Child care volunteers play a crucial role in the lives of the children they work with by serving as positive role models, providing daily interaction to help them develop social and emotional skills, and encouraging creative learning through play and structured activities. Volunteers provide support at orphanages, day care centers, kindergarden and special needs centres.

Whether you volunteer at an orphanage in Ghana or a daycare center in Thailand, you help provide a bit of extra support to children and their families who don’t have access to private care.

Volunteer responsibilities

  • Assisting with reading, writing, mathematics and arts and crafts
  • Supervising children during play times and organizing fun activities
  • Preparing food and supervising children during meals
  • Teaching English and helping with homework

Who can volunteer?

No special skills are needed. However, our Child Care projects are best suited for those who enjoy working with young children, are patient and have a desire to serve as a positive role model.

What about the schedule?

Volunteers working on our Child Care projects typically work 6 hours a day, 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday. Your specific working hours will depend on the project site that you choose.

Volunteer childcare Projects in Costa Rica

Volunteer in Costa Rica in Special Needs

Volunteer in Costa Rica with special needs students and provide educational and life-enriching support. Assist with lessons and recreation, organize fun activities and make a difference to the lives of children and adults with special needs like autism, blindness and Asperger’s syndrome.

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Volunteer in Costa Rica in an Orphanage

A fifth of Costa Rican children live in poverty; many are given residence, an education and support at children’s homes and orphanages throughout the country. Volunteer to work with disadvantaged youngsters and help them through this difficult time by providing care and attention, assisting with English lessons and leading fun activities.

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Volunteer in Costa Rica in a Daycare Center

Join the uVolunteer Daycare Center Program to help disadvantaged children at subsidized daycare centers realize their potential. Volunteers care for babies and children aged up to six and teach literacy, numeracy and basic English, providing educational and emotional support.

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Volunteer in Costa Rica in Community Education

You will support children in an underprivileged community center in San Ramón, assisting support workers with classes, program development, setting up outdoor games, and supervising during recess, meals and social activities.

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Volunteer childcare Projects in Ghana

Volunteer in Ghana at an Orphanage

Work with children at orphanages in Ghana to provide vital life-enriching support and interaction. Help children develop emotionally, socially and academically by encouraging routine, engaging with youngsters and teaching English and other subjects at the onsite school, as well as encouraging children to learn through play, reading, sports and creative craft activities.

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Volunteer childcare Projects in Thailand

Volunteer in Thailand in Community Education

Community education volunteers work at the Wat Klong Phet temple in Trat, teaching English classes and sports, interacting with youngsters to build confidence and improve conversational skills, preparing food, and supervising mealtimes.

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Volunteer in Thailand in Childcare

Sports education volunteers encourage physical activity among public school students and introduce them to new sports. They plan and deliver physical education lessons with a qualified teacher and assist with school events and inter-school competitions.

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My time in Costa Rica working for uVolunteer has been the best time of my life, and I do not say that lightly

Program Information Brochure

If you are interested in joining the program, you should download and read this program information brochure.

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