Youth Support in the USA

Miami

Educational Support Miami

Volunteer in the US with Love Volunteers and support marginalised youth in the stunning city of Miami! Through a dedicated local non-profit this program places volunteers on projects to improve young people's access to and fullfillment from education.

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

Created with the mission of supporting children and teens from disadvantaged backgrounds, this program works with grass-roots organizations helping children and teens achieve their full potential. While everyone would agree that education is critical to young people's future success, unfortunately many do not have access to the environment and resources they need to develop to their full potential. Combating the effects of underfunded schools, a lack of safe spaces and no access to after-school programs is the focus of the hard-working organizations this program supports.

Volunteers will be paired with a project that best suits their skill-sets while taking into account the needs of the community to ensure that the work undertaken is mutually beneficial and rewarding 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 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

Requirements

17yo+

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, Miami

Miami is bold and beautiful!  

Beaches are the most obvious drawcard but there is so much more to this city than just sun, surf and sand. The creative art and design scene provides a feast for the eyes whilst the famous cuisine provides a feast for the taste-buds. This city's ability is entertain is well-known, particularly after the sun sets, but daytime activities are just as engaging: think strolls through tropical gardens with exotic bird life and enjoying the sea breeze along Virginia Key with an eye out for marine life. 

Miami offers a sun-drenched balm for the senses to volunteers who choose to give their time to a worthwhile project in the city.
 

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 Miami 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 fellow volunteers. 

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: Miami International Airport (code: MIA)

    Accommodation & Meals

    Public Hostel / Meals Included

    Volunteers on this project are accommodated in a popular hostel on Collins Ave, right in the heart of South Beach. Within easy reach of the beach, local stores and restaurants this is a fantastic base from which to enjoy the many attractions this great city has to offer - as well as an easy commute to the project sites. 

    Volunteers are housed in shared dormitory rooms with ensuite bathrooms or can upgrade to a private room if preferred.

    The hostel is modern and fully equipped with everything required for an enjoyable stay (and more!), including free WiFi, storage lockers, in-house restaurant with 10% discount for guests, 24 hour front desk, communal areas and swimming pool (perfect for relaxing at the end of the day!) Bed linen and towels are provided so volunteers need only bring personal toiletries. Laundry facilities are available for a small fee. 

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    A classic Miami breakfast is available daily at the hostel and included in the program fee. Lunch and dinner provide the opportunity to experience the amazing culture and cuisine on offer in this vibrant location. 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!

    Fees

    From USD 609
    Program fee:
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    USD 609

    That’s just USD 87 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 project 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 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 us 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