Volunteer at an Orphanage

Volunteering at an Orphanage

Why should you volunteer at an orphanage on your gap year? Extreme weather conditions, malnutrition, disease and unstable political environments have all lead to unstable living conditions in a number of countries abroad, resulting in young children often orphaned and alone.

Volunteering at an orphanage, you will spend most of your time actively participating in the lives of these children whether that be educating the children, playing with them or providing a kind and compassionate shoulder for them to turn to. An average day could see you organising a range of activities for the children such as outdoor team sports, dance and drama classes, or hosting classes to improve their language and literary skills. Most volunteer companies and orphanages allow you to choose from long-term or short-term programmes and placements are usually open to people of all ages and backgrounds.
Volunteering at an orphanage can take you all over the world, including such countries as Mexico, Bolivia, Ghana and India, to name just a few. Each program is unique, however one thing is always the same: you must have a deep empathy for the neglected children and their current living situation. If you have the heart and desire to help these children in need then volunteering at an orphanage could be your ultimate gap year experience.

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