By Ashley Henshaw November 26, As a high school student, you might be wondering what you can do now to help change the world and better your community. Fortunately, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available for teens which can help you do just that. Today, teens are volunteering in a number of great organizations.
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Volunteers are a tremendous resource for charitable nonprofits. Absent volunteers, many charitable nonprofits would not be able to conduct programs, raise funds, or serve clients. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, volunteerism peaked between and , when Today, the numbers are far less. People are busy and more families may need to work fulltime, leaving less time for volunteering.
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From community service such as building homes to volunteering for environmental projects, travelers are looking for ways to give back, and the trend known as voluntourism gives them a unique opportunity to do so. Programs focus on volunteering vacations, close to home or abroad, for the entire family to participate in. Local charities have always relied on volunteer help, but many now welcome short stay visitors to contribute a helping hand wherever they can. Tourists are welcome as groundskeepers and chauffeurs, for example, if they plan ahead with the Orlando charity, Give Kids The World. Participants must be able to hike at least five miles per day and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian unless over years of age.
According to a new report issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service in collaboration with the U. Census Bureau and Independent Sector , 55 percent of American teenagers volunteered last year, compared to only 29 percent of adults. Of those, 65 percent had also participated in related activities typically associated with service learning, such as planning a service project or writing about it in class.