Affordable Volunteer Childcare Programs with IVHQ
97% Rating
(10 Reviews)

Affordable Volunteer Childcare Programs with IVHQ

As an IVHQ Childcare volunteer, you'll have the choice of working in a variety of environments across 30+ destinations around the world, including daycare centres, orphanages, after school & community centres and feeding programs.

Childcare volunteers require lots of energy with duties including mentoring, playing games, assisting with the daily operational needs of the centre, and providing ongoing educational support to children.

Discover below 5 of the 36 childcare projects currently available to IVHQ volunteers. You can find the rest of the options on IVHQ's Childcare page.

  • Peru: Choose from two destinations in Peru, Lima and Cusco. Volunteers can join the program for a duration of 1 to 24 weeks.
  • Ecuador: Volunteers in Ecuador have 3 unique childcare projects to choose from including working in a Kindergarten, on a Summer School project or working with Street Children.
  • Vietnam: Volunteers can join IVHQ's Special Needs/Childcare project right across Vietnam, with projects currently being offered in Ho Chi Minh, Ha Long Bay and Hanoi.
  • Zambia: A significant portion of families in Zambia live below the poverty line, meaning assistance is always needed in educating and supporting local children.
  • Ghana: Ghana is a popular option where volunteers provide care, education and attention to local orphaned children in both rural and urban communities.
Locations
South America » Peru
Length
1-2 Weeks
2-4 Weeks
1-3 Months
3-6 Months
6-12 Months
Language
English
Starting Price
$180.00
Currency
USD

Questions & Answers

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Program Reviews

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  • Support
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  • Fun
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  • Value
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  • Safety
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Program Reviews (10)

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Sarai
Female
19 years old
United States
Other

Memorable experience!!

8/10

Three weeks in Mexico was an unforgettable experience. Overall when I look back at my time here in Mexico, I am very thankful to have had this opportunity. The kids that I met at my job placement were some of the funniest and humble kids Id ever met. I really enjoyed being someone these kids could talk to and be themselves with. It was super hard saying goodbye and they truly helped me grow as a person! However, I wish the program would have been more clear since the begining on what age groups we would be working with. It would have been very helpful when choosing which materials to bring. My stay at the volunteer house was a good choice because it was really nice being able to meet other likeminded people. The people are what made this whole experience worthwhile! The stay at the house was good, but some nights felt extremely hot and uncomfortable. Despite the sleep situation, I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe walking around the streets. Mexico is a wonderful country and I really enjoyed being apart of something bigger than myself. I'm glad I choose this program because it introduced me to so many great people and left me with an overall amazing experience.

How can this program be improved?

I think this program can improve by having more structure in each program. Starting with a schedule for each program and build on that. Being more proactive, the coordinatirs should organize where each volunteer will be placed before they arrive therefore they are able to buy any supplies they need and be more prepared.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Sarai, We are so happy to hear that you had an unforgettable experience in Merida, Mexico! Thanks for your feedback and recommendation - we would love to have you join us again in the future.
Andrea – IVHQ Mexico Program Manager

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Shauna

Nepal- A life changing experience!

9/10

The time I spent in Nepal has absolutely changed me and my perspective on life completely. I cannot even put into words how amazing of a time I've had and I am so grateful to the people that I have net along the way who have impacted me and my life so positively. I learned so much about the culture, food and people of Nepal but mostly I've learned so much about myself and I have come away from this programme so full of confidence and love for life. I adored the women and children that I worked with and I will never forget them. I also think that I was part of the most amazing group of volunteers. We grew so close so quickly and learned so much about each other and our different customs and cultures. IVHQ and Vertical Assent were a fantastic team to work with and anyone thinking about going through this agency need not have any worries. You're in good hands!

How can this program be improved?

The programme itself is fine however I feel like I could have done more volunteering hours in the day. Also there was an issue with organisation however I don't believe that this is any fault of IVHQ. It is the general setup and attitude of the people of Nepal.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shauna, Thanks for sharing this beautiful review! It is inspiring to hear about how your experience volunteering in Nepal positively changed your perspective on life. Thanks for recommending IVHQ, we would love to have you join us again in the future!
Louise – IVHQ Nepal Program Manager

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Emily
Female
27 years old
Maryland

Ghana. You Gotta Go!

