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Interested in volunteering? Volunteering is a great extracurricular activity that looks good on college applications. Volunteering shows colleges that you dedicated your time and effort to helping others!
Not sure what volunteer opportunities are available to you? There are a lot to choose from! In this article, I’ll tell you what volunteering entails, list the types of volunteer opportunities for teens, and give a brief description of each.
What Does Volunteering Entail?
The exact tasks you’ll be doing while volunteering will vary by volunteer activity. However, all volunteering is essentially like having an unpaid job. You’ll be given a specific set of duties (which will vary based on where you choose to volunteer - if you're working at an animal shelter you’ll have different tasks than if you're working as a tutor for homeless youth).
As a volunteer, you’ll be trained for your specific job, and you’ll be required to make a time commitment. Most (if not all) volunteer programs spend time and money training you to be a volunteer. They want to make sure that if they’re going to spend resources on you that you’re committed to them. They expect you to commit to volunteering for at least one shift per week for a few months if not a full year . Again, the exact commitment will vary by volunteer program.
Below, I’ll explain how to find out exactly what your volunteer work will involve and how to sign up to be a volunteer.
6 Types of Teen Volunteer Opportunities
I’ve organized this list of volunteer opportunities for teens into six subcategories:
- People in Need
- Literacy and Education
- Community and Environment
NOTE: Exact opportunities will vary by location. If you live in or close to a metropolitan area (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, etc.), you’ll likely have access to all of these volunteer opportunities. If you live in a more rural area, you may have access to fewer opportunities.
Hospital Volunteer Opportunities
Thinking about a career in medicine? Being a hospital volunteer is a great way to test out that interest and see if you enjoy working in a hospital setting. Typically, you have to be 16 or older to volunteer, and the hospital volunteer jobs you’ll be allowed to do as a teen will be more limited than hospital volunteer jobs for adults ( i.e. you won’t be allowed to do any jobs that require driving). For more information on hospital volunteer opportunities along with information on how to sign up, read our complete guide to being a hospital volunteer .
Animal-Related Volunteer Opportunities
Love animals? Interested in being a veterinarian or zoologist? Just hoping to play with animals in your spare time? There are several different animal-related volunteer opportunities for teens.
One option is being an animal shelter volunteer (usually you have to be 16 or older). As an animal shelter volunteer , it’ll be work first and then play. You’ll spend a lot of time cleaning up after the animals, feeding the animals, and helping potential adopters through the adoption process. After finishing these tasks, you will get to play with the animals. For more information on what being an animal shelter volunteer entails, along with information on how to sign up , read our guide to volunteering at an animal shelter .
If you’re too young to be an animal shelter volunteer or if you don’t have the time to dedicate to working shifts every week at the animal shelter, consider signing up to be a foster volunteer . This opportunity means taking care of an animal at your house until it is adopted. You’ll need your parent's support and permission to foster animals. If you’re interested in being a foster volunteer, make sure that you and your family have the time to dedicate to caring for the animals you foster.
If you’re interested in working with wild animals (rather than dogs and cats) or if you’re too young to volunteer at an animal shelter, you might want to see if you can be an animal sanctuary volunteer or zoo volunteer. Typically, you only need to be 14 or older to volunteer at an animal sanctuary or zoo. You will only be able to take advantage of this opportunity if you have an animal sanctuary or zoo in your area. If you don’t, the next best opportunity will be being an animal shelter volunteer.
Before starting your volunteer work, most zoos/sanctuaries require you undergo a training program (the length of time will vary). During the training program, you’ll learn about conservation and ecology issues, biomes, and the species of the plants and animals at the zoo/sanctuary.
Why do zoos and sanctuaries make you undergo an intensive training program? As a volunteer, you’ll be assisting with the educational programs offered there. You may even be running some of the lectures by yourself. The zoo/sanctuary wants you to be extremely informed so that you’ll be able to answer the questions you’re asked by visitors.
Note: As a zoo/sanctuary volunteer, you most likely will not be allowed to interact with the animals. The people who work at these places have years of training and experience. These animals can be dangerous and need to be handled with care. You will not be getting the same training and will therefore not be allowed to have the same interactions with animals. Instead, you'll be doing the activities mentioned above (helping with educational programs and lectures).
If you’re interested in signing up to be a zoo/sanctuary volunteer, conduct a Google Search for “[Your Hometown Name] Zoo Volunteer” or “[Your Hometown Name] Animal Sanctuary Volunteer” to find opportunities in your area.
People in Need Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in helping the homeless? Consider volunteering at your local soup kitchen. As a soup kitchen volunteer, you might cook food, help distribute food to the homeless, and clean up the food and plates/utensils.
Note: Soup kitchen volunteering is often not as regimented as other volunteer opportunities. Many soup kitchens allow you to just show up for a shift without signing up in advance. Also, many soup kitchens are only open a few days per week. However, this will vary by soup kitchen.
To find a local soup kitchen and their volunteer policies, Google Search “[Your Hometown Name] Soup Kitchen Volunteer.”
If you’d like a slightly more regular volunteer activity that helps the homeless, consider signing up to be a food bank volunteer. Food banks typically allow volunteers 14 and older. As a food bank volunteer, you’ll help sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives and donations. It can be a tedious job, but it’s very important to make sure families in need are getting good, non-perishable food.
To find a local food bank, Google Search “[Your Hometown Name] Food Bank Volunteer.”
Interested in helping the elderly? You should consider volunteering at your local nursing home. As a nursing home volunteer, you might help with meal delivery, cleaning up meals, helping the elderly with daily tasks, or entertaining an elderly person (by reading to them, talking to them, watching movies with them, etc.).
To find a local nursing home, Google Search “[Your Hometown Name] Nursing Home Volunteer.”
Interested in construction? Want to help people in your community find homes? Like working with your hands? Consider becoming a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity . As a volunteer, you’ll be assisting in the construction of homes for people who couldn’t otherwise afford a house. You’ll be putting nails in the walls, painting, and more. Habitat for Humanity operates in most of the US. To find an opportunity near you, check out the Habitat for Humanity website .
Literacy and Education Volunteer Opportunities
Love being around books? You should consider being a library volunteer. As a library volunteer, you may organize books, help repair books, help visitors locate books, help visitors use the computer, or help younger students with their homework.
Find out how to sign up to volunteer at your local library by doing a Google Search for “[Your Hometown Name] library volunteer.”
Interested in becoming a teacher or helping other students with their homework? You should consider becoming a volunteer tutor. As a tutor, you’ll help elementary or middle school students with their homework. There are various volunteer tutoring organizations throughout the country.
Consider checking out School on Wheels , which offers free tutoring to homeless youth. It's a great option because you can participate no matter where you live. If you live in an area where School on Wheels operates, you will meet up with the program participants in person and tutor them one-on-one. If you live outside the area in which School on Wheels operates, you can still volunteer by becoming an online tutor, and you’ll tutor via Skype (or a similar program). To become a tutor, you must have a 3.0 GPA or better and must submit a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. To learn more about volunteering through School on Wheels, visit their website .
Do you love writing? Consider checking out 826 , which needs volunteers for their free after-school tutoring as well as other programs (field trips/writing workshops). 826 offers free tutoring and other programs to encourage students to get excited about their writing. There are 826 branches in Los Angeles, Valencia, NYC, Boston, Chicago, Michigan, and Washington, D.C.
To explore other volunteer tutor opportunities in your area, Google Search “[Your Hometown Name] Volunteer Tutor.”
Museum Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in someday working at a museum? Have a fascination with art, science or history? You may want to be a museum volunteer . Most museums offer volunteer programs for teens ages 16 or older. If you live in a rural area, you may not have access to this opportunity, or you might be more limited in your museum volunteer opportunities ( i.e. you might only have an art museum to volunteer at but no natural history museum). Find out what museums are in your area by doing a Google Search for “[Your Hometown Name] museum.”
As a museum volunteer, you’ll educate guests about museum exhibits, conduct workshops and demonstrations for visitors, and/or provide administrative support (help with ticketing and directing visitors). Find a museum volunteer opportunity in your area by doing a Google Search for “[Your Hometown Name] [Museum Name] volunteer.”
Community and Environmental Volunteer Opportunities
Interested in helping the environment? Consider signing up to be a beach cleanup volunteer or forest/park/nature cleanup volunteer. Similar to being a soup kitchen volunteer, volunteering to do a cleanup is not as regimented as other volunteer opportunities. You usually just sign up to do one day and then can sign up for future cleanups if you want. You do not need to make a long-term volunteering commitment.
As a cleanup volunteer, you’ll be helping pick up garbage on the beach or in the forest or park. This is an extremely important for reducing pollution and helping little creatures (many ingest or get tangled in our trash).
To find a cleanup opportunity near you, search for “[Your Hometown Name] [beach, forest, or park] cleanup volunteer.”
Do you enjoy gardening? Look into becoming a volunteer in a local community garden. This is a non-traditional volunteer opportunity in that you most likely will not be interacting with people. You’ll likely be given a portion of a community garden that you’re responsible for maintaining. Don’t worry! You don’t need to be a gardening whiz. You’ll receive training and support from the coordinators.
Find a garden volunteer opportunity in your area by doing a Google Search for “[Your Hometown Name] community garden volunteer.”
How Should You Choose Your Volunteer Opportunity?
With so many volunteer opportunities available to you, how should you decide what to do? To pick the perfect volunteer opportunity, you need to ask yourself a few questions.
First, w hat are your interests? Do you love reading? Consider volunteering at a library. Do you love science? May volunteering at a science museum is the best option for you.
Is there a future career you'd like to explore? Are you interested in potentially being a doctor or nurse? Consider volunteering at a hospital to test out that career path. Are you thinking about being a veterinarian? Consider volunteering at an animal shelter.
What are your favorite causes? Do you aspire to stop climate change? Consider volunteering for a beach/park/forest cleanup. Do you want to help the homeless? You may want to volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen.
How much time do you have to commit to your volunteer opportunity? Can you commit to volunteering for 4 hours every other week? If you can, great! You can do any of the opportunities listed above. However, if you're not able to commit to volunteering that often, consider trying to volunteer at a cleanup or at a soup kitchen, both of which require no long-term commitment.
What is the age requirement? Most of the volunteer opportunities require you to be 16 or older, so if you're younger, your options may be somewhat limited. If you're under 16, you can volunteer at a soup kitchen, food bank, or zoo. You might be able to do one of the other volunteer opportunities, but you'll have to contact the specific volunteer programs to ask.
Would you rather work with people, animals, or by yourself? Most volunteer opportunities listed above involve interactions with people and helping people. However, you don't have to work with people. If you volunteer at an animal shelter, you'll be working mostly with animals, and as a garden volunteer, you'll work primarily alone.
Take all of these considerations into account when picking your volunteer opportunity, and hopefully, the answers to these questions will guide you to the perfect volunteer match!
Why Should You Volunteer?
Volunteering has many benefits. Through volunteering, you'll get to explore a passion you have (such as literature or medicine). Also, by volunteering, you can support a cause you love such as helping the homeless. You can also meet like-minded students, who share your passion or want to support that cause.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to test out whether you’d like to pursue a specific career (such as medicine, education, etc.). It's great to try and find your passion in high school, so you don't waste time and money during college trying to figure out what you want to major in. If you don’t enjoy volunteering at a hospital, maybe pre-med isn’t for you. If you love volunteering at an animal shelter, maybe you should pursue a career as a veterinarian.
Volunteering is also a great extracurricular for your college application. It shows you selflessly dedicated your time and effort to helping others! Additionally, volunteering is a free experience that won’t cost you anything other than time.
However, there are a few negative aspects of volunteer work. Volunteering can be extremely time-consuming. If you’re passionate about your volunteer work, hopefully, you'll be willing to dedicate 4 or more hours per week (or every other week) to volunteering. If you don’t like your volunteer work, you may find the time commitment to be a burden.
If you don’t have the time to commit to regular volunteer work, consider trying one of the volunteer opportunities with no lengthy time commitment (such as being a soup kitchen volunteer or beach cleanup volunteer).
Some students may find their volunteer work boring. As I said above, at a lot of these jobs, you’ll be doing menial work (cleaning up, answering phones). I still think it's valuable to try volunteering. If you don’t enjoy your initial volunteer work, consider looking into a different volunteer opportunity or looking into an entirely different extracurricular activity.
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If you're a high school student who is interested in a career in healthcare, the experience of volunteering at Cedars-Sinai is invaluable. It offers the opportunity to interact with patients and healthcare staff and is a rewarding way to learn firsthand how a large medical center operates. Starting March 1, 2023, teen volunteer opportunities will be available year-round and require a minimum of 100 hours.
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You can choose either clinical (patient care) or clerical (administrative) volunteer assignments. As a student volunteer, your duties may include:
- Answering patient phone calls
- Delivering flowers and amenities
- Performing data entry and filing
- Assisting with meal trays
- Helping new patients get oriented
- Running errands for administrative staff
High school student volunteers must be 14–17 years old and enrolled in high school. You will also need to:
- Submit your application
- Upload valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination (digital record, PDF of card, etc.)
- Complete general volunteer orientation
- Receive initial and annual health evaluations
- Get annual flu vaccine
- Purchase volunteer jacket ($30)
- Wear the volunteer uniform
To participate in the student volunteer program, you must dedicate a certain number of hours each week. Most volunteer assignments are four hours per week and are scheduled for the same day and shift time every week.
Roles & Responsibilities
High school students do not perform research or assist medical personnel with procedures. If you wish to gain experience in medical research, please view the High School Students in Research Program .
How to Apply
Applications are accepted year-round. Application processing can take up to one month. Please plan accordingly. For example, if you are ready to begin your volunteer role on June 15, please plan on applying on May 15 .
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Humane Society of the Palouse
"helping those who cannot help themselves.".
The Humane Society is always happy to have volunteers come out and help care for our animals. The animals like new faces as well.
Are you interested in Volunteering? Please contact HSoP and schedule your first shift! Due to limited space, HSoP can only accommodate so many volunteers at one time.
