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    Since I've finished my GCSEs I've had a lot of time on my hands. I didn't sign up for NCS, but I intend on trying to build my CV a bit while I have the time.
    I'm 16 years old and aiming for a career in science (research is what I'm interested in at the moment but I'm not completely decided on what I want to do yet). I was interested in travelling to Africa to do conservation work (helping animals, the environment etc. as these are things I care about and it seemed like it would be an amazing experience) however due to my financial situation (my family do not make much money) it would be completely out of the question unfortunately. I'm not too specific about what I'd like to do, but I am awful at dealing with people, so anything like that is probably not the best for me. I'm fine with stepping out of my comfort zone, however (I just don't want to dive into something that I'm not very good at).
    Any advice on what sort of volunteering would be a good option for me?
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    Volunteering in a charity shop is an easy thing to get. It'll get you references if you stay long enough, and it's something to add to your CV. It's also something you can get at your age. There are a few limits on what you can do because you're under 18. You might be able to find a not-for-profit business locally that needs help with something. Near me there's a bike repair shop ran by volunteers that funds projects aimed at young people and they needed people to repair bikes, store assistants, IT people and people to help run their social media and campaigns. Depending on what you have around you locally, you may be able to find something like that. It's definitely worth a try popping into charity shops and seeing what kind of volunteer positions they offer, because some like the bigger Oxfam stores bring in people to upload item descriptions and take photos so they can sell online. If that's a no-go, see if you can find any other local organisations and fire off some emails.

    Good luck!
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