What would your advice be for teenagers thinking about doing a trip like this?
Lisa: Research the culture of the destination before you go to minimise the culture shock and help you settle in quicker.
Stephanie: Definitely do it as it is a great experience. You make life long memories and possibly friends, and the volunteering experience stands out on your CV or university application.
Bessie: Do it! You may not get the opportunity to do something like this again and it’s so valuable, not just in terms of improving your skills but in making friends, experiencing new cultures and making a difference at the same time. And when you get there, take steps outside of your comfort zone. Say yes to as many things as possible and get involved in as much as you can; the experience will be so much better if you’re joining in and making memories rather than watching from the sidelines.
Thinking about joining one of our summer High School Specials? You can find out everything you need to know here. If you’d like to chat to someone who has been on one of these programmes before, we can arrange that for you – or you can speak to one of our Programme Advisors for more information.
This is a personal account of one volunteer’s experience on the project and is a snapshot in time. Your experience may be different, as our projects are constantly adapting to local needs and building on accomplishments. Seasonal weather changes can also have a big impact. To find out more about what you can expect from this project we encourage you to speak to one of our friendly staff.