The orphanage work program is highly challenging and rewarding, as you will be changing the lives of orphaned children who rarely receive opportunities to interact with other people. Working with orphaned children demands lots of patience, as these children's harsh living conditions have often alienated them from society.
A volunteer's responsibility depends on the needs of the orphanage and the skills and interests of the volunteer. Most of the orphanages aim at the provision of education opportunities to orphans; therefore, in most cases, volunteers teach basic conversation English to the children. Volunteers also help in developing creative programs such as art, music, dance, and sports. Additional help on day trips, sanitation, cooking, and administration might be requested.
As an international volunteer this type of placement provides an opportunity for active hands-on work as well as a unique cultural exchange opportunity. Many orphanages are community initiated and operated by local community members. Often government support and staff are minimal; therefore the institutions are not provided with the necessary resources to optimize the children's care. The orphanages rely upon volunteers to support their long-term sustainable initiatives through simple tasks and creative energy. In addition, the dialogue and interaction with local staff provides a rare opportunity for you to share ideas with them and build morale. The most important attributes needed for these placements are an open heart and a love for spending time with children.
•Helping the children in conversational English and assignments.
•Supervise the children to clean up and dress up.
•Supervise their studies and assignments.
•Share their food; sit by them to see them eat.
•Prepare them for school, check their dress.
•Design, teach, organize and play games (educational and environmental).
•To offer support, care and family for the orphans.
•To develop their mental and moral sense of belonging and responsibility.
•To create a platform for volunteers to mentor the children and offer them cross cultural exposure.