Children get help with an arts and crafts activity from a volunteer doing childcare work in Africa.

Volunteer in Africa with Children

Travel to Africa and support communities in need by teaching vital early childhood skills in care centers

Imagine yourself sitting with a group of young children in Africa, working with a local teacher to play a fun educational game. Or picture yourself in a local African 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.


You’ll be placed in a local daycare center or school. You’ll work alongside local staff who are passionate about promoting education and the wellbeing of each child. At many of the placements we work with, the student-teacher ratio is high. As an extra pair of hands, ears, and eyes, you’ll give teachers and caregivers the extra support they need.


By working in Africa with children, you’ll leave your placement with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of the country you worked in. You’ll learn about early childhood development and the challenges people face everyday. It’s also an opportunity discover what you’re capable of and add real-world experience to your resume.


You can view our Childcare Projects in Africa below. You may also be interested in Social Work Projects.

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1-9 of 13 Projects

Childcare volunteer blows bubbles with a child in Ghana

From $2270 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
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As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.

From $2770 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
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From $2770 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 assist with childcare volunteering for teenagers in Kenya as they play educational games with the children in the school yard

From $2770 USD

Volunteer Work with Children in Kenya for Teenagers
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Take part in community work with other teenagers in Kenya and help local children to learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Kenya gives soap to a child washing their hands outdoors.

From $2270 USD

Volunteer with Children in Kenya
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Work with disadvantaged children and support early childhood development in Nanyuki

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A child outlines her hand with chalk during a skills development lesson with a volunteer working with children in Madagascar.

From $2270 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
A group hands out food while they volunteer with children in Senegal.

From $2470 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
During a Childcare Project in South Africa, a young girl hula hoops outside a care centre.

From $2720 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
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.

From $2270 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
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How can I make a difference by working in Africa with children?

Just by making yourself available and being willing to help in a daycare center or school in Africa is the first step on a long list of ways you can help. You can do things like:


  • 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
  • Design and create lesson plans and activity resources that can be used by future volunteers and local staff
  • Assist with basic renovations like painting classrooms and murals
  • Encourage children to take better care of their teeth during hygiene outreaches


You don’t need previous experience to work in Africa with children. You’re there to help local staff and you’ll work alongside them. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to teach 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 volunteering with 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. Shorter projects will also be packed with volunteer work, to ensure that your time is maximized.

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

Working in African Orphanages

Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in Africa. 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. Read more about orphanage volunteering and our position on it.


This means that instead of working in African orphanages, 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.

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