Summer Volunteer adventures for College Students

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Summer Volunteer adventures for College Students

Are you a college student who wants to do something interesting and adventurous this summer? Do you want to enrich this summer by getting involved in a volunteer adventure created for college students?

If you are passionate about serving people and making a difference in their lives, then RCDP has the perfect opportunity for you, offering the best and most affordable volunteering service programs for college students.

RCDP offers volunteering services for various programs in 18 different countries of the world, including Brazil, Mexico, India, Sri Lanka, Peru, Ecuador, Nepal and many more.

While being associated with RCDP, you will get to choose from different projects, like orphanage work in Nepal, teaching English in Kenya, teaching in Buddhist temple school in Thailand, youth athletic project in Brazil, conservation program in South Africa, marine project in Costa Rica, HIV/AIDS project in Ghana, elephant orphanage project in Sri Lanka, street children project in Ecuador and the disabled children project in Argentina.

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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

Please read more RCDP reviews , also in abroad reviews (RCDP-Nepal), Abroad reviews (RCDP -international)

Benefits of summer volunteer adventures for college students

You will be travelling to a new place:

Volunteering activities will give you an opportunity to travel to and explore new places. Travelling is the best way to gain new experiences and broaden your horizon.

You will be meeting new people, experiencing the local culture and foods, which will make you more culturally aware. Summer volunteer adventures for college students is a unique way to combine volunteering activities with travel.

Volunteering will add up to your health:

Volunteering activities is found to have a positive effect on the health, both mentally and physically. It helps to counteract the effects of stress, anxiety and anger.

Working with other people is found to have a great effect in overall psychological well being. Regular volunteering activities help to combat depression. Being helpful to others makes you happy and researchers have supported the experience of volunteers as well.

Help you in your career:

If you are thinking of switching your career, then summer volunteer adventures for college students will give you an opportunity to explore new avenues without much commitment.

If you have thought of changing your career, then including volunteering activities on your resume will show your commitment towards the new job. Your participation in volunteering activities increases your chances of acquiring your desired job as it makes you stand out from the crowd.

Boost your self-confidence:

Doing something for the welfare of people or community adds a sense of accomplishment in your life. While volunteering, you will feel better about yourself, which is likely to add positivity in your life. It also gives a sense of purpose.

Enhances your skills:

While working in a team you will be interacting with people from different walks of life, which will enhance your communication skills. You will be planning, strategizing and working towards achieving a goal, which is a perfect way to develop your teamwork skills.

Volunteering will also give you the opportunity to practice and enhance your leadership skills. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone will help you realize your strengths, weaknesses, abilities and limitations.

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Popular projects of RCDP under Summer volunteer adventures for college students

RCDP offers a variety of programs in different parts of the world. We provide a vast and wide range of volunteering opportunities. See below.

Work in Orphanage in Nepal

The internal conflict has resulted in the death of thousands of people, which turned many children into orphans. The political unrest has added to the misery.

Thousands of people migrate to the urban cities in search of bigger opportunities and a better lifestyle, but reality is far more hard-hitting than anticipated. Many children work for more than 14 hours a day  hotels, restaurants and industries and they live on the streets.

RCDP works with established orphanages in the urban cities and offers volunteering programs in Nepal for college students.

While volunteering in the summer adventure for college students program, you will be working towards giving orphaned children healthy, secure and constructive childhoods.

You will be teaching English and other subjects in your capacity and conducting creative programs like music, art, games, drawing, painting and others. Imparting  knowledge on health education will be part of your volunteering program as well.

If you have the knowledge on tailoring, painting, crafting or computer skills, then you can share it with the students. As a volunteer in the summer adventure for college student programs, you will be ensuring the student slept well, ate well or change into clean clothes.

Your participation will be expected in the administrative and cleaning activities of the orphanage. Fundraising is vital for the operation of the organization, so your support in the program is essential.

You do not require a specific skill to participate in the program, but you need to be 18 or above. You will be expected to be patient, resourceful, open-minded and practical.

Your love and care during the volunteering program will make a significant difference in the lives of the children.

