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

Help children abroad by volunteering on a Childcare Project with Projects Abroad. Giving young children the education and encouragement they need is an important part of making the world a better place.

There are many ways that 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 center, or care center for mothers and babies. Wherever you go, you’ll be part of a team working to make sure children with challenging circumstances have a better start in life.

All our Childcare Projects are designed to bring sustainable, useful help to communities that really need it. You’ll be immersed in the local community, working with 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 build your own confidence and understanding of global issues while giving back to vulnerable communities.

Choose a Childcare Project

1-9 of 50 Projects

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

From $2,770 USD

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 break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $2,570 USD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child in Ghana

From $2,270 USD

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
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From $2,720 USD

Volunteer with Children in South Africa
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Do volunteer work with children in South Africa and focus on supporting early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children are taught about hygiene and washing hands by Projects Abroad volunteers at a care centre in Vietnam.

From $2,765 USD

Volunteer with Children in Vietnam
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Work with local caregivers and teachers to help improve children's quality of life and support education

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,170 USD

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 break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer painting tyres with children in Argentina on our project for high school students

From $2,770 USD

Volunteering with Children in Argentina for Teenagers
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Live in Cordoba and help local children learn through play while improving your Spanish

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

From $1,770 USD

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
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Besides childcare work in Cambodia, volunteers on a group trip will also help with light renovation work like planting a vegetable garden.

From $2,220 USD

Childcare Volunteering for Groups in Cambodia
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Work with a team to support disadvantaged children at care centres and do community work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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Is volunteer work with children right for me?

If you care deeply about helping children from communities in need, our Childcare Projects are for you.

You’ll add great value to a program if you have a 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 can consider a Teaching or Social Work Project. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

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

What are the benefits of 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:

  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Experience in childcare and Early Childhood Development (ECD).
  • Developing a global mindset from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone

These benefits will enhance your resume, strengthen your future applications, and help you develop personally.

Why do these projects matter?

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

What sets Projects Abroad’s Childcare Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:

Dedicated staff support

We don’t expect our volunteers to be education or childcare experts. You’ll work with members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. They’ll help you plan your work and be available to advise you when necessary. Each project has a full-time member of staff whose job it is to support our volunteers. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers.

We record our work in a secure database

We created a Global Impact Database to track the positive impact of our projects. The database is secure and anonymous, and we use it to identify specific areas of need. We also use the database to monitor individual projects to track their development.

Projects that make a difference

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

We’re about a lot more than pitching up and pitching in. We stand apart from other volunteering projects because we’re guided by annual reviews and thorough needs assessments which are contained in our Management Plans. For us, this level of professional strategic thinking is crucial to make sure 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 centers, 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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