Volunteer Hours are available Monday through Friday from 2:00-5:00. We can schedule up to three volunteers at a time.
Sign up for your shift today!
Contact HSoP by phone at (208) 883-1166 or through email at
Do you have questions about volunteering with us? Click here to visit our Volunteering FAQs !
Additional Guidelines for Younger Volunteers
You must be at least 12 years old to be a junior volunteer. During their first volunteering shift, junior volunteers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to go over rules, sign the application, and ensure their child understands the process.
After the initial supervised shift, junior volunteers can volunteer alone for up to one hour per day. Junior volunteers are not allowed in the dog kennels without their parent or guardian.
There is a 3-strikes rule! If we have to remind you about following these rules three times, you will not be allowed to return to volunteer without a parent.
HSoP cannot accommodate volunteers under the age of 12 at this time.
***Junior Volunteers can socialize with animals that are already accustomed to younger people. If an animal is not comfortable or socialized with children, you will not be allowed to interact with them.***
Our dogs love getting to go on walks! These mini adventures offer a fun break from the shelter environment, and give our pups a chance to practice their leash skills before going home. If you'd like to help our pups get some relaxing walks in, we would love to have your help!
If you haven't already, be sure to fill out and submit a volunteer application.
Next, fill out and submit the dog walking form above. Be sure to carefully read all guidelines.
Just like that, you're all set to walk some dogs! We will ask to hold onto your ID while you're out.
***Junior volunteers cannot walk dogs by themselves. If they are accompanied by an adult parent or guardian, then the junior volunteer can accompany the adult for the walk, but may not control the leash.***
Thank you for considering HSoP as the beneficiary of your groups’ philanthropy! Due to space restrictions at HSoP, we are unable to accommodate large groups of volunteers on site. However, groups can do a lot for the animals currently at HSoP by organizing fundraisers, pet food drives, or pet supply collections for the homeless animals of Latah County.
While we aren’t able to accommodate groups at our shelter, your group efforts can still make a huge difference to the homeless animals found within your community.
After your group has organized a fundraiser, supported a pet food drive for our Pet Food Pantry, or done a supply collection, a tour is a wonderful way to top off the experience! This is a great way for your group to see exactly how your efforts have benefited your pet community.
To schedule a group tour, or for fun ideas for group projects, please contact us by phone at (208)883-1166 or through email at [email protected] .
Fun ideas for how groups can help:
Volunteering at HSoP events
Supply donation drives
Pet food drives
Making dog toys
Making dog treats
Making cat treats
Making cat toys
Making blankets for our kitties!
Our cats and kittens love to lie on handmade blankets. You can knit, crochet, or tie blanks out of fleece. The recommended measurement is about 18-20” x 18-20” when you’re finished.
Court-Mandated Community Service
Thank you for your interest in serving your mandated community service hours at the Humane Society of the Palouse. Individuals seeking to fulfill community service requirements do not participate in the volunteer program: they complete projects and tasks that do not involve any contact with the animals or the clients at the shelter.
Community Service Volunteers must read the guidelines, complete information profile, and sign the code of conduct/waiver in order to get started. Please note that the Humane Society of the Palouse reserves the right to refuse a Community Service Volunteer for any reason.
Community Service Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
Volunteers must schedule in advance
Time slots available are from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm, Monday – Saturday
To sign up, please contact HSoP by phone at (208) 883-1166
HSoP reserves the right to turn away any Community Service Volunteers who do not show up on time, and to ask Community Service Volunteers to leave early if there is not enough work available.
Shifts are filled on a first come, first serve basis and HSoP can only accommodate 1 volunteer per day.
Duties may include laundry, dishes, sorting donations, cleaning, and more.
To prevent slipping, exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, and injuries, all Community Service Volunteers must wear flat, enclosed rubber-sole shoes at all times.
All Community Service Volunteers must not wear thong sandals, flip flops, or any shoe with an open toe, torn clothing, cut-off shorts, T-shirts with controversial or offensive messages, halter tops, backless shirts, half-shirts, muscle shirts, tank tops, dangling earrings, or other jewelry that may interfere with volunteer duties.
DIY Volunteering Ideas
Are you interested in helping HSoP but are unable to come into HSoP during our hours of operation?
This page has ideas for how you can still help homeless animals. Did you know that providing homeless dogs and cats with toys is very important for their well-being? The ideas on this page can help you make some very special critters their own toys that are theirs to keep both at HSoP and in their new home.
Do you have a large group that would like to help HSoP?
These ideas are great for a large group to do together and then bring into HSoP. Under each idea, you will find how many volunteer hours you can receive for donating these DIY items.
Stuffed Monkey’s Fist Knot:
1 hour awarded per every 2 toys.
Click here for instructions.
No-Sew Fleece Blankets:
1 hour awarded per every 2 blankets.
Click here for instructions.
Fleece Dog & Cat Toy:
1 hour awarded per every 5 toys.
Ball & Tug Dog Toy
Check out this fun PDF for even more ideas on DIY dog and cat toys!
- Does HSoP euthanize animals? The Humane Society of the Palouse is a low/no-kill shelter. HSoP will not euthanize adoptable animal’s due to space. We’ve stayed true to our mission for 40 years and are committed to preserving and nurturing the lives of all the rescued animals in our care. We reserve humane euthanasia only in instances when animals are suffering greatly with no potential for relief, or if an animal is so aggressive that he or she presents a danger to people or other animals and cannot be safely handled or placed. The decision to euthanize is never made lightly and done only with the best interest of the animal in mind. HSoP is committed to providing all of the animals we rescue with the individualized and compassionate care they need and deserve until they are adopted by responsible, loving people.
- How many canines does HSoP help per year? Each year HSoP provides temporary housing for anywhere from 200-300 dogs.
- How many felines does HSoP help per year? Each year HSoP provides temporary housing for anywhere from 200-300 cats. At any given time, HSoP has more cats than dogs
- How many canines are returned to their owner, and how many are adopted out per year?" For stray dogs that are found within Moscow city limits, HSoP on average will be able to reunite 60% with their owners and 40% will remain in shelter care until adopted. Whereas stray dogs that are found outside of Moscow city limits, HSoP on average will be able to reunite 40% with their owners and 60% will remain in shelter care until adopted.
- How many cats are returned to their owner, and how many are adopted out per year?" For stray cats that are found within Moscow city limits, HSoP on average will be able to reunite 10% with their owners and 90% will remain in shelter care until adopted. Whereas stray cats that are found outside of Moscow city limits, HSoP on average will be able to reunite 1% with their owners and 99% will remain in shelter care until adopted.
- How is HSoP funded? For a more detailed view of HSoP finances, visit our Financial Transparency page.
- How much funding needs to be donated or raised by HSoP to make up the 35% and 8% of the annual budget? Each year, HSoP has to raise over $80,000.00 in donations and fundraising to keep our doors open! This is why any size donation is greatly appreciated. Without the generous support of our pet community, HSoP would not be able to do what we do. Donate today!
- Who is involved with HSoP? City of Moscow, Chief of Police City of Moscow owns the building and pays for utilities and make up 22% of HSoP yearly budget. Latah county provides 10% of HSoPs’ yearly budget. HSoP presents to the County Commissioners every year to request funding. HSoP Voluntary Board of Directors 14 members who bring a variety of expertise to the organization. HSoP has a full time staff of 4 that include: Shelter Director Animal Care Attendants Public Relations Manager Countless Volunteers
- Is the Humane Society of the Palouse part of the Humane Society of the United States? No. HSoP has no affiliation with HSUS or the ASPCA. Though we do look to the national animal welfare organizations to stay current with best practices, we do not receive funding nor are we affiliated with them. HSoP does apply for grants through these large national organizations, however HSoP does not receive annual funding from the HSUS or ASPCA.
- Where does HSoP list stray or impounded animals? HSoP lists all stray or unclaimed animals on our Facebook page. To see the most recent stray and impounded animals, visit our Facebook page through this link: Humane Society of the Palouse | Facebook
- What happens if my pet is brought to the shelter? If your pet is not readily identifiable by tag or microchip, your pet will be held for a stray holding period. Dogs found in the City of Moscow have a 10-day holding period. Dogs found outside of Moscow but within Latah County have a 6-day holding period. Cats found anywhere within Moscow or Latah County have a 6-day holding period. The Shelter will make every effort to contact you regarding your pet during this time. Reclaim fees apply in each situation and must be paid prior to reclaiming your pet. Unclaimed pets become the property of HSoP following the end of a stray holding period. Once this happens, they start the process of becoming ready for adoption.
- What does it cost to reclaim my pet from the shelter? Pet owners are charged an impound fee of $20.00. To reclaim a dog that lives within Moscow city limits, if the dog is not already licensed with the city, the purchase of a lifetime license is mandatory. The license is $25.00 for altered dogs and $35.00 for intact dogs. Boarding fees of $10.00 per day are charged for each day of impound after the initial twenty-four hours of arrival at the Shelter
- Do I have to have my pet spayed or neutered? Spaying or neutering is not required for reclaimed pets, although the Humane Society encourages responsible sterilization of pets and offers assistance through S.N.A.P.
- Does the Humane Society of the Palouse pick up stray animals? The Humane Society does not pick up animals. Stray dogs found within Moscow city limits can be reported to the Animal Control Officer by calling 208-882-2677. If a stray dog is found in Latah County, citizens can call the Latah County Sheriff’s office at 208-882-2216 for assistance, but do so knowing there is no animal control for Latah County. There is no animal control for stray cats.
- If I witness what I believe to be an act of animal cruelty, who do I call?" Humane Society of the Palouse encourages the public to IMMEDIATELY report acts of animal cruelty or neglect to Animal Control by calling (208) 882-2677 if occurring within Moscow city limits, and (208) 882-2216 if occurring in Latah County. HSoP does not have the ability to report cruelty or neglect secondhand. If we are contacted about situations of this kind, we will direct them to contact local law enforcement.
- If my pet is missing, could it be at the animal shelter?" Hundreds of companion animals come into the shelter every year from Latah County. If your pet is missing, it is important that you contact the Animal Shelter as soon as possible so that a missing pet report can be completed and shelter staff can be notified to look for your pet. It is also important that you visit the shelter in-person and look for your pet on a regular basis. Please remember that it is the responsibility of the pet owner to search for their missing pet; however, the Humane Society will do everything possible to assist you in doing so. We also encourage posting a photo, description and information about where your pet went missing from as well as when to local lost and found groups on Facebook.
- Does HSoP offer veterinary services to the pulbic? Though we would love to offer spaying/neutering and vaccination services to our local pet community, HSoP does not have the ability or facilities to do so at this time. HSoP does offer spay and neuter assistance through our S.N.A.P., and microchipping services. For a list of local veterinary services, please view the Veterinary Services resource page in the HSoP Resource Library.
- Does it cost money to surrender an owned animal? Yes. HSoP does ask for a small donation to help provide care for owned pets that have been surrendered. Please visit our Owner Surrender page to learn more.
- I'm going on vacation, can you board my pet?" No. At this time HSoP does not offer boarding services for pets. There are several boarding facilities thought out Latah County and most vet clinics will also board. For a list of local boarding services, please view our Pet Boarding Services resource sheet in the HSoP Resource Library.
- I found a wild animal hurt in my yard, what should I do?" Have you found an injured or orphaned wild bird or animal? Please call us at 208-614-CARE (2273)! Visit: http://palousewildlife.wixsite.com/palousewildlife
- I found a feral cat, what do I do? At this time, HSoP does not have the ability to provide care for feral cats within our facility. We do have a Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) program for feral cats that is intended to reduce feline infectious diseases and homeless cat births in our region. Please contact Animal House Ferals for more information on how to help a feral cat, or to provide a home for a feral cat. Visit their website: http://animalhouseferals.com/ for more information.
- Why can’t I bring my animal to the Humane Society of the Palouse if I live outside of Latah County? HSoP does not euthanize to make space. We do not have to capacity, space or manpower to recieve animals from outside of the agreed jurisdiction we have with the City of Moscow and Latah County. We recommend contacting the shelter that services your county and they can accommodate you.
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20 Volunteer Ideas for Kids: An Age-by-Age Guide to Doing Good
From sorting recyclables to taking part in a rally for a good cause, these community service ideas for kids will make giving back second nature.
Let’s set the record straight: No child is too young to volunteer. In fact, during the toddler and preschool years, being a helper shapes a child’s developing sense of morality, says Joseph F. Hagan Jr., M.D. , clinical professor of pediatrics at Larner College of Medicine at The University of Vermont in Burlington.
Help spark lifelong altruism with these age-specific ideas from experts, families, and in some cases, kids themselves.
Volunteer Ideas for Ages 2 to 4
- Pick wildflowers with your child, bundle them up, and together give the bouquet to a friend, a family member, or a neighbor who could use cheering up.
- Encourage your child to notice when another kid is playing alone and have them ask to join in.
- Pick out nonperishables from your cabinets together and pack a box for your local food bank. You could also consider starting a reverse Advent calendar, having your child put one item in a box every day leading up to Christmas. Dairy products and lean proteins are in high demand, so shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, and canned tuna are good to grab, but always contact your local food bank to ask what they need most.
- Take advantage of your toddler’s love of sorting, and ask them to help put recyclables into your bin. It’s a good chance to remind yourself of the types of plastics and papers that can and can’t be recycled.
- Set up two coin jars in your child's room and give them spare change to collect. When the jar is full, help your child choose one gift you know a friend needs and one treat for your kid for being kind.
- Write “Thank you!” on cards for your preschooler to color. Carry them with you to give to workers or veterans you encounter.
- Decorate paper lunch bags and holiday-themed placemats together, then help add a special touch to deliveries by donating your crafts to Meals on Wheels or a local nursing home.
Volunteer Ideas for Ages 5 to 7
- Before a big haircut, ask your child if she’d like to donate to Locks of Love , an organization that makes free wigs for people who have lost their hair due to an illness. They’ll need at least 10 inches of extra length secured in a ponytail holder and a donation form.
