Volunteer Abroad with Children and Local Communities

Volunteer Abroad with Children and Local Communities

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Minmahaw School

Minmahaw is a post-compulsory school for disadvantaged Burmese students (aged 17 - 23). It introduces the students to an international-style experiential education taught by foreign and local volunteers in an immersive English environment i.e all classes and conversations must be conducted in English.
Education

The Biodiversity Research Institute is a nonprofit NGO that develops biodiversity research and environmental education programs for the purpose of ecological conservation.
Accommodation Animals Education Environment

FONHARE provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services in addition to other programs to people living with disabilities, especially those in dire poverty, without regard to ability to pay for services.
Accommodation Meals Healthcare

YAAPHA (YOUTH IN ACTION AGAINST POVERTY AND HIV/AIDS) is a non profit organization working in Tanzania main land.Established in 2010 and got registered in July 2011. YAAPHA operates in Kilimanjaro, Tabora and Kigoma Regions.

Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

Un poco del Chocó is a private nature reserve and biological station in the montane rainforest of Northwest Ecuador.
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Education Environment

Volunteers Peru is a small registered Non-Governmental Organization based in the city of Arequipa in southern Peru. We currently support two projects where volunteers can make a positive contribution to the local community.
Childcare Education

TANF GHANA

TANF supports the neediest people within Ghana, by providing them with an education and access to health care. We believe this is an investment into a brighter future for our country.
Accommodation Meals Childcare Education Healthcare

HCDP GHANA

HCDP GHANA is a registered and recognized non-governmental project and volunteer organization incorporated under Act 179 at the Registrar General’s Department in Accra, Ghana. Registration number G.32, 619, and it has a unique rule to play in the lives of the deprived living in the rural communities
Accommodation Meals Education Healthcare Women Development

Background of the Organization:

Finca La Gran Vista was established on January 16, 2001, as a non-profit project with the aim of spreading awareness of environmentally sustainable agricultural methods to other farmers in the region. It is intended to provide an example for other farms .
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Animals Education

RUDEC-Rural Development Centre is a business enterprise that focuses on children, women and the environmental protection with focuses on tourism development as a project
Accommodation Meals Agriculture Childcare Education

Volunteer Abroad with Children and Local Communities

Within the option of volunteering with people, volunteer work with children is one of the most exciting, rewarding, and complex experiences there are. In many places, children can be found in the heart of the discussion but far from the actual focus and attention. Powered by the belief that investing in a child’s well-being holds an incredible potential and can make an impact on the entire community, many organizations throughout the world act to bring about change that is specifically rooted in working with children. But, as they say, “with great power, comes great responsibility”, in recent years it has become increasingly clearer that organizations and volunteers alike should approach this issue with as much awareness and knowledge as possible. As an extremely vulnerable social group that draws attention and funds, children can be easily exploited. Also, their dependency means that factors such as time-frame and activity can be more sensitive than in other fields. But don’t let that discourage you - volunteers around the world are a vital resource to organizations since they can provide a safe environment for children to grow, learn, and enjoy themselves. Such experiences are crucial for all individuals alike.

How to start volunteering with children? 

Before setting off to your volunteering journey, make sure to take these factors into account when looking for an organization that works with children. 

Similar to the way in which travel, in general, is developing into a more conscious and aware experience, volunteering with children can also generate a positive impact - not only for one person but for an entire community. 

What will you be doing?

Volunteering with children ranges from recreational activities, such as coaching or craftwork, to providing language skills or developing long-term educational programs that touch on social, political, gender, or ecological issues. Though the content of programs in each organization varies, all are led by the same principal:  providing care,  benefiting and improving the lives of underprivileged, unprovided-for children. 

Volunteers that contribute to long-term projects in organizations can help provide the basis for a child’s stable future and to facilitate an in-depth change in a community by providing educational instruments that can help fight poverty and emotional hardship. 

Where to look for volunteering opportunities with Children?

In ways similar to other volunteering activities, when it comes to finding a location for volunteering with children the first question to ask yourself is where you care about the most- what part of the world draws you the most.

Children and youth at-risk are mostly present in areas experiencing political strife, or where extreme poverty, medical and healthcare issues exist. While communities in low-income rural areas face different concerns in comparison to large urban locations, in both many children are faced with limited access to essential resources. The overly-populated cities in Southeast Asia - in particular, Thailand, Nepal, and India - leave many children struggling with poverty. In Latin American countries, the steep economic differences in urban areas backlash. Organizations in Peru are trying to struggle with the culture of “street children” offering many rehabilitation programs, amongst other essential projects. In many countries in Africa, like Kenya or Tanzania, the AIDS crisis that continues to take its toll leaves many children unprovided for. In these cases, organizations provide programs ranging from psychological assistance, education or aiding in raising healthcare awareness. 

Unfortunately, the growing interest in providing assistance for children often comes with fears of child exploitation and, in many places, receives much criticism. That being said, many organizations that have been working throughout the years have been able to successfully avoid these problematic positions, and instead, advocate and promote change around conflicted or impoverished places.

 Don’t be put off by this complexity. When approaching the question of where and how you can volunteer with children - ask as many questions as you can, choose and organization and contact you trust, make sure you’ll be part of an organization that is aware of this complexity and remember -  you are entering one of the most rewarding, challenging, and life-changing experiences there are. Take this journey on with all the energies and powers that you have, and you will surely feel like you helped to make a difference.  


Latest Reviews

Incredibly meaningful experience
"I cannot express how meaningful and worthwhile my time as a teacher at Minmahaw School was. While being pushed to think about issues along the Thai/Burma border and models of community development, I also had this opportunity to build connections with individual people and an entire community through Minamahaw school. I continue to recommend this experience for all motivated to make a difference in the world and who have skills to share. "
on 11/05/2016
The Best Volunteer Experience I have ever had!
"My time working at IPBio could not have been better. As a volunteer coordinator my work saw me take on a variety of different roles as I helped other volunteers. In particular, I focused on assisting with the amphibian program, which enabled me to hike across the reserve weekly to assist in field work. Additionally, I created a brand new volunteer package for the organization, as well as numerous information packages on many different subjects, ranging from local tourism - to wildlife guides. Living at the reserve is comfortable. The Darwin House has a fully equipped kitchen, nice bedrooms, a full bathroom, and most importantly, air conditioning! After work the other volunteers and I would relax, play games, watch movies, and swim in the river (which is amazing, and so refreshing on a hot day). The weekends were exciting and were spent doing many different fun activities. We explored caves, hiked to waterfalls, tubed down rivers, went camping, and so much more. The Atlantic Forest really is a nature lovers dream, and IPBio is such an incredible organization. Definitely and incredible experience, I would recommend it to anyone looking to do meaningful work in an amazing setting. Worth every penny! Go volunteer! "
18 days ago