10/10

Last November I left the US for the first time to pursue a lifelong dream of exploring global orphan care. After researching different organizations, I decided to partner with IVHQ to volunteer at a local orphanage in Ghana. It was one of the best decisions I've made and certainly two of the most fulfilling weeks of my life.

I was expecting to fall in love with the kids-which I did, but I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the Ghanian culture and people-which I also did. I learned so many valuable life lessons that I wouldn't have been able to learn in other countries, and certainly not in any textbooks. The things you think you need to survive...you don't. And that's a liberating and humbling realization to make.

It wouldn't be a thorough review of my time in Ghana without giving a special shoutout to my good friend Evans, one of IVHQs staff. He was one of the highlights during my stay. He has a gift for making people feel like they're part of a family. With Evans around, there was never a time I didn't feel safe and hardly a time I felt like a foreigner. He was the first to show me around and always kept us laughing. It wouldn't have been the same without him and I'm sure if you choose to visit Ghana, you'll say the same! He's the man.

So if you're looking for an affordable way to get involved globally and want to make unforgettable memories, contact IVHQ today! I have absolutely no regrets in choosing them, and I'm confident that you won't either!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Emily, What a great review! We are stoked that you had an incredibly fulfilling time with us in Ghana! It sounds like you arrived with an open mind really made the most of your time by getting to know the local culture and people. We will be sure to pass your kind words on to Evans and we love the photo of you at your placement with a gigantic smile on your face. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a great IVHQer!
Kaila – IVHQ Ghana Program Manager

ReneeMichelle
Female
20 years old
North Battleford, Saskatchewan

IVHQ Volunteer Experience

10/10

I do not have the words to fully explain how I feel about this program. It has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I will always cherish this place. The people: 10/10, the placement: 10/10 and the experience: 10/10. This place will change your life if you let it. The food was great, a bit salty at times. The childcare program was what I did and it was incredible. The childen and the teachers were all incredibly welcoming and though I did not speak any spanish when I arrived they were always ready to help and willing to try to communicate. THANK YOU IVHQ FOR EVERYTHING I HOPE TO COME BACK AGAIN!!!

How can this program be improved?

Some volunteers including I were expecting we would do more volunteer hours and the placements were not what was described on the IVHQ website. It would be good if the descriptions were more accurate online.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi ReneeMichelle, Thank you for a resounding 10/10! We are stoked to hear that your time in Argentina was one of the most amazing experiences of your life. We will be sure to take you feedback on board. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to have you volunteer with us again!

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Marisol
Female
25 years old
San Francisco

Ghana is Life

10/10

My name is Marisol I am 24 years of age. I recently embarked on a Volunteer trip to Ghana, Africa. There, I helped with the Childcare program. I was placed at a orphanage called Potters Village. There is currently 150 kids there , ages 9months through 23 years of age. Even though I was only there for one week I fell in love with each and every one of the kids. They are full of joy and innocence. I was able to teach them some math during my stay and I was given the freedom to help with anything I wanted. Education is very important and I feel like we need volunteers who are willing to teach the kids. Kids are super smart and ready to learn. The people at the orphanage and Ghana in general are the sweetest people I have ever met. Everyone including the kids are always ready to help and make you feel at home. Ghana is super safe and I had no bad experience . IVHQ did a wonderful job on guiding me through the city of Accra and were great host. Africa is a beautiful place and I truly recommend it to anyone espcieally students so they can see the difference of lifestyles and couples who would be willing to adop a child. I definitely plan on going back as soon as possible.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Marisol, thanks for sharing. We are so happy to hear that you felt safe in Ghana and received wonderful support from the IVHQ team. Thanks for your recommendation and for being a lovely volunteer. We would love to have you back with IVHQ.

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Maria
Female
19 years old
Lisbon

4 weeks changed 18 years

10/10

I spent 4 weeks in Tanzania working in an orphanage. Going there I thought it would be good but had no idea what to expect. Now that I'm home all I want to do is to go back because the truth is, I has so happy in Africa, made so many new friends, ate some amazing food, my placement and my babies were incredible. To all considering going but are scared, just do it! You will have all the support in the world there!

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Maria, Thank you so much for your recommendation! It has been our pleasure to have you as an IVHQ volunteer. We are thrilled to hear that you were happy while on the program in Tanzania. We would love to welcome you back again in the future.

