Are you wondering what the age requirement is of a specific volunteer program? This article will answer all your questions concerning the minimum and maximum age requirements of our volunteer programs.
It’s usually the volunteer organizations on our platform that decide about the age requirement for their volunteer programs. You will find out if there’s a minimum age requirement for the program on the volunteer program's page underneath the "Program Requirements" subcategory.
Volunteer World, however, developed our own age requirements based on legal and ethical standards. Please note that volunteer programs with an educational or childcare focus have a minimum age requirement of 18 years. No exemptions are granted in these cases.
Minimum age restrictions
We recently introduced the option to filter programs by selecting your age if you are a minor. You can do so by clicking on the blue "More filter" button in the top right corner of the program overview and moving the slider to your age (at the time of travel).
If you are under 16 years old
We offer a limited number of volunteer programs for under 16-year-olds on our platform. If you meet the program requirements, you will need the permission of your legal guardians.
Moreover, we strongly advise that the legal guardian accompanies the minor in this situation.
If you are under 18 years old
If you are under 18, and meet the program requirements, you are more than welcome to apply for volunteer programs on our platform. Please keep in mind that you will need permission from your legal guardian to volunteer abroad.
We advise the legal guardians to genuinely consider whether the minor is prepared to volunteer abroad alone and if in doubt, to accompany the minor.
There are many programs on our platform that accept minors. Some welcome volunteers with a minimum age of 16, while others primarily accept over 17-year-olds.
If you are over 18 years old
The majority of our programs has a minimum age of 18 or older. If you are at least 18 years old, you don't need permission from your legal guardian or need to be accompanied by them. Remember, to participate in education and childcare volunteer programs, you need to be at least 18 years old.
Maximum age restrictions
Our volunteer programs do not have a maximum age limit. We only recommend working abroad if you feel physically strong and highly motivated to do volunteer work. We recently introduced the category 50+ to indicate programs that are suitable for more mature volunteers. You can select this category by clicking on the blue "More filter" button at the top of the program overview and tick the box "50+" in the "Suitable for" section. The project coordinator can give you detailed information about the average age of their volunteer program.