- Encourage your child to assemble an “activity box” with their outgrown toys, then donate it to a social-services center, Boys & Girls Clubs of America , or a local YMCA or YWCA.
- Check out the DIY donation ideas at AntiCruelty.org , where you can find easy tutorials for making dog and cat toys for animal shelters. Dropping them off with a can of food or a bag of kitty litter is extra useful.
- Help your birthday kid select a cause they care about, make a collection box, and ask classmates and neighbors for donations. If you’re throwing a party, use KidsCanGiveToo.com to send invites and collect money for a charity.
- Choose your child's favorite of 100-plus threatened and endangered animals at WorldWildlife.org . They can draw pictures of the animal in exchange for donations from friends and family, then “adopt” it and a plush toy.
- Set up a hot chocolate stand to raise money for your child’s charity of choice. “Your kid can make a sign letting customers know what she’s raising money for and why she believes in it,” suggests Aubre Andrus , author of 101 Small Ways to Change the World .
- Seek out a local animal shelter that offers a reading program. Many ASPCAs and Animal Humane Society locations allow kids to practice their reading skills with dogs and cats that need some interaction.
- Collect old books and help him build a lending library outside your home; get details at LittleFreeLibrary.org . Your neighbors can stop by to collect and share books for free. Or find Head Start locations near you and ask if they need used children’s books.
Volunteer Ideas for Ages 8 and Up
- Visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s website to learn about endangered species in your state. Ask your child to choose an animal to draw and write a letter encouraging your congressional leaders to support conservation policies protecting this species.
- Assist your child in setting up a beach cleanup with their friends. Look together at the tips at OceanConservancy.org . Search for volunteer opportunities at the U.S. National Parks .
- Learn how your child can help start a school-supplies drive with friends and family through the Kids in Need Foundation .
- Solicit contributions of unused clothing and personal-care items for a Refugee Hope Box, and have your child write a letter of support. Find a free label to ship donations at OperationRefugeeChild.org .
- Tell your child about a local political rally. Discuss why a cause is worth your advocacy, then make a sign and attend the event together.
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Volunteer work can teach your teen a lot of valuable life lessons . Whether you want your child to learn the importance of giving back to the community or you're hoping they'll gain some valuable skills that will help them in a future job, there are lots of reasons to pursue local volunteer opportunities .
Volunteering also benefits your teen by building their self-confidence and imparting empathy. Additionally, many college applications ask teens to list their service projects. If you're not sure where to find volunteer work for your teen, consider these options which usually offer something in every local community.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has an entire youth section called Red Cross Youth. Teens can organize blood drives, become educated and ready for disaster relief, or train younger children on in-home safety.
The Red Cross offers many opportunities throughout the year for youth, as well as programs for adults that teens can do too, such as their knitted items program. Check out the national website to find your local chapter.
A soup kitchen in your area may serve meals one or two times a day and need dishwashers and general help for the serving of food. Some meal programs may have age restrictions due to local laws about teens working in kitchens and preparing food. But your teen may still be able to serve food or assist with set-up and clean-up.
Depending on the state in which you live, your teen may have to volunteer alongside an adult initially. Call your local meal programs to determine what volunteer opportunities are available to your teen.
Hospitals and Skilled Nursing Centers
Hospitals and nursing homes are often looking for volunteers to perform a variety of duties. Your teen may be able to make photocopies, direct visitors, or work in the gift shop. Some hospitals have minimum age requirements that will vary among organizations. Contact your local hospital to see if they accept teenage volunteers and what the minimum age requirements might be.
Throughout the pandemic, most hospitals and long-term care facilities did not accept in-person volunteers. As vaccinations become more widely available and the world returns to a new normal, some may now allow volunteers. Check with your local facilities to find out their policies. Teens can also volunteer from home by writing cards and letters and creating care packs full of snacks, magazines, and toiletries to boost patients' spirits.
Food banks need donations as well as helping hands. Even if your teen doesn't have a lot of time to work in a food bank, they may be able to participate in fundraisers. Food banks also may need help sorting food, carrying boxes, or handing food out.
Contact your local food bank to learn how you can best assist them. Keep in mind that some food banks have an age requirement for their volunteers and may require teens to volunteer on specific days or for blocks of time.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has youth programs in which teens can help plan and build a home for a local family. In fact, Habitat accepts volunteers from age 5 to 40 in their youth program.
Teen volunteers assist with a variety of jobs and it can be a very rewarding experience for them to see first-hand how their work helps a specific family. Reach out to the organization for more specifics on volunteer opportunities for teens.
Libraries enjoy having volunteers assist with cleaning, organizing, or checking books out. Often, they have a variety of programs designed specifically for teens during the summer months.
Your teen also may be able to get involved in helping read to younger children or organizing special themed events for kids. Contact your local library to determine what type of volunteer opportunities exist as well as the minimum age requirement.
Meals on Wheels
Some Meals on Wheels programs seek volunteers to make small crafts that can be delivered to the elderly along with their meals. A small little treasure that is placed on a tray, like a napkin ring, for example, can brighten someone's day. Contact your local Meals on Wheels program to see if they have opportunities for your teen to get involved.
If your teen has a heart for people with disabilities, they may want to explore volunteer opportunities with the Best Buddies program. This program is designed to foster one-to-one friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Their goal is to ensure that everyone has a friend.
To help facilitate friendships, the group often holds activities like pizza parties, bowling events, ice cream socials, and more. Once matched, teens make a commitment to contact their buddy once a week and get together twice a month. Many buddies eat lunch together or go to school functions together.
Other similar programs include Special Olympics and Miracle League, which also give teens the opportunity to work with peers who have special needs or disabilities. Volunteers with Special Olympics perform a variety of tasks from coaching and helping with teams to taking photographs and helping organize events. Those who are interested should contact their local Special Olympics office to determine what opportunities are available.
Meanwhile, Miracle League provides opportunities for kids with disabilities to play baseball regardless of their abilities. To get involved with Miracle League, reach out to their national office for help in locating local volunteer opportunities.
Much like libraries and hospitals, animal shelters are always looking for volunteers. Shelters often need people to help clean and care for animals. They may even have options for spending one-on-one time with the animals or helping to walk the dogs.
Other options include organizing drives for pet food, blankets, and towels or making homemade pet treats. If the entire family wants to get involved, they could consider fostering a pet as well. The minimum age requirement varies by state and shelter, so contact your local organization to see how your teen can get involved.
Key Club is one of the oldest and largest service organizations for high school students across the country. Some larger high schools have a Key Club chapter that provides volunteer opportunities for kids, while other chapters are community-based.
Typically, service opportunities are based in the local community and include everything from community clean-up projects and food drives to tutoring programs and clothing donation events. If your teen's high school doesn't have a Key Club, visit the website to find a community-based group.
If your teen is passionate about the environment, you may want to check out the Sierra Club. They have a Sierra Student Coalition that helps teens get involved in climate justice. Teens can clean up outdoor spaces and organize nature outings. Visit their website to determine how your teen can get involved locally.
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50+ Ideas (One for Every State!) for Volunteering With Your Children and Teens
Volunteerism and social-emotional learning go hand-in-hand.
There’s no doubt about it: Volunteering matters. The social and emotional learning skills that come with volunteering are essential to kids’ development and lifelong success. Plus, giving back to our community promotes civic engagement and leadership. That’s why many states require volunteer hours for high school students. It’s even better to start early; young children learn kindness along with responsibility when they volunteer with their families.
Finding opportunities for volunteering with children and teens isn’t as difficult as you might think. You can explore these ideas for elementary, middle, and high schoolers and share them with your students and their families! The list below showcases national organizations and then a list by state.
Volunteering Opportunities With National Organizations
Throughout the United States, these organizations welcome families volunteering with children and teens.
Arbor Day Foundation
The Tree Campus K–12 program inspires the next generation of tree stewards through experiences that bring the benefits of trees to life both inside and outside the classroom.
Books for Africa
Get involved with the mission to end the African book famine by volunteering at one of our warehouses. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
This “youth-led movement for good” gives teens the opportunity to make an impact, win scholarships , and earn volunteer credits .
Find a local meal program that needs help or work to raise awareness of food insecurity.
Locate a food pantry, soup kitchen, or meal program looking for volunteers. (Note: some of them require you to verify the age requirements for volunteers.)
Girls on the Run
Join Girls on the Run and be part of a movement that is empowering and inspiring girls physically and mentally. Some opportunities require volunteers to be at least 18 years old.
Travel overseas to help those in need. Parents and legal guardians of minors under age 18 must complete a Minor Registration and travel with their children.
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Train or foster guide dogs or help with administrative tasks. Puppy raisers can be any age, whether you’re 9 or 90. No prior experience is necessary!
Habitat For Humanity
The Habitat Youth Programs instill a love of volunteering from an early age by providing a variety of volunteer opportunities for those ages five to 40.
International SEL Day
The Urban Assembly and SEL4US invite communities across the globe to celebrate the importance of social emotional learning (SEL) on the second annual International SEL Day on March 26, 2021. This year’s theme is Building Bonds, Reimagining Community.
Literacy Network (Reading is Fundamental)
Host a book drive, advocate for literacy, or be a reading mentor.
MLK Day of Service
Kick-off a Semester of Service that begins on MLK Day in January and continues through Global Youth Service Day in April.
National Park Service
Help with park maintenance or work with visitors to make their experience a great one.
National Volunteer Week
Celebrate the impact of volunteer service in our communities.
Write letters or assemble care packages for troops overseas.
Make security blankets for children in hospitals.
Help with a variety of activities, such as organizing a blood drive or assisting with disaster relief. Volunteers must be 18 or older or have permission from a parent or guardian
Ronald McDonald House
Volunteers make a difference in the lives of the children and families served by the Ronald McDonald House by cooking, greeting, listening, cleaning, or simply being there and helping out in any way they can. Age requirements may vary by location.
Volunteers of all ages can get involved in the global movement to create a new world of inclusion and community, where every single person is accepted and welcomed, regardless of ability or disability.
USTA (United States Tennis Organization)
Help local and national tennis tournaments run smoothly. Community Tennis Associations and the National Junior Tennis & Learning network are great places to start, as is the USTA Junior Team Tennis program.
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WE Volunteer Now
Teens can work together to do good, take action, and make a difference in their community.
Youth Volunteer Corps
Teens between the ages of 11 and 18 can become a YVC youth volunteer.
Volunteering Opportunities by State
Every local community has plenty of opportunities for children and teens to volunteer. VolunteerMatch is an excellent site for finding local organizations that need help. Many states even have their own volunteer resource pages, too. If available, we provided those links below. We’ve also highlighted a volunteer organization in each state. It’s time to get out and make a difference!
Middle school and high school students looking to fulfill community service hours can help organize donations for Free2Teach ‘s shop full of free items to help teachers in Madison County.
The Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) program provides leadership skills training and supports youth-led community action projects and campaigns.
Teens age 16 and over can volunteer directly at the Lost Our Home Pet Rescue shelter, or from the comfort of their own home or school! Kids ages 7-15 who are accompanied by their parent can also volunteer.
Teens ages 14 and up can make a difference at Arkansas’s Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.
Teens who are 18 and over can volunteer to tutor homeless students in Southern California’s School on Wheels program.
Families and teens are welcome at Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado . The Cairn Youth Program, featuring monthly activities for high schoolers throughout the school year, allows kids to enjoy the great outdoors while helping to protect it.
The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Teen Volunteer Program connects high school students with opportunities to provide invaluable assistance to many hospital departments and gain experience in healthcare.
Teen volunteers age 14 and up are welcome at Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington and can work with guests or animals. The Zoo also offers animal care and education department internships to volunteers over 18 years old.
The Florida Aquarium offers two ways for teens to get involved — the Teen Education Program and the SEA League.
Trees Atlanta welcomes volunteers of all ages to attend their tree and meadow plantings (typically October – March) and ages 12 and up for tree maintenance projects (typically April – September). Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Teens can share their “talking story” with kūpuna (seniors) at Lunalilo Home in Oahu.
The Boise Bicycle Project repairs and distributes bikes to those who need them. Teens under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while training, but graduates of the Youth Earn-a-Bike program do not require parent or guardian supervision when volunteering.
The Honeycomb Project hosts family volunteer events in Chicago. Their new virtual volunteer program is also growing fast! More than 2,500 kids and their families have already signed-on to volunteer.
Bring history to life! Kids ages 10 through 18 can portray a historical character at Connor Prairie outside of Indianapolis.
Teen athletes can give back with Courage League Sports throughout Central Iowa. This is a great volunteer opportunity for students who need service hours.
KindCraft plans monthly events in Kansas City perfect for families to volunteer with children and teens.
Teens can volunteer at the Kentucky Science Center in Louisville through programs such as Home School VolunTeens and the Youth Infusion Board.
Nature-loving teens can become Jr. Naturalists at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. They also offer virtual environmental education and social events.
Portland Trails helps maintain trails, including those for hiking and biking. Volunteers must be at least age 18 or be accompanied by a guardian in order to volunteer.
The volunteer program at the Maryland SPCA is designed for individuals 17 years of age and older, but teen under 17 can still make a difference by making cat and dog toys and blankets, collecting items on the wish list, reading to shelter pets, or enrolling in the youth internship program.
Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory encourages entire families to volunteer with children side-by-side to make lasting family memories as they help make a real difference in the lives of others.
Gleaners Food Bank welcomes youth volunteers to help prepare food for those who need it. At the same time, participants will learn about nutrition and hunger issues.
VEAP , based in Bloomington, encourages teens to volunteer with their friends, teams, or clubs to share their passion for a great cause while having fun.
MCM’s Volunteer Programs, for ages 16 and up, are the perfect way for teens to earn community service hours, get real world experience, meet new people at the Mississippi Children’s Museum !
Missouri Botanical Garden offers a network of teen programs as well as some for elementary-age students.
The Montana Wilderness Association ‘s Youth Engagement program gives teens a chance to learn about land stewardship.
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has volunteer opportunities for all students in 4th through 12th grade.
