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6 actually life-changing volunteer opportunities for teens


Where have all the good volunteer opportunities for teens gone…?

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Struggling to find a job which will actually lead you onto the right career path?

We’ve been there.

Got no clue of how to get onto the career ladder at all?

We’ve been there.

Feeling completely lost in general and biting your nails a lot more than usual?

We’ve been there.

And that’s where volunteer opportunities for teens come in.

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Whether you’re looking for placements during your summer break, or have just graduated and are looking for work experience, we have got you covered with some amazing volunteer opportunities for teens that could really take you places.

The hardest thing about getting a job is knowing where to start. The job market is so competitive nowadays that often it seems like we are completely shut out of all opportunities from the word go. It’s a vicious cycle. You need experience to get a job, but how can you get a job if you have no experience?

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In this day and age volunteering is becoming more and more necessary for everyone to undertake in order to stand out from the crowd and bag the best jobs.

Whether you like it or not, you probably will have to work for free at some point in your life. We’re not here to sugarcoat the truth, but we can help to turn what could be seen as a chore into one of the best experiences of your life.

Volunteer opportunities for teens are not that hard to come by if you know where to look, and volunteering can take you all over the world, opening your mind to new perspectives.

The primary purpose of volunteer opportunities for teens is usually to get you work experience and a portfolio of invaluable skills which will help you become a well rounded individual who will be an asset to any work force. But volunteer opportunities for teens are also a way of giving back to society and they can also give you some of the most amazing life moments you’ll ever experience.

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But how can I find these sick volunteering opportunities for teens, we hear you ask?

We’ve got that covered too…

1. volunteeringforchange.com

This is a website which allows people to find and post volunteer opportunities for teens.

They have a range of stuff so you need to keep going back and checking for updates every so often, but it’s worth it as you could get really lucky if you are first on the scene.

We’re not gonna lie, we were sold when we saw this volunteer opportunity for teens at the The Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (IKR!)…

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Dude, stop whalin’ on me…

2. vinspired.com

Unlike other similar sites, vinspired is specifically designed to provide volunteer opportunities for teens. You can indicate your age, your specific interests, how much time you can commit and location and the server will find you a programme.

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You can find all types of volunteer opportunities for teens on here to suit every taste. It’s a great way of exploring interests you never thought you could indulge in. One of our faves is this super cute placement to help look after hedgehogs! Yeah really… these critters:

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Disclaimer: Not all the hedgehogs will be this sleepy 😴

3. friendshipworks.org.uk

If you like working with children then this is one of the volunteer opportunities for teens which is made especially for you. You could become a mentor for a child who needs additional adult support in their life.

Friendship Works puts kids’ mental health first and it also serves as living proof that volunteering opportunities for teens don’t necessarily have to involve physical work. Spending time with someone is help enough.

Listen to how Friendship Works has helped Chloe:

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“I was referred to Friendship Works because I have high levels of anxiety and I was having a hard time getting out of the house – I couldn’t go out without having someone with me.

It has definitely made a big difference to me having a mentor. It has stopped my mental health from deteriorating. I can feel quite low at times, but having someone who comes and takes me out regularly and who talks to me about things makes a big difference.”

Read Chloe’s story in full here

4. volunteerafrica.com

Volunteering in Africa may have become a bit of a cliche in recent years, but that doesn’t mean that offering your own time to help those less fortunate is any less valid than any of the other volunteer opportunities for teens previously mentioned.

In fact, in some ways this can be the most rewarding out of all the volunteer opportunities for teens as you can really make a difference and help people who are in real need.

The team at volunteerforafrica.com will match you to an appropriate placement according to the skills you already have. You could end up teaching, working in a hospital, engaging in wildlife conservation etc.

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People often find that these experiences are real eye-openers which can completely change a person’s perspective on the world.  Either way, there are always volunteer opportunities for teens in Africa as your help is always needed.

5. festaff.co.uk

WHERE MY PARTY PEOPLE AT!?

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Yeah, betcha didn’t think that there were also volunteering opportunities for teens who are dedicated festival-goers out there, did ya?

You could have the time of your life while enjoying some of the best festivals the UK has to offer like V Festival, British Summer Time, Wireless, Boardmasters, Bestival, the list is endless. And they’re all looking for volunteers.

One thing that puts people off volunteering in the first place is having to sacrifice free time, especially well-earned summer holidays. This is one of the only volunteer opportunities for teens which will allow you to do exactly what you want with your summer.

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6. aupairworld.com

People sometimes roll their eyes at the prospect of becoming an aupair, claiming that it takes little skill and doesn’t provide you with experience which can be applicable to a work place.

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That’s where they’re wrong.

Not all volunteer opportunities for teens have to be super serious to give you the experience you need. Taking care of kids is a tough job which requires time management, discipline and a whole lotta organisation.

Plus, if you get lucky your kids will be super cute.

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Whether they’re your cup of tea or not, these volunteer opportunities for teens will never be boring, which is what most people are worried about when they are faced with the prospect of undertaking work experience.

And maybe, just maybe, one or two of these volunteer opportunities for teens will have caught your eye and you might have a cheeky snoop around the website as result.

If not, don’t worry, there are thousands more out there which are just begging for people like you to sign up.

Just remember that volunteering doesn’t have to be a chore, and there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for teens which means that nobody has to be left out in the cold.

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Written by David Farrell

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David is the Head of Content at Maximum Pop!

Having studied Russian and Spanish at the University of Leeds, David moved to Moscow to work in the education sector. Upon returning to UK soil, David initially immersed himself in the wonderful world of MP! as a music writer.

Now head of all things content, David takes being a music fanboy to a whole new level, and can often be found dancing like there's nobody watching to 'Shout Out To My Ex', obsessing over Lauren Jauregui and defending Taylor Swift's honour.

David once appeared on TV in Armenia. Apparently, "it was awesome".