Kaya Responsible Travel offer volunteer and internship placements on over 150 sustainable community development and environmental initiatives in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Volunteer placements for under 18’s are selected to provide a greater level of supervision for participants, with the same impactful work as all our Kaya projects. 

During Covid we have select locations where we can still host our teen volunteers responsibly in summer and fall 2021.

How do I get started as a teen volunteer?

If you are under 18 and interested in volunteering, get in touch with one of our advisors today and we’ll find a great teen volunteer project that’s right for you!  We’ll talk you through everything to find you the perfect placement, and support you throughout your journey. Don’t let your age stand between you and the world! Become a better global citizen with Kaya!

During 2021 we have selected locations where can host teen volunteers safely in line with our Covid protocols.

2021 options for under-18s


Community projects

Join community work in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Eswatini, Morocco and Zambia and work alongside locals as you learn about their culture.

Interested in protecting the environment?

Work with animals and their habitats in conservation initiatives in Ecuador, Zimbabwe and South Africa

If you would rather come with people you already know:

Why not speak to your school about organising a school trip or talk to your family about planning to volunteer for your next summer vacation?

What do you need to do to take part in an under 18 volunteer project?

To be considered for our under 18 volunteer projects, all you need to do is attend a telephone interview, obtain a letter of consent from a parent or guardian and provide a reference from a teacher or trusted, family friend.

Cost and Session Information


2-12 weeks, depending on location. Most programs have flexible start and end dates


from $1696 for 2 weeks Requirements: age 16+ 

Program activities:

Alongside your volunteer work, you will engage in a cultural program to help you learn about your destination, reflect on your experiences and experience the local area. During Covid we will not be using host families and all our locations will provide group accommodation and most meals. 

Working hours:

Hours vary but Monday – Friday in all locations, some weekend work on conservation projects

Project availability:

Projects are available in summer 2021 with rolling start dates for most locations. Kaya advisors will help you identify country entry requirements through Covid to ensure you can travel to your destination.

Covid Considerations:

Only projects where we can put Covid-safe protocols in place for our participants, staff and our communities have been offered for summer 2021. We will outline these procedures for your location before you commit to your program, so you can be sure to be a safe and responsible traveler.

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