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Childcare projects are some of the most popular volunteer projects. For those who love working with children, this is the project for you. While there is a lot of overlap between childcare and teaching, the childcare volunteer has plenty of tasks available beyond teaching.

Why you should become a childcare volunteer

Many schools or daycare centers in impoverished countries sorely lack funding, staff, or both, leaving children at a disadvantage. This poses a unique challenge for childcare volunteers, as they must make do without the supplies or support expected from a similar facility in the United States.

Anyone can become a childcare volunteer for any amount of time. From 1 week to 3 months, you will make a positive impact in the lives of disadvantaged children.

What you can do as a childcare volunteer

There are many tasks available to the childcare volunteer, and volunteers are free to work with all ages, from infants to teenagers. While childcare volunteers often work in schools, they can also work in daycare centers, orphanages, and childcare development centers. One popular activity is sports coaching, where you can teach children how to play soccer or even surfing. For those seeking a challenge, childcare volunteers have the option of enriching the lives of disabled children. Below are some of the tasks that childcare volunteers can expect:

  • Plan classroom or daycare activities
  • Teach English or other subjects to children
  • Sports coaching
  • Perform day-to-day administrative tasks
  • Prepare meals
  • And making sure the children have fun!

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