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Top Affordable Volunteering Abroad for 17 Year Olds Projects

Volunteering Abroad for 17 Year OldsAre you a young adult, (aged between 15 to 17 years of age), looking to explore the world and showcase your youthful exuberance in social service? Would you like to do something meaningful and fun while also travelling the world? Join RCDP's Volunteer Program for 17 year-olds to do something worthwhile, visit amazing new destinations and make friends from all round the world.

RCDP sends thousands of teenagers abroad every year through a range of volunteer programs designed for 17-year olds looking to travel during their breaks or gap year. Travelling abroad is a wonderful chance for youngsters to understand global relations, community development, and gain awareness of the problems in the world, while at the same time gaining invaluable experience of new cultures.

As a 17 year old volunteering abroad, you can work in children's development by helping street children in Peru, developing orphanages in Uganda, teaching Buddhist monks in Nepal or China or helping to coach young athletes in Brazil. Alternatively, if you wish to protect the natural environment you can join the South African Conservation Program.

If you are interested in volunteering abroad, contact RCDP now for more information on foreign projects and destinations.

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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 Volunteering Abroad for 17 Year Olds

There are lots of reasons why volunteering abroad as a 17 year old is a fantastic idea, and here are just a few of them:

Good use of time: Many teens waste a lot of valuable time staying home and playing games or watching videos in front of an I-pad during their breaks or vacations, when this time could be used to build new skills, read new books, learn music, or even travel. By taking advantage of our voluntary opportunities for 17 year olds young adults can make better use of their time, getting out and exploring the world of which they know so little.

Building Connections: Your teens are a great time to make new friends and social contacts. When seventeen year olds volunteer abroad, they will make friends from their own country, culture, community or school, but also meet people from different parts of the world. New friends with different lifestyles and cultures, who listen to different types of music and eat different food.

Choose a career: If you want to work with INGOs/NGOs, in the medical sector, as an environmental conservationist, as a teacher, or in many any other fields, you can learn if it is for you, and know for sure if you want to fully commit to a particular career by trying a volunteering abroad programs for 17 year-olds.

Develop new skills: By participating in a volunteering abroad project for 17 year old youngsters you can learn new skills and competencies. These programs boost your confidence when meeting people from other places, or speaking a foreign language, and generally help develop your interpersonal and communicational skills.

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RCDP’s Top Affordable Volunteering Abroad for 17 Year Olds Projects

Street Children Project in Peru

Street Children Project in PeruThrough no fault of their own many children are forced to live in the streets. Some are abandoned by parents who can no longer provide for their little ones, some are deliberately crippled to make them more successful beggars, and others may have run away from a bad family life.. In order to help give these children a better chance in the future, and protect them from the horrors of exploitation and abuse, many organizations are working to get children off the streets and into them a homely, secure environment.

As a young 17 year-old volunteer in Peru for the Street Children project you can help street children at care-homes and schools by teaching them, making sure that they are well fed and nourished, and by providing proper guidance and care.

No professional skills or special is experience required to join one of our 17 year old volunteer abroad projects, but you do need to have a sense of purpose, and be both flexible and patient. The project leaders recommend volunteers have at least a basic level understanding of Spanish.

The street children volunteer project in Peru is based in the city of Cusco and Manu National Park. The National Park is home to a lot of amazing flora and faunas and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The world-renowned Machuu Picchu is not far from the city, and if you have time, you should definitely visit.

Volunteering Abroad for 17 Year olds on Conservation Program in South Africa

In order to preserve the beautiful, natural environment of Cape Town and its surroundings the Voluntary Conservation Project in South Africa requires passionate and dedicated youngsters to tackle the problems of climate change, habitat loss and animal poaching.

As a volunteer in this program you will work from Monday to Sunday, from 8 am in the morning to 5 pm in the evening. You will be actively involved in visitor management, path clearing, bird counting and reporting, running awareness programs which educate locals on the importance of nature conservation, creating brochures and raising funds.

There are no set qualifications or skills needed to enroll in this voluntary opportunity in South Africa; all you need is a passion for the outdoors and a willingness to get your hands dirty.

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Work in Orphanage Uganda

Work in Orphanage UgandaAs a result of poverty and the spread of HIV/AIDs many children in Uganda have become orphans. These children are deprived of even the most basic needs of life. Many orphanages and international volunteer organizations have been making huge efforts to educate, feed and provide a roof in their heads, however, inadequate budgets and a shortage of qualified personnel often hinder the process. By doing voluntary work in Uganda, you can help mitigate this problem and bringing smiles to the faces of these needy youngsters.

On the orphanage project in Uganda you spend 3 hours a day with the children, teaching math, English and basic science, and helping them engage in music, art and dance. Other work involves helping with the personal hygiene program learning and helping the administrative staff in the orphanage to raise funds.

You need not have an experience or qualification in teaching to make a difference on this project, but you do need to be patient, and able to relate well to children. This voluntary opportunity in Uganda has much more to offer than work. Based in the capital city of Kampala, you will have ample time to visit the famous museums, galleries and the colorful market of the city.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Nepal

Buddhism is one of the most dominant religions in the world. A religion of peace, it’s traditionally been important largely in Asia, but is now growing in popularity in the western world as well. To spread the word of Buddha and communicate with the outside world the monasteries in Nepal need monks to be well versed in English Language.

