5 simple reasons to volunteer abroad in Swaziland for Under 18s and first time travellers

When discussing volunteer abroad or internship placements, the Kaya team are often asked why under 18 and first time travellers should choose Swaziland, especially as many have never heard of it or know anything about it. Here is an introduction to Swaziland and 5 reasons why it is such as a great destination for the younger, more nervous or less experienced traveller.

Swaziland is located next to South Africa and Mozambique. Volunteers and interns arrive into Johannesburg a location that is easily accessible by many airlines, meaning that is easy to book direct flights, avoiding the need to change planes. Volunteers and interns are then collected from the airport and transferred straight to their accommodation by a reliable Swazi company. This is a very easy start to your volunteer abroad or internship placement.

Home to approximately 1.4 million people, Swaziland is a peaceful nation ruled by King Mswati III.   Not only is Swaziland a beautiful country with valleys and mountains it has a lovely climate.  Many people also speak English making it much easier for those who are travelling for the first without their parents, or visiting a destination far away from home.   Life moves at an easy pace in Swaziland and you will find it very easy to relax here.

With that in mind, here are 5 simple reasons why Under 18 and first time volunteer abroad participants or interns should choose Swaziland as a destination:

  • Ezulwini is quieter and generally safer making it an easy introduction for those who are eager to visit Africa for the first time
  • Volunteers will be living and volunteering alongside other similar aged young people
  • The accommodation is located within the grounds of the project office, meaning that it is very easy to raise questions with the local team
  • Volunteers combine the cultural experience with familiar elements of life at home such as a shopping mall, western style restaurants and a cinema!
  • Volunteers can add on escorted excursions after their placements to South Africa to Kruger National Park or Mozambique to see amazing wildlife living in their natural habitats

Lawrence, a 17 year old from the UK , pictured in action on the volunteering abroad building project said “Orientation when I arrived really put me at ease.  I was feeling scared on the plane as I had never been away by myself but the day after I arrived I just thought everything is sweet!”

Lawrence Goodman

Swaziland

So if you are under 18, have never travelled alone before or want to visit Africa but are unsure about where to go Swaziland could be a great destination for your volunteer abroad or internship experience. Get in touch with one of Kaya’s advisor and find out more about booking an amazing introduction to southern Africa.

66 Comments

  1. Natascha Price

    I am a 17 year old girl with interest of volunteering in Swaziland this coming June. Please send me more information.

    Reply
    • Kaya Volunteer

      Thanks for your interest. We’ll be in touch with you within the next 24 hours with some information.

      Reply
  2. Jake

    I am now coming up 16 , I am a male who shares an interest with a friend of volunteering in Swaziland in 2018. Although quite early, could you please send me some more information.

    Reply
    • Kaya Volunteer

      Thank you for your inquiry. I have transferred your contact information to our placement team, and one of our advisor will get back to you shortly with more information on the Swaziland project for 2018. We look forward to having you volunteer! Swaziland is a great location and you are looking at it at the right time as it is also a popular location!

      Reply
  3. Zonette Theron

    I’m a almost 15-year-old girl , who would love to volunteer in Swaziland this upcoming December. Would you please send me some more information ?

    Reply
    • Kaya Volunteer

      Hi there! Thank you for your inquiry. One of our placement advisors will be in touch with you shortly to tell you more about our Swaziland placements and others taking into consideration your age. We look forward to seeing you on one of our projects!

      Reply
  4. Ivy

    Hello! I would love to have more information on volunteering for next summer of 2018! Can you please email me? Thank you

    Reply
    • Kaya Volunteer

      Hi Ivy,

      Thanks for your inquiry. I have passed your message onto one of our placement advisors. They will be able to get back to you shortly with more information about the project for summer 2018. We look forward to seeing you!

      Reply
  5. Ella

    Hi, I’m 14 currently, and would love to volunteer next summer, when I’ll be 15. I’ve looked at the Swaziland project, and would be interested in that, or other projects available. Please send me more information on projects available. Thanks

    Reply
    • Kaya Volunteer

      Hi Ella,

      Lovely of you to get in touch! I have passed your inquiry to a member of our placement advisor team and they will be in touch soon. Thank you.

      Reply
  6. Daniel Li

    Hi,
    Is it possible for me to join any of the programs if I am only 15 years old?
    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Daniel, Some projects have a minimum age requirement, but we do have options for you who is 15 years old. I will have a placement advisor contact you within the next 48 hours to discuss options. Thanks!

