Do you ever get the feeling that you have a higher calling? A purpose that thrives outside the limits of 9 to 5 or the commercially driven promises of the American dream? Like a homing device lodged deep within your chest, your heart might just be trying to tell you that it’s time to volunteer abroad. Human beings have an innate desire to help one another, but this goes far, far beyond the warm fuzzies you get when you help someone out. This purpose not only manifests, but flourishes when you are serving others.
Teens volunteer programs are an excellent way for teens and high school students under 18 years to do something meaningful, build new interests, to polish their existing skills, meet new people and of course, to learn about other cultures.
Go Volunteer Africa offers some of the most meaningful and life-changing teens and high school volunteering opportunities in Africa. Programs are available throughout the year and Spring break and summer vacations being the most popular travel period.
Go Volunteer Africa teen and high school volunteer programs focus on education, wildlife conservation, childcare, healthcare, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, environmental conservation, construction, community development, women’s empowerment, photography, arts, music and sport programs in at least 20 destinations across Africa.
Regardless of which volunteer program and destination that you choose, you will undoubtedly be making a positive impact on the people and animals to which you dedicate your time, energy, and compassion.
Taking on a volunteering opportunity as a teen or high school student is one of the best ways to experience the outer world and gain confidence as well as other skills that help you with your future endeavors.
Go Volunteer Africa’s teens and high school volunteer projects combine hands-on experience in local communities with free-time spent exploring the surrounding areas and making friends for life.
Alongside the invaluable work done on teen volunteer programs, there is also the chance for cultural and language immersion, skills training, and supervised adventure activities. The main objective our teens volunteer programs and high school adventure holidays in Africa is to help more youth gain the life changing, life affirming experiences that volunteering and responsible tourism can give. We are committed to enabling skill transfer, enabling projects in Africa to access different skill sets and to helping volunteers realize the value they can add using the skills they hold.
Spend your high school vacation doing something worth talking about when school starts again. Choose one of our best volunteer programs for teens and high school students.
Teens & High school Volunteer projects in Rwanda
Known as the land of a thousand hills, Rwanda’s stunning scenery and warm, friendly people offer unique experiences in one of the most remarkable countries in Africa. It is blessed with extraordinary biodiversity, with incredible wildlife living throughout its volcanoes, montane rainforest and sweeping plains.
Go Volunteer Africa has a number of unique and challenging volunteer placements in Rwanda for teens and high school students. Whether your passion is sustainable community development, sports & games, education empowerment, Agriculture or women support services, Go Volunteer Africa can offer you an unforgettable experience in Rwanda. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Programs in Kenya
Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.
With our teens volunteer programs in Kenya we allow you to discover the wonders of Kenya, while doing meaningful and rewarding community work. This is a great opportunity to explore life in cultural Kenya and rural and semi-urban schools, live and work amongst the locals and realize one person can make a difference. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Projects in Tanzania
More than almost any other destination, Tanzania is the land of safaris. Wildebeest stampede across the plains. Hippos jostle for space in muddy waterways. Elephants wander along seasonal migration routes and chimpanzees swing through the treetops. Throughout the country there are unparalleled opportunities to experience this natural wealth: take a boat safari down the Rufiji River past snoozing crocodiles in Selous Game Reserve; watch giraffes silhouetted against ancient baobab trees in Ruaha National Park; sit motionless as waterbirds peck in the shallows around Rubondo Island; and hold your breath while lions pad around your vehicle in Ngorongoro Crater.
When you get involved in our teens volunteer projects in Tanzania, you will have the opportunity to try different roles and projects, dependent on your interests. These volunteer projects do not require specialized skills, and we accept participants for both short and long-term placements, all the year round. Volunteers certainly gain an amazing life experience from their participation in our volunteer projects in Tanzania. On first arrival, most volunteers sample all the projects before selecting the tasks that suit them best. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteer Opportunities in Malawi
Apart from the legendary Malawian friendliness, what captures you first about this vivid country is its geographical diversity. Slicing through the landscape in a trough formed by the Great Rift Valley is Africa’s third-largest lake: Lake Malawi, a shimmering mass of clear water, its depths swarming with colourful cichlid fish. Whether for diving, snorkelling, kayaking or chilling out on beaches and desert islands, a visit to the lake is a must.
