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Why A Teenager Would Like To Volunteer

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So, you’ve decided that you want to intern or volunteer overseas. You are ready to experience how ‘the other half’ lives … you are ready to be hot, thirsty, tired, frustrated and enjoy it. You are ready to meet people who will inspire you and others who will annoy you. You are ready to leave behind family and friends and make new connections. You are ready to learn about new cultures, new languages and new ways of doing things

So why would a teenager want to volunteering?

  1. Having friends that volunteer regularly is the primary factor influencing a teen’s habits.

  2. 40 percent of young people who volunteered in 2011 did it with clubs, friends, family, or on their own. They didn’t go through a traditional “organization.”

  3. Teens want volunteering to feel like a party – activities should be social.

  4. Over 70 percent of young people with friends who regularly volunteer also do it.

  5. The number one concern for students is paying for college. After that, it’s getting in.

  6. Young people want to volunteer with people their age, but not the same gender.

  7. Lack of time is the number one reason teens give for not taking part.

  8. Many young people want to remain anonymous or help from a distance.

  9. For religious youth, volunteering habits aren’t determined by the importance of religion in their life. Rather, by how frequently they attend religious events, including youth groups.

  10. Young people want opportunities that are close to home, but not at home.

There are teenagers who want to give back to the society and some want to travel abroad to help those with needs. Teenagers who want to volunteer abroad could be the age of 13 to 19 years. Teenagers bring incredible energy and enthusiasm to the volunteer abroad programs. There are many programs which include: teaching, orphanage work, HIV/AIDS work or community development.

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