FAQs for high school volunteer programs
• What age can I join PHIVolunteering?
• Are PHIVolunteering’s teen volunteer programs safe?
• What information do my parents need?
• Can I do any PHIVolunteering program or project?
• How do the guardian consent forms affect me?
• Will someone be there to meet me at the airport?
• Who will accompany me abroad?
• Will there be people my age on the program?
What age can I join PHIVolunteering?
There are a number of ways you can volunteer with PHIVolunteering depending on your age:
Under 15: You’re able to volunteer as part of a group (for example, a group of students from your high school) with parental/guardian consent. You’ll need to be accompanied on the program by a designated guardian over the age of 18.
15 – 18 years old: You have the option to join two different types of teen volunteer abroad programs.
PHIVolunteering’s Supervised Youth Adventures are fully supervised programs available to 15 – 17 year olds, which allow teenagers to travel independently and experience a set volunteer abroad itinerary with a group of other teenagers from around the globe. You are required to gain parental consent and two satisfactory character references. These packages are only available in exclusive destinations, as you will be supported 24/7 in-country by a local coordinator in lieu of a guardian abroad.
The second option, Independent High School Programs, is for 16 and 17 year olds who wish to participate independently on a program with parental consent and two satisfactory character references. You can choose from volunteer projects in more than 20 destinations and will receive 24/7 support from the local team, but not full time supervision.
Are PHIVolunteering’s teen volunteer programs safe?
PHIVolunteering places thousands of young volunteers around the world each year and we are committed to ensuring teen and high school volunteer programs are safe, reliable and responsible. We do this by providing the following support and services in each destination:
•PHIVolunteering Local Teams: PHIVolunteering partners with local volunteer organizations in each program location. Our local teams are responsible for providing 24/7 support to volunteers throughout the duration of their volunteer program. PHIVolunteering has a careful selection process in choosing our local teams and every program that PHIVolunteering offers has been personally inspected and approved by PHIVolunteering staff. We have experienced the programs first-hand, vetted the local teams and provided comprehensive PHIVolunteering program management training. Our local teams are well equipped to provide effective volunteer programs and take care of you in-country.
•Airport pick-ups: Our local teams meet our volunteers as soon as they arrive. If arriving by plane, the local team will pick you up from the airport. If a flight is delayed, they’ll be there to collect you when you land. If arriving overland (for example, if you plan to travel in the country before your volunteer program starts), our local team will make alternate arrangements for your pick-up so they can meet you.
•Volunteer accommodation: Teen volunteers are accommodated with other volunteers in a safe community near their volunteer placements. Our accommodation providers have been hosting international guests for many, many years and are well versed in hosting visitors who are new to the country. You can be sure that you and your dietary requirements will be well looked after. Plus, our placements and accommodation locations are continually monitored by our staff to ensure our volunteers are happy and comfortable.
•24/7 support: When you apply to volunteer abroad with PHIVolunteering, you’ll be connected with a dedicated Program Manager. They’re experts when it comes to volunteering abroad and will help you prepare for your volunteer abroad journey. Once you arrive at your volunteering destination, you’ll be met by the local team, who are on hand 24/7 to provide assistance on any matter, from making the most of your volunteer project to tips on how to spend your free time.
What information do my parents need?
We understand there are a lot of questions that parents and guardians have when it comes to sending their children abroad. From pre-departure checklists to in-country specifics, we’ve thought out every aspect of our teen and high school volunteer programs.
To start, we recommend you read our volunteer abroad information for parents. This guide aims to provide you with a base understanding of what makes PHIVolunteering the most trusted volunteer provider. Our experienced Program Managers are here to provide you with any additional support and answers to any questions you have once your teen has applied for a volunteer program or package.