Working with children is a very delicate and important part of community upliftment. Unfortunately, poverty and health concerns (like the HIV/Aids epidemic) has meant that many children in developing countries are faced with daunting challenges everyday. As an example; thousands of vulnerable children have lost their parents dues to illnesses and now live with ailing grandparents or in orphanages.
World Volunteering works with community care facilities, pre-schools, support centers and safe houses to assist at-risk children with lessons, educational games and other fun activities. These safe-havens are often severely understaffed and underfinanced and volunteers play an essential role by supporting teachers and caregivers. Our projects focus on early childhood development, nutrition and learning through play, all of which play an essential role in preparing children for school and life in general.
All our childcare projects are run in partnership with governmental agencies, charities and reputable NGOs, ensuring that the children’s needs are always put first. World Volunteering has a very comprehensive Child Protection Policy which all staff, volunteers and interns must abide by. We also require criminal record checks to be submitted by all volunteers before arrival. The safety of the children on our projects is paramount.
Working with children in developing countries is a difficult and sometimes upsetting challenge, but there is simply nothing as rewarding. Making a positive difference in the life of even one child, is something you will never forget.