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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Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers

From $2845

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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Besides childcare work in Cambodia, volunteers on a group trip will also help with light renovation work like planting a vegetable garden.
Childcare Volunteering for Groups in Cambodia

From $2745

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Work with a team to support disadvantaged children at care centres and do community work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 1 week
As part of their community work in Ghana, Projects Abroad volunteers on a Team Trip read books with children at their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Ghana as a Group

From $3070

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Travel to West Africa with a group and work together to support early childhood development and do renovation work

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 18 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A group of volunteers over 50 doing childcare volunteering in Nepal, take a photo outside their placement.
Childcare Volunteering in Nepal for Volunteers over 50

From $2520

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Travel to Asia with a group your age and support students at disadvantaged schools

  • Fixed dates throughout the year
  • Anyone aged over 50 can join
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa
Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa

From $3070

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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji
Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers

From $3295

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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.
Volunteer Work with Children and the Elderly for Teenagers in China

From $3295

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Join teenagers from around the world and work in a group to support children and the elderly at a care centre

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A Projects Abroad volunteer working with children in China listens to young boys reading aloud to improve their reading skills.
Volunteer Work with Children in China

From $3435

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Teach English to children and equip them with the skills they need to succeed when they start school

  • Completely flexible dates
  • Anyone aged over 16 can join
  • From 3 weeks
While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers

From $3070

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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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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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