A volunteer working abroad with children spends time building blocks with a child to improve early childhood development.

Working with Children Abroad

Volunteer abroad to support children in developing countries

Volunteer on a Childcare Project with Projects Abroad and help children in developing countries.


When it comes to making the world a better place, there is nothing more important that giving young children the education and encouragement they need. There are a huge number of ways Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers can provide this for the communities they travel to. You could do volunteer work with children in a kindergarten, school, special needs centre, or care centre for mothers and babies. Wherever you are placed you will be part of a team working to make sure that some of the world’s most disadvantaged children have a better start in life.


All these projects are designed to bring sustainable, useful help to communities that really need it. You’ll be immersed in the local community, working alongside Projects Abroad staff and fellow volunteers. You’ll learn about Early Childhood Development and the benefits of long-term community based care.


This experience is a safe and sociable way to give back to vulnerable communities, while building your own confidence and understanding of global childcare issues.

Choose a Childcare Project

1-9 of 50 Projects

Last Minute Trip
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From £1,545

Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa
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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From £995

Volunteer with Children in Nepal
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group of children with Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers outside a kindergarten in Sri Lanka.

From £1,120

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka
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Support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres while experiencing life in Sri Lanka

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child in Ghana

From £1,270

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From £1,370

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From £1,220

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Last Minute Trip
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From £1,545

Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A child outlines her hand with chalk during a skills development lesson with a volunteer working with children in Madagascar.

From £1,270

Volunteer with Children in Madagascar
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Travel to a village in Madagascar and work with children to support early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Last Minute Trip
A volunteer with children in Vietnam teaches basic hygiene as part of our project for teenagers

From £1,645

Volunteer with Children in Vietnam for Teenagers
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Work with a group your age and help children learn through play and do renovation work in the community

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is volunteer work with children right for me?

Our Childcare Projects are ideal for volunteers who care deeply about helping children in developing communities.


You don’t need previous childcare experience, just the drive to help every child access the care that many of us take for granted. Every project is different – but each is designed to bring the most help to the people who need it.


Your tasks will be focused on the long-term benefit to the children you’re working with and their families. This could include evaluating motor and social skills, and running fun activities like sports games and arts and crafts.


If you’re interested in working with children, but feel a Childcare Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our Teaching or Social Work Projects. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Cambodian children read aloud with two Childcare volunteers working abroad at a kindergarten,

What will I gain from doing volunteer childcare work?

By volunteering you’ll give back to a community that needs help while developing your own skills.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:


  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Experience in childcare and Early Childhood Development (ECD). 
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.


All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

Why do these projects matter?

Early childhood development, educational support, and specialised therapy can be areas of real need in developing countries. In many communities around the world, children and those with special needs – some of the most vulnerable groups in society – lack access to these services. By doing volunteer childcare work, you can be part of our long-term mission to change this and make the world a better place.

How are Projects Abroad’s Childcare Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programmes:


Be fully supported by staff


We don’t expect our volunteers to be education or childcare experts. On these projects, you’ll work alongside members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. They will help you plan your work and be on hand to advise you as and when you need help. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers. In each project, there is a full-time member of staff who job it is to support our volunteers.


Recording our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual children in our projects to track their development.


Projects that have an impact


All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.


We are about a lot more than pitching up and pitching in. We stand apart from other volunteering projects, as we are guided by annual reviews and thorough needs assessments which are brought together in our Management Plans. For us, bringing this level of professional strategic thinking to each project is a crucial part of making sure that our volunteers and the communities we serve both get the outcomes they need.


Moving from Volunteering in Orphanages to Community-based Care


Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions there and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care. However, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community and family-based care. This is because we believe stable family environments are best for the children we work with.


This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages, our volunteers work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This helps Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.


Find out more about Projects Abroad’s views on orphanages here.

A staff member guides volunteers through a sports lesson while they are working with children abroad.

Our Child Protection Policy

We take the safety of the children and young people we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Child Protection Policy.

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