Volunteer Abroad with Children and Local Communities

Volunteer Abroad with Children and Local Communities

Helen Keller International

Volunteer & help save the sight and lives of the most vulnerable children in Vietnam!

Hanoi, Vietnam
Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving the sight and lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. We combat the causes and consequences of blindness and malnutrition by establishing programs based on evidence and research in vision, health and nutrition.
Education Healthcare Women Development

Biodiversity Research Institute

Come to Brazil and learn more about Biodiversity & the Environment!

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

TANF GHANA

Accra, 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.
Childcare Education Healthcare
Accommodation Meals

Minmahaw School

Mae Sot, Thailand
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

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.
Healthcare
Accommodation Meals

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.
Agriculture Education Environment
Accommodation Meals

Volunteers Peru

Arequipa, Peru
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

HCDP GHANA

Ho, 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
Education Healthcare Women Development
Accommodation Meals

Un poco del Chocó

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

7Elements Peru

Oxapampa, Peru
We are a non profit organization organizing service-service programs to connect young leaders from the Amazon and the western world
Agriculture Education Environment
Accommodation Meals

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.