Projects Abroad staff take a group of school and college students on a temple tour during the weekend in Cambodia, Asia.

Volunteering Abroad for Students Ages 15-18

Discover what you’re capable of by going abroad with us as a volunteer or intern during your school or college years

Discover what you’re capable of and join one of our volunteer or internship opportunities abroad during your school or college years. You’ll travel to a developing country, meet people your age from around the world, and become part of something bigger than yourself. You’ll realise your potential while having the adventure of a lifetime.


If you’re 15, 16, and 17 years old, we strongly recommend our High School Specials. On one of these programmes, you can help kids learn through play, roll-up your sleeves and help on a building site, shadow lawyers and business professionals, and more. Whatever you do, you’ll be working on long-term, sustainable solutions to specific problems, or you’ll be focused on gaining hands-on work experience. You can use what you do to enhance your CV or UCAS form.


Our High School Specials will also help you grow personally. You’ll hone soft skills like communication and problem-solving. And when you’re not working, you’ll be able to explore with your group and experience the culture. You’ll have support from our in-country staff 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about any of the details. We’ll take care of everything.

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A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa
Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers

From £1970

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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Archaeology volunteering for teenagers in Peru also includes weekend trips to places like Machu Picchu.
Archaeology Volunteering in Peru for Teenagers

From £1695

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Learn from archaeologists and work with a group to uncover ancient civilisations and history in Peru

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project analyse their findings.
Archaeology Volunteering in Romania for Teenagers

From £1970

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Join a group of teenagers your age and help archaeologists uncover ancient civilisations in Eastern Europe

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

From £1695

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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • 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.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers

From £1420

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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 holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa
Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa

From £1545

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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers

From £1970

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Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

  • 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
Conservation Volunteer Work in Mexico for Teenagers

From £1645

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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
Projects Abroad volunteers planting seedlings during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica for teenagers.
Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica for Teenagers

From £1870

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Team up with high school students from around the world to protect the majestic wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Projects Abroad volunteers travelling during their school and college years work to plant mangroves in Fiji.

What can I do as a college or school student abroad?

Whether you’re volunteering abroad as a 16 year old, or you’ve decided to intern abroad as a 17 year old, we have a High School Special for you. Our staff are here to help you find the project that’s the best match to your interests and goals.


Here are some of our most popular options for young volunteers and interns:



We’ve seen an increase in young people travelling and choosing to use their time to help those in need. Joining a High School Special is a great way for you to become part of this and team up with a group of people to achieve a goal.

A teenager volunteering abroad over her summer holiday conducts a blood sugar test for a Sri Lankan woman during a community outreach.

Summer Volunteering Abroad for Students

Summer is the busiest time of the year for us. We recommend planning ahead to make the most of your summer holiday and book a place on the trip of your choice. When schools close for the summer, you can pack your bags, hop on a plane, and travel to a developing country.


Our High School Specials take place over fixed dates throughout the summer months of June, July, and August. Whichever programme you choose, you can expect to:


  • Meet and work with young people your age
  • Live with a local host family or in shared accommodation
  • Take part in fun, worthwhile activities at your placement
  • Do cultural and tourist activities with your group and our staff
  • Have support from our staff 24/7 during your trip

Alternatives to High School Specials

If you're 16 or older and confident about travelling and working independently, look at one of our Flexi Trips that run throughout the year. The average age of volunteers on Flexi Trips is between 18 and 24, and we find that these placements are great for recently graduated students.


If you're looking for a more specific programme, we can work with you to arrange a custom group volunteer trip if you're with a group of five or more. We have extensive experience working with young students and teachers to arrange personalized group programmes, whether you are fellow students, friends, classmates, or part of the same team or club.

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