One of the advantages of our high school volunteer opportunities in Malawi is that you are not limited to one job role and will have the opportunity to ‘sample’ other roles during your placement. To become involved in another projects simply inform a member of staff who will happily make any necessary arrangements. Volunteer work side by side the locals’ on-going community development projects. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteer Vacations in Senegal
Perched on the tip of a peninsula, Dakar, the capital, is a dizzying, street-hustler-rich introduction to the country: elegance meets chaos, snarling traffic, vibrant markets and glittering nightlife, while nearby Île de Gorée and the beaches of Yoff and N’Gor tap to slow, lazy beats. In northern Senegal, the enigmatic capital of Saint-Louis, a Unesco World Heritage Site, tempts with colonial architecture and proximity to scenic national parks. Along the Petite Côte and Cap Skirring, wide strips of beaches beckon and the wide deltas of the Casamance invite mesmerizing boat journeys amid astounding biodiversity, including hundreds of bird species. Whether you want to mingle with the trendsetters of urban Africa or be alone with your thoughts and the sounds of nature, you’ll find your place in Senegal.
Go Volunteer Africa offers unique and rewarding high school volunteer vacations in Senegal, ranging from helping local underprivileged communities to environmental conservation to supporting youth with their income generating initiatives. Projects, provides an opportunity to explore the vibrant country of Senegal. It’s a rewarding experience immersing yourself in a new culture and empowering communities by helping them achieve success. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Holidays in Zanzibar.
The allure of Zanzibar is timeless. White sands and turquoise waters ring the island, and African, Indian, Arabic and Persian influences intertwine in Stone Town to form a rich cultural backdrop. Whether as post-safari relaxation or as a stand-alone destination, the beaches on Zanzibar’s east coast and around its northern tip offer a quintessential tropical island paradise.
Through our teens volunteer holidays in Zanzibar, you’ll be working with local people to make their lives better. It might be working with orphans to improve their standard of living, building a community school, or just participate in the community outreaches organized by our Coordinators or helping youth with their ventures. Whatever you do, your input will help to shape communities for the future and improve quality of life. No matter which project you chose in which to volunteer in Zanzibar, you will have an important role to play and your efforts will be greatly appreciated. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Breaks in Mauritius
Mauritius is rightly famed for its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. But there’s so much more attraction to Mauritius than the beach, and it’s the kind of place that rewards even the smallest attempts at exploration. There’s hiking in the forested and mountainous interior and world-class diving and snorkelling offshore. There are boat trips to near-perfect islets and excursions to botanical gardens and colonial plantation houses. Mauritius is a fabulous culinary destination with great wildlife watching thrown in. And the real Mauritius away from the beach resorts – a hot curry of different cultures and quiet fishing villages – is never far away.
Go Volunteer Africa arranges life-changing teens volunteer breaks in Mauritius. Help teach and care for some amazing children on the beautiful country of Mauritius and experience culture and laid back way of life that Mauritius offers! There are many projects ranging from teaching, environment and wildlife conservation and community outreaches in Mauritius. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteer Trips in Seychelles
Mother Nature was unbelievably generous with the Seychelles, a fabled paradise whose islands lie scattered across the Indian Ocean. Spellbinding beaches are the main attraction, and what beaches! Exquisite ribbons of sand lapped by turquoise waters and backed by lush hills, palm trees and Dali-esque boulders. Beyond the beach, diving and snorkelling are brilliant in the warm waters amid abundant marine life, while few places on the planet do ocean-side luxury quite like the Seychelles. Mahé is the largest island and entry point to the Seychelles, with some fabulous resorts, restaurants and beaches, not to mention the small capital city of Victoria. But it’s also the busiest island, with glorious Praslin and La Digue a short boat ride away. Even further out, there are real lost-world islands to be found.
