Children the world over need your help. Many come from impoverished families who cannot provide sufficient care for them. Some are abandoned on the street. You can care for at-risk and disabled children who live in children's homes or are cared for in our hosts' care centers. This is a great family volunteer opportunity! No special skills are required - you're needed to listen and read to, exercise, play and share time with the children. Teen volunteers can work in some communities with toddlers and young children.
The need is expansive, and long-term, so your opportunity to make a significant difference through service is likewise immeasurable. Captivating preschool and kindergarten children enjoy organized arts and crafts activities. By helping them with their school work, and sharing your special talents in music or other creative arts a few hours each day, you can stimulate and encourage their long-term development.
You can help caregivers provide daily care, teach classes or serve meals in a center for children from low-income families. You also can provide direct services to deaf or mentally challenged children. If you have first-hand experience working with children with disabilities, professionally or personally, your expertise can be especially useful in this project. You might also teach simple conversational English skills to young students who have only a very basic understanding of the language. Sessions are informal and focus on recognizing and speaking simple words and sentences.
No matter your age, background, gender or ability, you can be a life-saving resource to demonstrate the universal language of love and compassion, and change a child's life!
"These children are going to grow up to be the teachers and governors and the police of their country. They're going to live in and have an impact on the same world my grandchildren will live in. I want that world to be a good world. Some told me that I would have done more good by sending the money I spent on the trip directly to Romania. I don't think much of it would have filtered down to the children who need it most. But I do think the kids that we worked with will remember for the rest of their lives that they were hugged."
~ Barbara Organ, Romania Volunteer