From the Charity Guide website: Consider spending time with autistic children at one of the following autism treatment centers and summer camps:
- Traveler’s Worldwide offers volunteer vacations to help children with autism in South Africa. For one to three months, volunteers work in a school dedicated to treating autistic children ages three to eighteen. During the day, volunteers act as classroom assistants and give autistic students one-on-one tutoring. In the evenings, volunteers play with autistic children living at the school.
- The Beijing Institute for Autistic Children sends volunteers to work alongside Chinese children with autism. For one to eight weeks, volunteers help autistic children develop skills and learn to interact with others.
- Teach Abroad sets up trips for high school graduates to teach autistic children ages five and older in Delhi, India. This program is aimed at young adults looking to volunteer during their “gap year,” the year between high school and college. For two months or more, volunteers teach autistic children subjects such as music, drama, English, and arts.
- The Comox Valley Child Development Association sends volunteers to help children at a yearly autism summer camp in Canada. At this three week camp, volunteers help autistic children ages ten to fifteen participate in small group activities, meal preparation, and day trips.
- The Cultural and Academic Travel Organization facilitates volunteer vacations to Ghana’s New Horizon School for Persons with Intellectual Disability. At this school, volunteers help children and adults with mental disabilities, including autism. Volunteers teach academic subjects, tutor autistic people in life skills, supervise activities, and work at the autism resource center.
“Helping autistic children can be a challenge. But, it’s definitely worth it. You’ll return from your volunteer vacation knowing you’ve helped give children a brighter future, brought families together, and made friendships that can last a lifetime. Because of your work, an autistic child may be able to look into his mother’s eyes and call her ‘Mom’ for the first time in years. What this means to a child and his loving parents is immeasurable.”