Kids age 14 and up can volunteer at Springs Preserve , outside of Las Vegas, where they’ll help maintain the grounds and engage guests.
At the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire , youth volunteers help with guests and special events.
Teens can print a coloring page from the Color a Smile website, color it however they like, and then have it delivered to senior citizens, troops overseas, or anyone who needs a smile.
Lovers of southwestern history can volunteer at El Rancho de las Golondrias in Santa Fe.
Volunteer New York enriches lives with unique youth volunteering opportunities for families and teens.
Know a teen who is interested in pursuing a career in medicine? Guide them to the Rex Healthcare VolunTEEN program to gain practical experience in a medical setting.
The State Historical Society of North Dakota provides volunteers to historic and cultural sites around the state.
Kids ages 13 and up can volunteer at Stepping Stones in Cincinnati. Here, they’ll help improve the lives of those with disabilities.
STEM lovers in grades 7 through 12 can join the Teen Apprentice Program at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Explore a wide variety of virtual volunteering opportunities at the Children’s Book Bank.
Kids ages 4 and up can join their families at Pittsburgh’s FosterLoveProject, where they’ll help prepare items for foster kids.
Student ambassadors for Clothes to Kids of Rhode Island coordinate clothing drives among their peers.
The Charleston Animal Society’s youth volunteer programs are available to kids and teens between the ages of 8-17.
Teens age 14 and over can help guests learn through play while volunteering at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota in Brookings.
Teens must be between 14 and 17 years old who have completed at least one year of high school science to volunteer at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga.
Mission Accomplished’s Operation Clean Clothes in Austin washes clothes for the homeless. Teens and families volunteering with children are welcome.
Know a teen who loves birds? Youth 15-18 years of age are welcome to volunteer with any department except Aviculture at the Tracy Aviary in Salt Lake City.
Older teens can volunteer their time at the ECHO aquarium and science center in Burlington.
Teens and families volunteering at Housing Families First in Richmond help support homeless families.
Northwest Harvest has ongoing volunteer opportunities for anyone who is nine years old and up. The organization works to provide hunger relief throughout Washington.
Seventh graders and older can help with the daily responsibilities of running the Good Zoo at Oglebay .
Kids Impact Community in Milwaukee is dedicated to families volunteering with children.
Youth volunteers are welcome at Cheyenne Frontier Days, where the organization hopes to recruit supporters for life.
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Teen Volunteer Abroad Programs
Are you looking for teen volunteer opportunities for 2023 or 2024 that provide a rewarding experience for high school students to be immersed in new cultures while giving back to communities around the world? Whether you’re looking for volunteer opportunities for high school students , mission trips for teens , service learning programs or teen summer service trips , International Volunteer HQ is the world’s most trusted provider of international teen volunteer programs.
With more than 16 years experience in delivering impactful teen volunteer programs abroad, IVHQ enables teen volunteers to give back on meaningful community development and conservation projects in destinations like Bali , Costa Rica , Croatia , Guatemala , Peru , Portugal , Romania , Sri Lanka , Tanzania , Vietnam , Zanzibar and more. The best part? These teen volunteer programs start from as little as US$20 per day, including accommodation and meals!
Here are some of the best volunteer abroad programs for teens in 2023 & 2024:
- Turtle Conservation in Bali
- Animal Care in Costa Rica
- Childcare in Tanzania
- Environmental Scuba Diving
Volunteering abroad as a teenager is a rewarding experience that will stay with you for life and every year thousands of teens choose to volunteer abroad with IVHQ - the trusted provider of safe and affordable volunteer programs for teens . Service trips for teens are available in more than 40 countries and there are 17 teen volunteer programs which offer independent volunteering opportunities for 16 and 17 year-olds. Or, if you’re wanting to travel and volunteer with a group of students from your high school , IVHQ can customize an itinerary for your group too!
Teen volunteering abroad
Here’s what you’ll learn from this article:, where can under 18s volunteer abroad.
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Key information for parents of teen volunteers
- Teen volunteer abroad review
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Volunteers between the ages of 16 to 18 years-old can travel and volunteer independently on select IVHQ programs with parental/guardian consent.
Volunteers under the age of 18 can participate on the following programs independently:
Teen volunteers under the age of 18 will be required to provide IVHQ with parental consent and two character reference letters in order to participate, and may be asked to provide further documentation to the local team depending on their chosen project.
If you are volunteering abroad under 16 years of age, you can volunteer with a parent, guardian, or relative who is 18 years or older. Volunteering abroad as a family can be an awesome experience that brings you closer and gives your family holidays a greater sense of purpose. This means you can roll up your sleeves and get stuck in on the same meaningful project and when you have downtime you can head out together and explore all your destination has to offer.
What are the benefits of joining a teen volunteer program overseas?
There is no doubt that volunteering as a teenager is a meaningful way to extend to your education and add credentials that will stand out on your college application and resume. After all, nothing teaches you more than traveling and accumulating real world experiences. Our local team will ensure you are matched to a placement which will allow you to make a valuable contribution to the project and community you are volunteering in. Crossing boundaries to work side-by-side with people from different parts of the world fosters global understanding and is something every volunteer on an IVHQ program takes away from their time abroad. Not only that but living in a country different to your own means that you will be immersed in a new culture, cuisine, and way of thinking. Going on a teen service trip will shape you and how you work as a team, manage time and communicate with others.
Already having experience living away from home is an added bonus when it comes time head off to college, suddenly freshman year doesn’t seem quite so daunting when you’ve traveled all the way to Bali and back again. Actually, you’ll find that you feel that way about most situations you face when you return home.
Chances are your parents will also want to learn more about IVHQ, whether or not they will be traveling with you, so this resource for parents will come in handy as you continue explore our teen volunteer opportunities. No doubt you have already fielded questions around your safety while abroad. You aren’t alone - having placed more than 132,000 volunteers abroad, we’re always happy to speak with parents to ensure all their questions are answered and they feel comfortable with your volunteer trip plans. Through our online safety training, comprehensive information booklets, ongoing support from experienced Program Managers, and round-the-clock support from our local teams - IVHQ volunteers are well supported to make the most of their time abroad.
Teen volunteer abroad review:
By: IVHQ teen volunteer Grace Dalton from the USA
Going into the IVHQ program, I didn’t really know what to expect at all. It wasn’t until I arrived with my sister and mom at the school where we would be teaching music for the next six weeks that the whole thing truly hit me. Volunteering in Kenya as a teenager completely changed my perspective on the world.
We come from Virginia, United States of America, and to see, teach, and even live with all these children who are so full of smiles and laughter but have a life completely different to mine was both eye-opening and heartening to witness.
Volunteering was a really humbling experience. I consider traveling a huge part of my life, thanks to my mom who has given my sister and I the great opportunity to see the world at a young age. In my experience, volunteering is the best way to travel. You get to live in a completely new corner of the Earth but help other people in the process. I encourage anyone, if the funds and time are available to you, then go and experience this.
It’s definitely hard work, and it can be tiring. Working with children can be difficult, especially as a teenager, because sometime kids will try to question your authority. On the flip side, they also see you as a friend because you’re closer in age. But one thing you can know without a doubt is that working with children pays off. Seeing the kids enjoy themselves, singing all together and laughing, makes it all worth it. Knowing that you’ve made an impact in their life, no matter how small, drives me as a volunteer. I’m sure it’s true for all the projects. Hard work pays off, every time.
Best teen volunteer opportunities abroad:
To give you an idea of the teen volunteer programs available, we’ve listed seven recommended programs perfect for our teen travelers below…
Teen volunteering in Costa Rica
“Costa Rica is one of the most popular volunteer destinations among our North American travelers . It has an impressive selection of volunteer opportunities and it also provides a very large foundation of energetic and efficient local support, plus a very welcoming network of volunteers in country. With a vast range of wonderful host families, you can be sure that your first volunteer experience or even travel experience is a safe, reliable and enjoyable one. Take advantage of the fantastic Spanish school, Salsa lessons or explore the surrounding rain forests, cloud forests, marine areas, and unique black and grey sand beaches. With a wide range of project options, including Eco Agriculture Conservation, Construction and Renovation and Childcare, this program not only has the potential to spark a passion for exploring new cultures and traveling, but also add some great experience to your CV and start you on your way to a successful career.” - IVHQ Costa Rica Program Manager
Teen volunteering in Portugal
“Portugal is an awesome country for teens to volunteer abroad in. And, if you’re a first-time traveler the it doesn’t get any better than Lisbon, Portugal. While volunteering in Portugal you can contribute to 5 volunteer projects including a conservation-focused Environmental Scuba Diving project, Food Rescue or Youth Support. The program is based in Lisbon, the capital and largest city in Portugal, making it a great travel hub for heading to other parts of the country on your free weekends.” - IVHQ Portugal Program Manager
Teen volunteering in Bali
“If you are looking for the ideal destination for your first trip abroad, then Bali should definitely be at the top of your list! Whether you’re wanting to meet like-minded international volunteers, explore a captivating culture, relax at the beach, or try to get a bargain at the local market, Bali is the location for you! Our teen volunteers in Bali can enjoy convenient travel around Bali in the weekends, cheap tourist activities and some awesome local cuisine. And during your week, you can will be supporting volunteer projects such as Turtle Conservation, Construction and Renovation, or Childcare. The IVHQ Bali program offers volunteers a unique insight into the Balinese culture right from day one of the orientation, so you’ll feel right at home and fully prepared for your upcoming volunteering work. If you are after a culturally-rich, exciting and worthwhile volunteer experience, you cannot look past Bali!” - IVHQ Bali Program Manager
Teen volunteering in the Philippines
“On the Philippines Program , teen volunteers can experience the best of volunteering paired with the stunning natural beauty of Palawan Island. The projects are all about making the most of your time abroad. It doesn’t matter if you choose the Childcare project, Teaching project, Construction and Renovation project or the Environmental project, the emphasis is on volunteering while enjoying yourself. How can you not when you are literally right on the beach? Downtime can be spent exploring Palawan and weekends island hopping. Volunteering just got a whole lot more exciting and what a great program to begin your IVHQ experience!” - IVHQ Philippines Program Manager
Teen volunteering in Sri Lanka
“ Sri Lanka is the perfect location for young volunteers. Life in and around Kandy is a mix of traditional Sri Lankan charm with all the modern amenities, friendly people and a local team that is on hand 24/7. Youth volunteers have the opportunity to work in the local community with children and the elderly, or for those with a love for animals, consider the Wild Elephant Conservation project. During your free time, volunteers can check out the local markets and shops, discover the stunning Sri Lankan beaches or take a trip on one of Sri Lanka’s famous rail lines!” - IVHQ Sri Lanka Program Manager
Volunteering for teens - expert tips from an under 18 volunteer:
- Over-packing is something you definitely want to avoid, especially if you think you think you’re going to carry your luggage frequently. Bring durable clothing that’s easily mixed and matched, and leave unnecessarily heavy or valuable items at home.
- Before you leave home (especially if you’re going to be away for a long time), spend a day with your friends and loved ones you’re leaving at home. You’ll have a good memory of them while you’re away, and have a chance to get everyone’s contact information so you’ll stay in touch while away.
- Try to live as a local. Eat the local food, observe the traditions and customs of those around you, and learn at least a few words of the language if it is foreign to you. Even one or two words never fail to impress the locals.
- Talk to your friends and family back home frequently, but stay off your phone/technology during the day. Take in the new sights around you.
- On the same note, don’t view the world through your phone. It’s important, and extremely tempting, to take plenty of pictures on your trip but there needs to be a balance between snapping lots of great candids and just viewing the sights for yourself. As a sixteen year old girl, I know how hard that can be. Really. But it pays off to put your phone down and watch that sunset, halfway around the world from home, and just have it as a memory.
- Remember it’s extremely common to feel homesick, but the best way to combat it is throwing yourself into your work. You’ll be home before you know it and wishing you were abroad again so make the most of it.
- Spend time with your host family. Letting strangers into your house constantly, cooking for them, and keeping them occupied is no easy feat for anyone. Your host family is giving up their privacy for you to help others and experience the world from a completely new perspective. Sit down with them, ask them how they decided to host travelers, ask them about the area, and be sure to thank them for all they’ve done.
- Don’t rely on finding your favorite food in any restaurant in the area. Even if they do have it on the menu, it’s almost certainly not much like the version you’re used to at home. This is coming from someone who’s had yak cheese pizza from Nepal. It was a new experience that’s for sure.
- Take it all in, take as many pictures as possible, try to keep a travel journal - You’ll want to remember this trip.
If you’re ready to pack your bags and experience a completely different lifestyle, culture and widen your global perspective, you can explore our full range of volunteer abroad programs . If you would like personalized guidance and recommdendations to help plan your teen volunteer abroad program for 2023 or 2024, please contact us and our team of Volunteer Travel Specialists will be more than happy to assist.
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Step into another world as a volunteer in fascinating Russia. Here, you will find a land of awe-provoking beauty, from frozen Siberia to exciting Moscow. Russia is a place of enormity – both geographic and cultural. As a volunteer here, you can see the astounding multi-colored towers of St. Basil’s Cathedral and visit dozens of other incredible sites. Take in the culture that created some of the world’s most timeless classical dances, music, art and literature! Russia is the largest country on the planet – nearly twice the size of China or the United States! It is also one of the most populous, but with large uninhabitable areas, almost one-fifth of the population live in just 13 cities. Volunteers in Russia stand amazed by the magnificence and variety of this great nation.
