Volunteer Opportunities for Young Adults

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  • Choose between volunteer abroad programs of different lengths to suit your schedule.
  • Experience the unique feeling of satisfaction that helping others in need brings
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Are you a young adult thinking about travelling to different parts of the world while helping people in need? Are you seeking for a volunteering project that will help explore your potential? RCDP offers reliable and inexpensive volunteering opportunity for young adults that can enable you to make a difference in the world and explore new places simultaneously.

RCDP allows you to choose between eight different programs that run in various countries, like Brazil, Ghana, Peru, Costa Rica, Thailand, Uganda, Kenya, and Sri Lanka. You can opt to be a part of projects providing volunteering programs for young adults including teaching, handicrafts, orphanage work, elephant conservation, marine life conservation, and healthcare.

You are just a step away from impacting other people’s lives in a positive way.

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The volunteer experience was very eye-opening and I felt very much needed at the site. I would greatly recommend it.

Frances Yuan


The strong ties we built and the rewarding experiences that we made here were really very priceless.

Amelie Lim

- Australia

A lifetime experience, which has opened my eyes to so much, and impassioned me to pursue future volunteer trips.



Overall a great experience! I can't think of any reason why I shouldn't recommend the program to others!

Lena Gustke

- Germany

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Benefits of Volunteer Opportunities for Young Adults

Volunteering to help others has perks for the volunteers too. Many may think of the act of volunteering as just providing help to those in need. But there are various advantages of being part of the volunteering programs designed for young adults and we have listed some of them for you.

Feeling satisfied

The first and foremost advantage that you get from volunteering is a feeling of immense satisfaction. Providing help and hope to people in need gives you a type of fulfillment that difficult to find anywhere else. In short, the act of altruism rewards you with a sense of purpose.

Exiting your comfort zone

Volunteering requires you to step out of your daily routine and experience things that you never did before. Therefore, by taking on the opportunity of volunteering as a young adult, you will have to give up your comfort to be able to help people who are facing difficulties. An exposure to the real world will help you grow both mentally and emotionally.

Standing out from the crowd

Not everybody manages to spare time from their busy schedule to be a part of volunteering programs. Thus, if you chose to be a part of these precious volunteering opportunity projects for young adults, you will surely stand out from the crowd, especially when applying for a job, as volunteering is a great asset to have on your résumé.

Becoming culturally aware

Volunteering as a young adult in different projects abroad offers you a unique chance of experiencing new cultures. You can discover the different ways of life of people in different countries. And while doing that, you can make some great friends down the line.

Exploring a new part of the world

Volunteering takes you to different countries which are beautiful in their own way. Therefore, while you travel overseas for the projects, you get to explore various exotic, stunning, and serene places in your leisure time. Isn’t that an alluring benefit?

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RCDP Affordable Volunteer Opportunities for Young Adults

RCDP has a great selection of affordable volunteering trips for young adults. Here are some of the top choices to get you started.

Handicraft Project in Brazil

Are you good at handicrafts? Would you like to help disadvantaged women in Brazil by teaching them those skills? If you do wish to be of help, volunteering for the Handicraft project as a young adult in Brazil is an apt program for you. Brazilian women who reside in the favelas (shanty towns) have more difficulties to earn a living than their partners. The poor economic condition usually leads these women to struggle to fulfill their basic needs. This also prevents their children from getting an education.

If you are willing to volunteer for the handicraft project in Brazil, you will be making a positive impact in the lives of these people. This project encourages women to develop entrepreneurial abilities, making them competent to earn their livelihood. While being a part of Handicraft volunteering project for young adults in Brazil, you can teach the women sewing, painting, pottery, sandal design, candle making, and other skills. You also can develop lesson plans to organize your own class.

The basic requirement to volunteer for the Handicraft project in Brazil is to have the handicraft skills. Similarly, if you have any entrepreneurial knowledge, that will be an extra benefit. It is recommended to have a basic proficiency in Portuguese, as it will facilitate communication; but it isn’t a requirement. Volunteers are also expected to be resourceful, open-minded, and adaptable.

Health Project in Ghana

There is a substantial need for young adult volunteers in Ghana to assist the local medical professionals. You can help to provide healthcare services to the people who cannot private medical attention. There is also a great need for volunteers to promote health education within the rural and remote communities in Ghana. This is because many citizens of Ghana have failed to fight back treatable diseases.

Embarking on a Health project volunteering journey as a young adult helps you to attain professional medical experience while helping the Ghanaians to enrich their lives. As you promote health education and offer public health projects, you will travel to places where there are no proper medical facilities in order to help the local people to live a healthier life

Depending on your expertise and experience, your responsibilities will differ while volunteering for the Health Project in Ghana. Volunteers work might include assisting the medical staff and doctors with their tasks, measuring temperature, BP, height, and weight, providing immunization, treating minor wounds or injuries, dispensing medications, counseling patients, and helping in health camps.

To get selected to volunteer in Ghana’s Health Project as a young adult, you should have a healthcare certification, like nursing or physician’s credentials, ID of a medical student, or paramedic certification of EMT. Similarly, you will also be considered for volunteering if you are undergoing the process of obtaining the certification and you have documents to support your claim.

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Teaching in Buddhist Temple School in Thailand

Many Buddhist temples in Thailand contribute to the local communities by providing education to children from poor families who cannot afford other schools. Therefore, they seek people who can volunteer in the Buddhist Temple School to teach English to their children, as the standard of English being taught there isn’t impressive. Education plays a vital role for a child to build a better future. By helping them to learn English, you will contribute to this.

