An orphanage is a facility, public or private, where orphaned children and minors without families are welcomed and educated. The etymology of the term derives from the ancient Greek orphanotrophêion, composed of orphanós (orphan) and tréphein (breeding).
How to use this page.
Click on the announcement you are interested in. Check the date of the publication (some opportunities might be already expired). If the announcement is still valid, look for the ‘contact details‘ section. There you can find free ways to get in touch with the hosts (website, e-mail, phone numbers, application form). Send the host/organization a message and wait for a reply.
Volunteering in an Orphanage… for independent travellers!
Some of these opportunities are free (you receive free food and accommodation in exchange for voluntary work). Others require a daily/monthly contribution fee for the food and the accommodation. Remember that many areas around the world are still developing and volunteering can’t always be a ‘free’ thing.
If you want to have an “impact” but you only have a few weeks to do volunteering abroad, then we recommend you to choose the non-free opportunities: you will contribute not only with your skills but also with your money, especially if you can only volunteer for a short period; this is usually better than paying for a “hotel” or a touristic village owned by foreign agencies. See the ‘Justice tourism’ page.
Our website, Voluntouring, is not a touristic agency and is not taking any agency intermediation fees from the organizations listed below. For this reason, all of your money will go directly to support the Charity.
This is also why you will find that the fees for the volunteering experiences, when requested, are generally much lower than the usual.