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VIII. Restrictions On Child Users Children under 13 years of age are prevented from accessing areas of iD Sites & Services which include, but are not restricted to, client account information, unless approved by their parent or guardian and any course content defined as age inappropriate by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). IX. Forums And Chats We may offer forums and chat rooms. Please be aware that anyone may read postings on a forum or in a chat room. Furthermore, any information which is posted to a forum or chat room could include personal information, which would be disclosed and available to all users of that forum or chat room, and is therefore no longer private. We cannot guarantee the security of information that any user discloses or communicates online in public areas such as forums and chat rooms. Those who do so, do so at their own risk. We reserve the right to monitor the content of the forums and chat rooms. If age-inappropriate content or potentially identifiable information is seen, it may be removed or edited by us for security, privacy, and/or legal reasons. We will not republish postings from forums or chat rooms anywhere on the Web. X. Links And Third Parties
At our discretion, we may include or offer third-party websites, products, and services on iD Sites & Services. These third-party sites, products, and services have separate and independent privacy policies. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third parties. We have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of linked sites, products, or services.
Our iD Sites & Services may contain links to other third-party websites, chat rooms, or other resources that we provide for your convenience. These sites are not under our control, and we are not responsible for the content available on other sites. Such links do not imply any endorsement of material on our part and we expressly disclaim all liability with regard to your access to such sites. Access to any other websites linked to from iD Sites & Services is at your own risk.
XI. Legal Basis for processing Personal Data and Your Data Protection Rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), iD Tech’s legal basis for collecting and using your personal information as described in this policy depends on the personal Data we collect and the context in which we collect it. ID Tech may process your personal data:
- To provide the services which you requested or purchased;
- Because you have given us permission to do so;
- To provide you with better services, including conducting audits and data analysis;
- For payment processing;
- For marketing; and
- To comply with the law
You have certain data protection rights. iD Tech aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete or limit the use of your Personal Data.
If you wish to be informed about what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us at [email protected] .
In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:
- The right to access, update, or delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update, or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.
- The right to have your information corrected if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.
- The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
- The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
- The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable, and commonly used format.
- The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where iD Tech relied on your consent to process your personal information.
Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.
You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA). XII. International Visitors (non GDPR Locations) Our iD Sites & Services are operated and managed on servers located in the United States. If you choose to use our iD Sites & Services from the European Union or other regions of the world with laws governing data collection and uses that differ from the United States, then you recognize and agree that you are transferring your personal information outside of those regions to the United States and you consent to that transfer. XIII. Data Security Commitment To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. We also use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol on your account information and registration pages to protect sensitive personal information. Sensitive data is encrypted on our iD Sites & Services and when stored on the servers.
XIV. How You Can Access, Request A Copy, Correct, Or Ask For Information To Be Deleted Access to certain personal Information that is collected from our Services and that we maintain may be available to you. For example, if you created a password-protected account within our Service, you can access that account to review the information you provided.
If you have signed up to receive text messages from us and no longer wish to receive such messages, you may call or email us at the address provided below. Please provide your name, account email, and the number(s) you want removed. Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-888-709-8324 XVI. Terms And Conditions Your use of our iD Sites & Services and any information you provide on our iD Sites & Services are subject to the terms of the internalDrive, Inc. (referred to as “iD Tech”) Terms and Conditions. XVII. Privacy Statement Changes We will occasionally amend this privacy statement. We reserve the right to change, modify, add, or remove portions of this statement at any time. If we materially change our use of your personal information, we will announce such a change on relevant iD Sites & Services and will also note it in this privacy statement. The effective date of this privacy statement is documented at the beginning of the statement. If you have any questions about our privacy statement, please contact us in writing at [email protected] or by mail at PO Box 111720, Campbell, CA 95011. XVIII. Your Credit Card Information And Transactions For your convenience, you may have us bill you or you can pay for your orders by credit card. If you choose to pay by credit card, we will keep your credit card information on file, but we do not display that information at the online registration site. For your security, your credit card security number is not stored in our system.
We use state-of-the-art Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption technology to safeguard and protect your personal information and transactions over the Internet. Your information, including your credit card information, is encrypted and cannot be read as it travels over the Internet. XIX. Social Networking Disclaimer iD Tech provides several opportunities for social networking for both participants and staff on sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube. These sites are not affiliated with iD Tech and offer their own individual social networking services. Please read the following Terms and Conditions carefully, as well as the Terms and Conditions of the sites in which iD Tech has created a forum ("Group"). These Terms and Conditions are a legal agreement between you and iD Tech and apply to you whether you are a visitor to these sites or any site with an official iD Tech affiliation. iD Tech is a member of several pre-existing sites (as mentioned above). There may be, however, portions of www.iDTech.com that include areas where participants can post submissions. Any of the above-mentioned "Sites" (or other similar sites) have their own distinct rules and regulations. iD Tech reserves the right to take action to remove any content deemed inappropriate by the sites or by iD Tech standards. iD Tech will not be held liable for any loss of content or disagreements that may arise between the individual social networking site and the user. You understand that by registering for an iD Tech program, your participant(s) may access and upload content to social networking sites. In order to access certain features of the social networking sites or pages on iDTech.com, and to post Member Submissions, the majority of these sites require that the user open an account with them. Please note that these sites have their own individual Terms and Conditions that must be followed. Age requirements are outlined within each Site's Terms and Conditions. You hereby authorize your participant to access social networking sites while at camp and create an account if they choose to do so and if they meet the requirements listed by each site to create an account. Interaction with other users:
- iD Tech is merely providing a medium in which to socialize online with fellow participants. Users are solely responsible for interactions (including any disputes) with other Members and any volunteers that may advise and assist participants with projects and activities via your use of the iD Site & Services.
- You understand that iD Tech does not in any way screen Members or review or police: (i) statements made by Members in their Member Submissions or the Member Submissions in general; or (ii) statements made by Users or any information a User may provide via the iD Site & Services.
- You understand that your participant(s) is solely responsible for, and will exercise caution, discretion, common sense, and judgment in using the various iD Sites & Services and disclosing personal information to other Members or Users.
- On behalf of your participant(s), you agree that they will take reasonable precautions in all interactions with other Members, particularly if they decide to meet a Member offline or in person.
- Your participant's use of the social networking sites with which iD Tech is affiliated, their services, and/or Content and Member Submissions, is at your sole risk and discretion and iD Tech hereby disclaims any and all liability to you or any third party relating thereto.
- On behalf of your participant(s), you agree that they will not harass, threaten, intimidate, bully, stalk, or invade the privacy of any individual in connection with your use of the social networking sites with which iD Tech is affiliated and their services, whether or not an individual is an iD Tech Member; and you further agree not to advocate such activities or to encourage others to engage in any such activities.
- On behalf of your participant(s), you agree they will not give their social networking information to an iD Tech staff member.
- You and your participant(s) should also be aware that under no circumstances are iD Tech employees allowed to give personal contact information for social networking sites. This must be arranged by the participant's parent/guardian through the People Services Department.
iD Tech Terms & Conditions
Id tech general terms & conditions publish date: october 26, 2023.
These Terms and Conditions apply to all pages found at www.idtech.com and all Programs operated by internalDrive, Inc. (referred to as "iD Tech") including but not limited to iD Tech In-Person programs and iD Tech Online Programs. These terms apply to all lessons, classes, courses, and options offered by iD Tech (hereinafter referred to individually as “Program” or collectively “Programs”).
Online Programs: If you are purchasing, or you or your student is participating in an Online Program you also agree on your own behalf and on behalf of your student, to be bound by the additional terms and conditions found HERE .
On-Campus Programs: If you are purchasing, or you or your student is participating in, an On-Campus Program, you also agree on your own behalf and on behalf of your student to be bound by the additional terms and conditions found HERE .
I. Code of Conduct
To promote the best learning environment possible, all students and parents will be held to this Code of Conduct. Failure to comply with this Code of Conduct or engaging in actions or attitudes that seem to be harmful to the atmosphere, other participants, or staff, in the opinion of iD Tech can lead to removal from a Program or Program(s). iD Tech reserves the right to dismiss students from a Program and prevent a student from attending additional Programs without any prior warning for (1) violating any of the terms of this code of conduct, or (2) if iD Tech determines that a Program is not a suitable and/or productive environment for a student (this includes incidents in which a student does not have sufficient English language skills to participate in the Program; participation in courses requires a high level of English understanding). Refunds will not be given for students dismissed for failure of the student or the parent to abide by the Code of Conduct, or if it is determined that a Program is not suitable for a student. While iD Tech strives to maintain excellent relationships with students, in some rare cases, we may determine that iD Tech is not a compatible environment for every student.
Students and parents/guardians may NEVER:
- Disrupt, bully, intimidate, or harass others;
- Use inappropriate language (for example, students cannot use of swear or curse words, racial, gendered, homophobic/transphobic, stereotypical, or culturally insensitive words, even if done in a joking manner);
- View, display or post any inappropriate material (including sexual content, material depicting inappropriate violence, racism, bullying, etc.) during a Program;
- Share Program information (including lesson plans, etc.) with third-parties, without permission from iD Tech;
- Impersonate another person; or
- Contact instructors outside of the Program.
Students also may NEVER:
- Engage in Internet hacking;
- Create an account on or log into third-party websites without the permission of their instructor;
- Use false information to create an account on or log into third-party websites;
- Share personal information with staff members or ask staff members for their personal information;
- Share or create video or audio recordings of iD Tech staff or another student without the permission of iD Tech.
Students and parents/guardians MUST:
- Follow directions/instructions of iD Tech personnel;
- If online, ensure the student attends the Program in an appropriate, private setting;
- Dress appropriately during the Program;
- Only share material that is related to lessons and appropriate.
II. Age Policy
iD Tech offers Programs for students ages 7-19. Therefore, students may interact and/or room with a student that is within this age range including 18 or 19 years old. Please note the age range of the Program being registered for.
If a student is 18 or 19 years old and participating in an On-Campus Program, they must successfully pass a criminal and sexual offender background check prior to being allowed to attend. Clients are responsible for all costs and fees associated with any background checks required for a student to attend.
III. Special Accommodations
If a student requires an accommodation to participate, or needs an aid to attend in an iD Tech Program, a parent/guardian must call iD Tech at 1-888-709-8324, no less than three weeks prior to your student’s first day of the Program to make needed arrangements.
If a student requires an aide to participate in an iD Tech Program, the aide must be age 18 or older, may not be a family member, and if it is an On -Campus Program, the aide must successfully pass a criminal and sexual offender background check prior ro being allowed to attend with the student. Aides may also be subject to fingerprinting. Clients are responsible for all direct costs, including background check processing fees, parking, and compensation for the aide’s attendance.
IV. Payment Policy
- Unless otherwise noted, all financial transactions are made and quoted in U.S. Dollars.
- All Payment Plan Fees, fees paid for Online Programs, and the $250 per week deposit for On-Campus Programs are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
- Other than if iD Tech needs to cancel a class, there are no refunds, credits or replacement days for classes missed. If iD Tech needs to cancel a class, iD Tech will either provide you a pro rata credit or reschedule the canceled class(es).
- If iD Tech cancels an entire Program for any reason, the fees paid for the Program will be refunded, less the non-refundable fees, as set out above. Non-refundable fees (other than the Payment Plan Fee, if any) will remain in your account as a fully transferable credit that is valid for three (3) years.
- iD Tech has the right to charge a $25 late fee on any payments not paid by the due date. For balances that are over 30 (thirty) days past due, iD Tech has the right to charge a 1% monthly finance charge and send the balance to a collection agency for collection (collection agency and legal fees may apply).
- All fees (registration, administrative, late, etc.) must be paid prior to the start of a Program, unless a payment plan has been agreed to. Students will be withdrawn from a Program if the Program has not been paid in full prior to the start of the Program, or if at any time a payment is not paid by the due date. No refunds, credits, or make-up classes will be provided if a session is missed due to a delinquent payment.
- By agreeing to a subscription or payment plan, you are authorizing iD Tech to auto charge the credit card on file as agreed at the time of purchase and as set out in My Account.
- A $35 returned check fee will be assessed for any checks returned or card transactions that are not honored.
V. Reservation Changes
To provide outstanding Programs, we may have to limit your ability to make changes (such as registering for a different course or changing attendance dates) and/or cancel a Program. Please reference the Terms and Conditions for specific Programs (linked above) for the rules and restrictions for changes and cancellations for that Program.
VI. Promotions and Discounts
Promotional discounts are limited to one discount per student. There may be other limitations as to how they apply, and codes must be submitted at the time of registration. iD Tech will not honor retroactive adjustments, and the total discounts received cannot exceed the total cost of the products purchased.
The Refer-a-Friend Program is a voluntary Program that applies to Small Group Classes and In-Person Programs.
- Each Referral Code can be used a maximum of 10 times. The code can only be used by students attending iD Tech for the first time (may be limited to certain Programs) and must be applied at the time of registration.
- A tuition credit will be given for each new student that registers for an In-Person Program or Small Group Class using a referral code and attends the course for which they registered.
- The Refer-a-Friend Program does not apply to siblings.
- Students may not refer each other to both qualify for the Refer-a-Friend Discount.
- Tuition credit will be applied after the referred client registers, pays in full and attends the Program. If the referred friend cancels his/her Program, the credit will be removed, and you will be responsible for any account balance that is created as a result of the lost credit.
- All tuition credits must be used in the Program term in which they are earned, can be used to offset Program tuition and other fees incurred, but do not entitle you to any form of payment.
- Tuition credits have no cash value.
All certificates/vouchers are non-refundable, non-transferable, and not redeemable for cash. Certificates/vouchers must be redeemed at the time of registration. Certificates/vouchers are valid until the specified expiration date, without exception. They are valid for up to the amount issued, and any amounts not used are forfeited.
VIII. General Releases
- Media Release: As a condition of participation, you authorize iD Tech and its partners to take photos, videos, images, audio, and testimonials of and/or from you and your student and agree that said content may be used by iD Tech in promotional materials, marketing collateral, and online media. These images, testimonials, photos, videos, and audio may be shared and used by corporate partners, the media, or other organizations that work with iD Tech. You also agree that all projects and work created by your student during an iD Tech Program may be used by iD Tech in promotional materials, online, and other print media, and may be shared and used by corporate partners, the media, or other organizations that work with iD Tech. You understand that iD Tech, its owners, agents, partners, facility providers, and employees will not be held liable for damages and injuries associated with use of any content released herein, including any and all claims based on negligence. You agree that all images, testimonials, photos, video, and audio taken at or in connection with an iD Tech Program are the sole and exclusive property of iD Tech, and that iD Tech has a royalty-free, perpetual license to use copies of all student work and projects created at an iD Tech Program.
