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.

Love Volunteers does not place volunteers into childcare situations where there is any opportunity for exploitation and harm to children and families.  Our childcare placements are carefully selected to ensure that the welfare of the child is first and foremost. 

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

Programs

21 programs
  • Antigua and surrounding areas (The Mayan Highlands!), Guatemala
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 649
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 449
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Cerrik, Albania
  • from 3 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 459
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 669
  • Airport Pick Up Included

The exotic northern city of Chiang Mai is the location for this essential program working with at-risk children. As a result of extreme poverty in ethnic minority villages and internal conflict in neighbouring Myanmar, destitute families seek refuge for their children in the city. The Childcare Centres this program supports aim to provide…

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  • Cusco, Peru
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 479
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • from 1 week
  • from USD 229
  • Airport Pick Up Not Included
  • 18+

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
  • 18+

This program’s mission is to care for the at-risk and impoverished children of Uganda. Volunteers will be placed at one of three different Child Centers in Jinja, Mukono or Pallisa. The Childcare centers include a primary school, secondary school, special needs unit, vocational school and clinic all in one. The centers cater for students aged…

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  • Kathmandu, Nepal
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 569
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Mombasa & Diani Beach, Kenya
  • from 2 weeks
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 359
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

On this amazing program volunteers work with centres providing care to children from poor families 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…

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  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 279
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

The mission of this program is about offering vulnerable children in the community a level of care that they do not receive at home, primarily due to poverty.  Some children have HIV/AIDS and, sadly, due to the stigma attached to this disease, these children are often neglected in Africa. The children volunteers come into contact with during…

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  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 259
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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 impoverished children in Oaxaca with a solid education and supply additional resources to support them, such…

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  • Playa Pita, Puntarenas , Costa Rica
  • from 1 week
  • Host Family
  • from USD 319
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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 local children, aged 3 to 6 years and provide a place where the children of working-class parents can …

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  • Pokhara, Nepal
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 259
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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
  • Host Family
  • from USD 389
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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
  • 18+

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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  • Rwamagana, Rwanda
  • from 2 weeks
  • Guest House
  • from USD 379
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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 in Rwanda, with a severe lack of teachers. In the town of Rwamagana Love Volunteer’s partner agency developed an early education facility after…

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  • Senya Beraku, Ghana
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 329
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This wonderful program aims to make the lives of vulnerable children better. Its mission is to simply provide education and assistance in the lives of some of the most impoverished children of Ghana. Working at a children's center in Ghana is likely to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of a volunteers life. Volunteers…

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  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • from 2 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 699
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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  • Arusha, Tanzania
  • from 1 week
  • Public Hostel
  • from USD 449
  • Airport Pick Up Included

This essential program working with children in Tanzania supports the under resourced, yet fundamental, area of early childhood education. The program is available in pre and primary schools in the gateway city of Arusha. 

Early childhood education is sadly often neglected in Tanzania's education system, lacking guidelines, funding, …

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  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • from 4 weeks
  • Host Family
  • from USD 779
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

This program makes a truly positive impact on vulnerable children, 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 impoverished children, to day-to-day care of others facing challenges in everyday life, and assisting in…

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  • Delhi, India
  • from 1 week
  • Volunteer House
  • from USD 429
  • Airport Pick Up Included
  • 18+

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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