      Reply
  7. Daniel Espanhol

    Hi,
    I am 17 years old and would love the opportunity to volunteer in Swaziland during the upcoming 2018 summer. Please may you email more information about the placement.
    Thanks, Daniel

    Reply
    • Anita Wheeler

      Hi Daniel,

      That’s great! I will pass you inquiry on to our placement advisors. They will be able to send some more information over to you about the Under 18’s Swaziland project. Thanks!

      Reply
  8. Kelly Nguyen

    Hi,
    I am 15 years old and love to volunteer during the summer in Swaziland. Please send me more information about the program.

    Reply
    • Anita Wheeler

      Hi Kelly, that’s great! One of our placement advisors should be in touch with you soon with more info on volunteering in Swaziland next summer.

      Reply
  9. Bethany

    Hi,
    I am 17 years old. I would love to volunteer but I need more information about volunteering please. I’m not sure if I’m allowed because I am profoundly deaf and I would need an interpreter for BSL with me at all times.
    if there is any information could you email to me please.
    hope to have a response from you soon
    thank you and kind regards.

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Bethany, Thank you for your recent comment. I will forward your contact information to one of our placement advisor who will contact you to gather more information. We will do our best to help you find a placement.

      Reply
  10. Quincy Leung

    Hi,

    I am turning fourteen before summer and I would love to volunteer in Swaziland. Will that be possible?

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hello there,
      One of our placement advisors has contacted you about your interest to volunteer in Swaziland. Please be on the lookout for an email.

      Reply
  11. Lucie Jackson

    Hi, im currently 16, and very interested in volunteering in the summer when I will be 17, but please could you send me more information as I’m unsure on what would suit me best.
    thank you,
    Lucie

    Reply
  12. Kate Murphy

    Hi im kate, I’m 16 years old and i am really interested in volunteering this coming summer of 2018, possibly with some friends. could you send me more information? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi, One of our placement advisors sent you more information on volunteering this upcoming Summer. I hope you can join one of our projects!

      Reply
  13. Calendula Jacobs

    Hello! My name is Calendula (Caley) Jacobs. Myself and a friend are very interested in traveling with you. We are both 14 years old and would love if you could send more information. Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi there! We have a great placement in South Africa for 14 years old. One of our placement advisors will be contacting you soon with more information.

      Reply
  14. Bolu

    Hello! Im bolu and I’m 16. I’m looking for programs for 16 year olds as I would like to start this January or February. I would like some more information on it. Also is this program open to all international teens?

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hello Bolu, Lovely to hear you are interested in our projects! Yes, we cater towards all international teens 🙂 I have forwarded your contact information to a placement advisor who will be contacting you very soon. I hope you join us to volunteer!

      Reply
  15. Jayashini M. Patmanathan

    Hi. My name is Jayashini. I’m from Malaysia.. I’m a 16 year old girl and I love to help people. It has always been my passion to help people. I like to teach and love to help people. I have always been timid but I would like to conquer it and help people as it is my passion. I believe that playing a small pert would make a difference. Thank you

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Jayashini, thank you for getting in touch with us. We have a range of different opportunities for under 18s and one of our advisors has sent you some information on the different projects you can join. I hope that information found you well, please get back to us if you have any further questions!Thanks

      Reply
  16. André Guerreiro

    Hi. My name is André, I’m 16, and I’d love to volunteer somewhere this summer. Could you please provide some more information? Thank you.

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hello André, we have plenty of volunteering options for the summer for 16 years old depending on where you’d like to go and what interest you may have. One of our placement advisors will be contacting you shortly with more information. Watch for an email from us in your inbox!

      Reply
  17. Josephine

    Hi, I’m a 17 year old girl from Canada and I was wondering if there are any home construction volunteering opportunities (preferably in Africa)taking place April-May of 2018? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Josephine! Yes, we have some opportunities that may be of interest to you. I have forwarded your message and contact information to one of our placement advisor who will get back to you shortly. Thank you for your interest in volunteering!

      Reply
  18. Amelia

    Hi I’m 16 and my friend and I were wondering what the dates are for volunteering in Swaziland?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Amelia! The start dates for our Swaziland projects tend to be the first Monday of each month and they run throughout the year. One of our placement advisors will be in touch with you with a bit more information that I think you will find helpful.Thanks for getting in touch!

      Reply
  19. Rosa

    Hello, I am 16 and would love to have an experience like this!
    Could you please send me more information?
    Many thanks
    Rosa

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Rosa, one of our advisors has sent you some information this afternoon! Hope we can help you find what you’re looking for!

      Reply
  20. Michelle

    hi i’m 16 and i would like to join this program, can you email the details?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hey Michelle, one of our advisors will be sending you some information in the next couple of days, keep an eye on your inbox!

