UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer, join Kaya to do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination all the while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your job search.

under 18 volunteer on a Kaya volunteer program abroad

UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer, join Kaya to do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination all the while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your job search.

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

UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer, join Kaya to do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination all the while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your job search.

Atenas Volunteers in playground - Costa Rica

UNDER 18 VOLUNTEERS

If you are an under 18 volunteer, join Kaya to do something worthwhile, meet new international friends and visit an amazing destination all the while developing your CV/resume for college, university or in your job search.

Under 18 Volunteer projects

What age do I need to be to volunteer?

With Kaya, your age shouldn’t stand in the way! We have over 30 projects available to 16 and 17-year-olds, across our most popular countries – check these out below – and a special summer program for 13-15 year old in South Africa.

What’s more, if you’re under 18, but have a friend or family member who is over 18 to volunteer with you, then they can act as your legal guardian on a number of our programs. We appreciate the dedication and eagerness that younger volunteers bring to our projects and, where possible, we work to lower our age limits.

Our placements for under 18’s are selected to provide a greater level of supervision, with the same impactful work as all our Kaya projects.

How do I get started?

If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering, get in touch with one of our advisors today and we’ll find a great project that’s right for you! We’ll talk you through everything to find you the perfect placement, and support you throughout your journey. Don’t let your age stand between you and the world! Become a better global citizen with Kaya!

Make all 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.

If you are interested in protecting the environment, join our reforestation camp in Zambia this summer and help with environmental education, mural painting, solar cookers and tree planting. Alternatively, if you would rather come with people you already know, why not speak to your school about organising a school trip or talk to your family about planning to volunteer for your next summer vacation?

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

If you are 16 years old, make sure you take a look at our recent blog post to see what you can do with Kaya.

What do you need to do to take part?

To be considered for our projects, 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. We expect a high level of maturity from our younger volunteers as you will be treated as, and will be 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 life-changing ways.

Resource for parents

Many parents find international volunteering to be a great option for their teenager’s summer or holiday plans. Contact one of our advisors to learn about the benefits of these opportunities for your child.

We have a number of great resources to help you support you in planning with your family. Check these out here!

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

Why volunteering abroad for teenagers is a great idea!

While you can help make a difference by joining our programs, there are also a lot of ways that you benefit from becoming a volunteer. Our top 5 reasons for a young person to volunteer abroad are:

Build your confidence working with other people around the world.

Make new friends from different backgrounds.

Help your resume and university applications really stand out from the crowd.

Develop and enhance your communication skills.

Better understand the issues that you care about – it might even help you choose a career path!

Take a look through our Volunteer projects abroad for under 18’s

Teaching English in Rural Cambodia

If you want to help a rural impoverished community while learning about the culture and the people of Cambodia, all that while making friends, this is a placement for you!

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Construction in rural Cambodia

If you want to help a rural impoverished community while learning about the culture and the people of Cambodia, all that while making friends, this is a placement for you!

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Temple School Construction & Renovation in Thailand

Get involved with tourism development in a rural community of Thailand and help build the future of the local community!

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Tree Planting and Environmental Education Summer Initiative in South Africa

Take a hands-on role in reforestation and environmental education by volunteering on this mass action project in South Africa this summer.

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Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Swaziland

If you are under 18 join this initiative Volunteering for 16 and 17 Year Olds in Swaziland

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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 Zimbabwe

Spend time on elephant research and conservation volunteering in Zimbabwe 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 1 of 4 projects in Costa Rica that accept 16 and 17 year olds.

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Amazon Rainforest Wildlife Rescue in Ecuador

In partnership with a local indigenous family that lives in the Amazon rainforest, this centre rehabilitates wild animals from the jungle that were victims of abuse and animal trafficking.

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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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Sustainable Economic and Community Development in Ecuador

Volunteer in Ecuador on an economic and community development initiative to help families preserve their values, culture and environment and create sustainable livelihoods.

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Community Sports Coaching Volunteering in Cape Town

As a community sports coaching volunteer you will volunteer in South Africa in a Cape Town township where sports coaching is much needed.

