Volunteer with Children in Southeast Asia
Volunteering in childcare and with special needs children in Southeast Asia is a fulfilling and life changing experience. Projects Abroad’s Care program allows volunteers to work in care centres and kindergartens with Southeast Asian children of all age groups, from newborns to teenagers. Placements are available in the Southeast Asian nations of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and the program is open to all volunteers including those in high school or college, on a gap year, or looking for a career break.
The staff at these facilities is often overworked and unable to provide these children with individual attention and support. Volunteers play a vital role in bridging this gap and giving the love, care, and affection that every child deserves. Volunteer opportunities are available for two weeks, one month, and more. No previous volunteer or social work experience is required; all that is needed is a desire to help!
Volunteering with Children in Southeast Asia - What to Expect
Volunteering in Southeast Asia is a rewarding experience and changing the life of a child is something very special. Volunteers are often part teacher, part caretaker, and part friend. They help with basic day-to-day functions of the centre, engage in learning activities, and provide emotional support to children who have overcome so much in life. Many children have disabilities or HIV/AIDS, while others have been abandoned, neglected, or received little formal education. Volunteering in Southeast Asia is an opportunity to grow personally, while having the opportunity to make a profound difference in the world.
Volunteer in Orphanages in South East Asia
Over the years, our volunteers have worked with children at orphanages and residential care homes in South East Asia. 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 volunteering in orphanages in South East Asia, volunteers will work in placements like day care centres, kindergartens and schools, or support groups for the elderly and mothers and babies. This will help Projects Abroad build stronger relationships with local communities and – most importantly – help families stay together and flourish.