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Under 18 Volunteer

Are you passionate, enthusiastic, and want to travel abroad to see the world? Great – but there is one problem, right? You’re not yet 18. Fear not as you have come to the right place to realize your dreams! At Kaya, we have a number of projects which you can volunteer on even if you are under 18. We now accept 17 (and occasionally 16) year olds on a number of our most popular projects. If you want to make all of your friends jealous by jetting off to walk with lions, work in a children’s centre, help to coach sports or teach underprivileged children,then we have a project for you.

We have volunteer placements for under 18s in Central and South America, Africa and Asia and you can be sure that with Kaya, your age won’t stand in the way. We appreciate the dedication and eagerness that younger volunteers can bring to our projects and where possible, we lower our age limits to allow 17 year olds to participate.

If you are aged 13-18 and feeling disappointed there is no need to be. Why not join our Indian Summer for Teens project during your summer holidays? It is a great opportunity for you to gain an insight into the interests, lives and schooling of Indian teenagers living in New Delhi through living with a home-stay family. In addition, you will be able to participate in many cultural activities, visit the beautiful Taj Mahal and participate in community volunteering projects in Himachal Pradesh. If you are a small group of friends or an individual in aged 13-18 or a parent who thinks this is a great way for their teenager to spend the summer contact one of our advisors.

What do you need to do to take part? All we need is a letter of consent from a parent or guardian sent to us prior to your departure for your volunteer project. If you are interested in volunteering and are only 17, get in touch with one of our advisors today and we’ll find a great project for you.

What’s more, if you’re under 18 but have a friend or family member who is over 18 and will be volunteering with you, then, for the vast majority of our projects, they can act as your legal guardian so long as they sign a form to agree to do this.

We will expect a level of maturity from all our volunteers, and regardless of age, everyone will be treated as, and expected to behave as an adult. Remember as a volunteer you are there to help others, and not to be tended to – but also know that in your volunteering you will learn and grow in an amazing life-changing experience.

Down the right-hand side of the page you will see a list of projects. All of these accept 17 year old volunteers and some accept 16 year old's. If the project you want to do isn't on this list then don't worry, some of our other projects consider under 18 volunteers on a case-by-case basis so just let us know which project you're interested in and we'll see what we can arrange for you.

Don’t let your age stand between you and the world.