Volunteering with children overseas

At InterVol we believe that volunteers without experience and skills in child care and teaching should not be placed with children. That is why we have an application and selection process to ensure that any teams of volunteers have existing training and experience that can be used in the context of their project and benefit their partner organisation and beneficiaries. These needs and skills gaps are reviewed annually in consultation with our partners and written into clear role descriptions.

We have safeguarding processes in place and volunteers who will be working directly with children without supervision from partner organisation staff will require a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a Criminal Record Bureau, CRB, check). All volunteers working overseas through InterVol must also complete our compulsory training day which includes international child protection.

We do not support orphanage-based tourism or volunteering. Our projects that work with children are explicitly designed alongside local partners to support the processes of deinstitutionalisation (in Bulgaria) and addressing educational access for the poorest in society (in India and Nepal). In Bulgaria particularly our volunteers are placed at small government-supported family care centres and day centres which are part of the national strategy to replace large orphanages with community-based care. We also provide annual grant-funding for year-round mentoring by Bulgarian university students which improves long-term outcomes for children leaving the centres and breaks the cycle of poverty. In Nepal our grant funding has allowed the construction of tens of school classrooms and boarding houses to improve educational access for children that struggle to access and remain in the education system.

For any queries on our work with children overseas we can be contacted at: info@intervol.org.uk