Childcare & Development Volunteering

Childcare Programs

Would you like to be involved in enhancing quality of life for disadvantaged children around the world? Our Childcare and Development programs work with local communities in critical locations to bring happiness, helping hands and a hope for the future to children in need.

Volunteers are instrumental in providing an increased level of personal care, education, awareness and support to children and dedicated local staff in a variety of under-resourced childcare settings, including pre-schools, kindergartens, daycare, after-school, and community-care centers. Volunteer roles are aimed at improving emotional, physical and mental support and well-being through quality time spent in areas such as educational games, sporting and creative activities as well as assisting with day-to-day tasks.

As a Love Volunteer you play a part in raising strong, confident and empowered children with an awareness of the outside world and improved prospects for the future. In turn you gain a greater world perspective and an appreciation for the undeniable thirst for knowledge and resilience against all odds that these children possess.

Learn more about the childcare volunteer opportunities you can support in the destinations below.

Programs

34 programs
  • Accra and Kumasi, Ghana
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 249
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This wonderful program aims to make the lives of vulnerable children better. Its mission is to simply provide quality care for some of the most impoverished children of Ghana. Working at a children's care center in Ghana is likely to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of a volunteers life. In community-care centers,…

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  • Antigua and surrounding areas (The Mayan Highlands!), Guatemala
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 599
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This important project was developed to fill a great need in the community. Families desperately needed an affordable and safe childcare option so they could gain employment or work on their land knowing their children were safely looked after, and being educated. This program was developed to ensure these disadvantaged children were cared for…

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  • Arusha, Tanzania
  • from 1 week
  • Guest House
  • from USD 199
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to care for the needy and impoverished children of Tanzania. The community childcare center Love Volunteers works with in Tanzania supports over 20 children between the ages of 2 and 14. This family-run center was set up by an older Tanzanian couple who took in their first child many years ago and it has grown…

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  • Badulla, Sri Lanka
  • from 3 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 529
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Volunteers on this important program (available during the school holidays in April and August each year) will work in the hillside town of Badulla, in Sri Lanka's southern central hill country region.  This program provides quality care to children in need and desperately requires volunteers to help with caring for and spending time with the…

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  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 449
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This program makes a truly positive impact on impoverished children and their families. Volunteers are desperately sought to help this program implement a comprehensive approach to pre-school educational policies and programs for children from birth to six years of age (school entry age) with the active participation of their parents and…

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  • Cartagena, Colombia
  • from 3 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 999
  • Airport Pick Up Included

What’s not to like about a program set in a gorgeous historical coastal city that enables international volunteers to work directly with underprivileged children? This essential program is based in the historic and beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, situated on the Caribbean Sea. With a tropical climate and renown as the…

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  • Cerrik, Albania
  • from 3 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 339
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This amazing program places volunteers in a Community Centre program in Elbasan, one hour south of the country’s capital city, Tirana. Run by a non-governmental agency, the program provides essential educational and social support to children from minority groups, particularly those from Roma backgrounds who are discriminated against in…

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  • Cusco, Peru
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 429
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to care for at-risk and impoverished children of Peru. The children attending these projects require a lot of care, attention and most importantly, companionship. Volunteers spend their time caring for the children, helping with their education, playing games and arranging fun activities during leisure time, like…

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  • Delhi, India
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 429
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Due to extreme poverty, gender bias towards males and ill health, thousands of children in India are given refuge in community-care centers and shelters run by various non-governmental organizations. The children who find themselves at one of these facilities have often come from tremendously difficult and traumatic circumstances, leaving them…

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  • Granada, Nicaragua
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 589
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Set in the beautiful city of Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, this important childcare program supports Nicaragua’s impoverished children by giving them a great start to life! Volunteers on this placement will be working at a daycare center with many children, interacting with them and playing an important role in their early…

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  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 529
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Volunteers with a passion for the creative arts and a love for travel to far flung and exotic locations should look no further than this exciting program in the ancient city of Istanbul. Here volunteers will spend their time supporting disadvantaged children from 7 to 13 years old while soaking up all that this fascinating and diverse city has…

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  • Kampala, Uganda
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 399
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This program’s mission is to care for the at-risk and impoverished children of Eastern Uganda. This is one of the largest children’s centers that Love Volunteers places volunteers at, and is in fact a childcare center, primary school, secondary school, special needs unit, vocational school and clinic all in one. The facility was established and…

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  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 539
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This essential program works with society's most vulnerable. Based in the magical city of Kathmandu, volunteers will be working with children to provide the care, support and attention that the children desperately need. Unfortunately, Nepal suffers extreme poverty, resulting in many families simply being unable to care for their children. Many…

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  • Lima, Peru
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 399
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This essential program is located on the outskirts of Lima, the capital of Peru, and aims to help underprivileged children in need of additional support. Children in this area suffer the consequences of a severe lack of education resources, poor teacher training and education management. Sadly, there are also very high rates…

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  • Mandeville, Jamaica
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 1109
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Combining the gorgeous tropical island of Jamaica and the ability to help children in need must surely be the holy grail for many international volunteers? Participants on this fantastic childcare program will work in this Caribbean paradise to care for its at-risk and impoverished children. Many children in the Caribbean face…

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  • Mombasa & Diani Beach, Kenya
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 359
  • Airport Pick Up Included

