Volunteer with Children
Many children that you encounter while volunteering abroad may have been neglected, abused or abandoned. Your presence, alone, will go a long way in making them feel loved and hopeful for a brighter future. This is extremely significant because the way in which a child is cared for - i.e. the love they receive and the interactions they have - shapes their behavior, personality and mentality for the rest of their life. Help children change their path for the better by choosing a childcare volunteer project while abroad.
One option in childcare volunteering is working in a day care. Day cares offer a great way to work with young children and to provide them with needs as basic as food and love. Serving them a hot meal is a simple way to help them meet their basic needs.
Across the globe, a variety of volunteer positions are available in childhood education. Volunteer teachers provide children with valuable information that is crucial to their confidence and success, like teaching them English, a lanaguage that is crucial for social mobility in many parts of the world. Education systems in underprivileged areas do not have enough resources to invest in educated teachers therefore children are left with a poor education and low hopes in continuing on to higher education. As a volunteer teacher, you will see the strides your students are making, first-hand. Teaching is a selfless act yet it brings you the biggest reward.
Help build a better tomorrow in communities across the world by volunteering in child care. The knowledge, love, food, warmth, and fun that you provide for the children will shape them into more confident, loving, and driven adults. The love you give is the love they will learn to give when they are older. The circle of life, of family and of the future starts with children, so choose childcare volunteering as your next abroad adventure.
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A truly memorable experience was refereeing two days of soccer. The monks truly love the sport and had a 2 day schoolhouse tournament, which I was requested to referee. The youngest monks were the spectators and cheerleaders, beating plastic bottles and plastic drums, cheering their houses on.They played on a small pitch dug out of the side of (literally) a mountain, the ground was dirt and the goals made out of metal poles. In two hours of soccer, I think I only had to give a single foul, which to me exemplifies the spirit of comradeship and gregarious nature of these incredible people.
In addition to the teaching, I got to work at an orphanage in Kathmandu. I cannot explain the affect of those astoundingly beautiful children. Just to hold a child in need of a hug. To feel a hand slip so readily into yours simply to feel love and affection freely given. To feel special to someone. It bursts your heart. Their delight in each other and what little they have is truly inspiring and I will never forget them.
Volunteering in one of the local daycare centers was quite the experience as I was able to see firsthand how important it is to learn English at such an early age, especially in a poverty stricken country, such as the Philippines. I didn’t spend my time simply teaching English, however, I also taught simple things such as shapes, colors, songs, using manners, and how to show respect.
In the Deaf and Mute school, I learned basic Indian Sign language and taught English and vocabulary, and did arts and crafts.When I went to the Community Center, the children were split up into 4-5 different classes based on their age. I spent time with the toddlers and 6-10 year olds. We had so much fun reading, spelling, writing, and counting.
In the mornings I worked with children from the Special Needs School in Udaipur, and in the afternoons I taught English in an after school community class. We took the special need children to the zoo and spent a lot of time doing crafts which they loved. As it was Christmas time we spent the last few days before their school holidays making a Christmas tree!
"This is roughly how every day went, each one with little quirks and quiet achievements. I remember how amazing it felt to watch the kids learning and growing, even in such a short space of time while I was there – hearing them say my name, words I had taught them, singing songs I had sung to them or games I had taught them. I began to get to know and love the personalities of each of them, it was so gorgeous
During the second week I volunteered at the school where I played with children aged from 2 to 5. The children there were happy to see you and wanted to play with you. A lot of them wanted to learn English so in order to achieve that they would point at different things and smiled when you told them what it was.
As of now, we’ve spent five days giving lectures at that particular kindergarten. Consider the fact that they never had a English lecture before. But, writing this, some of them can already scream out A-G, 1-15 and about seven colors. It’s pretty amazing, since most are SO young that they barely know how to talk in Laos, let alone a second language. Progress, WHOO! I’m so impressed with the speed in which these kids can pick up on any info you throw at them. They’re my cute little sponges.
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