Community Service Credit for High School Students
Community service is often a requirement for high school graduation, not to mention critical to the college application process. Universities look for both service and international experience from applicants, so showing that you have community service hours overseas from a High School Special is a way to set yourself above the rest on a college application.
Students can usually apply their time volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad toward any community service requirements for high school or university graduation. If you intend to do this, it's always a good idea to get in touch with us well before your project start date so we that can coordinate with your school or university.
Credit for Service Hours: How Does it Work?
On most High School Specials, students will work for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week. This totals 60 hours for a 2-week High School Special and 120 hours for a 4-week High School Special.
All students receive a certificate when they return verifying their participation in one of our High School Specials, recognizing them for their international volunteer work or internship experience. In most cases showing this certificate to your school or university is all that is required to receive credit for community service hours.
If your school requires a form to be completed and signed by us, just bring the forms with you on your trip and Projects Abroad in-country staff will be happy to fill it out at the end of your trip.
Returned volunteers can send any other paperwork to our office for processing. Please make sure you include your full name, project dates and location – as well as information about where to send the completed paperwork.
If you have more questions about how you can earn community service credit for a Projects Abroad High School Special please contact us.