Taking action to improve social welfare and children’s rights through international volunteering

International volunteering, also known as voluntary cooperation, allows Canadians of all ages and backgrounds to go on volunteer missions abroad, for a few days or several months, in an effort to take action in the field, in the heart of the communities we serve.

The mission takes place with the IBCR’s partner organisations, who campaign for children’s rights in various fields.

With the objective of mutual aid and capacity building, volunteers who work alongside the International Bureau for Children’s Rights put their skills and expertise at the service of partners working directly with children.

Their mobilisation contributes in particular to advancing girls’ empowerment and gender equality and to protecting children and their rights, regardless of context.

After 5 years of voluntary cooperation as part of the PRODEF project, the Bureau is strengthening its action with the Project to Strengthen all aspects of Children’s Rights (PRIDE, as its acronym in French), which begins this year.

The Project to Strengthen all aspects of Children’s Rights (PRIDE)

  • 7 years (2020 to 2027)
  • 11 countries of intervention / 3 regions of the world
    • Sub-Saharan Africa: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Senegal and Togo
    • North Africa: Morocco, Tunisia
    • Latin America: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Peru
  • 33 partner organisations
  • More than 240 volunteers deployed

Discover the PRIDE project




A true professional and human adventure, international volunteering will allow you to make a difference and use your skills where they will be most useful, with children and vulnerable communities.

By committing yourself with the IBCR, you ensure to benefit from solid partnerships, constant support, and proven experience.

We are convinced that the most effective way to create deep and lasting change is to work directly with communities and collaborate with our partners on the ground.

Join us in building a fairer world for children!

Become a volunteer


My experience (…) has reminded me of the reasons that led me to work in human rights. The contact with young people from less privileged communities, and the possibility of giving them training on their fundamental rights fills the exercise of my profession with meaning. Sharing knowledge with partners is also a privilege that allows us to grow together.

Diana Carvajal, volunteer in Costa Rica in 2019



This project is made possible thanks to the financial support of Global Affairs Canada