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Find out about options for keeping your teens occupied during the school holidays...
The school year in Dubai is divided into three terms: autumn, spring and summer. Due to the hot climate, the summer holidays run from late June to early September. Because of the heat many families (or at least mothers and children) leave Dubai during July and August. However, for those who remain, there are summer camps for teenagers (many of them sports orientated) and lots of additional indoor entertainment.
Voluntary Work and Exchanges
Youngsters can volunteer to work with others via initiatives such as the Teens 4 Positive Action group. This group is supported by various schools such as the American School of Dubai who encourage pupils to get involved.
Additional information on voluntary work worldwide can be found by contacting Idealist.org, which specialises in finding volunteers for projects throughout the world or the International Voluntary Service (IVS).
Youth Organisations and Clubs
Many schools and organisations run after school activities and clubs. There are activities for all ages and interests including sports, acting, singing, music and tutoring. Most of these come at an additional cost and the options available vary by school and area. These include:
- Girl Guides Association of the UAE with members in Dubai
- Third Dubai Scout group
- GYEM: Youth centre empowering teens to become global citizens by sharing ideas and through community action