Teaching English in Kenya

English is one of the national languages of Kenya and  is used in trade, commerce and communication, but Kenyans are not native English speakers.

The English language is mostly taught in school, but due to poor financial conditions of schools attended by the disadvantaged groups, they are deprived of learning good English. So, through this project, you will get to make a difference in the lives of many children.

A copy of your resume is required that states your education and credentials. The school only hires  teachers with a degree in education or some form of prior teaching experience with teaching certificates.

You will be teaching students at the primary level between the ages of 5 to 10 years and junior secondary classes between ages 11 to 16 years.

You will be working as an English teacher during the college student summer adventure trip in Kenya. If you are confident, then you can start the classes right away or  you can assist the local teachers first and start the classes on your own once your gain confidence.

You will be following the school curriculum but your teaching method is welcomed.

You can organize discussions and debate programs to increase the comprehension ability of the students.

Organizing extra-curricular activities and participating in games and plays and assisting the school administration in various activities will be part of your volunteering responsibilities during your summer adventure for college students.

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Teaching Buddhist Temple School in Thailand

More than thirty thousand Buddhist temples exit in Thailand and many monks live, study and meditate in the temples. Apart from following their traditional daily life the monks are involved in social works.

Running the school where children from poor families come to study is part of their social work.

Even though the temples pay for the English teachers the standard of English isn’t good. So RCDP offers volunteering programs of teaching English in Buddhist Temple Schools in Thailand.

You do not need any previous teaching experience or skills to join the volunteering adventure program for college students in summer in Thailand. Being a native English speaker isn’t required but you need to have fluency in it.

You will be expected to be patient, flexible, and respectful towards the Buddhist tradition of Thailand.

As a volunteer, you will be teaching in primary and secondary school. You will be teaching 5 days a week from Monday to Friday. You can also organize extra-curricular activities for the children.

Youth Athletic project in Brazil

Many youths are the victim of drug abuse and other unwanted activities in the shanty towns or favelas of Rio. Playing sports not only diverts the mind of the youth, but it is also essential for physical development and social and emotional well being.

During the summer adventure volunteering project for college students, you will be working with vulnerable children in shanty towns, where deprivation of basic needs is a major issue.

To become a part of this project, you need to be athletic and good in volleyball, football or any other sports. You are recommended to learn basic Portuguese, but it isn’t a requirement.

While working in the project you will be expected to be patient, flexible, open-minded and resourceful. You will be working with local schools and organizations to hold sports events..

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Conservation Program in South Africa

Cape Town in South Africa is popular for its Table Mountains, dramatic landscapes and coastal area. Cape Town has evolved with time, but to maintain reserves, national parks and marine life it needs dedicated volunteers and helpful residents.

The conservation project for college students during summer will take you to the southern suburbs and False Bay coastline of South Africa.

During the project, you will be working towards conserving the national parks and creating an awareness program regarding the importance of the conservation.

You will be working from Monday to Sunday on the conservation project from 8 am to 5 pm, but during winter (April -August) work could slow down due to weather.

You do not need any particular skill to participate in the project. You must be dedicated and passionate while working with children outdoors.

Visitor management, clearing paths and removing unfamiliar vegetation that hinders the growth of local plants will also be part of your volunteering responsibility.

You will be counting birds, monitoring the health of trees, participating in awareness programs and working with the administration to create brochures.

Since fund raising is an important aspect of running these volunteer programs, your active involvement will make a huge difference.

Marine Project in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is famous for its biodiversity, marine life, forests and beaches, but lately the natural beauty of the place is under threat due to tourism and construction. Many marine animals, including sea turtles are endangered and need care and protection.

On the summer volunteer adventures for college students , you will be working with local staff in the marine conservation project.

You will be providing care and protection to the marine life in Costa Rica and will also get an opportunity to learn more about animals like sharks, crocodiles, turtles, pelicans and other marine animals.

Your help will be essential in organizing workshops on current problems of marine animals. You will be participating in maintenance and conservation while serving as a volunteer.