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Build a Sustainable Home for Orphans in Belize

Build a Sustainable Home for Orphans in Belize and support children prepare for adulthood, while immersing them in sustainability initiatives.

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Community Volunteering and Teaching in Southern Vietnam

Bring your caring and sharing approach to life and participate in community volunteering in Southern Vietnam.

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Medical Spanish Language Course

We’ve got the perfect program for medical students and professionals who want healthcare experience abroad.

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Christmas Volunteering Building a Home for Orphaned Teenagers in Belize

Why not spend Christmas this year doing something different and volunteer on this building a home for abandoned and abused teenagers project in Belize.

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Music Access and Development for School Children in Belize

Volunteer as a music teacher at a local state run schools where music access and development for school children in Belize is limited to only those who can afford it.

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Spring Break Volunteering on a Sustainable Community Project in Ecuador

Spend your Spring Break volunteering in Ecuador and support 50 families to preserve their cultural identity and community.

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Education Outreach for Child Workers in the Markets

Volunteer in Quito and help with the education of children who work upwards of ten hours a day in the markets, streets and countryside of Ecuador to support their families.

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Agro Forestry and Environmental Conservation in the Mindo Cloud Forest

If you are interested in environmental science and conservation efforts then volunteer on this project located in the stunning Cloud Forest in Ecuador.

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Community Teaching and Cultural Immersion in India

By volunteering in India on a Community Teaching project, you have the chance to give back to a number of communities where support is needed to enhance the quality of teaching.

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Experience India and Volunteering

Our Experience India Tour encompasses charm, culture and care over 10 or 14 nights where you will be able to see the sights, learn about the real India and get a taste of volunteering.

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Victoria Falls Lion Rehabilitation Volunteering

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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Island Marine Conservation with International Diving Certification

This marine conservation project is perfect for divers or those wishing to learn to dive and contribute to sustainable development for the sea and local communities.

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Women’s Empowerment and Community Volunteering in India

Volunteer in India on this Women’s Empowerment project and help challenge the problems facing women today in local communities.

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Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Volunteer with us on a turtle conservation project in Sri Lanka and help a local team protect five endangered species of turtle.

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Photography and Conservation Project In Kruger, South Africa

Join this incredible wildlife photography course to develop skills for taking great shots whilst participating in essential conservation education and activities in the Greater Kruger Area.

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Community Teaching Volunteering in Cape Town

Become a community teaching volunteer in South Africa and provide essential teaching support in the poverty stricken communities in the townships of Cape Town.

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Rhino, Elephant and Big Cat Research and Conservation in Kruger

Volunteer in South Africa on a research and conservation project in the greater Kruger area home to the Big 5; lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard, and more

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Volunteer Teaching At A Day Care Centre In Swaziland

By volunteering in Swaziland, you can help to care for orphaned and vulnerable children in need at a daycare centre.

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Swaziland Volunteer Building or Sports With Kruger Safari

Combine travel and volunteering in South Africa with our bespoke Kruger to Swaziland Building and Volunteer Adventure.

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School Building and Gardening Volunteering in Swaziland

Volunteer in Swaziland to help to build family homes for needy families using local building materials and techniques.

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Teaching and Community Volunteer Work in Zanzibar

Volunteer in Tanzania on a teaching and community work project based on the island of Zanzibar, located just off Africa's Tanzanian coast.

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Community Volunteering at Christmas in Zambia

Volunteer near the amazing Victoria Falls in Zambia on a project working with local communities and do something extra special this Christmas.

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Teaching and Community Work in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia on teaching and community work and support local schools with large class numbers and a small number of teachers.

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Sports and Community Volunteering in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia on our sports development project, teaching sport skills as well as tackling topics such as HIV, nutrition and living a healthy life.

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African Lion Rehabilitation & Release in Zambia

Volunteer in Zambia and contribute to the welfare and rehabilitation of lions as part of programme in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park; aimed at their long term survival.

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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 via email if you have any questions or use the chat window in the bottom right.