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Bre
Female
22 years old
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Wofford College

A Summer Well Spent

10/10

I lived in Uganda for two months this summer and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm a college student and I really found the IVHQ program to be affordable, not to mention the support from the international staff and the local staff. My questions were always answered promptly and I always had access to any information that I needed. I really appreciated how approachable and communicative the staff was, especially since I was a woman traveling alone. I always felt very safe.

While in Uganda, I served at Royal Nursery and Daycare, a day school for children ages 3-9. The children stole my heart, the the needs of the school were numerous. I did what I could to help, really trying to listen to what the teachers needed, and I can only hope that future volunteers will do the same.

I also got the chance to travel while in country. I took multiple day trips to Kampala and Entebbe, since the program house is located on the main road between the two cities. I went to a Uganda soccer game. I went whitewater rafting on the Nile River in Jinja. I took a weekend hiking trip to Sipi Falls. I went to the botanical gardens and wildlife conservation center in Entebbe. I went shopping at many different craft markets.

The friendships I formed locally and with other volunteers are ones that I cherish. I got a cold while I was there and had to stay home for a few days and the local staff took such great care of me, making me special food and taking turns checking on me. It meant so much to me. overall, the program was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking for an opportunity to serve others while getting to travel and go on adventures. My only regret is that the summer ended so quickly.

How can this program be improved?

It might be good if volunteers were requested to withdraw some local currency when they first arrive at the airport. Sometimes it is tricky for the first few days when you don't know your way around and you haven't had the chance to exchange any money.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi there Bre,
Thanks for the review and for sharing your photos. Sounds like you had an amazingly rewarding two months in Uganda! It's awesome that you had the opportunity to travel over the weekends and that you made friends for life. We hope to have you join us on another IVHQ program soon!

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Berta
Female
23 years old
Barcelona, Spain
Other

How Ghana became home

10/10

As I don't know if I'd be that good writing an actual review, I've chosen tho share just my thoughts. I wrote this 3 months ago in the airport, when I was coming back home frome Ghana. I belive the feelings I've tried to share here will give people a much wider insight on what this experience was for me (forgive my english, I'm not really good but I really did my best):

Just a month ago I was arriving to Ghana both excited and scared, maybe even more scared than anything else. I was afraid that I wouldn’t feel comfortable and that I’d have spent money and time ina a bad experience. I was afraid the reality would be absolutely different from what I had imagined. Now I can only say this: the reality was different from what I had imagined, but how lucky I am that it was! How lucky I am that I had the guts to fight for this adventure when I came across with the idea of going to Africa. How lucky I am that I didn’t back down when I still didn’t know how the pros would overweight the cons. I don’t know what why I chose Ghana, I don’t know why I ended up in the program that I did end up. I guess it was thanks to the most absurd and beautiful accident. How beautiful, sometimes, randomness!

I remember the first day at the orphanage, the new volunteers arrived after a long trotro ride and, suddenly, a bunch of kids appeared from nowhere running, chasing the vehicle. They’d rise their little arms trying to reach us as if, in some kind of way, the first one to touch us would have the right to have us. What I found that first day when I got out of the van was much more than what my mind could process. New faces all around smiling and hands pulling me everywhere, kids already asking me to pick them up or that, as soon as they saw my suitcase, had picked it up and where taking it to what would be my home for the next four weeks. It was unthinkable for me to see such small kids carryint that big suitcase but before I could notice they were gone. And after that all I could do was sit down smiling, overwhelmed by that amount of kids jumping on me joyfully asking always the same question: ‘What is your name?’. And all I could do was keep answering ‘My name is Berta, what’s your name?’, trying to match all the names with the faces. And laugh, laugh seeing in their confused looks that my name was as strange to them as theirs was to me, and they’d ask me to spell it so they could write it down in the sand. Justice, Esther, Sabina. Three names is all I could withhold from that first contact.

The following day I’d start what would be my routine for the next four weeks. Wake up at five, get the kids ready for school, eat breakfast, go to the clinic, com back, have lunch and try to invent a thousand ways of keeping them entertained during the afternoon until dinner time. I felt so lost that I didn’t think I could help more than putting toothpaste in every kid’s tooth brush. I was afraid of everything. I didn’t dare to make any decisions because I didn’t feel I had the knowledge for making any. Until one day something changed, I could almost hear the ‘click’ inside my head. I didn’t know anything but the people who I shared the days with knew almost as little as I did. And that’s when I realised that whatever I did would always be better than nothing. And with advise from other volunteers and workers I started to learn how to act in every situation. How to handle a kid that cries because he’s fallen down, how to take care of the two-hundred kinds of wounds they’d show me every day or decide if a kid needed a trip to the clinic or not.

