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Care, Orphanage and Community Development Projects   

CARE, ORPHANAGE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Care projects available in Orphanages, Crèches, Schools, Hospitals and Social Centres working with orphans, abused children, street children, children with learning and physical disabilities, and adults. Projects available across the globe in some of the most needy and poor communities.

You don't need any qualifications (unless otherwise stated), just a lot of caring, loving and comforting. These children really need that.

Bali Brazil Ecuador
Ghana India Malaysia
New Zealand South Africa Sri Lanka
Zambia Zimbabwe  

  BALI - INDONESIA

Care for and Teach Children in Kindergarten in Bali, Indonesia, with Travellers Worldwide

Care For, and Teach, Children in a Kindergarten in Bali
Care for and teach English to young Balinese children; aged 4 to 5 years old, whose curious minds and natural friendliness gives you the opportunity to make a real impact. You'll encourage the children to learn and grow creatively, thus sowing the seeds for a greater future in years to come.

The Kindergarten offers free kindergarten education to 4-5 year old children from poor villages in and around the area. The local children are warm and affectionate and would rather spend time playing than learning.


BRAZIL

 


Care for Children in a Creche in Brazil | Gap year, career break, mature volunteers

Care for Children in a Crèche in Rio de Janeiro:
You'll care for children ranging from 1 to 5 years. The activities are based on helping the teachers to take care of the children, as well as developing educational games, and recreational activities. 

You'll mainly be playing with the children, feeding them, bathing them, reading to them and finding ways to interact and help them learn. Altogether there about 200 children, and about 25 members of staff.

 

NEW! Care for Children in Creches in Florianopolis in Brazil
Care for, teach and entertain young children who come from extremely poor backgrounds in the beautiful beach town of Florianopolis.

You'll care for children ranging from 2 to 5 years old, using basic English lessons and playing educational games. Apart from general caring, you can also teach them the alphabet, colours, names of animals, organise games, singing and nursery rhymes - all these activities bring huge smiles to the children’s faces!

This is a great opportunity to spend time with the children of this wonderful island community.

ECUADOR

 
VOLUNTARY WORK WITH STREET KIDS IN QUITO IN ECUADOR

Volunteer to Care for Children in a Children's Hospital in Quito in Ecuador

Voluntary Work with Street Kids in Quito
Work with a recently formed NGO that was founded by two psychologists who want to help children, youth and adults living on the streets of Quito.

The main objective of this project is to help people in desperate situations, by giving them a safe environment to eat, shower, relax, meet peers, make friends and learn new skills in.

Care for Children at a Children's Hospital in Quito
Children from all over Ecuador end up in this public hospital with a range of short and long term medical conditions. You'll help to keep them cheerful and optimistic during their stay with games and other activities, as well as providing educational support to those who've been in hospital a long time.

You'll need a little Spanish to do this project, but we've got that covered! If you have no knowledge of Spanish at all, you can combine your project with two weeks of Spanish.


GHANA  
Care for Children in Ghana

Care for Pre-School and Primary School Children in Accra
Work in a pre-school in the Kwabenya region of Accra. You'll be involved in activities like playtime, feeding, basic teaching. Help them to learn basic numerical and English skills, drawing, painting, music and games.

You'll care for and teach children from a mixture of social backgrounds, aged between 2 to 13 years years old.

 

INDIA

 
Playing with childreon the Care Project in India


Care for Children in Orphanages

Care for Orphans in a Center in Madurai:
This is a great project if you love working with babies and young children and want some hands-on experience! You'll be involved with the day to day running of the Orphanage and help the nurses wash, feed and play with the children.   

The Orphanage is a home for victims of female infanticide and abandoned children. There are around 20 children at the orphanage, but this number changes frequently as new children are brought in or are adopted.

Care for Children with Learning and Physical Disabilities:
Assist in a large institution that cares for and schools approximately 160 children ranging from babies to the age of 4 or 5. About 130 of these students live at the Center; the others are brought in daily by their parents.

The children mainly suffer from Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Microcephaly, Autism, Epilepsy, Deafness and some of the children are slow learners and dyslexic. The aim of the school is to help the children to study, build confidence and develop essential life skills.


MALAYSIA

 

Care and Physiotherapy for Disabled and Abused Women and Children in Borneo
Help children with mental, physical and emotional disabilities as well as some young adults and abused women/children. This is a challenging and rewarding project that is suitable for either those with basic care experience or fully qualified Physiotherapists.

This is a live-in residential care project situated close to Sabah's beautiful coastline and around 15 minutes drive from it's thriving capital, Kota Kinabalu.


NEW ZEALAND

 

Care projects in New Zealand

Care for Children with Cerebral Palsy in Auckland
Assist caring for and teaching the children to help their development. The school you'll work in offers education and therapy for students who are severely disabled with Cerebral Palsy. Some have physical disabilities, but some have cognitive potential comparable to chronological age. Many have hi-tech assistive communication devices.

You’ll work mainly as a Teaching Aid but you'll also observe and assist the various therapists as they work with students and the team of staff to facilitate student learning.

Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Speech Language Therapy with Physically Disabled Children in Auckland
You'll assist in a special unit that has a large number of children with physical disabilities such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and mobility problems.

You'll work as a teacher aid and shadow the existing therapists. You'll work under supervision alongside other teacher aids and staff, either in groups or one-on-one with the students. You'll also work with the children in a classroom environment and this will give you additional experience in how to work with their disabilities and to overcome these obstacles within education.


