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Top Schoolies Volunteer Programs 2017

Find the best Schoolies Volunteer Programs for 2017

What better way to celebrate Schoolies and the end of high school life than volunteering overseas. You’ll be travelling to exotic destinations with endless adventure possibilities, while also giving back to communities (and giving your CV an extra boost before being seen by future employers).

Every year, hundreds of high school leavers travel overseas to volunteer with IVHQ during Schoolies. Whether you want to travel solo or with a group of school mates, IVHQ provides an affordable and meaningful way to make the most of your Schoolies break.

Here are IVHQ’s top Schoolies volunteer programs for 2017, along with key information, including program dates, fees, inclusions, and inspiration for awesome weekend adventures…

Schoolies in Bali

When many think of Schoolies, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay often spring to mind, but volunteering in Bali for Schoolies gives you the opportunity to one up your beach experience and your schoolmates. While you’ll be volunteering in the cultural hub of Ubud (or on the island of Nusa Penida if you’re a Turtle Conservation volunteer), there are plenty of opportunities to get in the mix of the white sand beaches and clear waters during your free time. You’ll find the Balinese people to be incredibly welcoming and grateful for your support on community driven projects, whether you’re volunteering in Teaching English, Kindergarten, Healthcare, Environmental Education, or participating in IVHQ’s popular Construction and Renovation and Turtle Conservation projects. There’s also the option to go beyond the standard 1-week Schoolies break and volunteer for up to 12 weeks, ensuring you can make the most of the time you have available.

A IVHQ volunteer teacher in Bali during Schoolies

What you need to know for schoolies in Bali:

  • Start your volunteer program on 20 & 27 November or 4 December 2017
  • Travel time from Melbourne: 5hrs 59mins, Brisbane: 6hrs 4mins, Sydney: 6hrs 15mins
  • Around 50% of volunteers in Bali during Schoolies are aged between 18 and 20
  • Join a volunteer program for 1 week or extend your Schoolies break for up to 12 weeks!
  • Program fees start from $370AUD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

What you *have* to do in your free time:

Jump on a speedboat to the island of Lombok, it’s well-known among travelers for the remarkable Gili Islands. Spend your weekends on the white sandy beaches of Gili Meno, snorkel with turtles, join a yoga class on Gili Air, earn your scuba diving licence, or party the night away on Gili Trawangan. For those looking for adventure, try tackling the mighty Gunung Rinjani, which towers 3,000 metres into the clouds, luring trekkers to its chilly summit.

Bali weekend adventures for IVHQ volunteers during Schoolies

Schoolies in Cambodia

Cambodia is a popular destination for volunteer travellers with really affordable programs fees, starting from $230AUD per week (for a minimum duration of 2 weeks). While not a typical Schoolies break destination, here you can contribute to important community projects, such as Teaching English, Childcare, Special Needs Care, Computer Support or NGO Support. Make the most of your free time and the adventures at your doorstep, including exploring the world-renowned temples of Angkor Wat.

Volunteer in Cambodia with IVHQ during Schoolies

What you need to know for schoolies in Cambodia:

  • Start your volunteer program on 20 November or 4 December 2017
  • Travel time from Melbourne: 9hrs 12mins, Brisbane: 9hrs, Sydney: 9hrs 13 mins
  • Around 40% of volunteers during Schoolies are aged between 18 and 20
  • Join a volunteer program for 2 weeks or extend your Schoolies break for up to 24 weeks!
  • Program fees start from $230AUD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

What you *have* to do in your free time:

Take an affordable 5-hour bus ride from Phnom Penh and find yourself kicking back on the beaches of Sihanoukville, scuba diving in uncharted waters, feasting on local seafood, getting amongst the vibrant nightlife, or taking your adventures further by visiting one of the more isolated surrounding islands. The temples of Siem Reap are also a big draw card for Schoolies volunteers. Journey through this UNESCO World Heritage Site to discover dozens of temple ruins, including the magnificent Angkor Wat. If you’re up for an early start, show up at sunrise for the best photo-taking opportunities. Siem Reap also doubles as an ideal base for a weekend - roam through the Old Market, grab a drink down Pub Street, or take a boat tour through the Chong Kneas Floating Village.

Exploring Cambodia as an IVHQ volunteer during Schoolies

Schoolies in Nepal

Nepal is a popular choice for Australian volunteers, as you’re able to travel far from home (but not too far) at an affordable price for your Schoolies break. As a volunteer in Nepal, you’ll be based in one of 4 locations, either Kathmandu, Chitwan, Chitlang or Pokhara. Each destination is unique and offers meaningful ways to contribute to Nepalese communities, while supporting projects including Teaching English, Childcare and Healthcare. Nepal offers a truly unique Schoolies experience, far from the beaches and bars of the Gold Coast, amidst a tranquil mountainous back-drop.