In this particular English teaching voluntary program in Nepal your job will be to act as a basic English instructor to young Buddhist monks in monasteries based in Kathmandu and Pokhara. As a volunteer on the English teaching project in Nepal you will also organize games and other creative activities for the young monks.

You don’t need to be a native English speaker or have any teaching experience to participate in this project, but you must be able to demonstrate fluency in English and have a strong motivation to teach.

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Teaching English in China

Teaching English in ChinThe desire to learn English in China is on the rise because the country’s rapid economic development is attracting many foreign projects, multinational companies, and outsourcing businesses. Being able to read, write and converse in English is the way many people get a job in a foreign-owned company, or even a place in major universities.

Volunteering in China as an English teacher offers you the chance to share your knowledge of the language with hundreds of Chinese students. As a volunteer you will be responsible for teaching conversational English, holding debates and discussions, helping the children with their homework, and assisting local teachers with general duties.

Your voluntary work in China involves 4 to 6 hours of teaching every day, from Monday to Friday. For a 17-year old volunteer teaching experience is not required, but fluency in the language is a must. You will be placed in Qingdao, a beautiful sea-side city that boasts a clean, green environment. It is a perfect place to live and work, with no urban pollution and or noisy disturbances.

Special Children Project in Mexico

Life does not give equal chances, opportunities and abilities to all, just some people are luckier than others. Kids with disabilities are often seen as incapable, when the truth  is that they are just differently-abled, and need a different kind of care and education. By volunteering on the special education program in Mexico you can give kids with autism, Down's Syndrome, cerebral palsy and deafness that special treatment and care.

The special children project in Mexico has a lot of different jobs for you to do, some of which involve assisting local teachers and serving as an assistant to therapists. To make sure that kids engage in different activities you are responsible for organizing events, and extracurricular activities, as well as raising funds to carry out these events.

You are not required to have past experience of working with children, but you do need a passion for and commitment to the job. Your voluntary work at Mexico is located in Barra de Navidad, where your accommodation will be arranged at a host family’s place. The area is famous for its beaches and coastal environment. You can always stroll around the city in your free time, enjoy a coconut drink on the sandy beach, and swim or surf in the cool water.

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Youth Athletic Program in Brazil

Youth  Athletic Program in BrazilMany people associate Brazil or more specifically Rio, with football, The Christ Statue, gorgeous beaches and annual carnivals; but there are some parts which are too grim and dark for tourists to see. These are the areas dominated by poverty, drugs and notorious crimes. Children living in such neighborhoods, (known as favelas), often end up becoming gang members.

With nothing to occupy their mind bored youngsters easily come into contact with people living a lifestyle featuring drugs and substance abuse. However, if these kids are given an opportunity to play games, stay fit, and learn sports with the Youth Volunteer Athletic Program in Brazil, then their minds will be diverted from those destructive activities.

Volunteers try to engage children with volleyball, skateboarding, football and even surfing by organizing these events and raising the funds to buy the equipment needed. Through this volunteer work in Brazil you will educate the children on the importance of team-work, and sportsmanship, and also instill a feeling of fair-play and competitiveness in them.

Moreover, you will help guide them on topics like being healthy, eating healthy and remaining fit, and make them aware of the ills of smoking and substance abuse. To participate in the program you must be good at sports and athletic activities so that you can set a good example for the kids.

The Voluntary Youth Athletic Project in Brazil is located in a major favela of Rio-de-Janeiro. A favela is a densely packed neighborhood in Brazil with high-crime rates and poverty.

HIV /AIDS Project in Ghana

Ghana is severely affected by the outspread of HIV/AIDs. To prevent further spread of the disease and create awareness on safe sex and contraceptive devices, RCDP has been actively involved in the HIV/AIDS Volunteer Project in Ghana. Your duty as a volunteer in the HIV/AIDs program in Ghana will be to promote behavioral change by facilitating awareness programs on health, hygiene and the prevention of the disease.

The greatest requirement on the volunteering in Ghana on the HIV/AIDs project is flexibility and open-mindedness. These people are sick and dying, and to deal with them you need to be good at handling emotions and be able to show your compassion.

Your work ranges from giving first aid treatments, carrying out meetings to supporting counseling groups. The project is located in Accra and Kumasi and can take anywhere between 1-12 weeks for completion.

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Medical Project in Cambodia

Medical Project in CambodiaIf you are a young 17 year old student who aspires to study medicine and become a practitioner in the future, then you can be a part of the medical Volunteer Project in Cambodia.

The major task for you as a volunteer in the Medical program in Cambodia is to act as an assistant to the medical professionals; giving immunizations/vaccinations to patients, suturing and dressing wounds, maintaining patient records, taking temperatures, measuring height, weight, and blood pressures, and helping out with administrative tasks.

Volunteers on the Cambodian Project will be placed at local city hospitals and clinics in Phnom Penh and Pursat.

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