      Reply
  21. Molly Willetts

    Hello, I’m sixteen and would love an opportunity like this! Please can you send me more information for the upcoming july?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Molly, thanks for your message! One of our advisors will be in touch with you soon!

      Reply
  22. Michelle Arredondo.

    Hi. My name is Michelle Arredondo and I’m 13. I understand that I’m barely a teenager, but I love to help people. Even if it’s helping just one person it can’t change the world, but it can defitally change their world. I really believe that one of the best feelings in the world is knowing that someone is happy because of you.(:

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Such an amazing attitude to have, Michelle. We couldn’t agree more!

      Reply
  23. Fraser Hine

    Hello, I’m 17 years old and would love the opportunity to volunteer in Swaziland during the upcoming 2018 summer. Please may you send me an email with more information?

    Thanks, Fraser

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hey Fraser, we certainly can! Keep an eye on your inbox!

      Reply
  24. Treshana

    Hi my name is Treshana Duffus, i am 16 years old and i am from Jamaica, I came across this website while looking to volunteer and help people and animals and i would love for the opportunity to volunteer in Swaziland this summer 2018.please can you send me more information in my email such as the cost

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Treshana, keep an eye on your inbox. Christina, one of our placement advisers has sent you some more information. Thanks for getting in touch!

      Reply
  25. Hollie Dodds

    Hi. Just wondering about volunteering without a parent, im 15. Is that possible

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hey Hollie, thanks for your message! One of our placement advisors has sent you some information via email.

      Reply
  26. Ali Giunta

    Hello I’m Ali! I’m 16 in December and I’m eager to volunteer as soon as possible!!! Can you get back to me with information about volunteer opportunities?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Ali, thanks for getting in touch. Christina, one of our placement advisers has sent you some information on how to get started!

      Reply
  27. tamima islam

    Hello, I’m 14 years old, 2 months away from being 15 and would love the opportunity to volunteer in Swaziland during the upcoming 2018 summer. Please may you send me an email with more information?

    Thank you,
    Tamima.

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Tamima, one of our advisers will be in touch soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

      Reply
  28. Stella

    I am under 18 and I want to start volunteering but I heard that you need someone who is over 18 to volunteer with you. Does it have to be a family member or can I ask a current volunteer at Kaya to volunteer with me? I don’t think my parents would be willing since they are very busy..Thank you!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Stella, you do not need to be accompanied to volunteer with us, but you need parental consent as a minor. A placement advisor will be in contact with you to go over your options as not all projects accept under 18s. Thanks for your inquiry!

      Reply
  29. Stella

    Hello, I’m fourteen years old and would love to have the opportunity to volunteer in Swaziland (or a French-speaking nation eg. Cameroon) during winter break: December 23rd – January 6th. Could you please send me an email to guide me through the process? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Stella, Unfortunately, our only option for a 14-year-old is to go to South Africa on a summer conservation initiative. I have passed on your contact information to a placement advisor who will be contacting you shortly to discuss your options depending on your exact birthdate. Also, planning your trip in advance might be a good way to raise the necessary funds for your trip. Please be on the lookout for an advisor to contact you. Thanks!

      Reply
  30. Siobhan

    Hi i am 14 years old and i would love to come and volunteer in swaziland this summer 2018

    Can u please send me some more information please
    Thanks siobhna

    Reply
    • Julie Graham

      Hi Siobhan, I believe a placement advisor replied to your inquiry to volunteer this summer. If you need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thanks!

      Reply
  31. Lynn Schlicher

    Hi, I am Lynn, 16 years old, i plan a stay as volunteer. Is this possible and when could I start. I am interested in a social project,. What about the costs.

    Best regards
    Lynn

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hey Lynn, thanks so much for your inquiry! Our placement advisers will be in touch with some information.

      Reply
  32. Richard

    Hello. Are there any projects I can take my 7 year old son to? I’m very keen to realise there’s a world outside of capitalist Surrey, UK.

    Reply
    • Richard

      I meant very keen for him to realise …….

      Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hi Richard, we have lots of options for families and younger participants as we agree it’s great to experience different cultures no matter your age! You can have a look at our options by clicking on the ‘Volunteer Abroad’ tab and then select families, and I will ask our placement advisers to email you some further information.

      Reply
  33. Åsa

    Hello! I would love to volunteer here in December/ January. Can I get som more information?

    Reply
    • Jennifer Sheeran

      Hey Asa, thanks for getting in touch. I have passed your request on to our placement team and they will send some information to you soon. Keep an eye on your inbox!

      Reply

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