They days would go by and I would become more and more comfortable with myself and with the people that surrounded me. Seth and his smooth talking, every time he spoke a whole room would go quiet, it was magic. Just as seeing him get home in his motorbike and how the kids would just jump on it. Mercy, who always had absolute control on each kid she took care of every day. With one word from her they would all stop complaining and obey. And the love they had for her and she had for all of them had no limits. She’d let it show when she’d try to hide her smile every time one of the kids would run away laughing, or when we took them to the beach and she spent two whole hours counting that they were all there. Bridget, always so sassy and joyful. She would get angry every time our food was ready and we didn’t rush to eat it, as she said it would be worth it if it got cold. Francis, always ready with a smile to help us if we needed something, from bringing us water to chasing a teenager who had stolen our phone. It was easy to find him dancing around to the music that came from the headphones he always brought with him. Or Joe, warning us that the world also had bad people and letting us now that he had arrived with an angry ‘Lock the door!’. And the kids, most of all the kids, teaching me how easy it is to love.

As the days went by I was able to get to know them all. Now I know who will spend half an hour crying because I told him I wouldn’t pick him up or who prefers to follow me around with his best angry face. I’ve learnt to tell apart a cry with a clear objective of getting what I’ve just denied them from a real cry. And their way of shaking their arms and turning their faces when they’re angry that would confuse me at first, now makes me smile. I’ve learnt that coming back from the clinic after a shot they’ll be angry at me for two hours, but later they’ll look for me even more. I know who’ll come running asking for his medicine and who I’ll have to chase to make him take his. I know who hits me because he’s angry at me or who does it because he can’t find any other way to have my attention. Or I discover that in the middle of that uncontrol, the little one’s will always follow the bigger one’s orders. And that, although I can see fights and slaps every day, they love each other and take care of each other as brothers and sisters do. And I see it clearly when they always notice on one of them is not there at dinner time and save him his food. Or when a little boy from town decides to bother one of the little one’s throwing stones at him and they all appear from everywhere trying to defend him. And when they found me because that little kid is still crying scared, I realise I have a new and brutal protective instinct that is born from somewhere inside me and that would make me run in front of them until I found whoever hurt them. And that’s how, suddenly, I realise that those kids are now my kids forever. That I inevitably love them in a new and surprising way and that taking care of them is now a priority. Their names and their faces, their way of laughing and crying... they used to be so unknown and now they’re family. And then waking up at five is not awful anymore and my usual morning moodiness disappears. And not having time to rest is now appreciated, because I don’t want to rest anymore. Time is now what I don’t have.

There are some images that are stuck in my head and I hope will never forget. Like seeing them playing in the distance as I was walking to the orphanage and how they’d run shouting at me as soon as they’d see me. ‘Berta, up!’. Or their sleepy faces in the morning as they’d get naked and ready to get a shower. Or how they’d gather around me when it was time to heal their wounds, always ready to help me with anything I needed. Or how fast they were when we got to the beach and in five seconds they were all naked in the water. Or the joy in their faces while jumping the waves. It was the only afternoon in a month that nobody asked me to pick him up.

But we shouldn’t forget that we’re talking about kids with a brutal lack of constancy. Used to the fact that the people who take care of them come and go constantly. Kids who fight rough infections every day due to the lame conditions in which they have to live. Kids who don’t enjoy a health system who properly helps them overcome these infections. Kids who find it really difficult to take care of the material they’re given, but how can we expect them to take care of it if they have nowhere to keep it? Or when we just can give five books to more tan forty kids?
But the lack of resources only makes them kids capable of enjoying the most simple things. A balloon, a lollipop or a book is always a party. And, against all odds, when given a cookie they’ll give you half of it. And every time you go see them when they’re eating they’ll offer you some of their food. Or when they found two coins in the street they’ll go find their best friend and give him one of them. They make you understand what they need with how they act. They just want to have exactly the same as the others, no more no less.

