Volunteer with Children
IVI volunteer with children projects provide the opportunity to work with children from all age groups in various placements such as Orphanages, Kindergartens, special needs schools and primary schools. The children will learn from you, but you will also leave the project having learned from them! Work alongside caring childcare professionals and gain experience while assisting children in so many ways such as:
- Instill confidence and other social skills into the children
- Teaching english and childcare skills
- Provide well needed support and assistance to under resourced childcare centere
The childcare assistance projects provide the the opportunity to work with children from all age groups where the common aim to develop the children’s confidence, educate them, and provide them with the safety of a shelter on a daily basis. Your main role will be taking care of the children, but you are also expected to teach them English, social and life skills as well!
In many placements the level of English possessed by these children is low, and one of our focuses is teaching them this important language, a very useful skill to have. You should focus on the basics, such as simple vocabulary, basic conversation and simple writing. You will also be a part of teaching basic social skills and life skills to the children.
The project coordinators will guide you through simple activities you will help organise.
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 children.
The caregivers at the orphanages are so grateful for the extra assistance that volunteers can offer them. Volunteers are free to tutor the children, organise arts and crafts or sports activities, and help out with basic chores such as feeding the kids, and folding laundry etc, 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 developing country.