Become an IVHQ volunteer in Nepal during Schoolies 2017

What you need to know for Schoolies in Nepal:

  • Start your volunteer program on 20 November or 4 December 2017
  • Travel time from Melbourne: 12hrs 22mins, Brisbane:& 12hrs 16mins, Sydney 12hrs 36mins
  • Around 50% of volunteers during Schoolies are aged between 18 and 20
  • Join a volunteer program for 2 weeks or extend your Schoolies break for up to 24 weeks!
  • Program fees start from $320AUD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

What you *have* to do during your free time:

Take a trip to the Chitwan National Park, stay in a jungle resort and experience many adventurous activities on offer. Some highlights of the jungle safari include; an elephant safari, jungle walk, canoe trip, visit to an elephant breeding center, elephant bathing and dancing with the locals from the Tharu tribe.

Travelling through Nepal as an IVHQ volunteer during Schoolies

Schoolies in Fiji

If you love being immersed in new cultures and are prepared to discover a home away from home, you’ll love volunteering in Fiji during Schoolies. From Monday to Friday, contribute to meaningful volunteer projects in Suva, including Teaching, Kindergarten, Sports Education or Construction and Renovation, and save your weekend for exploring the beauty of the island and its white sand beaches. You’ll also have the chance to learn the local customs and traditions during a 2-day orientation hosted by IVHQ’s local team.

Volunteer teachers in Fiji with IVHQ during schoolies

What you need to know for Schoolies in Fiji:

  • Start your volunteer program on 20 November or 4 December 2017
  • Tavel time from Melbourne: 5hrs 18mins, Brisbane: 3hrs 56mins, Sydney 4hrs 28mins
  • Around 50% of volunteers in Fiji during Schoolies are aged between 18 and 20
  • Join a volunteer program for 1 week or extend your Schoolies break for up to 12 weeks!
  • Program fees start from $430AUD which includes airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country 24/7 support

What you *have* to do during your free time:

For those volunteers interested in traveling on the weekends, there are endless destinations and activities to choose from, including the Pacific Harbour and Coral Coast, relaxing on the white sand beaches of Mamanucas, or diving with manta rays in the Yasawas.

Exploring the islands of Fiji as an IVHQ volunteer during schoolies

Schoolies in Vietnam

Offering a volunteer program in Ho Chi Minh, volunteering in Vietnam is a top contender for an alternative Schoolies break. Not only do you have a range of destinations and projects to choose from, including Teaching English, Special Needs/Childcare, Medical and Food Outreach. You’ll also be based in a bustling Vietnamese city, bursting with culture, adventure and other travellers from around the world. Travelling further afield during your free time can see you laying on a beach, cruising down the Mekong Delta, haggling at a local market, or hiking in the mountains. Your Schoolies in Vietnam could become the biggest adventure of your life!

IVHQ Food Outreach project volunteer in Vietnam

What you need to know for Schoolies in Vietnam:

  • Start your volunteer program in Vietnam on the 20 & 27 November or 4 December 2017
  • Travel time from Melbourne: 8hrs 50mins, Sydney: 9hrs, Brisbane: 8hrs 39mins
  • Around 40% of volunteers during Schoolies are aged between 18 and 20
  • Join a volunteer program for 1 week or extend your Schoolies break for up to 12 weeks!
  • Program fees start from $320AUD which includes airport pickup, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support

What you *have* to do during your free time:

For volunteers based in Ho Chi Minh, a short flight is all it takes to visit Ha Long Bay. Boasting thousands of limestone karsts and isles of various sizes and shapes along the 120 kilometre coastline of Bai Chay Beach, it’s no wonder that Ha Long Bay ranks among one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. You should add a trip to Sapa to your weekend list - a little village perched on a hillside valley, tucked away in the north-west of Vietnam. If you’re into hiking, this is the place for you! Otherwise, take a 5-hour bus trip from Ho Chi Minh to Mui Ne Bay. There are plenty of reasonably priced tourist resorts to be found here, but the place still retains its local charm! The beaches are a haven for surfers, kite surfers and wind surfers alike, but if relaxing on a beach with a book and watching the people go by is more your thing, you’ll be in your element at Mui Ne!

Exploring the streets of Vietnam as an IVHQ volunteer during schoolies

IVHQ also offers volunteer programs perfect for an alternative Schoolies break in the Philippines, China, Laos, Sri Lanka, India, and Thailand. Or for those looking at getting further away from home should check out all IVHQ’s 30+ destinations or take this take this interactive quiz to get matched perfectly to a volunteer destination.

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