UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer and want to see the world while making a difference then join with Kaya during your school holidays this year.  Do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your search for a job.

under 18 volunteer on a Kaya volunteer program abroad

UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer and want to see the world while making a difference then join with Kaya during your school holidays this year.  Do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your search for a job.

Under 18 volunteer project. Elephant sanctuary Volunteer with the Big 5 Port Elizabeth

UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer and want to see the world while making a difference then join with Kaya during your school holidays this year.  Do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your search for a job.

Atenas Volunteers in playground - Costa Rica

Under 18 Volunteer

What age do I need to be to volunteer?

We have over 30 projects for 16 and 17 year olds on some of our most popular projects.  If you want to make all of your friends jealous by jetting off to see the Big 5, work in a children’s centre, help to coach sports or build homes for young people, then we have a project for you.  We have volunteer placements for under 18s in Central 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 16 and 17 year olds to participate. If you are aged 13-17 we also have some options for you.  If you are interested in protecting the environment you can join our reforestation camp in Zambia this summer and help with environmental education, mural painting, making solar cookers and planting trees.  If you are a small group of friends, an individual aged 13-17 or a parent who thinks this is a great way for their teenager to spend the summer contact one of our advisors. Alternatively, if you would rather come with people you already know why not speak to your school to see if you can organise a school trip or discuss with your family plans for your next summer vacation.

What do you need to do to take part?

All you need to do is attend a telephone interview, obtain a letter of consent from a parent or guardian and provide a reference from a teacher or trusted family friend to be considered for our projects.  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. 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 an under 18 volunteer 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. Don’t let your age stand between you and the world, volunteer this summer with Kaya!

Swaziland is one of our great locations that suit volunteers aged under 18 – read here to find out why!

Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds In India
Join our volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds in India and spend time with other young people developing global citizenship.
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Elephant Research and Conservation Volunteering in Zambia
Spend time on elephant research and conservation volunteering in Zambia and gain an incredible insight into efforts to mitigate human wildlife conflict and learn about research
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Girl and Women Empowerment Volunteering in Zambia
Girl and women empowerment volunteering in Zambia offers the opportunity to increase access to education, sport, livelihoods and more.
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Volunteer with the Big 5 in Port Elizabeth
Volunteer and have an amazing time working on this game reserve in Port Elizabeth. Work with South Africa's big 5: lion, African elephant, cape buffalo, rhino and leopard.
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Volunteering for 16 and 17 year olds in Costa Rica
Spend your holidays doing something different and help others through volunteering overseas. Work on one of 4 projects in Costa Rica that accept 16 and 17 year olds.
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Child Development Volunteering in India
Volunteer in India and help with the provision of child care to disadvantaged children as well as participating in a range of exciting activities essential to Indian culture.
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Work in Hospitals and Clinics in Belize
Volunteer in Belize and lend a hand in a public polyclinic or private hospital that serve the local citizens, regardless of income or social standing.
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Elephant Welfare Project in Eastern Mahout Communities
Based in Thailand’s Eastern province of Surin, this project works with the communities that have lived and worked with elephants for hundreds of years.
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Wildlife Orphanage and Rescue Sanctuary in Zimbabwe
Volunteer in Zimbabwe and get first hand experience of wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release in one of Africa’s oldest wildlife sanctuaries located in Bulawayo.
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Lion Breeding & Rehabilitation Volunteering in Zimbabwe
Volunteer in Zimbabwe on a world first lion breeding and rehabilitation project, supported by some of the world's leading ecologists in the field.
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Sports Volunteering Abroad in Swaziland
Become a sports coach and volunteer in Swaziland. Coach disadvantaged children to play football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, netball and more.
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HIV/AIDS Education and Day Care Volunteering in South Africa
Volunteer on our community education and day care project and support the people of St. Lucia, South Africa where HIV/AIDS rates are high.
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Easy 3-step application process

APPLY ONLINE

Click here to apply online and pay your deposit to secure your space on your chosen project. Our advisors will then contact you to guide you through the next steps.

TELEPHONE INTERVIEW

Once we’ve received your application, we’ll be in touch to arrange your informal telephone interview with your Kaya Placement Advisor.

GET PREPARED

When you’ve been accepted onto your project we’ll send you your Welcome Pack and lots of other helpful information to assist you with preparing for your placement.

HAVE A QUESTION?

We pride ourselves on providing you high quality placement information throughout your application process and whilst on the ground. Connect with us if you have any questions.

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