The unfairness of the conditions in which they have to live is frustrating. Forty kids sharing one single room and sleeping in tiny matresses is just frustrating. Kids who only have this as a home as a few months ago were kicked off the place they used to live. Having lunch, playing and going to the toilet are things they have to do outside. Kids who are 10, or 11, or 12 and help cooking and carrying water everyday. But the thing they lack the most is love and attention. And you can see it when the biggest fights are about who’ll get to take your hand or sit on your lap. And I found myself inventing new ways of sitting down so I can be with as many kids as I can. Now I know I can have four kids on my legs, two hanging from my arms and one climbing my back. And they have enough with this little touch to feel a little bit more protected, a little bit more loved. It is frustrating to see how they have to live, all they don’t have, and not being able to do anything. And although I’d give everything I have to change it, I can’t do it on my own. And this frustrates me, because I can’t help this kids who clearly deserve more than what they have.

But from their kisses and their hugs, from their laugh and their tickles, from their huge sharing spirit and ability to take care of each other, something is born. My motivation to fight, to not give up and try in every way I can to get money to make their lives a bit easier. Just imagining them in the new home that’s now being built I could not help it but cry. Because the day Seth took me to see the new home all I could see between those half-built walls was possibilities. A bunch of possibilities for them that they really deserve. Possibilities to be healthier, happier and safer. They joy I experienced when I saw that bunch of possibilities between those walls is something that cannot be explained. It is a kind of love I didn’t know and they’ve taught me.

I’m so afraid of forgetting what I’ve been feeling while I’ve been here. I’m afraid of this as from one minute to another my routine becomes just a memory. It’s frightening. Thinking that now they probably are going to bed or trying to sleep while I’m here alone in an airport waiting for the plane that will take me home. But home is not just the place I’m coming back now anymore. It’s not just this when some part of me will always be with this kids. It’s strange to think that I wake up from a dream and I go back to reality. Just a few hours ago that dream was my reality. That’s why I found it so necessary that the reality I come back to is not the same one I left four weeks ago. That although I come back and find that everything’s just the same, what I’ve learnt during this time in Ghana will stay with me forever.
I won’t let myself forget.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Berta,
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts from your time in Ghana. We are so glad that choosing Ghana has given you beautiful experiences and memories! We hope that you can join us on another IVHQ program in the future.

Emma
Female
21 years old
Yorkshire, England

Peru -Lima

10/10

Whilst volunteering in Peru-Lima, I made many fond memories. One of which was on my last week of the programme. Whilst working in the special needs centre I had the pleasure of working with a young boy named Griner. At the start of my programme he would cry a lot and I was unsure of what to do. However one day he began to cry and without really thinking about what I should do I began to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I couldn't believe it that out of everything I had tried before hand that he responded to this and began to smile and laugh. The staff too were shocked. This is one of my favourite memories of my time in Peru because it showed me that I had made a break through and seeing Griner and I's relationship develop made me feel like I was achieving something. Another great story is during the school day at the orphanage we had a little music festival and all the children were sat in a circle, when Jeremy (one of the children) went into the middle and began to twerk! Everyone was laughing with him and he loved to perform for everyone.

How can this program be improved?

The programme was brilliant however there are only a few minor changes that could be made in order for the volunteers to achieve their goals of bettering the lives of the people. Whilst on placement I found for some volunteers they preferred to know in advance what they would be doing that day with the children. This was because they wanted to plan or prepare themselves. Therefore to improve the programme the days could be structured a little bit more. However for myself I enjoyed the spontanaity of the programme as one day I was going from working in speech therapy to the other finger painting.

Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Emma, It's great to hear from you. It sounds like you had a truly unforgettable experience in Lima and we are so glad we were able to facilitate this for you. Thanks for being an IVHQer and we hope to see you back on another volunteer program soon.

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Jayne
Female
32 years old
Melbourne, Australia

The Most Amazing Experience!!

10/10

Volunteering in Vietnam was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to anyone. Living with the other volunteers you make friends immediately and you'll never have to worry about being lonely.

Working in the Orphanages, was very hands on, you feed the children, play with them, take them for walks, organise activities (if you want to). Hearing them laugh or making them smile is just a fantastic feeling. Some Advice: make an effort with the nurses; they have a very tough job and little reward.

The food at the volunteer accommodation was great. You should try the street vendor food, it is the cheapest and the best and use motorbike taxis once you do, you won't look back.

Do be careful of bag snatches, especially late at night in the tourist areas and leave your iphone at home, chances are you'll lose it. Overall though I felt very safe and loved every minute of my time there.

If you’re hesitating, all I can say is just do it!

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