- Name and Likeness Release: As a condition of participation, you authorize iD Tech and the press to use your student's full name and likeness in print, radio, TV, and other mediums.
- Project/Hardware Release: Some iD Tech Programs are project-based. In such instances, iD Tech will attempt to provide your student with the knowledge to produce a working project. Some iD Tech Programs include take home hardware. In those instances, iD Tech will send home a product or voucher for a product. However, there will be instances when a project or product or product voucher cannot be sent home, posted, or delivered, and you agree that iD Tech is not responsible if the game, project, product or voucher does not work properly and/or is not compatible with outside systems. You release iD Tech from any responsibility for failure to provide a copy of the project or product voucher, or a non-functioning/non-compatible/non-complete game, project, product voucher or product. Refunds will not be issued for not receiving products, product vouchers, or being provided a copy of the project, and/or non-functioning/non-compatible/non-complete projects, product vouchers or products. If you have issues with a product voucher or product, you must contact the manufacturer directly. Product vouchers only cover shipping within the continental U.S. Therefore, if you require the product to be shipped outside the continental US, you are responsible for all shipping and handling costs.
- Software Accounts: Some iD Tech Program activities require creation and/or use of an online account or require an online account to be created for your student. You consent to create or have iD Tech create account(s) as needed for your student to participate in Program activities. During non-instructional time, students may have access to websites that require accounts to be set up. While it is against iD Tech rules for students to set up accounts without their instructor’s permission, there may be instances where a student may create an account without the knowledge of iD Tech or its employees. In such instances, you release iD Tech and its employees from any and all responsibility and liability for accounts created by your student without iD Tech’s knowledge.
- Game Ratings: iD Tech takes its corporate responsibility and iD Tech family values very seriously. However, we cannot guarantee that younger students at iD Tech will avoid all contact with or mention of games rated "T" for Teen, or "M" for Mature. iD Tech will make a concerted effort to minimize both direct and indirect exposure to any games not rated for a student’s age group. Students attending courses designed for older ages have a greater chance of being exposed to materials rated for that older age group. If a student is attending a course for ages 13+, they may be exposed to games rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board). You voluntarily assume any and all risks, known or unknown, associated with your student’s exposure to game content at an iD Tech Program.
You agree to defend, indemnify, and hold internalDrive, Inc.,iD Tech, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, harmless from and against any claims, liabilities, damages, losses, and expenses, including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs, arising out of or in any way connected with your student’s participation in an iD Tech Program.
X. Arbitration Agreement
You agree that any dispute other than collection matters, arising out of or relating to this Agreement, you or your student's participation in a Program with internalDrive, Inc., or otherwise arising between the parties, including, without limitation, any statutorily created or protected rights, as permitted by applicable state/provincial or federal laws, shall be settled by arbitration to be held in Santa Clara County, California, in accordance with the Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association, and judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator(s) may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction. The prevailing party in the arbitration shall be entitled to recover expenses including costs and reasonable attorneys’ fees associated therewith. Should any part of this contract be found invalid or not enforceable by a court of law, then the remaining portion shall continue to be valid and in force. You hereby acknowledge that you understand the terms of this ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, and you agree to comply with all of its terms and provisions.
XI. Rights Reserved
internalDrive, Inc. reserves the right to update or modify these Terms and Conditions at any time. iD Tech is not a university-sponsored program. iD Tech reserves the right to cancel or modify any and all classes, lessons, Programs or courses for any reason.
XII. Release of Liability
ON BEHALF OF MY SON/DAUGHTER/WARD, I, THE PARENT/GUARDIAN, IN EXCHANGE FOR THE RIGHT OF MY SON/DAUGHTER/WARD TO PARTICIPATE IN ID TECH PROGRAM(S), HEREBY RELEASE INTERNALDRIVE, INC., ITS OWNERS, AGENTS, PARTNERS, FACILITY PROVIDERS, AND EMPLOYEES FROM LIABILITY (INCLUDING CLAIMS BASED UPON NEGLIGENCE) FOR ANY AND ALL DAMAGES OR INJURIES TO MY SON/DAUGHTER/WARD OR DAMAGE OF ANY PERSONAL PROPERTY. I AGREE TO BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY AND ALL SUCH DAMAGES OR INJURIES WHICH MAY RESULT DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM ANY NEGLIGENT ACTS OR ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATED WITH INTERNALDRIVE, INC. HOWEVER, I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM NOT RELEASING INTERNALDRIVE, INC., ITS OWNERS, AGENTS, PARTNERS, FACILITY PROVIDERS, AND EMPLOYEES FROM GROSS NEGLIGENCE OR INTENTIONALLY TORTIOUS CONDUCT. TO THE EXTENT THIS RELEASE CONFLICTS WITH STATE/PROVINCIAL LAW GOVERNING RELEASES, THIS RELEASE IS TO BE GIVEN THE FULLEST FORCE AND EFFECT PERMITTED UNDER STATE/PROVINCIAL LAW. SHOULD ANY PART OF THIS CONTRACT BE FOUND INVALID OR NOT ENFORCEABLE BY A COURT OF LAW, THEN THE REMAINING PORTION SHALL CONTINUE TO BE VALID AND IN FORCE. XIII. Copyright
iD Tech partners with and uses the intellectual property of some amazing companies. You and your student agree to uphold the copyright and trademark rights of iD Tech, their partners, and any company whose products are used at an iD Tech Program.
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Russia is the largest nation in the world and the ninth most populous, so you’ll feel far from exiled volunteering abroad in this far corner of the world. You can be sure that volunteer programs in Russia have plenty to offer in terms of culture, adventure, geography, and wilderness too; Russia is home to 23 UNESCO World Heritage sites, 40 biosphere reserves, and plenty of national parks. From global cities, like Moscow and St. Petersburg, to otherworldly environments, like the Siberian tundra or the Caspian coast, there are opportunities to volunteer in Russia in almost any location and placement type.
Though the majority of Russia is considered rural, about 75 percent of Russia’s population lives in its two largest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg. Consequently, volunteer programs in Russia tend to be city based, but that is not to say there aren’t programs in rural areas worth considering too.
Moscow . The capital and largest city, with almost 17 million people in the entire metropolitan area, has plenty of need for volunteers across multiple sectors. For example, volunteers can choose to work with children , the elderly or disabled, help the homeless, or work with at-risk youth . There are plenty of placements for teachers and healthcare professionals too, with a large number of schools in need of English teachers and a broad healthcare network.
St. Petersburg . The second largest city lies in West Russia, just off the coast of the Baltic Sea. Like Moscow, there is high demand for volunteers in healthcare and education . Hospitals, clinics, schools, and community programs all offer the largest number of volunteer opportunities in St. Petersburg. Due to its location, St. Petersburg is more Westernized than the rest of Russia. St. Petersburg is also considered the cultural capital of Russia.
Rural Areas . Most of Russia’s landmass is rural. Once you get outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, you start to see the vast and wild nature of Russia. Rural village environments can be harsh, so volunteers looking to help in these regions should prepare for the challenges that the climate and lifestyle present. English teachers are needed in many of these isolated areas, but there are also opportunities for those looking to get involved in trail building, restoration, and wildlife volunteer projects.
Volunteer opportunities in Russia can be somewhat limited, but those that are interested in volunteering in education, community service, or healthcare will have no problem finding a placement in most parts of the country.
Education . Teaching is one of the most common ways to volunteer in Russia, as English teachers are needed throughout the country . Volunteers typically choose to work at a specific school, but it is also possible to stay with a host family and teach them English on a regular basis. Volunteer teachers can also often take Russian language lessons in tandem with their teaching placement.
Community Service placements are mostly located in the larger metropolitan areas of the country, where the largest volume of people reside. Volunteers are needed to help create and implement community development programs targeted at a variety of populations, including elderly, disabled, homeless, orphans, and underprivileged children. Those who choose to volunteer in Russia alongside local community members will find they are able to see the difference they are making daily, through their interactions with locals and the relationships they create.
Healthcare . With millions of people to support, the urban healthcare networks in Russia are extensive. Not surprisingly, there are many types of healthcare volunteer placements in Russia. Volunteers can focus on administration, surgical procedures, physical therapy, hands on hospital work, and many more areas of the field. There are also healthcare volunteer programs in Russia more focused on less medical aspects of health, such as rehabilitation and public health outreach.
On a global scale, Russia is relatively affordable place to live, especially in rural areas. Even in larger cities an average meal is priced less than $10 and a monthly transportation pass is only $25, which is surprising for such a highly developed country. Luckily, housing will likely be included in upfront program costs, as rent can be quite pricey in Russia. Additional expenses incurred during your volunteer program in Russia, such as shopping and entertainment, will be quite expensive, especially in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Be sure to create a budget and stick to it while volunteering Russia to avoid breaking your bank!
Accommodation options vary between programs. Some volunteers will have the freedom to secure their own housing, but this is not common. Typically, volunteers stay in dormitory-style housing, share an apartment with other volunteers, or stay in a private bedroom of a local host family’s home.
Most individuals will need to acquire a visa to volunteer abroad in Russia. To start the process, your volunteer program provider or local volunteer organization will need to issue you a formal visa invitation. Be sure to check passport regulations for any updates and coordinate with your volunteer program provider to confirm what type of visa you’ll need to apply for. A tourist visa allows individuals to volunteer abroad in Russia for up to 30 days. Depending on your length of stay, you may need to purchase a business visa instead.
Language Barrier. Although you can get around the major cities in Russia with little to no Russian language skills, it’s better to learn at least some Russian basics, in order to feel less isolated from locals and have a more culturally immersive experience. No doubt, Russian is a difficult language; consider brushing up on the basics before departing for your volunteer program in Russia, and don’t worry if you struggle!
Environment. If you decide to live and volunteer in Russia in a more populated area, you will most likely have to deal with the characteristics of most large metropolitan areas, including pollution, higher crime rates, and a higher cost of living. On the other hand, those who volunteer in rural areas may face harsher weather, less accessible transportation, and a harder time getting by with an English-only vocabulary.
Culture. Russia is a huge country with a rich history full of artists, writers, and thinkers. Like every nation, Russia has seen its fair share of ups and downs. However, this history has led to a host of fascinating cultural complexities. Like Southeast Asia and Africa, the Russian way of life is far from the American way of life, which means volunteering in Russia is an extremely unique experience for international volunteers.
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If you're a 14 year old looking for a job, we have good and bad news for you. The good news is that there are options for you to make extra money to get that video game or toy that you're looking for, but the bad news is that you aren't able to work typical jobs like everyone else. Why? Because you're simply too young and need to continue to focus on your schooling and child labor laws won't allow you to work for an employer. But that doesn't mean you don't have any options.
Part-Time Jobs For 14 Year Olds Near Me
Online jobs for 14 year olds.
3D Modeler Being a teenage 3D modeler is a lot of hard work, but if you love working with computers and are artistic, you can also make a lot of money doing this. You could work to create 3D models for games, TV commercials, or even movies. If you’re a 14-year-old interesting in animation and 3D work, this is the perfect job to get you started in the industry to get some amazing experience and skills. ( Learn More )
Animator Now that animation is done almost exclusively on the computer, you can become a teenage animator and make money by making drawings and pictures come to life. You might create animations for video games, company web pages, or even TV shows or movies! As a teenage animator, you’ll work on smaller projects as you’re learning and just starting out, but after you get good, the possibilities are endless. ( Learn More )
Audio Editor From podcasts to music, anything that’s been recorded that needs editing, you can get paid to edit as a teenage audio editor. This is a great job for a 14-year-old because all it requires is a simple editing program and a good ear. Plus, there’s plenty of work out there and opportunities for regular employment as a teenage audio editor if you’re willing to look for it and work hard at it. ( Learn More )
Author As long as you have access to a computer and an idea, you can become a teenage author. What’s great about working as a teenage author is that you can write about literally anything, whether it’s a subject that you know a lot about, something that happened to you personally, or a work of fiction. It certainly takes some work, but it’s also well-worth it to see your writing in print. ( Learn More )
Blogger Anyone can be a teenage blogger as long as they have something to say and an audience that wants to hear it.
Creative Writer To be a teenage creative writer, you need to be good at writing and have a good imagination. Creative writing includes everything from poetry and short stories to interesting blog posts about real events. You could work online for other people or publish your writings yourself. Either way, being a teenage creative writer is a great opportunity for any 14-year-old who loves to write and create interesting content. ( Learn More )
Data Entry Specialist There are so many companies that need help transferring data from different types of files that you can make a living as a teenage data entry specialist. This is a great job for teens because it’s very simple work since you will mostly be copying and pasting information, and since it’s not something that can be done by a computer, you’ll always be able to find work as a teenage data entry specialist. ( Learn More )
Fashion Blogger There are many things in the fashion industry that you can write about as a teenage fashion blogger. You can write about your favorite shoes, the latest fashion statements, or follow celebrity fashion trends. Whatever you choose to write about, you’ll be able to make money as a teenage fashion blogger with advertisements and sponsorships once your blog gets popular. ( Learn More )
Graphic Designer If you have a good eye for making colorful, eye-catching designs, you could be a teenage graphic designer. You will also have to be creative and ready to design anything from company logos to infographs. There are plenty of companies and individuals that will hire a teenage graphic designer for their projects, making it a great job for any 14-year-old who can do it. ( Learn More )
Illustrator If there’s one job that computers will never be able to replace, it’s creating artwork, which is why you can make a lot of money as a teenage illustrator. If you are good at drawing by hand or by using a computer program, you can create artwork for websites, TV commercials, magazines, or books! Once you get experience as a teenage illustrator, you can make even more money. ( Learn More )
Internet Researcher For 14-year-olds that already spend a lot of time on the internet, why not get paid to be an internet researcher? This is a fun job where you’ll get paid to look up information for companies or people that simply don’t have the time to devote to finding what they need, like contact information or prices. There are several websites where you can sign up to work as a teenage internet researcher. ( Learn More )
Logo Designer Every business and website has a logo that they paid someone to make, which is why you can make money as a teenage logo designer. You’ll have to be creative and know how to use a computer, but it’s a great job for a 14-year-old because as long as you’re willing to work hard and follow directions, there will always be work available for as a teenage logo designer.
