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Volunteering as a teen has many benefits and encourages teens to be socially aware and responsible. By volunteering, not only are you making a difference, but it can also polish up your resume and college or university applications, making you stand out amongst other applicants. Volunteering not only makes a difference in the local communities that you are visiting whether, at home or abroad, it also changes your life and makes you feel good! It is important to give back and experience the growth that happens when you know you are making a difference. The benefits of volunteering affect you personally and trickle out to your circle, inspiring others to take charge and give back.
A few benefits of volunteering include:
Builds a community both locally and globally – through volunteer travel, teens connect with local communities and other like-minded teens from around the world. These programs help them build their own community and connections for years to come!
Community service Improves self-esteem – knowing you have made a difference is a sure-fire way to feel great about yourself. Travel and giving back is a wonderful way to develop and nurture confidence and self-esteem.
Develops new skills including leadership, communication, dependability – these programs offer opportunities to work alongside researchers and adults that are making a difference in the world. Teens are encouraged to take initiative and develop their skills in leadership, develop new ways of communicating, and much more!
Improves performance at school – volunteering creates social awareness and worldly knowledge which is invaluable in school. This can give teens a perspective that stands out among the rest. These perspectives make for interesting topics to write about in classes or provide creative projects in the school year. Volunteer projects are great additions to college applications, as well as professional resumes when job hunting!
Experiences you can have on a teen volunteering trip:
Sea turtle conservation in Greece
Volunteering as a teen group in Greece means you have the chance to experience a country with a rich history and culture, whilst helping a cause. As a sea turtle conservation volunteer, you will work as a team with other like-minded teens to achieve a goal. You’ll contribute through beach patrols, collecting data, harvesting bamboo, and camp duties. For two weeks in the summer, you will meet other teens from around the world, make meaningful connections, and learn useful new skills to apply to future conservation programs.
Join GVI at this fully supervised teen program in Giannitsochori, Greece where you will work with endangered loggerhead sea turtles.
Wildlife awareness in South Africa
Some of the world’s most iconic wildlife reside in South Africa’s game parks & nature reserves. Teens from around the world have the chance to participate in a wildlife awareness program that introduces them to the behaviors of these animals, as well as the threats they face. Learn about the conservation issues organizations run into, and potential solutions that make these programs work. At a large animal shelter and reserve, they’ll take part in the identification of wildlife, how to track them, bush navigation, and also learn about local history, plant life, soils, and the effects of climate change on the animals.
GVI offers wonderful summer vacations for teens like this 2-week wildlife awareness program in beautiful South Africa.
Marine Conservation & Diving in Mexico
For teens who are interested in scuba diving and conservation of the world’s ocean systems, a marine conservation program in Mexico checks all the boxes. If you’re a teen that loves the water, this program is perfect for you and is an exciting way to spend your summer.
For two weeks you will get a taste of life as a marine biologist or conservationist while diving in the spectacular turquoise waters. You’ll complete your PADI open water certification, allowing you to dive all over the world. In your free time, enjoy exploring Mexico’s rich history, culture, and Mayan ruins.
Spend your summer with GVI at their teen marine conservation program in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.
Tracking Sea Turtles in the Bahamas
The Bahamas is a stunningly beautiful place to visit and an even better place to make a difference. The opportunity to volunteer with sea turtle research is a fantastic option for teens, and if you are interested in protecting the turtles of the Bahamas, this program is perfect. Teens have the chance to volunteer alongside researchers to discover the habitats and foraging grounds. By discovering these locations, researchers can determine how best to protect these environments from climate change and human interference.
Consider spending your summer vacation with the Earthwatch Institute as part of their teen team!
Shark Conservation in Belize
Do you love shark week? This is your chance to be a part of a very important week full of sharks! As part of a team of teens, you can work alongside Dr. Demian Chapman, a well-known shark conservationist. This 8-day program focuses on tracking, studying, filming, and taking fin samples. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel in the beautiful Caribbean sea as part of your participation in this program! The information from this program goes towards discovering ways to best conserve the sharks and recover their populations in a marine reserve.
This ground-breaking study accepts teens during the summer for an 8-day period. Join Earthwatch Institute and a group of teens like you!
Wildlife Conservation in the Andorran Pyrenees
As a teen volunteer on this program, you’ll participate in the discovery of the biodiversity that makes up the stunning beauty of the forests and meadows of the Pyrenees. When on this program, you will help with the identification of the species of the ecosystem here and how they are changing with climate change and deforestation. You’ll help to collect important data about the plants and animals using multiple techniques. This information is crucial to help researchers learn how the flora and fauna of the Andorran Pyrenees are faring, and how we can all work together to protect them.
Join Earthwatch Institute and Bernat Claramunt Lopez, a researcher, and lecturer for the CREAF (the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications) for 9 days in the Andorran Pyrenees.
Created for teens aged 15-18, this active expedition brings like-minded teens together to help expert researchers discover how the best ways to protect the Alpine...
Length of Trip: 9 days
Designed specifically for teens aged 15-18 years, this fun-filled expedition will be sure to make your summer one to remember!Join Earthwatch Institute on a 9-day expedition that brings...
Length of Trip: 9 days
Join Dr. Demian Chapman, a prominent shark conservationist, on a volunteer expedition to the South Water Caye marine reserve off the shores of Belize. Learn...
Length of Trip: 8 days
Dive into the crystal clear waters of Mexico's Yucatan and learn about marine conservation while learning valuable skills and earning your PADI Open Water certification....
Length of Trip: 2 weeks
This project has been specially designed for those looking to volunteer, but are aged between 15 and 17 years old. Throughout this project, our younger...
Length of Trip: 2 weeks