On this amazing program volunteers work with vulnerable children in community-care centers in either Mombasa or Diani Beach. In Mombasa the local team work closely with two schools in the community. One is a smaller children’s center with 25 children from ages 2-14 years where volunteers can assist with teaching the toddler’s class during the…

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  • Mwandi Village, Zambia
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 295
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to provide quality care and teaching to young children in the local community centre and pre-school. The centre serves around 100 local children, many of whom live in challenging and impoverished situations. Many of the children come from difficult backgrounds and therefore require a lot of care, attention,…

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  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 279
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is about offering vulnerable children in the community a level of care that they do not receive at home, either because they come from poorer families or they are orphaned and live at the centers.  Some of these children have HIV/AIDS and have been abandoned by family members. Sadly, due to the stigma attached to HIV…

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  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 259
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Volunteer in Mexico with the Love Volunteers Childcare and Development Volunteering Abroad Program!

At the heart of this program is the belief that every child has a right to an education, and in supporting the rights of indigenous youth to an education that is culturally appropriate. This program was created with the goal of providing…

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  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 389
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to care for the at -risk and impoverished children of Cambodia. Not all the children supported by this project are technically homeless; in some cases, their parents cannot manage to support them due to poverty or illness. Others have been the victims of abuse and as such require a safe haven. The children…

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  • Playa Jaco, Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 309
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to contribute to the children of Costa Rica, to promote education, and to ensure their proper physical, emotional, and social development. The early childhood centres on this program provide care and education for 20 to 40 local children, aged 3 to 6 years old, and provide a place where the children of working-…

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  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 259
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this essential program is to care for some of the most impoverished children in the city of Pokhara. Poverty and a very low standard of living sadly result in cases where children are left uncared-for, often finding their way on to the streets. Some manage to be placed in community-care centers. These, however, are poorly…

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  • Quito, Ecuador
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer Apartment
  • from USD 429
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This fun program is based in the beautiful city of Quito, where volunteers will find their help is invaluable and very much in need. The program offers quality child care to parents so they can work and support their families, and ultimately leave the poverty cycle. Whilst participating in this program, volunteers tasks will include playing…

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  • Rabat, Morocco
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 519
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Volunteers will work with Moroccan youth, teaching and assisting them to learn crucial life skills that are often taken for granted. For example, volunteers may give basic language lessons, help with computer skills and mathematics, as well as organizing education and recreational activities such as music, theatre, arts and crafts, as well as…

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  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 409
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This amazing project’s aim is to help those who are actively seeking to help themselves escape their life of poverty. It serves a real need by offering free care for children in a nurturing and safe environment while their parents work or study to create a better life for their families. Rocinha and Pavãozinho favelas have an exceptionally high…

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  • Rwamagana, Rwanda
  • from 2 weeks
  • Guest House
  • from USD 379
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The aim of this childcare program is to support children from families who were affected by genocide and those from some of Rwanda’s poorest families. Early childhood education levels are very low for Rwanda, with a severe lack of teachers. In the town of Rwamagana, Love Volunteer’s partner agency developed the early education facility after…

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  • Santa Barbara de Heredia, Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 279
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to contribute to the children of Costa Rica, to promote education, and to ensure their proper physical, emotional, and social development. The early childhood centres on this program provide care and education for 20 to 40 local children, aged 3 to 6 years old, and provide a place where the children of working-…

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  • St Georges, Grenada
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 1109
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Want to visit paradise while completing amazing work helping disadvantaged children? Then sign up to this amazing Love Volunteer’s program today, set in magical Grenada in the Caribbean! The mission of this program is to care for at-risk and impoverished children of this beautiful island. Many children in the Caribbean face…

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  • Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 439
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This program aims to provide care and shelter for at-risk and impoverished children of Victoria Falls. Set up in 2008 and supporting over 70 children between the ages of 2 and 17 years, the center offers a safe place for children to learn and grow. The children have often been abandoned as a result of being born out of wedlock or both parents…

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  • Badulla, Sri Lanka
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 229
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This essential education program supports children in the under resourced, yet fundamental, area of early childhood education in Sri Lanka. This program is available in kindergartens and primary schools the historically significant hillside town of Badulla. Early childhood education is sadly a seemingly forgotten area in Sri Lanka’s education…

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  • Cherkasy, Ukraine
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 285
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The mission of this program is to care for the at-risk and impoverished children of Ukraine. There are more than 100,000 children in more than 140 childcare centers in Ukraine, and these facilities are often desperately underfunded and understaffed. Volunteers supply hands on care to the children, helping with their education, playing games and…

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  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 689
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This amazing program will warm the heart of any international volunteer with a love for working with children and helping those in true need. Volunteers on this project will be based in the largest city in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, a bustling metropolis jam-packed with culture and sights. From street food vendors selling local fare (all travellers…

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  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • from 4 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 749
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This program makes a truly positive impact on vulnerable children, abused women and those with physical and mental challenges. Volunteers are desperately sought to help this program across the many projects it works on. From providing care and love to orphaned children, to supporting abused women and children, or day-to-day care to others…

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  • Delhi, India
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 429
  • Airport Pick Up Included

Sadly, there are an estimated 100 million or more homeless children in India who do not have access to even the most basic of education and spend most of their time roaming the streets in search for food or anything valuable to sell. In the city of Delhi alone, India’s sprawling and crowded capital, it is estimated that there are close to 175,…

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