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.

Choose a Childcare Project in Africa

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 ready to answer your questions, big or small.

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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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