Getting Volunteer Experience

As an aspiring Child Life Specialist, I’m always looking for new ideas for volunteer experience and opportunities to improve my skills in working with children and a variety of populations. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Hospitalized Children:

Make a Wish

Children’s Wish Foundation

Ronald McDonald House

Project Sunshine

Summer Camps:

Serious Fun Camps

Camp Erin

Very Special Camps

Traumatized Populations:

Rape Crisis Center

Child Advocacy Center

Child Life Disaster Relief

Court Appointed Special Advocates – CASA

Special Needs Population:

Special Olympics

National Down Syndrome Society

Other Ideas:

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

American Red Cross Classes

Child Life Volunteer Program in South Africa

What has been your most valuable volunteer experience? What would you recommend to other Child Life students? Let me know!