Kitechild Sustainable Volunteer Programs
Between the ages of 0 to 5, it is especially crucial for children to develop healthy and stable attachments to prevent them from developing trust and relationship issues later in life. Providing orphaned children with these stable attachments continues to be a challenge for most orphanages. Orphanage staffing fluctuates due to limited budgets and the difficulty in finding long-term,qualified care-givers. Oftentimes there are too many people passing through the orphanage, and children are unable to develop a stable bond with their caretaker.
Voluntourism, a term given to visitors who only stay a week or two at an orphanage, develops unstable attachments between role model figures and parent-less children. Kitechild only supports sustainable volunteer projects. As a volunteer, we encourage you to create a project that will have a lasting impact on the orphanage you are visiting. Kitechild staff can service your volunteer needs by finding an orphanage on the network that is best suited for your project and connect you with that orphanage. The projects can actually be quite simple and allow for creative freedom!
LOS ANGELES Foster Youth Mentorship via Children Uniting Nations
In conjunction with Children Uniting Nations, Kitechild offers opportunities to be a lifeskills or academic mentor to underprivileged foster youth in the Los Angeles County Area. Please fill out the form on the bottom of the page for more information.
Examples of volunteer projects include:
Music Lessons Camp:
Hold a musical instrument drive here in the US, and take what you can abroad. If you are skilled in any instrument, hold a music camp over the summer and teach the children the basics of how to play! While developing the children’s inner artistic abilities, you also tap into their potential and give them a meaningful educational experience.
Hold a laptop or desktop drive in the U.S., and send the computers (Kitechild can assist in finding efficient shipping methods) to an orphanage. Set up a computer lab and teach the children how to use the devices. Computer skills will be very essential when they become adults and to secure higher education and jobs.
Hold a sports equipment drive at home, and travel with the equipment to an orphanage. Teach the kids all about soccer, football, basketball, etc. Encourage them to play fairly in competitive sports and educate them on teamwork and relying on each other. Sports build great confidence and social skills in children.
There are many organizations that exist that provide so-called “voluntourism” trips. You pay to have them take you to an orphanage, refugee camp, or school. You may play with some children, bring donated items, and maybe even form a special bond with a specific child. But in essence, you pass through the children’s already instable lives without creating any meaningful or lasting change in their quality of living.
Our network provides the opportunity for you to use the skills you have developed to inspire a hobby, talent, or any kind of passion in the orphans, who do not have access to after-school programs and other activities outside of school.
If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the following form: