Early childhood is an important developmental period but many children in underprivileged communities do not receive the care they need to help them develop to the best of their ability.
Volunteers on a gap year or career break can care for children and poor people who might otherwise have few health care resources in their lives. Volunteering in an orphanage or a child care centre can give underprivileged children the attention they love to get while helping them to a better chance of living independently in the future.
The children at DTR day care centres deal with extreme circumstances such as crime, alcohol, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS on a daily basis, and sometimes they do not have anyone who takes proper care of them. The DTR Childcare Volunteering Project aims to help these children and to provide them with loving support and care. Volunteering in our child care projects, you’ll be working with children of different ages.
The Childcare Volunteering Program consists of taking care of young children and babies, and volunteers will be placed at one of the three day care centres that DTR is involved with. Volunteers will be expected to take a hands-on approach in caring for these children. They will assist with planning and carrying out educational and creative activities as well as feeding, cooking, cleaning and playing with the children. You might also help with a variety of activities such as art, games and songs, and assist local staff to develop stimulating new ideas to interest young children’s learning.
A volunteer is a welcome help, and in turn the volunteer experience will benefit you! Volunteering in a child/health care setting in another culture provides a unique window into cross cultural understanding and can bring you new insights into global child/health care systems. Child/health care work in a different cultural setting will develop you as an individual. You will return home with more self-confidence and more empathy for and understanding of underprivileged people.