children hugging

2 weeks in Tanzania: August 17th - 31st 2018

Volunteer in Tanzania as a family for two weeks and see for yourself how the local church and the local community are working together to bring incredible change.

You’ll be supporting the work of our partner, the African Inland Church Tanzania (AICT), who are busy planting and cultivating churches. AICT work through these churches to help local communities to understand their God-given potential and be able to use local resources to meet their needs and bring about change in their communities.

Through church planting, AICT are helping to bring clean water, agricultural training, and health services to rural communities. They’re running self-help groups with women and vulnerable children and organising pastors conferences.

The work is varied and inspirational and is bringing incredible change to communities across Northern Tanzania.

Who are we looking for?

Families who are flexible and adaptable and would love the chance to spend two weeks living in Tanzania, working in a team, alongside other volunteers and AICT staff.

What will you be doing?

  • Visiting the Care for the Children project which works with 3000 vulnerable children
  • Working with women’s self-help groups in local communities
  • Teaching at the local primary and secondary schools
  • Visiting local health clinics and the HIV home-based care programme
  • Sharing your IT skills, to help improve AICT’s staff members IT skills
  • Getting involved in the Church & Community Mobilisation Process (CCMP)
  • Supporting and developing youth programmes including drama, worship and children’s ministries
  • Participating in the life of the local church; attending church services, helping to run discipleship programmes, Bible studies and initiatives with women and young people.
  • There may also be an opportunity to help with church maintenance and construction projects


2 weeks in Thailand: August 2018

We have an exciting opportunity for you and your family to spend two weeks volunteering in Thailand and living amongst the marginalised hill-tribe people in the Golden Triangle region of South East Asia. 

Your hosts will be the Upland Holistic Development Project (UHDP). In this particular region, the hill-tribes rely on a staple rice crop, upland rice, which is grown in dry soil, rather than the more well known paddy field rice.

But in the last few years, large tangerine farms have begun to squeeze the upland communities out of their natural habitat. This is having serious consequences on the families that have lived and farmed in this region for centuries.

In response to this growing need, UHDP are partnering with local farmers to specialise in diversifying crops, helping communities to provide for their families, using God's word to speak truth about God's plan for people's lives and helping the hill-tribes to gain Thai residency to request rights for their land.

Join with UDHP for two weeks and learn from their amazing staff, whose work is transformational.

You and your family could find yourself involved in a variety of opportunities, from helping out with feeding the animals, to working in the Seed Bank, to sharing testimonies and leading Bible studies in hill side communities.


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Tearfund is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2017 and 2018.

Tearfund is recognised by Global Connections as operating under the Code of Best Practice in Short-Term Mission 2017 and 2018.

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It was such a blessing to work with AGREDS for 5 months going into rural communities, getting involved in 'food security' and 'water and climate justice' projects, building relationships with the villagers and learning about development work. Such a great experience!

Nia Templeman

Being in Malawi has challenged me spiritually and it has made me look at the world through the way God sees the world. I have, along with my team, seen issues of injustice and poverty and believe that God has put a passion in our hearts, as a team, to want to do something about it.

Tim Perkin

I experienced an amazing country with truly incredible people who are not limited by their material poorness but are genuinely welcoming and generous to all. It was definitely the start of something through which I hope to return the favour to those who have taught me so much.

Tony Elkington
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