Youth Support in the USA


Educational Support Chicago

Join Love Volunteers on volunteer programs in the USA supporting the disempowered youth of Chicago and be part of the long term solution. 

Please see the 'Additional Info.' section for procedures in place during the pandemic.

This program focuses on the in-need youth of Chicago; those kids who struggle day-to-day with a lack of support and resources. Schools often aren't provided with sufficient funding and resources to cater for all young people's needs and families and communities are often unable to provide sufficient after-school opportunities and safe spaces for children and teens. This program works with local community organizations on projects which bridge these gaps, providing young people with positive experiences from which to learn and grow and thrive. 

This program is perfect for volunteers with a passion for education and youth mentoring. Working with a range of projects ensures there is scope to match volunteer skill-sets with community needs to achieve a rewarding outcome for all.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide support to schools, educational facilities and after-school programs
  • Improve the prospects of US children trapped in the poverty cycle
  • Encourage young people to continue in education
  • Enable exchange between volunteers and communities that cross cultural, religious and socio-economic barriers 

How You Can Help

Volunteers in the US provide much-needed labor on essential projects working to improve access to educational resources and provide safe spaces for disadvantaged youth. Participants on this program should have a 'can-do' attitude and a passion for improving the life and prospects of American children and teens. 

As the program works with a variety of community organizations, volunteers will be paired with the project that has the greatest need and which most closely aligns with their skill-sets. This ensures that the work our volunteers undertake is both meaningful and beneficial to the communities they serve and worthwhile and rewarding for the volunteer themselves. 

Volunteer work will vary depending on the projects being undertaken at the time of placement and may be within public schools, community centers, summer camps, playgrounds or after-school programs. Volunteers can expect to be involved in activities such as:

  • Assisting with educational and after-school programming
  • Helping to organize, manage and develop resources 
  • Beautifying and maintaining safe spaces and public schools
  • Tutoring children and teens



Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over (17 with parental consent) who wish to help create a brighter future for children through the power of mentorship and education. This project best suits those with experience and/or qualifications in the field of youth development and education but volunteers who simply wish to explore an interest in this field are also welcomed as there are many ways you can assist.  

Importantly, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you we want you on the team!

Additionally, volunteers applying to join this program will be required to supply to following documentation:

  • Emergency contact
  • Police check
  • Resume

Find out how to obtain a police check here

Project Location

USA, Chicago

Chicago is culture, cuisine and seriously cool!

Lying on the shores of Lake Michigan the city is washed by breezes (often gusts!) which help to propel visitors from one sight and experience to the next.  There is just so much to see, do and taste in this city!

Chicago is well known for its incredible cuisine so you'll need to do some walking to ease the belt buckles!  That's not a problem when there's so much amazing architecture to enjoy, either in passing or up-close and personal, and great beaches and parks in which to get active - or to relax.

With a massive population of close to 3 million, Chicago attracts serious sporting and musical talent so it's very likely that your visit will coincide with entertainment of either variety to enjoy during your free time.

What an incredible location in which to be based as a Love Volunteer!

Start Dates & Duration

Minimum 1 week

This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks. Longer stays can be arranged directly with the local team, but will be subject to availability and individual visa conditions.

Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

For current available start dates please check the calendar on the right.

Arrival & Orientation

Breakfast , Airport Pickup Included

Volunteers are met on arrival into Chicago by our local representative and taken to the hostel to settle in. A welcome dinner for new and current volunteers is a great opportunity to get to know each other!

Monday is Orientation Day, designed to help volunteers feel supported and comfortable in their new environment. The orientation will cover negotiating the public transport system and will include a visit to the project site and brief introduction by the community partner. 

    • Arrival Day: SUNDAY 8AM - 8PM
    • Departure Day: SATURDAY 
    • Arrival Airport: O'Hare International Airport (code: ORF, ORD)

    Accommodation & Meals

    Public Hostel / Meals Included

    Volunteers on this project are accommodated at one of Chicago's popular hostels within convenient access to metro stations, restaurants and the many attractions of this great city. Volunteers will stay in shared dormitory-style rooms of various sizes, with shared bathroom facilities. 

