Program Details

ABC Children’s Aid

  • Start Date 2017-02-20
  • End Date: 2018-02-23

  • Location: Reykjavík, Iceland.

ABC Children's Aid is a charity established in 1988 and is an Icelandic non profit organisation emphasising support to children in developmental countries. The aim is to provide permanent support to children through donations from Icelanders. ABC gives poor children a chance to learn and helps street children to a new life by providing them with a home and education.

ABC Children's Aid currently operates in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, which are: India, Pakistan, Philippines, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau and Mali. ABC Children's Aid supports today about 12,000 children to study. The ABC schools provide children from 3 years of age with free education, school books, school uniforms, medical care, and one meal a day. In addition, 4,000 children live in dormitories and nurseries owned by ABC where they receive love and affection and get full support.


The volunteer will most likely live with other volunteers or with host family. The volunteer might have to share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. The project is about 15 minutes bus ride from the flat that AUS has rented for the volunteers and most of our host families are also very centrally located in Reykjavík so the volunteer should find it easy to travel to and from work. The volunteer will be provided with food or food allowance. The volunteer will be provided with a bus card.


To support this work the ABC Children’s Aid has established a market for new and used goods. People donate goods which are then resold and the profit used directly to support the children. The market sells new and used products for a good price. The market is also frequently visited by people browsing, sitting down to read a book and to communicate with staff and volunteers. The market is not just a shop but also a place for people to socialize. There is also hot coffee ready for anyone wanting to visit whether they are shopping or looking for companionship. It is a lively atmosphere with about 7 staff members and volunteers who share tasks depending on need and interest.


The volunteer has daily tasks including assisting staff and volunteers in the (2nd hand) market with the day to day running of the market. Amongst activities that volunteer will take part in is:
Receive given products such as clothes, various small items, CD’s and DVD’s, shoes, furniture etc. Sorting out, placing and displaying received products. Communication with clients, (sort out received products,) light cleaning and various other tasks.

There is also a possibility to work in the ABC office and help put data into computers and assist staff and volunteers prepare for the Christmas and Easter sale of chocolate to support the ABC cause.

How to get there?
Terminal: Keflavik Airport
International Airport: Keflavik Airport
Domestic Airport: Keflavik Airport


6 months - 2,900.00 EUR

12 months 4,000.00 EUR