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 our childcare volunteer programs 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.
I decided to bite the bullet and just go for it, thinking it would be good for my personal growth and it would be a chance to see a new country. I never expected to have one of the best two weeks of my life, make new friends, and gain confidence and a better understanding of the challenging conditions many people live in. - Eloise G, Childcare & Community High School Special in South 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.
Choose a Childcare Project in Africa
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Volunteer with Children in South AfricaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 1 week
- From $2,720 USD
Volunteer with children in South Africa with a groupSee this project
- Fixed dates throughout the year
- Anyone aged 18 or over can join
- From 2 weeks
- From $3,305 USD