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.
Choose a Childcare Project in Africa
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Volunteer with Children in GhanaSee this project
- Completely flexible dates
- Anyone aged 16 or over can join
- From 1 week
- From €1,695
Childcare & Community Work in Ghana for Volunteers aged over 50See this project
- Fixed dates throughout the year
- Anyone aged 50 or over can join
- From 2 weeks
- From €2,100
Volunteering with Children in Tanzania for TeenagersSee this project
- Fixed dates during school holidays
- This project is only for 15-18 year olds
- From 2 weeks
- From €2,100
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.
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.