Orphaned children need to form secure attachments to regular carers for this reason contact with volunteers need to be managed very closely to ensure issues of abandonment are not exacerbated by short term interaction.
The Orphanages through IVI are safe and secure institutions where children from underdeveloped backgrounds, many of which have experienced emotional or physical trauma’s live together with carers and other orphaned chidren.
Volunteering work and intercultural travel share a common trait: the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. This program is designed for proactive individuals and groups. Naturally, the scheduling and activities of our program are subject to change. At times, alterations in activities are due to changes in local conditions. This can be part of what
makes overseas programs the interesting adventure and incredible learning experience that it is.
This center focuses on attachment of orphans only to long term dedicated carers. Of course, it is only natural that children will form strong bonds with volunteers who show them love, care and attention. This bond may include the false hope of adoption in some cases, hence interaction with short term volunteers is carefully managed to ensure the psychological effects of over-attachment are not detrimental.
The caregivers at the orphanages are very appreciative of the extra help our volunteers can offer them. Volunteers are free to tutor the children, organize arts and crafts or sports activities, and help out with basic chores such as feeding the kids, and folding laundry. This is a meaningful way to learn first hand the hardship most children in the world face, and give back to the underprivileged children growing up in a Third World country.