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Aquarium or Zoo

Don't worry, adolescents who volunteer at zoos and aquariums aren't allowed near the animals.

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Aquariums and zoos are ideal volunteer locations for kids with a passion for furry or finned friends. Unfortunately, many zoos require volunteers to be 18 or older, but some do feature teen programs, so be sure to call the volunteer services office at your nearby zoo before writing it off as a possibility. Typically, teen volunteers can expect to assist visitors, help out with kiddie programs and perform other day-to-day functions, like sorting recycling. They won't be feeding the tigers or sharks, but they will get a chance to see plenty of exotic and beautiful animals (from a safe distance, of course).

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