High School Specials – helping our younger volunteers make an impact
Every year, thousands of young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 18 join our High School Special programmes to help make a difference around the globe.
During their time overseas, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work.
To celebrate this, we now produce detailed High School Specials Impact Reports. It’s our way of showing that when a programme is well structured, age is no barrier to making an impact.
Our Childcare, Teaching, Conservation and Medical projects all follow rigorous management plans. They focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
These plans are bespoke for each Project. They outline the aim of the Project and help us focus our resources on the most important goals. They also allow us to structure our work and monitor its impact.
They’re put together by doing detailed needs assessments alongside our partners and the communities in which we work.
Global Impact Database
To help us achieve our goals on several of our projects, we use the Global Impact Database.
This is a secure and anonymous database that we developed to identify specific areas of need. We use it to track the development of the children and adults that we work with, and monitor overall progress at our placements.
Each placement is assessed by staff and volunteers to establish what goals we need to work towards. Once we know what we need to do, we set up specialised checklists and profiles in the database and start working towards those goals.
In this way, volunteers build on each other’s efforts and progress, and contribute to long-term impact
We hope that you find the examples above as inspiring as we do. If you want to be part of our global efforts to make a real impact where it’s needed, we can help make that happen.