Educational Mentoring

founded in 2010
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Coordinator | Nicole
Coordinator | Nicole
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Support community projects working with the city's most vulnerable youth
Mentor young people to provide hope and encouragement for a brighter future
Instil a love for learning in the city's young people
Experience the history and culture of this vibrant city
Make a real difference!
Assist with community projects in Philadelphia to support the city's vulnerable youth and reduce the impact of poverty. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+

Volunteer to support disadvantaged youth in the historic city of Philadelphia, USA. Working with an experienced local partner, Love Volunteer's participants will support youth education and well-being while experiencing one of America’s most culturally rich cities.

This important program was created with the goal of supporting under-privileged children and their schools, developing resources and safe, sanitary and beautiful learning and cultural spaces they can be proud of! Unfortunately, state-funded schools, especially those in poorer areas, simply don’t have the resources to maintain educational and extra-curricular spaces and equipment.  This initiative was developed to put the love back into schools and revamp or develop the spaces needed to help young people thrive.  By providing a calm and encouraging environment to learn, develop and grow you’ll be helping change the lives of impoverished children.  Providing the right facilities shows students they are important and improves their self-worth, creating a solid foundation to lead enriched lives.

This diverse program promises to keep volunteers busy across a range of projects and needs.  Volunteers will bring their own experience and strengths that will greatly aid schools provide facilities to help their youth shine.

Goals of this Project:

  • Provide support to schools and educational facilities 
  • Improve the prospects of some of the United State’s most impoverished children, and help them to break the poverty cycle,
  • Enable exchange between volunteers and communities that cross cultural, religious and socio-economic barriers 
  • Keep children in education for longer by supporting their needs 

How you can help

Volunteers play an integral role in achieving the goals of this project.  They provide a much-needed labor force to work directly within classrooms, libraries, school facilities and playgrounds to provide the infrastructure and tools needed to aid student’s educational journey. A can-do attitude and tons of enthusiasm and energy is required to fuel volunteers to make a difference.  Volunteers could help on a number of different projects,  including clean ups, painting and maintenance  work, playground and garden development and designing and assembling new spaces for students.  Work could also include simply organising and developing resources and teaching aids in classrooms and libraries, a task over-worked teachers lack time for. Volunteers on this program make a real difference to the lives of children, helping them to achieve a higher education and supporting their developing needs.

Volunteers will contribute in a number of ways and can expect to undertake the following tasks:

  • Work in classrooms and libraries developing facilities, resources and learning tools
  • Work around schools and playgrounds to develop or maintain facilities
  • Work on beautification projects of all scopes and sizes

Typical day

Volunteers on the Youth Support program in Philly can expect to work for around 5 hours per day, Monday to Friday, with weekends free to enjoy this incredible location. While we ask for flexibility a typical day will look something like this: 

7:00am Breakfast at the Hostel

8:15am Travel to the project site

8:45am Pre-start meeting with the program supervisor


Lunch is taken at midday at an eatery near to the project site


Afternoons and evenings are free to relax and explore the experiences Philly has to offer.

Free-time activities

Philadelphia, known fondly as 'Philly', is the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania and one of the oldest settlements in the US, dating back to 1682.  A Unesco World Heritage City, Philly maintains the charms of its small town roots whilst embracing the glamour and culture of the modern metropolis it has become.


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Required Documents
Emergency Contact and CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Love Volunteers welcomes all those 18 years and over 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.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 14:00

What's Included

Services by Love Volunteers
  • Dedicated pre-departure support
  • Exclusive access to the LV Trip Planner! 
  • Orientation & full safety briefing on arrival
  • Accommodation 
  • 24/7 local support network 
  • Project placement & onsite supervision
  • Lifetime LV Alumni Membership
  • The opportunity to make a REAL difference!
  • Certificate of Completion (on request)
  • LV registration fee
Airport Pickup at Philadelphia International Airport

Volunteers are met on arrival into Philadelphia 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: Philadelphia International Airport (code PHL)


    Volunteers on this project are accommodated at one of Philly's popular hostels within convenient access to metro stations, restaurants and the many attractions of this vibrant 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 hot showers and modern bathrooms, air conditioning/ceiling fans, microwave, bed linen and free drinking water. 

    Youth Hostel
    Food & Beverages
    Volunteers are provided with a traditional Philly breakfast every day at the hostel (included in the program fee). They then have the opportunity to use other meals times 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!
    Internet Access
    Good access at the project site
    What's NOT included?
    Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
    Flight Tickets
    The nearest airport is Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) in Philadelphia. We assist you to find cheap flights to United States.
    Travel Insurance
    Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for United States provides security and is a plus to have.
    If you are intending to volunteer in United States you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for United States.

    Dates & Fees


    Details on arrival

    This project is available year-round and programs start every SUNDAY. Spaces on this project are limited and therefore subject to availability. Early booking is recommended.

    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    4 - 12 weeks

    Program fees

    Costs: Prices in USD
    4 weeks (min. stay)
    5 weeks
    6 weeks
    7 weeks
    8 weeks
    9 weeks
    10 weeks
    11 weeks
    12 weeks (max. stay)
    Average fees
    $535 /week

    Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Love Volunteers will let you know about the final price during your application process.
    Deposit (15%)
    The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
    Final Payment (85%)
    Your final payment will be agreed with Love Volunteers during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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