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

Volunteer in Africa with Children

Travel to Africa and support communities in need by teaching vital early childhood skills in care centers

Imagine yourself sitting with a group of young children in Africa, working with a local teacher to play a fun educational game. Or picture yourself in a local African daycare center, planning classes with the teacher, and sharing anecdotes from the previous day. You can do this and much more when you volunteer in Africa with children.

You’ll be placed in a local daycare center or school. You’ll work alongside local staff who are passionate about promoting education and the wellbeing of each child. At many of the placements we work with, the student-teacher ratio is high. As an extra pair of hands, ears, and eyes, you’ll give teachers and caregivers the extra support they need.

By working in Africa with children, you’ll leave your placement with a new perspective and a deeper understanding of the country you worked in. You’ll learn about early childhood development and the challenges people face everyday. It’s also an opportunity discover what you’re capable of and add real-world experience to your resume.

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

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Take a Gap Semester Abroad in South America
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  • Price: $8,795 CAD for 8 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $850 CAD
  • Start Date: Throughout the year
  • Minimum Duration: 8 weeks
  • Ages: 17-24
In an project volunteering with children in Tanzania a child smiles outside a care centre.
Volunteer with Children in Tanzania
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  • Price: $3,040 CAD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $480 CAD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
A volunteer working with children in Peru sits with a child in a classroom to help them with an activity.
Volunteer with Children in Peru
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  • Price: $2,815 CAD for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: $480 CAD
  • Start Date: Anytime
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Ages: 16 or over
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How can I make a difference by working in Africa with children?

Just by making yourself available and being willing to help in a daycare center or school in Africa is the first step on a long list of ways you can help. You can do things like:

  • Teach basic English
  • Teach early childhood development through games, activities and lessons
  • Support local teachers in busy classrooms
  • Monitor children’s development using our Global Impact Database
  • Design and create lesson plans and activity resources that can be used by future volunteers and local staff
  • Assist with basic renovations like painting classrooms and murals
  • Encourage children to take better care of their teeth during hygiene outreaches

You don’t need previous experience to work in Africa with children. You’re there to help local staff and you’ll work alongside them. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to teach early childhood development. We also run regular workshops with all of our Childcare and Teaching volunteers. At these sessions, you can get advice and ideas to support your work.

If you're interested in volunteering with children in Africa, we recommend staying longer to make a greater impact. However, we do offer one week projects, if you have a shorter available time frame. Shorter projects will also be packed with volunteer work, to ensure that your time is maximized.

A volunteer in Africa works with children in a busy care centre

Working 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 working in African orphanages, volunteers will work in placements like day care centers, kindergartens, and schools. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.

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