Childcare Volunteering in Orphanages and Day Care Centers: Most Affordable Projects with IKPVA
Join a wide range of highly affordable Childcare Volunteer Abroad Projects at Orphanages and Day Cares with IKPVA, there are many opportunities! The Childcare Orphanage volunteer program is based in orphanages, or in day care centers, crèches, and schools that provide a safe and healthy place for poor parents to leave their young children while they work to make their living. Since we at IKPVA dedicate ourselves to develop the best and most affordable childcare volunteer projects overseas, you will have a unique experience at the orphanages and day cares. Our prices are among the cheapest, check it out!
Share your love with the children at orphanages and daycares!
Working as a childcare volunteer with the children at one of the orphanages or crêches is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences. Whether you play with the children, teach them a few words of English or paint a picture, there are so many ways to brighten their lives! Your volunteer work at the orphanages is so valuable, because the children need love, affection and care.
Let’s put it with the words of Mariane, a Brazilian childcare volunteer in South Africa: I have no words to express my feelings … Maybe love, happiness and simplicity be them.
How to work as a Childcare Volunteer Overseas in Orphanages?
Visit volunteer projects at orphanages and day care centers in several countries, and then click the “Sign up now!” button below. Then follow the steps of the application by filling out the form. After that, we’ll get in touch with you, and guide you through the final steps to complete your application as a volunteer at one of the orphanages or day cares. Read below some of our childcare volunteers’ experiences!
Some Volunteer Experiences at Orphanages
Best Experience of my Life! – Samantha was volunteering at an Orphanage in Kenya
I was in Mombassa for around 4 months and I was nineteen years old. I didn’t know what to study yet or what to do with my life I had just finished high school. Just being there with the people was a life changing experience, I had the best time in Cannan Orphanage, the kids are the most beautiful kids I´ve ever seen, teaching them and playing with them was so fulfilling.
Also the country is beautiful, in the weekends I would book tours and excursions around Mombassa and see everything Kenya has to offer. At the end I left like a different person, it was by far the best 4 months of my life. Because of that experience I decided to go into Clinical Nutrition in university and do more volunteering like this in the future. – Samantha, Mexico City
Find out more about the volunteer project in Kenya
Childcare Volunteer Experience at an Orphanage in Tanzania
Thank you so much because I was able to learn, teach, support to teacher, play with children and help a little in the daily routine.
I only have positive points about the program: the whole organization, support with informations, suggestions, safety recommendations and many other things.
I also consider very important to comment the acommodation: localization, home, amenities, food and the care of people who work at the home.
At the end, I have to say thank you for the touristic informations and programs that I could did.
Thank you so much for this magic experience in my life. – Nadir, Brazil
Visit the volunteer project in Tanzania.
Argentina: “It really felt like a family here”
As an 18 year old exploring the continent for the first time this was a great way to acclimatise to the friendly South American culture.
With a range of children from about 4 months to 13 years it really felt like a family here – which is precisely what those kids need. That and a bit of love and attention of course. I felt a real connection with not just the kids but also the super caring staff.
This program really must be considered by anyone with an interest for volunteering or just putting a smile on the faces that need it most.– Matt, 19 years old, West Sussex, England
Learn more about the project in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Nepal: “Working every day at the orphanage was amazing”
I can’t thank the organization enough for the experience they gave me. In my three month programme there has not been a day where I didn’t feel part of a family and looked after as if I as grown up with them. They was always prepared to help me with any problems or queries.
They have cooked food every night tasted incredible and the family very quickly made me feel at home and looked after. This is a feeling I will never forget. Working every day at the orphanage was amazing. The children made sure they would keep me on my toes and keep me fit. They are such wonderful kids and even though I was there to help and teach them. What I received back in return is more than I could ever imagined. I was their older brother and that’s something I’m very proud to be able to say. – Joe Bartley, UK
Find out more about working as a volunteer in Nepal.
Teaching Children at Day Cares and Creches
Isabella Neves Working with Children in South Africa: A Dream Came True
My trip to South Africa was an old dream that was everything I expected and more, this beautiful country had my heart since day 1 and my memories with the kids in Masi make me miss them everyday, just to be there helping and bringing love to them was enough to make my whole day happy, they gave me so much more that I could ever give them and thanks Iko Poran for the support, the amazing volunteer’s house and the incredible friends I was so lucky to meet, thanks for showing me that life is better when you are helping others 🙂 – Isabella Neves
Visit the project Teaching at Doreen’s Crêche in Cape Town.
Adriana fell in Love with Brazil
Working to help the children of this favela in Rio de Janeiro was undoubtedly an indescribable experience that changed my way of seeing things and life forever. It saddens me to think that I will not see these children again, at least in a long time, but I am happy for everything that has taken me. Now it’s time to close a stage in Rio, but it’s not the time to leave. Soon I will open a new stage in Brazil full of new experiences, people and places to know. I’ve fallen madly in love with this country. – Adriana Puiggros
Visit the Project Volunteering in Rio de Janeiro
Peru: Teacher Assistent at a Jungle Kindergarden in the Peruvian Amazon
This 6-weeks volunteering experience in Padre Cocha remain like a dream, a wonderful sharing moment for me.
