Children get help with an arts and crafts activity from a volunteer doing childcare work in Africa.

Volunteer with Children in Africa

Childcare centres in Africa can take many different shapes and sizes. Many have children as old as 18 and as young as babies. These children are in need of educational support, care, and friendship, which local staff are often to busy to offer them on an individual basis.


Your work in a care centre in Africa will provide these children with the support and mental stimulation that all children need to develop healthy social skills and self-confidence. Volunteer work in African care centres can make a large impact on both you and the children themselves. We recommend going for eight weeks or more if you are doing a project that involves social work. However, some projects can accommodate volunteers for as little as one week.


You can view our Childcare Projects in Africa below. You may also be interested in Social Work Projects.

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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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Volunteer Work with Children in Africa

Becoming a volunteer with children in Africa is both easy and rewarding. Volunteering at an African care centre utilises a wide range of the volunteers’ interests, talents, skills, and knowledge. There are opportunities for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of a centre. This can include teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game of tag or telephone with them, or by simply sharing your time, experiences, and knowledge with them. Whatever you do, it will have a tangible impact on their lives.


You don't need previous childcare experience or qualifications to work with children in Africa. You'll work alongside local staff and support their work. We also run regular workshops at all of our Childcare Projects. These workshops give you an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss challenges you're facing with our staff and other volunteers.

Volunteering at Special Needs Centres in Africa

In addition to working in childcare centres in Africa, there are also volunteer opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs. Volunteers are desperately needed and greatly appreciated in these care facilities.


The special needs care centers we work with in Africa are overfilled with people in need of daily care and constant medical attention. This level of care is often not available to them due to the staff being overworked and not large enough to give adequate individual attention to every patient. You have the choice to work in AIDS hospices or schools for the handicapped, the blind, and the deaf.


There is no requirement for a medical degree, specialized training, or any previous experiences in care work of any sort. All that is required is a strong desire to help children and adults with special needs. You'll support the work of local staff and we'll teach you everything you need to know for your placement.


By helping these vulnerable children and adults you are giving them a better chance of having a future with hope and the possibility of living independently.

Volunteer in a Day Care Centre or Kindergarten in Africa

Kindergartens in Africa are filled with children eager to learn. As a volunteer, you would help set up and organize daily activities for these children to help stimulate their minds and capture their interests. There are a variety of activities you can do with the children such as art projects, games and songs.


Volunteers who work in Africa can also work in day care centres. These volunteers will be exposed to children of all different ages, from babies to teenagers. You will help prepare meals as well as possibly teaching the children literary skills and about appropriate personal hygiene. Interacting with the children on a daily and personal basis is both incredibly rewarding and enlightening. You will learn all about a new culture by working in Africa, but you will learn about a whole new way of life and a new way to look at things by working with these children.

A child practices reading aloud at a care centre with a volunteering doing a Childcare Project in Africa.

Volunteering in African Orphanages

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