Teenagers participate in conservation volunteer activities as part of their efforts for the Duke of Edinburgh award

International Volunteering Projects for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Projects Abroad is proud to provide a range of volunteer projects for Duke of Edinburgh's Award candidates. We have an array of High School Special projects for young people to get involved in, whether at Bronze, Silver, or Gold level.


By volunteering with us, you can contribute towards the progress of your award and be part of an exciting and worthwhile project with a group of like-minded volunteers from around the world.


More and more people are choosing to volunteer with Projects Abroad to fulfil their residential requirements for the Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award.


Projects Abroad has been specialising in arranging volunteer placements in the developing world since it was founded in 1992. Over the last two and a half decades we have sent over 115,000 volunteers from each corner of the globe to hundreds of different projects across 30 destinations. By choosing to complete sections of your award overseas, you will be able to have different experiences from those on offer at home.

We're an Approved Activity Provider for these programmes:

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Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From £1,370

Volunteering with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer with children in Vietnam teaches basic hygiene as part of our project for teenagers

From £1,645

Volunteer with Children in Vietnam for Teenagers
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Work with a group your age and help children learn through play and do renovation work in the community

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers go diving as part of our Conservation Project in Thailand for teens

From £2,145

Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand for Teenagers
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Volunteer and work alongside our staff while you learn to dive, observe coral, and plant mangroves

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A staff member shows teenagers different species during rainforest conservation volunteering in Peru

From £1,870

Rainforest Conservation in Peru for Teenagers
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Live in the Amazon Rainforest and help protect endangered animals and ecosystems

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers work with sea turtles in Mexico on a project for teenagers

From £1,645

Conservation Volunteer Work in Mexico for Teenagers
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Live and work with a group your age and become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers scuba dive during our Shark Conservation Project in Fiji for high school students

From £2,445

Volunteer Shark Conservation in Fiji for Teenagers
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Help protect endangered sharks, earn a diving qualification, and make new friends from all over the world

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A group of volunteers helps with conservation work in Botswana for teenagers

From £2,145

Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for Teenagers
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Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
During teenage community volunteer work in China, a high school student hugs a young child in the classroom.

From £1,645

Volunteer Work with Children for Teenagers in China
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Join teenagers from around the world and work in a group to support children at local schools

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer uses sign language during a dive on the volunteering Conservation Project for high school students in Belize.

From £2,320

Volunteer Conservation Work in Belize for Teenagers
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Learn to dive and protect marine life along the breath-taking Belize Barrier Reef

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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What project can I do to fulfill requirements for the award?

We're an Approved Activity Provider for several High School Specials (see above for the full list).


Our High School Specials are fully structured programmes with 24/7 support from our in-country staff. Alongside your work as a volunteer, you’ll also have the chance to get involved in cultural and social activities, as well as amazing weekend excursions.


On a volunteering project abroad, your safety and security forms our primary concern. Each Projects Abroad placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector. And we have many procedures and systems in place to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your placement with peace of mind.


Every year, thousands of young volunteers join our High School Special projects. During their time overseas, they contribute towards achieving long-term goals and make a long-lasting positive impact on the communities where they work. You can find more about our volunteers’ achievements from our High School Specials Impact Report.


Projects Abroad is an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This means Projects Abroad is licensed to facilitate the Residential section of the Gold Award.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about how you can contribute to the progress of your award through one of our projects. 

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