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Volunteer Abroad with Children in Orphanages and Care Centres

Volunteering Abroad With Children

As a Care volunteer working with children in orphanages or care centres, you will be helping the kids to learn life-skills that parents would normally teach. By getting involved in the day-to-day running of the home - making sure children are fed, washed and dressed, and paying them personal attention - you will be making a really positive impact on their lives.

Next Step: Click here to choose a destination for your Care project

There is always scope for any talents or interests you may have to be utilised. Arts, crafts and music are always popular activities and many care placements have outside areas where sports and games can be played. Many volunteers also help to educate the children in personal hygiene and social skills.

Opportunities exist in many orphanages for our volunteers to be more involved on the 'teaching' or 'medical' side of care work. Some orphanages even have schools on site where volunteers help out. If you have the relevant skills you can administer first aid to any children in need. The work volunteers do can be challenging at times but the strength and resilience of the children will inspire you to persevere.

Your day may start early to help get the children up and give them breakfast, however, you may finish early too or have several hours off at lunchtime before returning to play with the children or teach basic classes in the afternoon.

Voluntary Care Work Abroad with People who have Disabilities

Care volunteer with children at her placement

Volunteers work within a number of care homes with people with physical or mental disabilities such as AIDS hospices and schools for the handicapped, the blind or the deaf. Conditions are often basic and staff are sometimes overworked. Volunteers are needed to provide another pair of hands, helping some of society's most vulnerable people to lead a full and rewarding life.

Whilst a volunteer's impact will be beneficial to the placement, in turn the placement will often prove to be beneficial to the volunteer. Having responsibility for others and developing personal relationships in a new cultural setting, has been shown to develop individuals. In our supportive role, Projects Abroad staff are used to seeing volunteers returning home with more self-confidence and a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Volunteering Abroad in Day Care Centres, Kindergartens and with Street Children

Volunteering in a day care centre or kindergarten, you will be working with children of different ages. You will help with a variety of educational and fun activities such as art, games and songs, and assist local staff to develop stimulating new ideas to interest young children in learning. Any encouragement you can offer goes a long way towards building a child's self-esteem and confidence.

Volunteers can get involved in working with street children in a number of our destinations. You could help to prepare free meals, provide personal hygiene advice and teach literacy skills.

Care Project Mission and Management Plans

Projects Abroad places each of our Care volunteers at a placement where there is a real need. Our mission for our Care projects throughout the world is to provide sustainable educational support, care and protection to disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups to enhance their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.

In order to work towards this mission, in each of our destinations we produce a detailed Care Management Plan. The management plan is created based on the needs in each destination. Our management plans establish our goals for the year and list our actions for achieving these goals. Through following these management plans we are then able to evaluate our impact at the end of each year and set new goals for the year to come. You can read more general information about the Care Management Plans here, and read the care plans for specific destinations on their Care Project pages.

Paula Fernandes, Care volunteer in Kenya"If you ever wanted to experience the joys and simplicity of being a kid again – this placement was it! I got to spend my days with almost 30 kids aged between 7 months and 13 years old. Highlights included singing and dancing with them to some of the favourite nursery rhymes, baking cakes out of sand with younger kids and painting."

Paula Fernandes
Care volunteer in Kenya

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CARE PROJECTS FOR QUALIFIED VOLUNTEERS

Volunteering on a Care project as a qualified Social Worker, Psychologist, or Art Therapist

There is also scope to volunteer as a professional and put your skills to use. Projects Abroad has a skilled and qualified arm called Projects Abroad PRO. Our main focus is to match your skills with our partner organisation’s needs. Please click here to visit the Projects Abroad PRO Care pages of this website to find out more.

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