Mobile App Developer As people rely more on apps now for information, you can make good money as a teenage mobile app developer. Sometimes a business will want an app made to share information about their business or to communicate better with their customers, or you might decide to make your own game and earn money off of the advertisements. Either way, once you’re good at making mobile apps, you can make a lot of money doing so. ( Learn More )
Music Reviewer If you love listening to music, then why not try making money as a teenage music reviewer? There are plenty of new artists and record companies that need people to listen to the music they made and tell them what they think before they release it. All you have to do to become a teenage music reviewer is sign up on a website and start listening! ( Learn More )
Photographer If you love the idea of being a teenage photographer, then grab your camera and start taking pictures! Of course, you’ll need to make sure they’re high-quality pictures of things that companies will buy, but you can certainly make money as a teenage photographer if you’re willing to work hard at it. Once you get your pictures, just upload them and wait for someone to buy them! ( Learn More )
Seller on Amazon or Ebay All you need to get started as a teenage seller on Amazon or eBay is some stuff that you want to sell and internet access. This is a great job for any teen because you can sell anything on Amazon or eBay, so you can choose between finding cheap used things at garage sales to resell or ordering cheap new items in bulk online. Whatever you decide, you’ll soon be on your way making money! ( Learn More )
Seller on Etsy There are a couple of options for making money as a teenage seller on Etsy, so you don’t necessarily have to have crafting skills. If you do have crafting skills, you can of course sell your handmade items on Etsy. But, if you don’t, then you can also buy crafting supplies and sell those on Etsy. Either way, this is a great job for teens to make money as a teenage seller on Etsy. ( Learn More )
Social Media Influencer All you need to get started as a teenage social media influencer is a social media account like Facebook or Twitter. What makes this job so great for teens is that once you get a lot of followers on a social media site, you can get paid simply for posting links for companies. Of course you’ll also have to maintain your social media site, but that’s probably something you’re already doing! ( Learn More )
Survey Taker Did you know that you could get paid as a teenage survey taker simply by expressing your opinion and answering simple questions? You can! And it’s as easy as signing up for a website where companies will pay you because they need to get information about what people like. There is never a shortage of paid surveys, so the more time you put into this, the more money you can make!
T-Shirt Designer If you want to make money as a teenage t-shirt designer, you’ll need to come up with a lot of interesting t-shirt design ideas, then upload them for people to buy. Once people start buying things with your design on it, you’ll be able to make money as a teenage t-shirt designer. Just make sure the designs you make are unique and something people will want to buy! ( Learn More )
Textbook Seller You don’t need to be going to college to become a teenage textbook seller. Instead, all you need to do is find cheap textbooks and then sell them online. Any 14-year old could do this if they’re willing to do the work it takes to find cheap textbooks at second hand stores and garage sales. Then, you’ll need to upload them to a textbook-selling website and once it sells, make sure it arrives safely! ( Learn More )
Video Editor With the right software and a willingness to work, you can make money as a teenage video editor. You might find yourself editing videos for companies or people who don’t have the time or ability to edit their own videos. Whoever you work for, as long as you’re good at what you do, you’ll always be able to find work as a teenage video editor. ( Learn More )
Video Game Currency Seller As a teenage video game currency seller, your in-game character won’t be the only one who’s making money. Selling virtual money, items, and even game accounts is an incredibly fun way to make money if you’re a 14-year-old. You’ll have to invest a lot of time in playing some of the most popular games online, but it will certainly be worth it to convert that virtual money into real cash! ( Learn More )
Video Game Player Forget what your parents have told you about not being able to make money as a teenage video game player. The truth is that you can, and that there are a number of teens that are already doing just that. To make money as a teenage video game player, you’ll have to be good at or interesting while playing video games, and get a big following while you stream or post your gameplay online. ( Learn More )
Video Game Tester Forget what your parents have told you about not being able to make money as a teenage video game player. The truth is that you can, and that there are a number of teens that are already doing just that. To make money as a teenage video game player, you’ll have to be good at or interesting while playing video games, and get a big following while you stream or post your gameplay online. ( Learn More )
Virtual Assistant If you’re able to do simple tasks like making phone calls and checking emails, then you can make money as a teenage virtual assistant. A teenage virtual assistant may get hired for a couple hours or on a more permanent basis, and they could work for a business or even an individual who just can’t find the time to get little things done. Either way, it’s a great way for teens to make money.
Voiceover Specialist If you like talking or have a unique voice, you can get paid to work as a teenage voiceover specialist. You could help with anything from radio commercials to audiobooks or even TV shows. To get started as a teenage voiceover specialist, all you need is some decent recording equipment, and an account with a website where you can get hired by people who need voiceover work. ( Learn More )
Web Designer Teens who are skilled at working with design elements can make a lot of money as a teenage web designer. The good news is that to be a teenage web designer, you don’t need to know how to code or make the website work. You’re simply designing the look of the website, from positioning logos to choosing colors and fonts that will go on the completed web page. ( Learn More )
Web Developer A teenage web developer can make tons of money as there is always a huge need for good website developers. As a teenage web developer, you will be responsible for taking a website design and making it come alive by adding the coding, including working buttons, scrolling features, and anything else that the person you’re developing the site for may need their site to do. ( Learn More )
Website Manager Many businesses, especially small businesses, simply don’t have the time to manage their websites, which is why you can make money as a teenage website manager. This is a great job for a 14-year-old that has some knowledge of website design and development as they can easily make a lot of money making sure a business’s website is updated as often as they need. ( Learn More )
YouTuber Being a teenage YouTuber is as simple as uploading videos to YouTube, but putting the time into editing your videos and then growing your channel could get to be a lot of work. However, if you are a 14-year-old that’s serious about becoming a YouTuber, then you certainly can, and should since the amount of money you could make is potentially endless. ( Learn More )
Summer Jobs For 14 year Olds
Artist A teenage artist can make money selling paintings, drawings, and other types of artwork at art fairs and other events in both summer and winter. You can also sell your art to friends and family members. Making money as a teenage artist requires some work, but if you are a skilled artist and passionate about what you’re doing, it’s an amazing job for any teen to have! ( Learn More )
Baker If you don’t mind spending some time in the kitchen and are a creative person, then you should become a teenage baker! You can get started today by whipping up some samples to share with friends and family members, then start advertising your services. Soon, you’ll be a teenage baker and making money when people place orders of cupcakes, cookies, or other sweet treats for their parties or events! ( Learn More )
Bike Mechanic Being a teenage bike mechanic is a great opportunity for 14-year-olds that are mechanically-inclined. To begin with, you’ll just need some tools, a good understanding of how a bike works, and a way to order replacement bike parts.
Car Detailer More than just a scrub with a hose and a big sponge, being a teenage car detailer involves being able to clean every detail of a car to get it looking absolutely perfect. Although it’s time-consuming work to make sure every part of a car – inside and outside – is sparkling clean, it’s also a very rewarding job for teens because people pay a lot of money for a good car detailer. ( Learn More )
Car Washer A teenage car washer is a great job to have in the summer when you can hook up a hose, fill some buckets with soapy water, and put up a sign to start making money in minutes. Be sure to do a good job if you want people to keep coming back, and add extra services like vacuuming out the inside of people’s cars to make even more money as a teenage car washer! ( Learn More )
Dog Walker A teenage car washer is a great job to have in the summer when you can hook up a hose, fill some buckets with soapy water, and put up a sign to start making money in minutes. Be sure to do a good job if you want people to keep coming back, and add extra services like vacuuming out the inside of people’s cars to make even more money as a teenage car washer! ( Learn More )
Farm Hand A teenage farm hand is someone who helps a farmer do all of the everyday tasks that need to be done around a farm. It’s a great job for a 14-year-old that wants to learn more about farming but might not be able to at home. You’ll have to work hard as a teenage farm hand, but you’ll also learn a lot and be able to make a lot of money while helping the farmer. ( Learn More )
Farm Worker If you already have some experience working around a farm, then you could be a teenage farm worker. A teenage farm worker does whatever is needed around the farm, like stacking hay, taking care of the animals, or plowing the fields. It’s a great job for teens if you are hard-working and are able to work without direct supervision since you might be ask to complete work on your own. ( Learn More )
Fence Painter As long as there are fences, there will be work for a teenage fence painter. This is a great job for a 14-year-old who’s willing to put in the work and make sure that the fences they paint look amazing when they’re done. It’s a good way to make extra money in the summer since that’s the time of year people spend more time outside and want their fences painted to look like new. ( Learn More )
Garage Cleaner As a teenage garage cleaner, you will help people keep their garages clean. People often don’t think about how dirty their garage gets, but with your help, they can keep their garage clean and organized. If you decide to become a teenage garage cleaner, you could get paid to help out by sweeping someone’s garage every week, or they might hire you for the weekend to clean out their storage area.
Garage Sale Assistant Someone who has a lot of stuff they want to get rid of but don’t have the time to have a garage sale themselves will hire you as a teenage garage sale assistant. Whether they pay you by the day or give you a percentage of the sales for helping out, you’ll be responsible for helping with every aspect of the garage sale, from setting up, running the sale, and packing up afterwards. ( Learn More )
Gardener As long as you’re not afraid of dirt and worms, you could be a teenage gardener and get paid to help people in your neighborhood with their gardens. This is a fun an interesting job for a 14-year-old because you could get to do all kinds of things, from carefully weeding in a beautiful flower garden to helping harvest vegetables in a big vegetable garden! ( Learn More )
Gift Basket Creator For creative teens that love getting people gifts, why not help other people give great gifts by becoming a teenage gift basket creator. You’ll need to buy all the supplies and come up with your own ideas, but making fun gift baskets that people buy from you to give as gifts is a fun and easy way to make money all year round, since people always find something to celebrate. ( Learn More )
Golf Caddy If you like getting lots of fresh air, you could be a teenage golf caddy. As such, you will be responsible for doing a number of things around the golf course like taking care of the property, checking the golf carts, selling people equipment, or even going around with the golfers to help carry their clubs for them. Being a teenage golf caddy can be a lot of fun although it takes hard work. ( Learn More )
House Sitter When people go away on vacation, they need a teenage house sitter to keep an eye on things. You’ll either have to check on the house a couple times a day, or they may even want you to stay there while they’re gone. What’s perfect about this job for teens is that even though it’s a lot of responsibility, you can also make a lot of money doing it. ( Learn More )
Household Assistant Sometimes, people are too busy to take care of everything around their home, or they may not be able to do so for some reason, so they hire a teenage household assistant to do it. This is a great job for 14-year-olds because it’s usually very simple housework that’s not too hard, and it’s usually something that you can do all year round. ( Learn More )
Landscaper Being a teenage landscaper is hard work, but it’s also one of the higher-paying jobs that you can get as a teen, especially if you are able to find a lot of homeowners and business owners to hire you, or if you’re able to work for a landscaping company. Most of the time, you’ll be able to learn on-the-job, which will help you get a lot of experience for future jobs! ( Learn More )
Lawn Mower If you can use a lawn mower, you can make money as a teenage lawn mower.
Lemonade Salesman One of the best summer jobs a 14-year-old can have is as a teenage lemonade salesman, especially on a hot summer day at a busy park or community event. What makes it such a great job is that it’s easy to gather the supplies you need, make the lemonade, and then start selling! Plus, as long as you have customers, you’ll be able to make a lot of money selling lemonade. ( Learn More )
Mascot As a teenage mascot, you’ll dress up in a costume and represent a sports team or a business. This can be a really fun job, and is great because you can usually find work as a teenage mascot all year round. You might find yourself spinning a sign at the side of the road to sell pizza, or getting the crowds excited at a high school football game! ( Learn More )
Model Teenage models are hired by a huge variety of companies that are looking to sell their products. It’s a very competitive business, but there’s such a need for models that you can find modeling jobs for teens as long as you keep looking. Being a teenage model is good for 14-year-olds that want to get paid to model clothing on the runway or for photo shoots or videos. ( Learn More )
Newspaper Deliverer You have to have a lot of stamina, but being a teenage newspaper deliverer can be a good job for teens. It’s something you could find yourself doing every day if you work for a company that puts out a newspaper every day, or less often if you’re working for a different company. As a teenage newspaper deliverer, you’ll need to make sure that the papers get to the right houses. ( Learn More )
Pet Sitter Being a teenage pet sitter is the perfect job for any 14-year-old that loves animals and is very responsible. You could watch the animals at your home or the owner’s, and will get paid to take care of them like they were your own while their real owner isn’t home. This is especially great work for teens during the summer and around holidays when people are traveling. ( Learn More )
Plant Sitter A teenage plant sitter has the important job of making sure that people’s plants are taken care of well while their owner is on vacation. It’s a great job for teens because as long as you can follow directions well on watering, sunlight, and fertilizing the plants, you can make money without having to do a lot of heavy lifting or time investment. ( Learn More )
Pool Cleaner Pools need to stay clean for people to be able to enjoy them, which is why you can make money as a teenage pool cleaner. It can be hard work, but it can also be a fun way to spend your summer making extra money.
