Volunteers work with kids in Madagascar on a childcare volunteer opportunity.

Volunteer with Children in Africa

HELP CHILDREN IN AFRICA BY TEACHING VITAL EARLY CHILDHOOD SKILLS IN CARE CENTERS AND SCHOOLS

Imagine yourself sitting with young children in Africa, working with a local teacher to play a fun, educational game. Or picture yourself in a daycare center, planning classes with the teacher, and sharing anecdotes from the previous day. You can do this and much more when you volunteer in Africa with children. 

On a childcare program in Africa, you can: 

  • Volunteer at a daycare center or school
  • Work alongside local staff who are passionate about promoting education and the well-being of each child 
  • Learn about early childhood development and the challenges children face every day
  • Choose to volunteer with children who have special needs, and support their caregivers 
  • Meet volunteers and interns from around the world
  • Live with a local host family, or in pre-arranged, comfortable accommodation

By working with children in Africa, you’ll leave your placement with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of the country you worked in. It’s an opportunity to discover what you’re capable of and add real-world experience to your resume.

You can view our Childcare Projects in Africa below. Not convinced this is the right program for you? You may also be interested in Social Work Internships.

Choose a Childcare Project in Africa

1-9 of 13 Projects

Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience 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
A volunteer hands out food while working with children in Senegal.

From $2,020 USD

Volunteering with Children in Senegal
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Travel to West Africa and become part of our ongoing efforts to support disadvantaged children

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From $2,770 USD

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 break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers play ball sports with children in Tanzania on our placement for teenagers

From $2,770 USD

Volunteering with Children in Tanzania for Teenagers
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Work with volunteers your age in local communities and help children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • 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 $2,270 USD

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
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.

From $2,270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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Work on life skills and basic education with children in colorful and vibrant Tanzania

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A group hands out food while they volunteer with children in Senegal.

From $2,470 USD

Volunteer with Children in Senegal for Teenagers
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Travel to West Africa with other teenagers and help children learn through play and support the community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.

From $2,770 USD

Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group
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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged 18 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
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Can't find what you're looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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How can I make a difference and help children in Africa?

Do you want to travel? Do you want to help kids in Africa? Do you enjoy exciting challenges? Achieve these goals and more by working in Africa with children. You can expect to: 

  • Teach basic English
  • Teach early childhood development through games, activities, and lessons
  • Support local teachers in busy classrooms
  • Monitor children’s development using our Global Impact Database
  • Create lesson plans and resources that can be used by future volunteers and local staff
  • Assist with basic renovations like painting classrooms and murals
  • Encourage children to practice better hygiene during outreaches and presentations, like washing hands and brushing teeth properly

We’ll teach you everything you need to know about early childhood development. We also run regular workshops with all of our Childcare and Teaching volunteers. At these sessions, you can get advice and ideas to support your work.

If you're interested in helping children in Africa, we recommend staying longer to make a greater impact. However, we do offer one week projects, if you have a shorter available time frame. Read our blog about short-term volunteering and the impact you can make during your trip.

You don’t need previous experience to help children in Africa. You’re there to support local staff and you’ll work alongside them. There is a high student-teacher ratio in many of the placements we work. As an extra pair of hands, ears, and eyes, you’ll give teachers and caregivers the extra support they need.

A volunteer and a group of South African children play a game on a Childcare Project in Africa

Working in African Orphanages

In the past, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages in Africa and residential care homes. They have done incredible work at these placements, improving living conditions and creating opportunities for children by supporting their education and care.

However, on a global scale, we have decided to move our focus away from orphanages and homes toward community care. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it.

This means that instead of volunteering in an African orphanage, volunteers will work in placements like day care centers, kindergartens, and schools. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.

Keeping Children Safe

On all of our childcare volunteer opportunities, 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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