Meaningful Summer Volunteer Programs for Teenagers
Teenage Volunteers Can Choose From a Wide Variety of High School Special Projects in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean
NEW YORK – April 10, 2014 – Each summer, international volunteer organization Projects Abroad sends hundreds of teenage volunteers abroad to participate in the popular High School Specials. High School Specials are group service trips that have been designed specifically for teenagers to participate in worthwhile voluntary work for two or four weeks over the summer. Projects Abroad has a wide variety of projects available in a number of developing countries, where teenagers can get involved in environmental conservation work, public health campaigns, child and animal care, human rights initiatives, and more.
Each High School Special follows a schedule of taught sessions and practical and observational service work. Volunteers also enjoy evening activities and weekend excursions, giving them the opportunity to get to know volunteers their own age from different countries and cultures. The structure is ideal for first-time travelers eager to broaden their horizons and make a difference abroad.
“Every summer we see an increasing number of teens wanting to volunteer abroad,” explains Projects Abroad Vice President Thomas Pastorius, Jr. “Our High School Special programs aim to channel this energy into ways for young volunteers to benefit both our host communities abroad and themselves through service work and cultural exchange. Through the experience teens return more mature and globally aware, and we hope share this positive outlook with friends and family at home.”
For 2014, Projects Abroad is pleased to announce the introduction of two new High School Special projects: Public Health in Tanzania and Care and Panda Protection in China. They have also introduced new dates for an immensely popular project, Medicine in Ghana.
Medicine in Ghana is one of the most popular projects for high school volunteers In order to welcome more volunteers this summer, . Projects Abroad has added new dates. Medicine in Ghana gives volunteers the opportunity to enhance their medical knowledge by observing qualified medical staff in hospitals and clinics, and gain some practical experience by working on a community outreach program. Under the guidance of doctors or nurses, volunteers can get involved in dressing wounds, carrying out health checks, giving malaria tests, and making presentations on common health issues. The new dates are June 22nd – July 5th and August 10th – August 23rd.
For volunteers interested in the community outreach aspects of our Medicine & Healthcare programs, Projects Abroad offers a specialized Public Health project. Volunteers support rural communities by conducting basic health checks, leading educational health campaigns, and helping doctors diagnose and treat patients. For many people in Tanzania, medical treatment is extremely limited. These medical outreach programs are vital when it comes to ensuring that people receive the treatment and medical attention that they need.
Volunteers in the rapidly changing country of China devote their time to caring for children in care centers and working with an endangered species. During this two-week program, the first week is spent at a busy care center in the thriving city of Chengdu, and the other week at the Bifengxia Panda Base. At the care center, volunteers play games with the children, help with basic education, and share your culture and new ideas with staff and children. At the Bifengxia Panda Base, volunteers help with preparing food for pandas, cleaning out enclosures, and observing panda behavior.
Projects Abroad has over 40 High School Special programs are available in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. The complete listing of programs and dates are available on the Projects Abroad website at www.projects-abroad.org/hss
Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.
Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 29 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, and the United States.
For details on volunteering overseas, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org