The Temples in Thailand run primary and secondary schools where the volunteers are supposed to teach. You will follow the official curriculum and teach the local students for five days a week from Monday till Friday. However, you can also carry out extra lessons and share some interesting stories or tales with the students. You can also organize some extracurricular activities while volunteering to teach in Thailand’s Buddhist Temple School.

You can join young adult volunteer opportunity in Thailand, if you are interested in pursuing a career in education and want to gain some experience. You don’t need to have prior teaching experience or be a native English speaker. However, you should be fluent in English. In addition, you will be expected to be patient, flexible and respectful towards Thailand’s Buddhist tradition, custom and local people.

Elephant Conservation Project in Sri Lanka

Are you an animal lover willing to be a part of an adventurous journey? The opportunity for young adults to volunteer in Sri Lanka for the elephant conservation project takes you to a sanctuary where there are many elephants that need your care. The elephants in the sanctuary have been relocated after they were no longer able to provide a living for their previous masters due to old age, sickness or injuries.

Hence, by being a part of the elephant conservation program in Sri Lanka as a young adult, you will help the elephants to spend the rest of their days in comfort and peace. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to take care of these magnificent creatures. You will help the mahouts to feed, bathe and walk the elephants to the ponds. You won’t require any specific qualifications or experience to be a part of this project.

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Work in Orphanage in Uganda

Struck by poverty and an unfortunate catastrophe of HIV/AIDS, thousands of youngsters in Uganda are prone to becoming homeless and orphaned every year. The government isn’t able to help such citizens; therefore, they are left to fend for themselves. Thus, by becoming a young adult volunteer for an Orphanage in Uganda, you will be able to help orphaned children to live a healthy life and create a brighter future.

There are many orphanages that provide housing, education, clothing, and food to the orphans. But the orphanages don’t have enough financial resources. Under such circumstances, if you can provide your valuable service to do volunteering work for an orphanage in Uganda as a young adult, it will be much appreciated.

While being a part of the Orphanage volunteering program in Uganda you will get to work with the orphan children for three hours every day. You can teach them any subjects, but English is preferred the most. Likewise, volunteers can be involved in extracurricular activities like music, art, dance or work on the children’s personal hygiene. You can also participate in cooking and cleaning activities. In the same way, you can work in the garden with the children, help the orphanage in administrative tasks or be a part of fundraising campaigns.

Teaching English in Kenya

Since English is a universal language and one of the official languages in Kenya, the ability to communicate in English helps young Kenyans to get good job opportunities. However, not everyone in Kenya has access to an education, and many families cannot afford private tutoring for their children.

Thus, by joining the English teaching volunteer program for young adults in Kenya, you can help those underprivileged students to prepare for a successful future. The students will be very well behaved and equally eager to learn from you. Aside from a willingness to lend a helping hand to those children, you should have a degree in education, a teaching certification, or any other form of teaching experience.

During your volunteering period at the English teaching project in Kenya, you will need to follow the official curriculum, but you can implement your own teaching methods. You can also hold discussions and debates to make learning fun and enhance the student’s ability to comprehend English. You can also organize some extra-curricular activities to help the students develop other skills.

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Conservation Work Project in Peru

Peru is one of the 17 diverse countries around the globe that deals with issues such as poor farming practices, oil prospecting, unregulated extraction laws, timber extraction, gold-mining and many others. Therefore, as a young adult conservation volunteer in Peru, you will get the opportunity to work alongside a team to protect this area from all the nuisances that can occur.

Similarly, during your volunteering period for the conservation project, you will be an ambassador for the conservation and protection of the future. The program also offers you a unique opportunity to work alongside local experts of biology and conservation who are meticulously trying to preserve the bio-diversity. The project takes place in Manu National park, amidst the Amazon and complex bio-diversity of Peru. Volunteers are supposed to team up with the local organizations to work towards ecological restoration.

You don’t need to have any specific skills to volunteer in the conservation project for young adults. The only thing expected of you is to be passionate about the environment. At times, the work can be physically demanding, so the volunteers need to be prepared for this. In addition, we prefer volunteers who possess basic knowledge of Spanish so that communication with local people is easier. 

Marine Project in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its rich bio-diversity. But the sundry marine wildlife in Costa Rica, including sharks, pelicans, turtles, crocodile, and others, are at risk due to water pollution and food chain issues. By volunteering as a young adult for the Marine project in Costa Rica you are expected to help in the rehabilitation, conservation, educational care, breeding, and protection of those animals.

There are three different projects in which you can participate in the marine project volunteering program for young adults. If you chose to volunteer for the Marine Education project, you will help in workshops about overcoming the hurdles concerning terrestrial and oceanic animals, marine food chain issue, water pollution and waste recycling.

If you wish to volunteer for Marine Maintenance project, you must help in the process of selecting, capturing and transporting animals, and assist in the breeding, nursery, acclimation and quarantine, and maintenance of animals. Similarly, if you opt to serve in the Marine Conservation project, you will be given an opportunity to participate in the rehabilitation and rescue of marine animals to release them to their natural habitat.

There is no set of skills and qualifications required to young adult volunteer for the Marine Project in Costa Rica. If you are fit and ready to work under hot and humid conditions outdoors you are perfect for this opportunity.

Aside from these volunteer opportunities for young adults, RCDP has an impressive selection of international volunteer programs for university students, long term volunteer abroad programs, one-month volunteer abroad programs, and gap year volunteer abroad projects. Contact RCDP today for more information about the projects and destinations that interest you the most.

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