This is an intense project that requires a great deal of patience, maturity and compassion. It’s also intensely rewarding. The children are delighted at the attention they receive from international volunteers, and you’ll see plenty of genuine smiles and hear plenty of laughter while on duty.
Most of these childcare centers are understaffed, especially when it comes to workers with a medical background or experience working with people with disabilities. Volunteers that have experience in these areas are greatly needed; however, this is by no means a requirement.
Childcare centers also need help with other tasks that are not directly related to working with children. Volunteers who enroll in a two-week (or longer) project generally help out in one of more of the following ways:
• Playing with and taking care of disabled children
• Lending a hand with feeding during lunchtime
• Assisting with gardening on the compound
• Organizing charity campaigns (for items such as books, clothing and shoes)
• Helping with networking and fundraising campaigns