at a home for abused and/or abandoned children who have been remanded
to care by the courts. The work is greatly varied; flexibility and
willingness to pitch in are key. Depending upon the home, responsibilities
may include tutoring in English and helping the children with other
homework, driving them to and from school in a stick-shift van, supervising
them during sports and other activities, organizing workshops to entertain
& educate them, accompanying them to doctor’s visits, helping
to feed and clothe younger children, etc. You may also accompany the
children on outdoor excursions (parks, museums, swimming, hiking).
Different homes welcome our volunteers. Some work with babies, some
only with girls, and some with boys and girls. The children generally
are very loving and welcome attention and companionship. But because
they come from troubled or abusive backgrounds, they can be challenging
and difficult. Confronting and managing these moments is a profound
learning experience for the volunteer, as you learn to balance your
roles as a friend and an authority figure.
would absolutely recommend this placement!! The girls are lovely,
if a bit difficult at times, and working with them is really rewarding.
I helped cook lunch, clean, take out the trash. I learned to bake
bread. I painted several of the girls’ rooms and doors,
and the bathroom. I also sent out an appeal to my family, who
responded magnificently by sending boxes and boxes of crafts and
projects to do with the girls.”
Lea Broh, volunteer at Girls’ Home, 2004