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

Volunteer with Children in Africa

Childcare centres in Africa can take many different shapes and sizes. Many have children as old as 18 and as young as babies. These children are in need of educational support, care, and friendship, which local staff are often to busy to offer them on an individual basis.


Your work in a care centre in Africa will provide these children with the support and mental stimulation that all children need to develop healthy social skills and self-confidence. Volunteer work in African care centres can make a large impact on both you and the children themselves. We recommend going for eight weeks or more if you are doing a project that involves social work. However, some projects can accommodate volunteers for as little as one week.


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

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Alternative schoolies volunteers do conservation work in Thailand
Alternative Schoolies Volunteer Work in Thailand

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Work alongside other volunteers to conserve the environment and care for children

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

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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 holidays
  • 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

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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

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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 $2720

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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

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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 holidays
  • 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 $3545

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

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • 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

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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 holidays
  • 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

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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
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Volunteer Work with Children in Africa

Becoming a volunteer with children in Africa is both easy and rewarding. Volunteering at an African care centre utilises a wide range of the volunteers’ interests, talents, skills, and knowledge. There are opportunities for our volunteers to work in every and any aspect of a centre. This can include teaching the children and helping them with their homework, playing a game of tag or telephone with them, or by simply sharing your time, experiences, and knowledge with them. Whatever you do, it will have a tangible impact on their lives.


You don't need previous childcare experience or qualifications to work with children in Africa. You'll work alongside local staff and support their work. We also run regular workshops at all of our Childcare Projects. These workshops give you an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss challenges you're facing with our staff and other volunteers.

Volunteering at Special Needs Centres in Africa

In addition to working in childcare centres in Africa, there are also volunteer opportunities to work with children and adults with special needs. Volunteers are desperately needed and greatly appreciated in these care facilities.


The special needs care centers we work with in Africa are overfilled with people in need of daily care and constant medical attention. This level of care is often not available to them due to the staff being overworked and not large enough to give adequate individual attention to every patient. You have the choice to work in AIDS hospices or schools for the handicapped, the blind, and the deaf.


There is no requirement for a medical degree, specialized training, or any previous experiences in care work of any sort. All that is required is a strong desire to help children and adults with special needs. You'll support the work of local staff and we'll teach you everything you need to know for your placement.


By helping these vulnerable children and adults you are giving them a better chance of having a future with hope and the possibility of living independently.

Volunteer in a Day Care Centre or Kindergarten in Africa

Kindergartens in Africa are filled with children eager to learn. As a volunteer, you would help set up and organize daily activities for these children to help stimulate their minds and capture their interests. There are a variety of activities you can do with the children such as art projects, games and songs.


Volunteers who work in Africa can also work in day care centres. These volunteers will be exposed to children of all different ages, from babies to teenagers. You will help prepare meals as well as possibly teaching the children literary skills and about appropriate personal hygiene. Interacting with the children on a daily and personal basis is both incredibly rewarding and enlightening. You will learn all about a new culture by working in Africa, but you will learn about a whole new way of life and a new way to look at things by working with these children.

A child practices reading aloud at a care centre with a volunteering doing a Childcare Project in Africa.

Volunteering 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 volunteering in orphanages in Africa, volunteers will work in placements like day care centers, 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.