Are you wondering about the age requirement of a specific volunteer program? No worries, this article will answer all of your questions concerning the minimum and maximum age of the platform's volunteer programs. 

Usually, the volunteer organisations on our platform can decide about the age requirement of their volunteer programs on their own. Whether there is a minimum age, you will find on the volunteer program's page below the subcategory "Program Requirements". 

However, Volunteer World developed some age requirements based on legal and ethical standards. Please note that volunteer programs having an educational or childcare focus need to have a minimum age of at least 18 and no exemptions are granted.

Minimum age restrictions

We recently introduced the possibility 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 amount of volunteer programs for under 16-year-olds on our platform. However, if you meet the program requirements you will definitely need the permission of your legal guardians. 

Moreover, we strongly advise that the legal guardian accompanies the minor. 

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. Nevertheless please keep in mind that you will need a permission of your legal guardian to volunteer abroad. 

We strongly advise the legal guardians to genuinely weigh up if the minor is prepared to volunteer abroad and in case of doubt accompany the minor. 

There are many programs on our platform that also accept minors to volunteer. Some welcome volunteers with a minimum age of 16, others accept primarily 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 a permission or accompaniment of your legal guardian. 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 an upper age limit, although 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 volunteers of a certain age. 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 section "Suitable for". The project coordinator can give you detailed information about the typical age of a specific volunteer program.

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