SOUTH AFRICA

 
Care Projects in Knysna in South Africa




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Psychology, Social Work and Counselling Work Experience in Knysna
Work with social workers who provide Counselling services to people in need of support owing to emotional problems. These can include marital and family stress, depression, mid-life crisis, divorce counselling, HIV-related counselling, conflict management and parenting.

The Society (FAMSA - Families South Africa) is very much family orientated, serving to help resolve family problems and disintegration. It is one of a chain of Centres throughout South Africa. You'll learn a lot about all the areas of counselling and social work that they deal with.

Care for Disabled and Special Needs Children in Cape Town
Work with children with autism, special needs, or physical or mental impairment. You can work at one particular Center or you can spread your time out between different institutes. The work differs at the different Centres. The Centres are for local children who need extra special care and attention due to physical, mental or social disadvantages.

Care with Children at the Red Cross Hospital in Cape Town
Children from a few months old to 12 years of age attend this Children's Hospital for specialised treatment. You'll visit the children, hand out toys, play and interact with them, and give them lots of comfort and love. The Matron says, “The kids love having volunteers from overseas around because they’ll be new faces who can tell them new stories about their own country”. Even something as simple as entertaining the children with stories lifts their morale and helps the healing process.

You may also assist with general non-medical support, e.g., accompanying a patient to another department, collecting folders and fetching food, etc, or assisting the pharmacy area or clinics where patients wait for their medication. You may also assist in various out-patients departments as administrative support, or assist in the fund-raising shop.

Care for Kids in a Children’s Safe-House in Knysna
You'll assist the trained Carers in a children’s Safe-House in the local township by helping to care for children from abusive backgrounds. You'll work with a variety of ages, from assisting in the soup kitchen, general caring for the youngsters, and observing counselling to HIV sufferers.

This rewarding project would suit anyone keen keen on Social Work, Teaching or Child Care.

Deaf School Project in Cape Town
Work in a school in Cape Town that caters for partially and fully deaf children. You'll work with children from 3 to 13 years old, right from when they're first introduced to sign language. The content of the lessons is the same as a regular school, so any subjects you have some knowledge in would be most welcome.

The school is very poor with just a few classrooms, library and a hall, so every bit of involvement by you makes an incredible difference!

Street Kids Project: Social work / Care with Children in Knysna
Work at a Youth Development Center in a township on the outskirts of the beach resort of Knysna, helping out with anything from basic schooling, such as reading or writing, to community projects and life skills lessons. Your work will combine many aspects that all help to provide a caring environment where guidance and assessment is offered to children living on the streets and children at risk.

The purpose is to get the youngssters ready to be taken back into the mainstream schooling and domestic home life again. A very worthwile project.

Care for Children in a Crèche in Knysna
Play an important role in helping to prepare the children for primary school through the media of fun activities and educational programmes. Many of the children come from underprivileged homes.

You'll have a lot of freedom to set up your own day's activities, if you would like to, and also to paint murals to brighten up the class rooms. Activities include singing, painting, reading, educational classes (like learning the alphabet) and playing with educational toys.

Teach and Care for Mentally and Physically Impaired Children in Cape Town
Help in a school that has just over 200 children with physical and intellectual impairments. The pupils are aged from 3 years old to 18. There are four sections covering nursery, junior, middle and senior.

Work as a classroom assistant or class aide (helping children in and out of wheelchairs for different activities, or helping the teacher with various class activities, like painting, doing puzzles – and with the older children cooking, simple maths and reading etc). Other tasks include reading stories to children, helping children to simple tasks on the computer and supervising the outdoor activities


SRI LANKA

 
CARE AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING IN  KANDY, SRI LANKA

NEW! Care and Community Volunteering with Children, Women, Boys and Elders, in Kandy
Help the local community by assisting in a broad range of  activities. Choose from one (or more, or even all) of the following areas to help in:

1) Babies Orphanage
2) Womens’ Project
3) Elders’ Home
4) Orphan Care
5) Building and Renovation – or you could even help to rebuild and renovate Buddhist temples!


ZAMBIA

 

Teach Orphans in a School in Livingstone
Teach in a school that is quite small and very basic, but makes you feel part of the family immediately! The school has approximately 57 boys and 68 girls between the ages of 6 and 18.

You'll normally assist the teachers with informal teaching to start with, but, depending on your ability, you may be given complete control of a particular class or group. You can teach English or any other subjects, as well as assisting with sports during games periods.


zIMBABWE ZIMBABWE

 

HIV / AIDS Orphan Care and Teaching Assistance in Gweru
Make an impact on the lives of underprivileged and disabled children! Assist with loving and caring for as well as mentoring orphans and physically disabled, from the very young to high school age.

Your activities could include teaching assistance, study programmes, workshop hosting, sports coaching, repairs and maintenance at the homes, painting, gardening, youth camps and life skills training.

Your help in caring for babies and younger children will involve changing and feeding as well as assisting with planned activities and games at the homes.

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Care for Children in Orphanages

1. Care for Orphans in India: Experience hands-on work with babies and young children.
2. Care for Poor Children in a Crèche in the vacation resort of Knysna in South Africa
3. Pre-School Project in Accra in Ghana, working with neglected or abused children.
4. Care for Children in Argentina at a very worthwhile Children's Hospital in Mendoza.
5. Street Kids in Ecuador: A very deserving placement located in Quito.

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Famous Table Mountain backdrop to the city below