By volunteering with Go Volunteer Africa under the Conservation volunteer projects during the high school volunteer trips in Seychelles, you will make a major contribution to the wildlife or environment conservation projects around Seychelles. Go Volunteer Africa connects high school students with nature through conservation volunteering opportunities in Seychelles. Working with the local community and the inspiring people who run Go Volunteer Africa is an opportunity of a lifetime! No previous experience is required but you will need to be willing and enthusiastic. A strong interest in conservation, environment and wildlife is recommended. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteering in Uganda
With a tapestry of landscapes, excellent wildlife watching and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country. It’s home to Africa’s tallest mountain range (the Rwenzoris), the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat. And if you view the Big Five, you’ll see that nature – diverse and resplendent – looms large here.
We offer a vast variety of teens volunteering opportunities in Uganda including work with street children, Orphanage volunteering, Women Empowerment, Teaching English, Summer Volunteer Program, and much more. Volunteer work with Go Volunteer Africa gives you a rewarding travel experience that feeds your soul by knowing the Ugandan cultures and different ways of life across Uganda while giving a helping to communities and individuals in need. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteering Programs in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is like nowhere else on the planet, a beautiful country blessed with a peerless history, fabulous wildlife and some of Africa’s most soulful peoples. Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most beautiful countries and its landscapes are epic in both scale and beauty. Here is a place where you can trek more than 3000m above sea level (the Simien and Bale mountains) or visit the lowest place on the African continent, the Danakil Depression. In between, there are lush highlands and stirring deserts, vertiginous canyons and sweeping savannah, vast lakes and high plateaus. If you look hard enough, you’ll also find landmarks of great significance, from the source of the Blue Nile to, again, the mesmerisingly desolate Danakil Depression, peppered with an astonishing 25% of Africa’s active volcanoes.
There are many advantages to choosing high school volunteering programs in Ethiopia organized by Go Volunteer Africa. Volunteering helps you to reach the heart of a local community, which can be challenging but also rewarding with an educational impact. Having been welcomed by the Ethiopian community you will then have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the people that you spend your time with daily. This could be through teaching new practical and language skills, and these people will also enlighten you about Ethiopian culture, perhaps giving you a different understanding of the world around you. Volunteers usually get back as much as they give through these programs. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Work in The Gambia
The Gambia may be the smallest country on the continent, but its captivating array of attractions belies its tiny size. Surrounded by Senegal, The Gambia has a mere 80km of coastline, but what a magnificent stretch it encompasses: golden beaches backed by swaying palms and sprinkled with scenic lagoons, sleepy fishing villages and biologically rich coastal reserves. Of course there’s much more to The Gambia than just sun and surf. Its namesake river is teeming with wildlife, including nearly 600 bird species, plus manatees, hippos, crocodiles and troops of wily colobus monkeys. Boat trips and overnights at forest ecolodges reveal some of the great wonders of the hinterland, from a chimpanzee island reserve to the ruins of a 17th-century British fortress. The greatest treasures, though, are the warm-hearted Gambian people, who more than live up to their homeland’s moniker of the ‘the smiling coast of Africa
The Gambia is home to an array of opportunities for volunteers looking to get involved meaningful life changing projects. The Gambia often tends to be overlooked by those who wish to travel abroad for voluntary experiences, which of course leads to lots of available causes requiring assistance. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteering in Ghana
Hailed as West Africa’s golden child, Ghana deserves its place in the sun. One of Africa’s great success stories, the country is reaping the benefits of a stable democracy in the form of fast-paced development. With its welcoming beaches, gorgeous hinterland, rich culture, vibrant cities, diverse wildlife, easy transport and affable inhabitants, it’s no wonder Ghana is sometimes labelled ‘Africa for beginners’. It’s easy to come here for a week or a month, but no trip can be complete without a visit to Ghana’s coastal forts, poignant reminders of a page of history that defined our modern world.
