Help play with, feed and wash young children in a small regional orphanage just outside Swedru, Ghana. This gap year placement is only offered to a limited amount of participants, so ensure you get your application in early. The orphanage is home to 45 children under the age of six, many who have been orphaned from birth. Experience the warmth of the Ghanaian people on this truly rewarding project.
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If you have an interest in working with young children, Ecuador has an abundance of opportunities to do so. Work in a local orphanage caring and playing with disadvantaged local children. There is also the opportunity to assist in a Downs Syndrome and a clinic for children with disabilities. At this clinic, you can aid in the children’s therapies, as well as making them feel wanted and special.
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SOUTHERN AFRICA COMBO (Swaziland, Mozambique, South Africa)
By volunteering in Swaziland and South Africa you get the chance to make an impact on the lives of young disadvantaged children. In Swaziland, a large proportion of the children have been affected by HIV/AIDS in some way. You can help in their day-to-day activities by teaching basic English, conducting arts and craft workshops, and just playing with them. At the end of your placement you will spend time in Cape Town, South Africa. Here, you are based in the Yethu Township of Hout Bay, a disadvantaged area of the city. You will be helping with basic life skills training, teaching and support for young children and adults.
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Based in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires, your project will involve travelling to the poorer city suburbs to work with a local NGO (non government organization). Here you can sharpen your Spanish skills and work with young children on a range of activities. From working at a community centre, caring for HIV-affected children and after school programs, there are a variety of projects to get stuck into. Basic conversational Spanish is a necessity for this placement option.
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