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Volunteer Orphanage work in South America

Care placement Orphanages in South America are filled with volunteer care work opportunities. Volunteering in orphanages and care centers is both a rewarding and multifaceted experience that anyone can participate in. There is no required prior experience in volunteer work in South America or anywhere else in the world, all that is necessary is a strong will and the desire to help others.

Care work volunteers can participate in a multitude of projects – childcare, orphanage work, and Special Ed care work – in South America. These projects are offered in many different countries such as Bolivia and Mexico. By doing volunteer care work in one of these South American countries you have the chance to use your skills, education, and personal interests to help the children living in the orphanage. Most of the children you will be interacting with range in age from small babies to teenagers.

"Although my overall experience was brilliant, I think a huge part of my love for Mexico comes from the boys I worked with at the Casa Juan Diaz orphanage. I love them with all of my heart and miss seeing their little smiling faces everyday…Every afternoon, I'd arrive and all the boys would turn around and wave excitedly shouting 'Hola Stacy'. I'd get the occasional kid who would run and jump on me to give me a kiss and cuddle. It all made the experience totally worthwhile."
Stacy Edwards- Care in Mexico

Orphans and Volunteer Work in South America

Volunteer with baby Orphans in South America range in age from small children to teenagers, but regardless of their age, these orphans need help from volunteers. Orphanage care work volunteers have an unique opportunity to travel to new and exciting countries – Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica and many others – where their volunteer work will be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers who choose to work with orphans in South America can participate in any aspect of the orphanage – from general building maintenance to childcare. Childcare volunteers who want to do general building maintenance of the orphanage can act in a more objective position where they prepare meals, cleaning, planning activities and many other little tasks and chores.

Volunteers interested in having a much more hands on role direct contact with the orphans and doing volunteer childcare work in South America. Generally, you teach the orphans anything you find interesting – poetry, zoology, music, architecture, or drama. Games are a great way to stimulate their young minds and to maintain a strong hold on their curiosity and interest. Volunteers are encouraged to develop new and innovative ways to incorporate the subjects they find interesting into games, puzzles, activities and discussions they have with the orphans.

Children and Adults with Special Needs and Volunteering in South America

Volunteer with child at hospitalVolunteering in South America has many opportunities and projects for people interested helping others and experiencing new cultures and countries. By being a volunteer care worker with children and adults with special needs in South America you will be working mostly with people who are physically disabled – blind, deaf or in a wheelchair – or with people who are mentally disabled or handicapped – Special Ed work.

Care workers volunteering with people with special needs have the chance to help people learn how to cope and possibly overcome their disability. If you are interested in healthcare or working with people with special needs you can get a ton of hands-on practice being a volunteer care worker in South America.

"My placement in the school for blind girls was just as enjoyable but perhaps not as stimulating. I acted as more of a helper than an actual assistant, so the two teachers conducted the lessons whilst I just aided the individual girls to do what they had been asked to do. I worked in the kindergarten section and my mornings generally involved helping them to complete interactive educational games such as placing 3-D foam letters into the alphabet and guiding them with everyday situations like going to the toilet or going to the tuck shop in the school yard. They would normally have a couple of hours of doing their work, then have a break where they all ran wild in the playground and then return to the classroom for indoor fun in the playroom. (Tip for any prospective volunteer working here - the tacos from the little tuck shop in the school entrance are AMAZING!) As time went on they came to know me by my voice and presence and it made my day when I walked into the classroom in the morning and their faces lit up! I was intrigued by their intelligence at such a young age without one of their most important senses and I really admired the way they got on with things like any other child of their age would."
Eleanor Smith- Care in Mexico
Volunteer in a Day Care Center or Kindergarten in South America

Volunteer washing kid's hands Childcare volunteers in South America can help in many different features of these care centers. Volunteers can play games, prepare meals or teach lessons on personal hygiene and general safety. Childcare in South American can always use more volunteers who are passionate about helping people, working with children, experiencing a new culture and embracing a new world.

Volunteers who have a passion for working with children are always welcome and appreciated in day care centers and kindergartens in South America. If you are curious in pursuing a future in childcare, becoming a volunteer in a South American care center is a wonderful opportunity for you to get some real-life experience.

"The next day I was taken to work for the first time, at the Centro Canarito. This is a day center for children from the area surrounding ‘La Cancha’, the huge market that Cochabamba boasts. The Center aims to provide educational support for the children, as well as being a place for the children to go to avoid them simply wandering the streets when their parents are working. Happily, I was accompanied on my first day by Carmen; else I would never have found the place. The Centro Canarito inhabits two tiny rooms on the edge of La Cancha, with no sign outside or any recognition of what goes on inside the heavy iron door that blocks the way to the center. The children are looked after by four women from the local area, headed up by Nilda. It’s worth noting that Nilda has the last word in all disputes between the children, and can be used as a very effective threat…as in ‘If you keep doing that, we’ll go and see Nilda’. Simple, yet effective."
Chris Turner- Care in Bolivia