What we do:
KIDS Worldwide helps to organise placements for approximately 500 international volunteers every year, who get involved in over forty childrens projects located in 17 developing countries around the world. These projects are managed by organisations registered in the country in which they work.
Our point of difference:
Kids Worldwide is different from the majority of other volunteer organisations in that we are run by volunteers FOR volunteers . We do not have to recoup staff and salary costs for administration. This means that volunteers only pay for their food and accomodation to the project directors themselves, when they arrive - thus directly benefitting the project they are going to help. There is no middle man and the cost is thus very reasonable to volunteers.
Encouraging Project Independence & Self-sustainability
Kids Worldwide encourages projects to take on increasing responsiblity for the management and booking of volunteers. In the past, we tended to take on projects which were less than 5 years old and be an integral part in the booking process and training of volunteer coordinators and communicating with families. We have established a good relationship with those projects over the last 12 years, and instead of adding new projects, we have instead handed over the reins of volunteer management entirely to the directors and their elected volunteer coordinators. Our website still exists in order to provide a platform for these projects to find volunteers, however we have considerably decreased our effort in updating the site, other than to ensure that current projects still exist and continue to run reputable programmes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Supporting Childrens Projects
Every year since 2003, we added approximately 5-8 new projects. Since 2011 we have been
consolidating the 40+ projects we assist and are pleased to have
graduated all the projects on our site - meaning that
we no longer monitor thier communication with volunteers or offer
management support and advice. We have placed links directly to
these project websites off our site now, and no longer expect
volunteers to apply through our site but to apply on each project's own
site, if it is mentioned. We have a strong beleif in these projects and highly recoommend
those directly linked off our site.
Project managers - please do not apply for assistance from us unless your project is in a country where we currently have no other projects. We are not a funding organisation, so please do not send long proposals. Please read the affiliation section if you wish to know more.