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Where can I volunteer if I am 16 years old?

If you are 16 years old, you might just be looking for an adventure next summer or perhaps even an experience to help you to build your CV as you think about a possible future career. It’s a competitive world out there, so what could you do to make your CV stand out from the rest? What could you do with your time that is something worthwhile?

It might be a scary thought at the age of 16, but volunteering on one of our projects – for 16 years olds – is a great way to improve your confidence and meet new friends.  Plus, it would make a great ‘what-I-did-over-summer’ story when you return back to high school/college.

You may think you need a specific skill set to volunteer with us, but you’d be wrong; we offer a wide variety of volunteer projects. With the help from our experienced placement advisors, you will be matched to a project that is best suited to your abilities, and to a project that excites you.

Take a look at our website to find what type of project you’d like to work on e.g. conservation, community or education. However, if you are unsure on the project type, have a look at the overall page for under 18’s and see which projects stand out for you.

If you have a love for animals, then take a look at our photography conservation project in South Africa. Not many 16 year olds will be able to say that they have developed their photography skills in the Greater Kruger area, observing the Big 5 as well as other animals in their natural habitat. Alternatively, how about working with elephants in Thailand.?  

Spending your spare time volunteering on a community project in India would surely make your friends envious. You will be able to get a taste of India and it’s culture whilst working with the local communities and gaining skills that will make your CV stand out such as team working, communication and independence.

In Costa Rica, we have four options for you to choose from where you could help out the locals in their communities:

  • Coffee Cooperative for Men in the Community.
  • Childcare Centre for Pre-school Children.
  • Elementary School Classroom Assistant.
  • Turtle Project.

Share your enthusiasm and energy whilst you work alongside staff, following their directions on your chosen project. For more information regarding these four options, take a look at our website.

“Katie returned from Thailand on Monday having had a fantastic time both in Surin and Bangkok. In the month she has been away she has noticeably matured. Thank-you for your assistance, patience and encouragement during the booking process – we hope that her trip will prove to be a positive catalyst going forward.  She is already planning her next trip! All the best and thank-you once again to all those at Kaya who made Katie’s trip memorable.”

Katie's Dad

Elephant Welfare in Eastern Mahout Communities

These projects are just a taster of what we have to offer for 16 year olds wanting to volunteer abroad. Please look at our Under 18’s page if you want to see what other projects we have to offer.  Request a call back from one of our placement advisors for more information, or click here to book your place!  We can even talk to your parents!