Travel north and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived in a different country, with a different religion, geography and cultural practices. The beauty is that this diversity exists so harmoniously, a joy to experience and a wonder to behold in uncertain times. High school volunteering projects in Ghana have been designed for those who are looking for meaningful travel and volunteering experience for a short duration. Through teens volunteer programs in Ghana in you’ll find fantastic and meaningful community development volunteer opportunities in Ghana. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Work in Botswana
Blessed with some of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, Botswana is one of the great safari destinations in Africa. The Okavango Delta – there’s nowhere quite like it on earth. This is a place where wild creatures roam and rule, where big cats and much bigger elephants walk free in one of the world’s last great wildernesses. The delta is a byword for abundance – for animal numbers, for the variety of species, for the birdlife, for floods of Biblical proportions. And it is also a place of singular and unparalleled beauty where safari possibilities can seem as endless as the waters themselves. The Kalahari Desert, the largest unbroken stretch of sand on the planet, is not your ordinary desert. From the salt pans of Makgadikgadi, the baobabs of Nxai Pans, and the spare magnificence of Kubu Island in the north, to the wonderful wildlife of Kgalagadi in the south, this is a desert of exceptional variety. Throw in the fossil river valleys, swaying golden grasses, black-maned lions and the echoes of the indigenous San people in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve and there are few more beautiful deserts on Earth.
We have a number of Conservation Volunteer projects in Botswana for wildlife and environment designed for teens. Join Go Volunteer Africa’s teens volunteer programs in Botswana and you will have an incredible time working on a sustainable project on a range of activities. Most of the projects are small, simple DIY builds. We worked together with the site to get the easy to build and work on projects that do not require high amounts of experience. We even take into account use of power tools, and for which purpose, so that almost anyone who wants to volunteer is able to do it. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High School Volunteering in Lesotho
Beautiful, culturally rich, affordable and easily accessible from Durban and Johannesburg, mountainous Lesotho (le-soo-too) is a vastly underrated travel destination. The contrast with South Africa could not be more striking, with the Basotho people’s distinct personality and the altitudinous terrain’s topographical extremes. Even a few days in Lesotho’s hospitable mountain lodges and trading posts will give you a fresh perspective on Southern Africa. This is essentially an alpine country, where villagers on horseback in multicoloured balaclavas and blankets greet you round precipitous bends. The hiking and trekking – often on a famed Basotho pony – is world class, offering undulating expanses of pastoral charm, traditional rondavels (round huts with a conical roof) and innumerable grazing sheep. The 1000m-high ‘lowlands’ offer craft shopping and sights, but don’t miss a trip to the southern, central or northeastern highlands, where streams traverse an ancient dinosaur playground. This is genuine adventure travel.
Through our high school adventures and teens volunteer programs in Lesotho you will be helping with community development on a range of projects. You can work with children’s education and assist teachers in local schools. You can spend time helping with child care, run youth empowerment classes or health care projects or even sports or arts. There is so much to do that you will be busy! Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Projects in Swaziland
In short: big things come in small packages. The intriguing Kingdom of eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) is diminutive but boasts a huge checklist for any visitor. Rewarding wildlife watching? Tick. Adrenaline-boosting activities such as rafting and mountain biking? Tick. Lively and colourful local culture, with celebrations and ceremonies still common practice? Tick. Plus there are superb walking trails, stunning mountain and flatland scenery and excellent, high-quality handicrafts.