I was a teacher assistant at a Kindergarden, with a three-years-old children. This experience to teach to little kids was very interesting because of the difference of culture I discovered there. The education of the children at the Kindergarden is really different from a “common” Kindergarden. Of course, children always lived in the jungle, and act sometimes like if they were at home.
Anyway, it was sooo nice to take care of them as well as teach them. After some time, they have confidence in you, they listen to you, they want to tell you their family memories and laugh with you, and show affection and respect. I really fell in love with them, their so-cute smiling faces. – Albane, France
Visit the Kindergarden volunteer project in Peru
The best experiences of my life – Mariane Volunteered at Doreen’s Crèche in South Africa
On November of 2017 I had one of the best experiences of my life doing volunteer work with children in Masiphumelele Township, South Africa. The purpose was to help, but it was much beyond that. I had a life lesson, a very great personal growth. Everyday in the morning, when we arrived at crèche (me and the other volunteers), the children were waiting for us with a smile on their faces.
Receiving those smiles, hugs, and kisses every morning was the best way to start the day. Playing, teaching a few words in English, helping in the distribution of snacks, it was a better way to brighten their lives because they need more love, affection and care. They need us!
I am very thankful to Iko Poran for the whole experience. They were always there from airport pick-up to accommodation, showing me the way and placing me at the project. It was unique experience without a doubt! My thanks to everybody who is part of this organization that has been helping all who need it. – Mariane, Brazil
Albane about Childcare Volunteering at a Day Care in Cambodia
I took care of a class of 7 children (5-6 years old) from 9:00 a.m to 4 p.m, from Monday to Friday. Sometimes I picked them up in their shanty towns at 8 a.m with the staff. It was very hard and sad to see where they live and in such poor conditions, but it was part of the experience and I simply loved their face, their excitation when the association bus (that we used to pick them up at Home) arrived in front of their living place ( we can’t call it “a house”).
When they arrive at the Day Care Center around 9 a.m, they sing and pray with a Kmer teacher. This was so cute to see them so happy to be there and to take pleasure to sing and pray (even if they lost sometimes their concentration rapidly when they saw the volunteers next to them and they guessed that they will play games after ahah).
After that, it was “shower time” for all children. So we had to make them take a shower, put soap on their body, shampoo on their haïr, and dress them up with the association “uniform” (too cute). – Albane, Franca
Learn more about caring for children at a day care in Cambodia.
Overview of the Childcare Volunteer Overseas Program at Orphanages and Creches
When you choose to work as a childcare volunteer with the children at one of the day cares, orphanages and schools, there are many ways you can help. You can play games or sports, give the children attention, help with meals or tutor children. And of course, changing diapers, bath or shower the children will be on your working schedule as well as helping with administrative and organizational activities in one of the orphanages or day cares.
Caring for the children can be great fun
Working with children at orphanages and creches is both great fun and extremely worthwhile. When you get involved as a volunteer at the orphanage or day care, you can even help with renovation in the facility, or with fundraising for the social project.
While working with the children, you will also do valuable support for the local professionals at the orphanages. Furthermore, the program aims to provide awareness and understanding of the local communities and provides opportunity for cultural exchange.
Destinations for Childcare Volunteers at Orphanages and Creches
Opportunities for Childcare Volunteering Abroad
On your working schedule as a childcare volunteer at one of the day cares or orphanages:
- Care for the children as they learn and play;
- Assist the childcare staffs with regular activities, such as: feed, change wipers, shower, put to sleep, play, etc;
- School support classes;
- Sport activities with teenagers;
- Help improving the facilities of day care centers or in the surroundings of the local area. Past examples include renovating / redecorating classrooms, repairing playground equipment or painting murals with the children
- Joining in with community events and festivals
Skills needed in Childcare Volunteer Program at Orphanages and Day Cares
If you feel a passion for young children and come in a spirit of generosity and sincerity, then the volunteer work at the orphanages is the perfect choice for you! Sometimes you will experience kind of a “culture shock” in the foreign country, but don’t worry! As soon as you open up yourself for the experience, you easily will find your way! And, last but not least, the ideal mindset is to be indedependent, flexible. The more you feel motivated to work with the children, everything will flow naturally!
Take a little time preparing for the children at the orphanages
In order to make most of your experience at orphanages and crèches, we recommend you to spend a little time preparing. We would like to encourage you to be creative and plan some additional activities such as games and songs for the chidren. You can even include activities like arts and crafts, the children will enjoy!
Volunteers at orphanages and creches will receive a training guide with many ideas and suggestions after registering in our programs.