Volunteer Abroad With Children in Kindergartens, Orphanages and Disability Care Centres
Our Care projects aim to lend a helping hand to those most in need. Early childhood development, emotional and educational support, and specialised therapy are things we often take for granted. However, in many communities around the world, children and those with special needs – some of the most vulnerable groups in society – lack access to these vital services. By joining a Care project you can be part of our long-term mission to change this.
Care projects are some of our most popular placements, and with good reason! They provide volunteers of all ages and experience levels with the chance to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. There is a wide scope to get involved – with over fifty Care projects in destinations around the world, you can select a programme that interests you most and makes the best use of your abilities.
What is a Care project?
Most of our Care projects involve work with children at care centres, orphanages, schools and special needs homes. We also offer placements based at centres for people with special needs or HIV, as well as street children, refugees and the elderly. For those who also enjoy working with animals, you can get involved in our Canine Therapy and Equine Therapy placements.
Volunteers at our Care placements help to support the work of the local staff. Those with previous experience are also able to train staff and share their knowledge.
The conditions and facilities available at the placements vary between each country; however, the majority are very basic and understaffed.
"We run Care projects with a clear focus: to provide sustainable educational support, care and protection to disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups in order to enhance their physical, social, emotional and cognitive development.”
Founder, Projects Abroad
What can I do on a Care project?
The role of a Care volunteer differs depending on the destination and specific placement. You can choose the destination and let us know about any preferences or relevant skills you might have. Our staff will then allocate you to the placement where you can make the greatest impact. Read more about the different options available below.
As a volunteer, you will work on different tasks that contribute towards fulfilling the needs and long-term goals of each community. Our Care projects are flexible, so there is always scope for any talents or interests you may have.
When working with children at a care centre, kindergarten or orphanage, teaching basic English, literacy and numeracy is a vital part of your job. Volunteers also track, evaluate and improve children’s motor and social skills through arts and crafts, sports, and fun games. Ultimately, you will be contributing to long-term development work that’s making a difference in children’s lives over a number of years.
Whichever placement you choose, you will get involved in hands-on work that meets the immediate needs of the placement while contributing to the bigger picture.
If you have qualifications or relevant experience, such as a social worker or psychologist, then you can volunteer on a Care project as a Professional.
Those aged 16-19 can join our Care & Community Short-term Specials. These group projects allow you to get involved in Care work alongside other people your age, under the supervision of our local staff.
What makes our Care projects different?
Projects Abroad volunteers get involved in real development work, based on the needs of the individual placement. To ensure that the work being done is worthwhile for both the volunteers and their placement, we have put together a detailed Care Management Plan for each destination.
These are long-term development plans that ensure each programme has a clear purpose. We set out specific goals that we wish to achieve in a particular destination, which in turn provides structure to the volunteers’ work and enables us to monitor our progress over time.
You can read more general information about the Care Management Plans, and take a look at the Care plans for specific destinations on their Care project pages.
We also use a secure and anonymous database to track the development of children and adults on our Care programmes throughout the world. It allows us to learn from our work in different countries and apply the best techniques where they can make the most difference.
In every destination we employ full-time professional staff whose job it is to supervise and support our volunteers. We also provide tailor-made resources, and staff often hold training workshops for volunteers. This teaches volunteers everything they need to know to make a valuable contribution.
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.
We take the safety of our volunteers and the children at all our projects very seriously. That’s why we’ve put in place a comprehensive Child Protection Policy. This is so that we always work towards the best interests of the child, and ensure maximum effectiveness and safety for everyone involved.
"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."
Care volunteer in Kenya
Choose a Care project:
Help promote early childhood development, provide emotional support and work to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of local children on our Care placements in Argentina.