Seed Salesman Whether you save seeds from your parents’ garden to sell or find a way to buy cheap seeds, being a teenage seed salesman is a great way for 14-year-olds to make some extra money in the spring and summer. Once you’ve got a bunch of fruit, vegetable, and flower seeds gathered together, you can start selling them to friends, family members, and neighbors to make lots of money as a teenage seed salesman! ( Learn More )
Shoe Shiner As long as people wear shoes, you can make money as a teenage shoe shiner. Nice leather shoes require constant cleaning to keep them looking amazing, but most people don’t have the time to shine their own shoes, which is when they’ll pay you. This is a good job opportunity for 14-year-olds because it doesn’t take much work to get started, and once you start, you’ll always have work! ( Learn More )
Water Salesman Since people need water, you’ll always be able to work as a teenage water salesman, especially if you set up a booth at a big event on a hot summer day. This is a great job for a 14-year-old since there is always something going on around town where you can go to sell water. Plus, it’s easy and requires a minimal amount of preparation and equipment to get started. ( Learn More )
Window Washer You shouldn’t be afraid of heights if you’re going to be a teenage window washer, since you may find yourself on a ladder cleaning the second-story windows of someone’s home or business. However, since homeowners and business owners like having clean windows but may not have the time to do it themselves, this is a great way to make money as a teen. ( Learn More )
Yard Sale Assistant Making money as a teenage yard sale assistant is a great way for a teen to spend their weekends during the summer. You’ll start working at least a day before the sale to get signs made and get everything set up, then continue through the sale by helping customers, and finish after the sale is over when everything is cleaned up again and you get paid. ( Learn More )
Winter Jobs For 14 Year Olds
Artist A teenage artist can make money selling paintings, drawings, and other types of artwork at art fairs and other events in both summer and winter. You can also sell your art to friends and family members. Making money as a teenage artist requires some work, but if you are a skilled artist and passionate about what you’re doing, it’s an amazing job for any teen to have!
Car Snow Remover Most people don’t like having to dig out and clean off their cars after it snows, which is why you can make money as a teenage car snow remover. This is the perfect job for 14-year-olds to have in the winter since you get to go out and make money every time it snows. The best way to make money this way is to set up a subscription service in advance with your neighbors. ( Learn More )
Garage Cleaner As a teenage garage cleaner, you will help people keep their garages clean. People often don’t think about how dirty their garage gets, but with your help, they can keep their garage clean and organized. If you decide to become a teenage garage cleaner, you could get paid to help out by sweeping someone’s garage every week, or they might hire you for the weekend to clean out their storage area. ( Learn More )
Gift Wrapper Being a teenage gift wrapper is the perfect way for a teen to make money around the holidays. People that barely have enough time to shop for gifts will be more than willing to pay you to wrap their gifts for them. As a teenage gift wrapper, you can work on your own if you have all the supplies you need, or you could work for a store that has a gift wrapping department. ( Learn More )
Holiday Decorator As a teenage holiday decorator, the decorating doesn’t have to stop once your own house is decorated. From there, you can actually get paid to help other people get their homes ready for the holidays. Many people just don’t have the time to decorate their own home, so if you’re great at decorating, then offer your services and get paid to make their house festive. ( Learn More )
Hot Chocolate Salesman The perfect job for any 14-year-old in the winter is as a teenage hot chocolate salesman. All you have to do is make some delicious hot chocolate, find a place to sell it, and start selling it to people. It’s a great job because everybody loves a nice mug of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day, so you can make a lot of money selling it where there are lots of people. ( Learn More )
Log Splitter Working as a teenage log splitter isn’t for just anyone. You have to be strong and hard-working. But, for those who are, this is a great way to make money. As a teenage log splitter, you will either work directly with people that have wood that needs to be split, or you could find wood on your own that you can then sell to people that need logs to build fires during the winter. ( Learn More )
Snow Shoveler Whether someone isn’t able to shovel their own snow or simply doesn’t want to, you can make money as a teenage snow shoveler all winter long! This is a good job for teens because getting started is as easy as going door-to-door with a shovel, offering to clear people’s sidewalks and driveways of freshly-fallen snow. You’ll have to be strong, but you’ll also make a lot of money! ( Learn More )
Soup Salesman To be a teenage soup salesman, you’ll need to know how to make soup, but that’s the only requirement, which is why it’s a great job for 14-year-olds.
Winter Clothes Creator If you want to be a teenage winter clothes creator, you’ll need to start with some basic abilities to sew, knit, or crochet. With those, you can begin to create a variety of winter clothes to sell to your friends, family members, and others. Some of the winter clothes that you can make to sell are scarves, hats, mittens, and sweaters. Just get some yarn or material and get to work! ( Learn More )
Jobs For 14 Year Olds that Pay Well
Though there are many jobs listed above, which of these are going to pay a 14 year old the most money? Generally speaking, most of the entrepreneurial types of jobs and freelance jobs listed in the " Online Jobs " area are the highest paying. However, these jobs are also the ones that take the longest to make a lot of money in. In order to be really successful in any of these types of positions, you'll need to spend quite a bit of time working really hard and you'll likely earn little income. However, after 6-12 months of hard work, it's very possible that you'll make quite a bit of income each month. We recommend the following jobs if you're looking to make a lot of money over time:
- Logo Designer
- Mobile App Developer
- Website Developer
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From traveling to disasters to working from home, there's many ways to volunteer in 2024.
With a presence in almost every country the world over and 140-plus years of history, the American Red Cross is one of the most widely recognizable nonprofit agencies of its kind. Since 1881, Red Cross volunteers have been coming to the aid of military members and families, and to areas of disaster, most often with supplies that were either donated or bought with donated money.
Following in that tradition is New Bedford resident Anthony Lessa Jr., who's interest in the organization, and in volunteerism, stems from childhood, when he witnessed his across-the-street neighbors' house on fire.
"I was probably about 10-12 years old," said Lessa, now 36. "It was like two in the morning; I started hearing all the commotion so I went outside to see."
Amidst the chaos, Lessa says he found himself fixated on Red Cross members who'd arrived on scene to aid and comfort the victims. The experience would inspire Lessa to join both the Red Cross and New Bedford Emergency Management when, at 18, he became of age.
Disaster relief becomes yearly pilgrimage
After years partaking in local efforts with both groups, in 2017, a two-week Red Cross deployment to Houston, Texas, for Hurricane Harvey started a new annual routine for Lessa; one he's faithfully continued right up to the recent Hurricane Idalia, which hit Florida on Aug. 30. It was Lessa's second consecutive Florida deployment, after helping with Hurricane Ian last year.
To make these deployments possible every year, Lessa sacrifices two weeks of vacation time earned at his job with the New Bedford Facilities and Fleet Management, which he says he's always happy to do.
"It's worth it," he said.
How can YOU help the Red Cross?
For those who don't have the means to volunteer in the same capacities as himself, Lessa says there's a breadth of opportunities to help the Red Cross that are as diverse as the people who volunteer for them.
"There's office work, blood drives — there's literally hundreds of things you can do," he said, noting some volunteer roles are even doable from home. "I do dispach sometimes if it's real busy."
To learn more about Red Cross volunteer opportunities, how to donate, trainings in things such as first-aid and CPR, or for information on events such as upcoming blood drives in your area, visit www.redcross.org.
To learn more about New Bedford Emergency Management, visit www.newbedford-ma.gov/emergency-management .
Who else could use your help ?
For all the volunteer opportunities offered by the Red Cross, they still don't come close to covering all the possible ways you can lend a helping hand. Here's some more ideas:
Help prevent suicides
In the years following the pandemic, there's been a noted spike in mental health issues. One manifestation of this has been the steady climb in call volume at the Call2Talk call center in Framingham, a state suicide prevention hotline.
"We did 110,498 [calls] in 2022," Call2Talk Vice President Eileen Davis said, noting the call center is on pace to reach about 120,000 calls for 2023. Back in 2019, volume was well below half that, at 51,812.
"This is a place where we're never going to go down when it comes to need."
Davis said the ratio of paid staff to volunteers manning phones at Call2Talk is about 50/50, with volunteers ranging from retirees to high school students.
Those looking to volunteer will sit through an information session, which Davis says are held at least once a month. From there, applicants are interviewed virtually by staff and then, if determined to be a good fit, are signed up for a training.
If interested in learning more about Call2Talk or other suicide hotline call center locations around the state, visit www.mass.gov/info-details/988-job-and-volunteer-opportunities .
Clean up your community
It's hard to tell how much litter is around until you see it bagged up. In Lakeville and in neighboring Middleboro resident-led community groups, the Lakeville Litter Lifters and Middleborough Mess Movers, plan dates to meet up and clean up a section of their respective towns. Through the years, the two groups have even had fun making it into a competition with one another.
According to Lakeville Litter Lifters Chairwoman Alicia Bredberg, a typical collection might amount to 12-16 bags of debris. Bredberg also noted how it's a "great way for young adults and teens to get community service hours for scholarships, church expectations and college resumes."
To see more about what these groups do, visit their pages at www.facebook.com/lakevillelitterlifters and www.facebook.com/MBMessMovers . Or, follow their lead and start talking to others in your community about assembling a cleanup group where you live.
Volunteer at an animal shelter
For animal lovers looking for a way to help in their own communities, this is an easy choice, with many shelters offering an array of volunteer opportunities.
At the Taunton Animal Care Facility in Taunton, Shelter Manager Rob Danielczyk says volunteers take on tasks such as cleaning kennels for new arrivals, washing dishes, and walking dogs.
"The volunteers are a big part of the shelter," Danielczyk said. "Some people want to experience hands-on what it's like to work at a shelter. Some people just have a passion for animals."
For those living in the Taunton area, volunteer applications for the Taunton Animal Care Facility are available in-person at 821 W. Water St., Taunton.
Those living elsewhere might check with local shelters near them for how to help.
9 Heartwarming Thanksgiving Volunteer Opportunities to Spread Joy and Give Back
Now that the season of giving is upon us, are you looking to give back to your community through opportunities to volunteer for Thanksgiving? You’re not alone. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that formal volunteers gave more than 4 billion hours of service from September 2020 to September 2021.
But knowing where to volunteer can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you want to volunteer on Thanksgiving—one of the most popular volunteer days of the year. Whether you want to donate time, money, goods or all three, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for everyone. And it won’t be only your community reaping the benefits ; you’ll gain skills and insights from volunteering . Keep reading to learn where to volunteer on Thanksgiving Day and how to find community service opportunities in your community.
9 opportunities to volunteer on Thanksgiving
This time of year is meant for gratitude, and many people put their gratitude into action by volunteering. Check out these nine ideas for where to volunteer on Thanksgiving so you can get involved in your community this holiday season.
1. Serve Thanksgiving meals at local food banks
Serving meals at a food bank or soup kitchen is one of the most common choices for Thanksgiving volunteers. As a day to give thanks and enjoy a meal with others, your local food bank might seem like the perfect place to volunteer. Just remember: Many people sign up to volunteer on Thanksgiving, so you might want to choose a different day to volunteer to ensure you’re helping when the soup kitchen or food bank is in need.
2. Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with the elderly
Meals on Wheels is a longstanding organization that helps deliver nutritious meals to elderly or disabled community members. Volunteering with the program is a great way to get out of the house and provide a vital service for your community. Many programs encourage volunteers to stay and visit with the recipient after making a delivery.
Delivering meals isn’t the only way to volunteer with the elderly or sick on Thanksgiving. Many hospitals and nursing homes invite community members to share a meal or spend time with residents during the holidays. Visiting with residents is a great way to help bring joy to those who don’t have someone to share the holidays with.
3. See if the animal shelter has opportunities to volunteer on Thanksgiving
Are you more of an animal person than a people person? Your local animal shelter or rescue is a great place to volunteer on Thanksgiving. Many shelters are overrun with pets and can use the extra help. Volunteering on a holiday also gives employees the chance to take a day off and spend time with their families and pets. Be ready to help where you can, even if that means cleaning a kennel in addition to playing with puppies.
4. Get a workout while helping a good cause
Even if you’re not training for a marathon, signing up for a turkey trot can be a fun way to get exercise while giving back. Most turkey trots and Thanksgiving Day races are sponsored by local organizations that give back to the community. Typically, entry fees and other donations go to a local charity or cause, often relating to food insecurity in the area.
Not much of a runner but still want to help out? Turkey trot races often need volunteers to help run the event itself. You might be able to help sign in participants at the beginning of the day or hand out water after the race.
5. Show appreciation for those who have to work during the holidays
Unfortunately, not everyone can enjoy a day off on Thanksgiving. Essential service providers—from first responders to road workers—often have to work on holidays. A great and easy way to show your appreciation is to deliver care packages with tasty treats and thank-you notes to those who have to work. Some places to deliver your goodie bags include the fire station, police station and hospital. Don’t forget the highway department if you live in an area with snow!
6. Put together care packages for soldiers
Local workers aren’t the only ones who can’t be with their families on Thanksgiving. Double your impact by putting together care packages for overseas troops in addition to local first responders. There are many programs to help you pack and mail care packages to soldiers stationed around the world. Try contacting your local VFW or other veterans organizations to see if there’s a program in your area.
7. Find volunteer opportunities to clean up your community on Thanksgiving
Who doesn’t enjoy clean streets or pristine community parks? Call your friends and family and make a day of picking up trash in your local area. Common places to start include hiking or walking trails, playgrounds and along roadways.
As a bonus, you’ll get a chance to spend some quality time walking with loved ones as you move through the park or down the road.
8. Host or work a donation drive
Hosting or working at food drives can be a rewarding opportunity to volunteer this Thanksgiving. Check your local community calendar for any upcoming donation events or start your own with family and friends.
You don’t have to donate just food, either. Other types of donation drives include winter clothing and toys to help bring joy to underserved families during the holidays.
9. Give your time to public resources
Your local public library, community center and schools are great places to volunteer. Depending on your skills and interests, you might be able to tutor students or host events like story time and arts and crafts. While they might not have volunteer opportunities on Thanksgiving Day, giving your time to these public resources directly benefits your community and helps take the stress off of employees during busy holiday seasons.
How to find Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities in your community
The easiest way to find local volunteer opportunities is to reach out to known community service organizations, such as faith-based groups or nonprofits in the area. Many of these organizations will have websites or social media pages with contact information for volunteers.
Another way to find Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities is to work with established national programs. For example, Feeding America is a nonprofit that helps raise money and food to lower food insecurity across America. They make it easy to find volunteer opportunities through their website, which can help you find and contact local food banks or soup kitchens.
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