A volunteer working abroad with children spends time building blocks with a child to improve early childhood development.

Working with Children Abroad

Volunteer abroad to support children in developing countries

Volunteer on a Childcare Project with Projects Abroad and help children in developing countries.


When it comes to making the world a better place, there is nothing more important that giving young children the education and encouragement they need. There are a huge number of ways Projects Abroad Childcare volunteers can provide this for the communities they travel to. You could do volunteer work with children in a kindergarten, school, special needs centre, or care centre for mothers and babies. Wherever you are placed you will be part of a team working to make sure that some of the world’s most disadvantaged children have a better start in life.


All these projects are designed to bring sustainable, useful help to communities that really need it. You’ll be immersed in the local community, working alongside Projects Abroad staff and fellow volunteers. You’ll learn about Early Childhood Development and the benefits of long-term community based care.


This experience is a safe and sociable way to give back to vulnerable communities, while building your own confidence and understanding of global childcare issues.

Choose a Childcare Project

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A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From $3,695 NZD

Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa
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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,920 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From $3,295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji

From $3,970 NZD

Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers
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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $3,445 NZD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Childcare volunteer working with children in Fiji sits in a circle with children during a kindergarten lesson.

From $3,295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Fiji
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Help local kindergarten teachers and support early childhood education on the island of Viti Levu

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
A volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From $3,295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka as a Teenager
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Join teenagers from all over the world to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer working with children in Jamaica does an activity with a ball to improve hand-eye coordination at our Childcare Project.

From $3,645 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Jamaica
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Support disadvantaged children and focus on improving early childhood development and literacy

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers working with children in Belize celebrate the end of a successful summer camp with local children.

From $3,645 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Belize
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Work with children and give them the extra support they need in idyllic coastal communities of Belize

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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Is volunteer work with children right for me?

Our Childcare Projects are ideal for volunteers who care deeply about helping children in developing communities.


You don’t need previous childcare experience, just the drive to help every child access the care that many of us take for granted. Every project is different – but each is designed to bring the most help to the people who need it.


Your tasks will be focused on the long-term benefit to the children you’re working with and their families. This could include evaluating motor and social skills, and running fun activities like sports games and arts and crafts.


If you’re interested in working with children, but feel a Childcare Project isn’t right for you, you may be interested in our Teaching or Social Work Projects. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

Cambodian children read aloud with two Childcare volunteers working abroad at a kindergarten,

What will I gain from doing volunteer childcare work?

By volunteering you’ll give back to a community that needs help while developing your own skills.


Here are just some of the benefits that our previous volunteers talk about:


  • Soft skills like teamwork, leadership, resilience, organising, planning, and time management.
  • Experience in childcare and Early Childhood Development (ECD). 
  • The ability to work and empathise with people of different cultures and backgrounds, helping to develop a ‘global mindset’.
  • Confidence from pushing past your comfort zone.


All of the above will enhance your CV, UCAS applications, and your personal development.

Why do these projects matter?

Early childhood development, educational support, and specialised therapy can be areas of real need in developing countries. In many communities around the world, children and those with special needs – some of the most vulnerable groups in society – lack access to these services. By doing volunteer childcare work, you can be part of our long-term mission to change this and make the world a better place.

How are Projects Abroad’s Childcare Projects different?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. You can be assured that your project is ethical, well supported, and part of a better future. Here’s just a few elements of our work that set it apart from other volunteering programmes:


Be fully supported by staff


We don’t expect our volunteers to be education or childcare experts. On these projects, you’ll work alongside members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. They will help you plan your work and be on hand to advise you as and when you need help. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers. In each project, there is a full-time member of staff who job it is to support our volunteers.


Recording our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database so we can track the positive impact our projects have. This is a secure and anonymous database that we use to identify specific areas of need. We can also monitor individual children in our projects to track their development.


Projects that have an impact


All our projects are well researched, targeted, and sustainable. We aim to make a difference to the local community for the long term.


We are about a lot more than pitching up and pitching in. We stand apart from other volunteering projects, as we are guided by annual reviews and thorough needs assessments which are brought together in our Management Plans. For us, bringing this level of professional strategic thinking to each project is a crucial part of making sure that our volunteers and the communities we serve both get the outcomes they need.


Moving from Volunteering in Orphanages to Community-based Care


Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes. 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.


This means that instead of volunteering in orphanages, our volunteers work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This helps Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.


Find out more about Projects Abroad’s views on orphanages here.

A staff member guides volunteers through a sports lesson while they are working with children abroad.

Our Child Protection Policy

We take the safety of the children and young people we work with very seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive Child Protection Policy.

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