Volunteer with Children in Asia
Volunteering in Asia is an opportunity for you to go to a foreign country and do volunteer care work that has the power to impact you and the people you help. Care centers in Asia are filled with chances to do care work because there are children who need a wide assortment of help and care. You can work in a multitude of Asian countries such as Cambodia, and Mongolia.
Volunteering with children in Asia is a very rewarding experience that has the power to be life-changing. Care work in Asian can be done in day care centers, kindergarten classrooms, and special needs care centers. By doing volunteer care work in Asian care centers you will be making a contribution to the lives of the children you help.
"This group home was known as the ECD (Early Childhood Development) House, and was home to 13 children aged between 2 and 5 years. All of the children that are cared for have HIV and are mainly orphans because their parents have died from AIDS. It is quite hard when you first learn this and you feel sorry for the children, but after spending only a short amount of time with them it is easy to see that they are some of the happiest children you will ever meet and it is clear that the carers that spend everyday with them love them all and give them the best care you could imagine."
Gemma Morgan– Care in Cambodia
Children and Volunteer Work in Asia
Children in Asia do not care if a volunteer has any prior experience in care work and neither do we, as long as you are interested in traveling and passionate about volunteer work you are an ideal potential volunteer. Volunteer work in Asia is as diverse and multifaceted as the culture and people you will encounter. Volunteers are encouraged to use their interests and skills when choosing a project.
Childcare and volunteer work with Asian children is extremely varied. You can participate in the daily running of the centre which includes preparing meals, cleaning, doing laundry, and general building maintenance, or more direct childcare activities which includes teaching and spending time with the children. This more hands-on interaction with the children can be as simple as reading them a story, helping them write a letter, or playing a game with them.
"I worked at Snowland school for Tibetan orphans, sometimes teaching and other times just playing with the children or helping them informally with their English. The children were really lovely and it was so hard to leave their beautiful smiling faces. They make you feel really special and were always fascinated by my blonde hair and my clothes. The cheery ‘Namestes’ and cuddles were something I would look forward to every morning. I also had the opportunity to work a few days at NRH, a rehabilitation center for children suffering with malnutrition (a major problem in Nepal), which was very rewarding. Although many of the children were very ill, they were always smiling and loved having the attention of volunteers."
Rachel Gates– Care in Nepal
Children and Adults with Special Needs and Volunteering in Asia
Care centers for children and adults with special needs in Asia deal with people who have physical or mental disabilities. Volunteer work with adults and children with special needs range from medical volunteer work to helping these people accomplish daily activities.
Special Ed children and adults are sometimes in schools for the handicapped, blind and deaf, and are trying to learn how to live a more independent life – not needing other people to help them do basic tasks and becoming more self-sufficient. Volunteer care workers can help these people find new ways to overcome their disabilities and become more proficient in dealing with daily obstacles.
"I was working at The National Baby and Children Center (NBC). The majority of the children are mentally and physically disabled. My work consisted of helping with the day to day running of the center and caring for the children. I was feeding, washing, changing nappies and giving the children lots of attention. I believe that giving the children attention is very important – many of the children can really smile when you spend some time with them."
Marlyn Smit Hooftman– Care in Cambodia
Volunteer in a Day Care Center or Kindergarten in Asia
Day Care centers and Kindergartens in Asia are wonderful places to do volunteer childcare work. Dealing with such young children in a foreign country can be quite difficult at first. However, once you develop a routine and get to know the children on an individual level your volunteer care work will be less trying and more fun.
Being a member of the volunteer care projects in Asia is a way of sharing yourself with others. These children are avid students who are eager to get to know you and show you who they are and where they come from. This experience has the potential to open your eyes to a new world, new people, and new ways of life that is ground breaking.
Volunteering in Orphanages in South East Asia
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in South East Asia. 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 volunteering in orphanages in South East Asia, volunteers will work in placements like day care centers, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.
"In my third month I worked in the “Gerel” children’s center. I had previously been to other orphanages in Mongolia and was amazed at the comfort with which these children lived. This orphanage has 28 children aged between 2 months and 8 years. They seemed to be well fed, well clothed and their accommodation was immaculate. I really got the impression that this orphanage is well funded and well run. The children are happy, and were delighted to have a male around. They called me “aav” (meaning father). Leaving was very sad, but not for the children who sang for me to say goodbye. The other orphanages I went to were nowhere near as well funded, but I was always touched by the extremely cheerful, generous and kind nature of the children."
Derek S.– Care in Mongolia– Care in Mongolia