As a participants in our teens volunteer programs in Swaziland, you will get to interact with local communities, live in local areas and get an authentic experience of the kingdom. You will get cultural immersion activities such as cooking & language classes. On weekends or evenings you can enjoy local sightseeing to explore Swaziland’s wildlife! We are driven by the needs of the projects we support. We only offer sustainable teens volunteer projects in Eswatini that have lasting and positive impact on the local community. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
High Schools Volunteer Vacations in Madagascar
Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving: Madagascar is a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts – half the fun is getting to all these incredible attractions. Madagascar is unique: 5% of all known animal and plant species can be found here, and here alone. The island’s signature animal is the lemur of course, but there are many more weird and wonderful creatures and plants: baobabs, insects, sharks, frogs, orchids, palms, birds, turtles, mongoose. The list goes on. Much of this biodiversity is under threat, from climate change and population pressure, giving each trip a sense of urgency but also purpose: tourism can truly be a force for good.
Go Volunteer Africa brings you some unique high school and teens volunteer programs in Madagascar. Our selection of meaningful and diverse community volunteer projects in Madagascar will enable you to make a real difference to the lives of people as well as get closer to the local culture and give something back to the community. Volunteering in Madagascar with us could help you choose a new direction in life or develop a career path you may already be on. It might be both a personal highlight and a practical stepping stone in a gap year or, for anyone at any time, a great way to go abroad for much more than just a holiday. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Safaris in Namibia
Few countries in Africa can match Namibia’s sheer natural beauty. The country’s name derives from its (and the world’s) oldest desert, the Namib, and there are few more stirring desert realms on the planet, from the sand sea and perfect dead-tree valleys at Sossusvlei to the otherworldliness of sand dunes plunging down to the sea at Sandwich Harbour and the Skeleton Coast. Inland, running through the heart of the country, a spine of mountains creates glorious scenery – the Naukluft Mountains, the Brandberg, Spitzkoppe, Damaraland and the jaw-dropping Fish River Canyon. With rivers and wetlands in the Caprivi Strip and the endless gold-grass plains of the Kalahari, it’s difficult to think of an iconic African landscape that Namibia doesn’t possess.
Go Volunteer Africa teens volunteer programs in Namibia are more than just a travel program. We provide a unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution through volunteering, and then explore the local Namibian culture and diverse environments of the country during your stay with us. You will experience another culture like never before and really get to know its people. You will gain new perspectives and insight into the culture and yourself. A volunteer trip to Namibia is an exciting and personally inspiring experience, and you’ll develop memories that will be with you forever. Skills required while on any volunteer holiday should be those that can aid you in doing the following: Work with a youth group, care for children and special needs children, women groups. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
Teens Volunteer Tours in Zambia
The rewards of travelling in Zambia are those of exploring remote, mesmerising wilderness as full of an astonishing diversity of wildlife as any part of Southern Africa. Adventures undertaken here will lead you deep into the bush where animals, both predators and prey, wander through unfenced camps, where night-time means swapping stories around the fire and where the human footprint is nowhere to be seen. Where one day you can canoe down a wide, placid river and the next raft through the raging rapids near world-famous Victoria Falls.
Go Volunteer Africa enables teens and highs school students from around the world to share their skills and love with needy communities of Zambia through our teens volunteer programs. We facilitate volunteer placements for individual solo teens and groups, for a minimum of two weeks and we can secure the placement within 24hrs of receiving your inquiry. All of our teens volunteer tours in Zambia have been formulated by our team, to give our participants the most meaningful of experiences, wherever they may decide to venture. We take pride in all of our teens volunteer tours in Zambia and wish to ensure that our volunteers will benefit the community in a favorable way while on their once in a life time journey. Fill Volunteer Application Form here or Make an inquiry here
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HOW TO APPLY
If you are planning to start the program in less than 3 months from now (start within 12 weeks from date of application), Fill Volunteer application form. If you are planning to start program more than 3 months from now (start within 13 weeks and above – up to 24 months) or if you are not very certain of the exact start dates- just reserve your placement by filling volunteer reservation form. or Simply Make an inquiry here