Q&A with Sadie Lady (aged 9)

Sadie polaroid

Look at this Sadie, would you like to do some volunteer work in Kenya or Peru?

Let’s go to Peru because I have never been there before.

Are you sure you wanna go?

Definitely, I really want to go!

We will be working with animals AND cleaning out their cages, are you SURE you want to do that?

Of course I want to do it. I don’t care if I’m cleaning stuff, I clean out my hamsters cages all the time.

We have booked it! There is no turning back now. Are you happy?

Yeah!!! We are going to Peru, of course I’m happy! What animals will we be working with…



Where to volunteer?

Even though there are a few options there really was only one for us – Wildlife. Because it will be our first time I wanted to play it safe and pick one where I could imagine the working week and one that would keep Sadie busy!

For us it was important to have a focus on animals but other programs that accept families (on a case by case basis) are: 

Costa Rica – Orphanage*, childcare*, construction** teaching English**
Ecuador – Environmental/Conservation program with opportunities in a range of biological reserves (excluding the Galapagos Islands)
Ghana  – Children’s, Farming,
Guatemala – Childcare*, teaching English**, animal care
Kenya – Orphanage
Nepal – Orphanage, teaching, community maintenance*, homestay/cultural exchange
Panama – Children, Literacy, Community Outreach programs**
Peru – Orphanage*, teaching**, wildlife (zoo)*
Rwanda – Children’s
Vietnam – Orphanage placements

* Children 5 years of age and over
** 10 – 14 years on a case by case basis

Look out for the frequently asked questions (FAQs) link and specifically the question ‘Can I bring my family/children to this program with me?’ I came across a woman and child testimonial in the volunteers

You can find program details at http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/programs

So far GVN is one of the only volunteer sites I have found that has experience with children. Most others seem to have an over 18 policy. Let me know if you come across any others.