Summers can be exciting for teenagers. My kids always wanted to find work and earn money. Unfortunately, valuable summer experiences and jobs are often difficult to find. Summer volunteer programs can be a lot more meaningful in the big scheme of things than low paying summer jobs or in some cases, being bored with nothing to do. Plus, teens can have the experience of seeing firsthand how different cultures view the world and hardships that others face on a daily basis.
Safe trips can be organized and sponsored by teachers or parents with the help of Global Leadership Adventures. Teen summer community service is considered a valuable part of most college applications. Students who have traveled to other countries to help and understand others typically develop compassion and wisdom beyond their years.
Of course, teen volunteer abroad must be organized with safety in mind. Teens need to be supervised and have access to proven programs that work. The experiences that they have need to be meaningful and worthwhile. Trips of this kind can help develop interests in careers that make the world a better place and enrich the lives of the teens themselves. Trips to other countries are more enjoyable when they are planned by those experienced with teens and the country itself. Well planned trips for teens give them opportunities to learn about other cultures and participate in activities that they would otherwise not have the chance to do.