Child Life Volunteers assist with the implementation of the Child Life program. As a primary function of the Child Life program, the playroom offers an opportunity for patients and families to engage in developmentally appropriate activities, while providing an opportunity for socialization. Play allows freedom of choice, fosters creativity, diverts patients from stress and worry, and normalizes their environment. Child Life Volunteers are utilized to supervise playroom activities, while interacting with patients and families. Child Life Volunteers will also assist Child Life staff with escorting patients to other locations of the hospital for special programming, or perhaps interact with patients at the bedside. We require volunteers to make a minimum commitment of 100 hours.
Follow this link to find out more information about volunteering at Elliot Hospital and how to apply.
We currently do not offer practicum or internship opportunities for students interested in child life. If you are interested in the child life profession, you can utilize the Association of Child Life Professionals’ website for more information (https://www.childlife.org/the-child-life-profession).