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

Help children abroad by volunteering on a Childcare Project with Projects Abroad. Giving young children the education and encouragement they need is an important part of making the world a better place.


There are many ways that 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 center, or care center for mothers and babies. Wherever you go, you’ll be part of a team working to make sure children with challenging circumstances have a better start in life.


All our Childcare Projects are designed to bring sustainable, useful help to communities that really need it. You’ll be immersed in the local community, working with 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 build your own confidence and understanding of global issues while giving back to vulnerable communities.

Choose a Childcare Project

1-9 of 49 Projects

A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.

From $2,295 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Peru
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Work with local teachers to support early childhood development at disadvantaged childcare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteers interact with a child in Argentina during a community day at a local care centre.

From $2,520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Argentina
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Live in vibrant Argentina and prepare children for school through general development and teaching them basic life skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Female volunteer working with children in Romania at a care centre for her Childcare Project.

From $3,415 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Romania
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in disadvantaged care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Mongolia helps a child draw around their hands during an educational acitivity.

From $2,520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Mongolia
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Work with disadvantaged children in Ulaanbaatar and support early childhood development

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in Mexico cares for a baby at a care centre for children from working families.

From $2,745 CAD

Volunteering with Children in Mexico
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Work with children and support their care and education in kindergartens and daycare centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children play on the swings under the supervision of a volunteer working with children in Costa Rica

From $2,745 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Costa Rica
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Live in central America and prepare children for school by teaching important early childhood development skills

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Children line up with their backpacks outside their classroom in Nepal

From $1,970 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal
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Gain childcare experience and support early childhood development in care centres

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Childcare volunteer plays a game with children during her work experience in Ghana.

From $2,520 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Ghana
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Gain childcare experience and help children develop their skills in Ghana

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged 16 or over can join
  • From 1 week
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,420 CAD

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 break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Can’t find what you’re looking for?

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?

If you care deeply about helping children from communities in need, our Childcare Projects are for you.


You’ll add great value to a program if you have a 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 can consider a Teaching or Social Work Project. Read our full list of projects for volunteering abroad.

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

What are the benefits of 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:


  • Skills like teamwork, communication, leadership, resilience, organizing, planning, and time management
  • Experience in childcare and Early Childhood Development (ECD).
  • Developing a global mindset from working and empathizing with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Confidence from challenging yourself outside of your comfort zone


These benefits will enhance your resume, strengthen your future applications, and help you develop personally.

Why do these projects matter?

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

What sets Projects Abroad’s Childcare Projects apart?

At Projects Abroad, our first aim is to benefit the communities we work in. Our internships are ethical and well supported. Here are some factors that set us apart:


Dedicated staff support


We don’t expect our volunteers to be education or childcare experts. You’ll work with members of the local community and Projects Abroad staff. They’ll help you plan your work and be available to advise you when necessary. Each project has a full-time member of staff whose job it is to support our volunteers. You’ll also be part of a wider network of volunteers.


We record our work in a secure database


We created a Global Impact Database to track the positive impact of our projects. The database is secure and anonymous, and we use it to identify specific areas of need. We also use the database to monitor individual projects to track their development.


Projects that make a difference


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


We’re about a lot more than pitching up and pitching in. We stand apart from other volunteering projects because we’re guided by annual reviews and thorough needs assessments which are contained in our Management Plans. For us, this level of professional strategic thinking is crucial to make sure 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 centers, 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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