There are children who face harsh realities of life at a young age. Some of these children are left in orphanages, or taken in by orphanages, hopefully by people who care about their health and well-being. It takes great strength and a lot of resources to care for one child, but to care for many can be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. This is where you come in.
Should you choose this opportunity, you will assist local orphanage caretakers in a day to day program. Commonly, volunteers help with meal preparation, playing with, and feeding children ages five and under. Also, you will be helping school-aged children to get out the door on time.
When they return home, you will have the privilege of helping them with homework and making sure it is finished. You can also participate in the extra curriculum activities that are scheduled for the afternoon and weekends. With support from People and Borders, and local caretakers, you will quickly have a better understanding of the environment you’re working with and together, as a team, we will come up with activities to challenge the children.
You will be at the orphanage anywhere between 4 and 8 hours a day. The majority of our volunteers choose to work from Monday through Friday, with the weekend free to rest up or explore the area. Your day may start early to help get the children up and give them breakfast. However, you will probably finish early, or have several hours off at lunchtime before returning to play with the children in the afternoon. You, as the volunteer, can choose how many hours you wish to be there. Once you are aware of the specific program of your choice, you will easily be able to choose a suitable time to work.
Many of the orphanages have a playground or use a nearby local community area. These activities will be a good place teach children sports, if you have a passion for it. Most of these children have had very few opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a structured, yet fun environment. Teaching children a structured sport will inspire them to set goals and stay active, both on and off the sports field.
Volunteers can get involved in working with street children in some of our destinations. You could help to prepare free meals, provide personal hygiene advice, and teach literacy skills.
Taking on this kind of responsibility develops personal relationships, and provides a deeper understanding of a different culture, as well as your own.
At People and Borders, we have been seeing volunteers returning home with more self-confidence and a greater understanding of themselves and the world around them, in general.