    All standard amenities are available in the hostel, including lockers, free Wi-fi, communal areas in which to relax, kitchenette, 24 hour front desk and even an on-site restaurant and bar with 10% discount offered to guests!  Linen is provided and towels are available for a small charge so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries. A laundromat is close by.

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    Volunteers are provided with a complimentary buffet breakfast every day at the hostel. Other meals are a chance to experience the amazing culture and cuisine on offer. Simply get a few of your fellow hostel mates together and head out to one of the many local restaurants, bars or cafes and enjoy all the local and international delicacies on offer....Easy!


    From USD 769
    Program fee:
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    USD 769

    That’s just USD 110 per day* for:

    • Airport pick-up on arrival
    • Orientation & full safety briefing
    • Accommodation (as specified above)
    • Food & Meals (as specified above)
    • 24/7 local support network
    • Project placement & onsite supervision

    *In addition to the program fees listed above a Registration Fee is payable to secure your place. The registration fee is USD 299 for those volunteering with Love Volunteers for the first time or USD 149 for any subsequent volunteer placements. The registration fee includes: lifetime LV Alumni Membership, fundraising support & advice, dedicated pre-departure support, certificate of completion (on request), and exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner.

    Some things are not included in the program fees listed above, such as flights, visas, vaccinations, travel insurance, additional foods and snacks, spending money, local transport, in-country trips and excursions, return airport transfer (unless mentioned above).

    Please note that prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure you have read the Love Volunteers Terms and Conditions & Refund Policy.

    Additional Info

    Changes to the Education Support program in response to COVID-19:

    Please note that, due to the current COVID environment and government regulations, the Educational Support project as been amended for the time being. Volunteers are not able to interact directly with children as a preventative health measure and schools/after-school programming are not currently operating as normal. We will do our best to facilitate a youth support related project within the community but it is important to understand that the project will be experiencing disruptions and the focus may need to change to one such as Community Development. It's important to keep in mind that the most important thing is to support these communities (especially those most heavily affected) based on what they need!

    COVID-19 Safety Measures in the USA:

    We will be engaging in the following steps to ensure both volunteer and partner safety.

    • Ensure soap and hand gel are available at all placements (get to partners, housing, maybe supply)
    • If necessary, provide additional masks and gloves at the placements if a volunteer is unable to bring their own
    • Ensure partners are taking the necessary steps as listed below to ensure partner and volunteer safety 
    • Ensure the coordinator will wear a mask and engage in other preventative measures such as social distancing when interacting with the volunteers 
    • Provide up-to-date and accurate information to our volunteers regarding safe volunteering practices

    Housing Partners Will:

    • Post informational signage throughout the property informing guests of best practices and how to reduce the spread of the virus
    • Develop intensified cleaning practices for all areas of the accommodation 
      • Including but not limited to: regularly wiping down all commonly touched surfaces such as door handles, faucet handles and shower handles, increased bathroom sanitization 
    • Implement social distancing practices
      • Such as but not limited to reducing the number of guests assigned to each dorm style/shared room. 
    • Require staff and guests to wear protective gear in common areas
    • Follow CDC recommendations plan if clients or staff show COVID-19 symptoms

    Community Partners Will:

    • Provide any cleaning supplies/protective gear necessary to complete tasks assigned to the volunteers
    • Depending upon their project site will engage in whatever routine sanitation practices are applicable
    • Require all coordinators/employees to engage in social distancing practices, wear masks, and routinely wash hands

    Orientation Activity Partners Will:

    • Encourage and enforce social distancing
    • Limit their capacity especially if the activity is located within a building 
    • Ensure their staff wears protective gear

    Volunteers Will Be Asked To:

    • Obtain a COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival and present proof of testing before/upon arrival.
    • Bring their own masks and wear them consistently when interacting with others 
    • Consistently wash their hands or use hand sanitizer 
    • Notify NetWork Volunteers if they display any of the symptoms of COVID-19
    • Not share items with other volunteers unless properly sanitized 
    • Follow all safe and outlined volunteer practices 
    • Follow necessary public transportation safety practices as outlined by the city’s transit authority