You do not require any specific skill or qualification to participate in the volunteering program in Costa Rica. Speaking Spanish is not a requirement, but if you know the language, then it will make it easier to communicate with locals.

Volunteers should be fit and ready to work outdoors, even in hot and humid weather conditions.

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HIV /AIDS project in Ghana

Hundreds of families have lost their love ones to HIV/AIDS in Ghana. During your summer adventure volunteering trip as a college student, you will be assisting in creating mass awareness regarding the preventive measures of the disease.

During the volunteering program for college students in Ghana, you will be supporting counseling groups, developing strategies and conducting meetings and discussion programs to bring a change in the behavior of people towards the victims.

Your volunteering responsibility also includes giving first aid, helping the sick people and encouraging them to seek medical help.

RCDP is teaming up with local organizations in Ghana to provide care to the victims of the disease and spread awareness to prevent the disease. Since fund raising is an important aspect of running the project, your help in such activities will make a huge difference.

You do not need any specific qualification to enroll in the summer volunteer trips besides your passion to serve people.

Elephant Orphanage Project in Sri Lanka

Elephants in Sri Lanka are domesticated to run errands, like carrying loads and tourists on the back. People enjoy making them work when they are capable, but once the elephants are sick, old or injured, then they become a burden to their owner.

The Elephant Orphanage Project of Sri Lanka aims at taking care and rehabilitating the elephants. Your small effort during the summer volunteer adventure as a college student could make a huge difference.

You will be living close by the elephant orphanage. In the morning, you will be helping the elephant handlers in cleaning the enclosure, preparing food and milk, bottle feeding the baby elephants and feeding other elephants.

In the afternoon, you will be going to the river to watch and participate in the elephant bathing ritual. You will get an opportunity to learn to clean the elephants with coconut husk.

Any specific qualifications or prior experience isn’t required to enroll in the summer adventure volunteering trip for college students. You need to have passion to learn new things as well as love and compassion for animals. Physical fitness and good health is a must to participate in this project.

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Street Children Project in Ecuador

You will find many children who are at risk and abandoned on the streets of Quito, Ecuador. The efforts of the government in uplifting the lives of the children don’t appear sufficient.

RCDP is working towards enhancing the lives of these children by teaming up with local organizations and communities. Your small contribution through the project will make a huge difference in the lives of these children.

Volunteering as a college student in Ecuador during summer will give you a chance to bring positive change to the lives of street children, depending upon your skills and interests.

You can teach music, English, math or any other subject in your capacity and you will be assisting them in their home work as well. Imparting knowledge on the importance of maintaining personal hygiene and sanitation will also be your responsibility.

Special qualifications are not required to participate in the project. Speaking Spanish will enable you to have a better interaction with children and staff, but it isn’t a requirement. You will be expected to be flexible and cooperative as well as have passion to serve the orphan children.

Disabled children Project in Argentina

Many disabled children of Argentina are deprived of various facilities due to poor economic condition. The parents of the disabled children also lack the knowledge to deal with the disability of the children.

You will be working with the disabled youth team to support, educate, care and provide recreational activities for the children.

You will be working together with the team of physical education trainers, psychiatrists, and educational psychologists. For participating in the summer volunteer adventure program for college students, you need to be at least 18 years of age with insurance to cover health, accident and liability.

Basic or intermediate knowledge of Spanish will be helpful to communicate effectively. If you do not know the language we have Spanish language classes for you.

While participating as a college student under the summer volunteer adventure program in Argentina, you will be organizing recreational activities like sports, arts and crafts. Assisting local staff in daily activities and participating in workshops and classes as well as learning and helping in therapeutic activities will be part of your volunteering responsibilities.

You must be self motivated, resourceful and willing to join a wide range of activities during the project.

Aside from Summer volunteer adventures for college students, RCDP also offers a range of affordable volunteer opportunities that addresses different passions, budget, skills and interests.

You get to choose from amongst adventure trips for college students, gap year programs abroad, community service trips for high school students, family volunteer opportunities abroad and many more programs. Contact RCDP today to learn more about the places and programs that you find yourself most interested in.

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