Not for everybody but if you want to make an instant impact and leave a long lasting legacy then you might be interested in working with young adults.
As you know young adults at 14 - 18 years old are going through many changes and need the support of the local community. Teenagers require role models and this is where you come in.
This is not an easy option and will be hard work and will test your patience to the very limits like they have never been tested before...however the rewards are great and you can make friends very quickly with young people from backgrounds that you would rarely meet in your local neighbourhood.
We need volunteers who enjoy a challenge, can work as part of a busy team and can take the knocks. You need to be flexible and very open minded and willing to have a go at absolutely anything.
In all cases you will communicate in English that is unlikely to be the first language of the young adults in your care...sign language will always come in useful and you will need to talk confidently and carefully so you can understand. Clearly if you can learn the local language (at least some anyway!) then this will be well received.
As a result you do need to have had some prior knowledge of working with this age group. However if you are interested in absolutely anything (from computers to sewing to sport to music) and feel you have the personal qualities we are looking for then we would encourage you to apply to us.
If you are interested in working with disadvantaged teenagers and young adults from the slums around Mendoza in Argentina then click here.
If you are interested in working with a youth club in Tukums in Latvia then click here.