Students relax at their placement during a summer volunteer program for high school students abroad

Volunteering Abroad for High School Students

HASSLE-FREE, PRE-PLANNED VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS

Seize the opportunity to travel, make a difference, and meet new people as a teen volunteer abroad! If you're 15-18 years old, we have programs designed especially for you. 

Our volunteer opportunities abroad for high school students offer

  • Itinerary-driven experiences
  • A safe and supportive environment, with in-country staff available to you 24/7
  • Opportunities to gain college and career readiness skills
  • Organized social and cultural activities where you can build friendships with people your age from around the world  

In addition, all of our service trips for high school students have fixed dates. You choose the dates that fit perfectly into your summer break plans!  

Our High School Specials focus on experiential education - education through experience. So whichever summer volunteer abroad program for high school students you join, you'll learn by doing. This could be helping kids learn through play, or observing doctors in busy hospitals to prepare you for a pre-med track in college. Tell us your interests, and we’ll help you find a volunteer opportunity for teens that best suits you.

Choose a High School Special

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A workshop on suturing during our Medicine internship for teenagers in Argentina.

From $3,070 USD

Medicine Internships in Argentina for Teenagers
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Travel to South America with a group your age and learn directly from doctors, while also studying Spanish

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From $2,170 USD

Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.

From $2,570 USD

Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers
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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana

From $3,270 USD

Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers
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Join other teenagers as you learn from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A human trafficking awareness campaign during our Human Rights internship for high school students in Argentina

From $3,070 USD

Human Rights Internship in Argentina for Teenagers
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Work with people your age and learn directly from lawyers and human rights professionals

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A doctor explains how to take healthcare measures on our medical internship for high school students in Tanzania

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania
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Gain valuable medical experience learning from professional doctors and nurses in vibrant Tanzania

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
An intern working with a patient on our medical internship for teenagers in Kenya

From $2,970 USD

Medical Internships for Teenagers in Kenya
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Learn directly from doctors and nurses and do health checks in disadvantaged communities

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,170 USD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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What are High School Specials?

High School Specials are work abroad programs designed specifically for young adults. 

With that in mind, you can expect to:  

  • Participate in a well-organized high school international summer program that makes a real impact on communities
  • Take part in socials that spark new friendships and ensure you have fun
  • Receive 24/7 support from our trained supervisors
  • Live with a friendly host family or at local accommodation with a supervisor
  • Explore a new country and culture through organized activities and a weekend trip

On a personal level, you will: 

  • Step out of your comfort zone and engage with a group of diverse people from around the world
  • Develop global competencies like communication, teamwork, and time management 
  • Improve your problem-solving skills through different situations
  • Get a better understanding of global issues

Curious about how much of an impact you can really have as a young student? Read our popular blog about the difference our teenage volunteers made in 2018

If you don’t think a High School Special is right for you, and you want a more flexible and independent experience, take a look at our Flexi Trips. You can read our full list showing the types of volunteer trips we offer here.

Volunteers paint a jungle gym in Kenya on a volunteer abroad program for 17 year olds.

Will I have an itinerary?

Yes! You’ll be given an itinerary ahead of your trip. As a teenager volunteering abroad, you’ll know things like: 

  • The project schedule 
  • Social activities
  • Meal times
  • Community outreach days

You’ll also have constant contact with your supervisor, who will give you updates if anything changes. You’ll always have an idea of what’s going on and what’s expected of you during your project.

On our volunteer opportunities for young people, an itinerary is included as part of the pre-departure kit, so you can plan your trip better. For example: 

If you’re on a Childcare & Community High School Special, bring your favorite English children’s book to use during a reading session. If you’re going to court as part of your Law or Human Rights High School Special, pack your smartest outfit. If you’re at a medical placement, bring scrubs and a notebook. Or, if you see a Salsa dancing social evening, pack your workout kit and dancing shoes!  

Have a look at our example itinerary to get a feel of how we operate. Each of our volunteer abroad programs for under 18s has its own itinerary. If you have any questions, chat to our Project Experts.   

Escorted Flights for High School Students

Occasionally, we send a staff member to chaperone outbound and inbound flights for students coming from (or transferring through) New York (JFK). You can choose to fly with our chaperone for no additional charge, or you can choose to fly your own route instead. Please note that we’re not able to offer escorted flights for all High School Specials

Our next escorted flights (outbound and inbound) will be offered on these service trips for young adults:

Volunteers who join the following projects will only be escorted on their outbound flights:

Please note that the above dates refer to specific youth volunteering opportunities overseas. Flight dates may vary slightly due to airline schedules.

Need some help?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom program for you! Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re ready to answer your questions, big or small.

(+1) 212 244 7234

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to start planning your project