High School Specials: Teenage Volunteering Abroad


Make your summer one to remember by travelling, making a difference and meeting people from around the world! Our teen volunteer abroad programmes are tailor-made for 15-18 year olds. 

On our volunteer opportunities for teens, you can expect to: 

  • Have a fully-supervised programme from the minute you arrive in-destination to the moment you depart. 
  • Be supported throughout by Projects Abroad in-country staff who help everyone settle in and make the most of the project, even if it’s your first time abroad.
  • Volunteer or intern alongside other people your age and get to know them through projects, cultural activities, and excursions.
  • Have a fixed starting and end date to your project. You’ll have a set  itinerary, offering more structure that will suit anyone still in school.
  • Receive a certificate at the end of your programme and a reference letter on request.

All of our High School Special programmes focus on providing you with experiential education, as well as making a positive impact in the community. Help children learn through play, conduct important environment research on a safari in Africa, or gain medical work experience for teenagers in busy hospitals

Our most popular High School Special projects for this summer are:


Pre-Med Internship in Nepal

Childcare & Community in Ghana

Pre-Med Internship in Ghana

Childcare & Community in Cambodia

Wildlife Conservation in Botswana

Public Health in Tanzania

Childcare & Community in Peru

Diving & Marine Conservation in Mexico

Rainforest Conservation & Animal Rehabilitation in Peru

Sea Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka

Human Rights in Ghana

Whichever teen volunteering opportunities overseas you join, you'll learn by doing. Tell us your interests, and we’ll help you find a volunteering opportunity for high school students that best suits you.

Do you need inspiration from our former volunteers and interns? Check out our High School Special testimonials.

Are you looking to get some more UCAS points whilst gaining a Level 3 Diploma? Check out our brand new International Volunteering Diploma to find out how you can take advantage of this exciting course that fits perfectly with our High School Special programmes.

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A group of volunteers helps with conservation work in Botswana for teenagers
Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for Teenagers
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  • Price: £2,170 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £395
  • Start Date: During school holidays
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 15-18
An intern working with a patient on our medical internship for teenagers in Kenya
Medical Internships for Teenagers in Kenya
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  • Price: £1,670 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £295
  • Start Date: During school holidays
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 15-18
Group of teenage volunteers in Ghana play a game outdoors with children at a rural school.
Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
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  • Price: £1,570 for 2 weeks
  • Extra Weeks: £295
  • Start Date: During school holidays
  • Minimum Duration: 2 weeks
  • Age: 15-18
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What are High School Specials?

Our High School Specials are set trips made specifically for groups of 15-18 year olds. 

By volunteering abroad as a teenager, you can expect to: 

  • Work on projects proven to have a sustained positive impact on the local community. 
  • Meet and work on your project alongside teens from around the world. 
  • Have Projects Abroad staff on hand to assist.
  • Go on organised trips and take part in social activities.

Each of our volunteer opportunities for high school students is created to give you a safe and well-supported experience. 

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 soft skills like communication, teamwork, and time management 
  • Improve your problem-solving skills through different situations
  • Get a better understanding of global issues

We’ve designed our teenage volunteering projects to fit into school holidays. They give you just the right amount of independence as you step out of your comfort zone. You'll spend your whole project with the same team, giving you time to get to know everyone and make lasting friendships.

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

If you don’t think volunteer work for teens 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

My time in Peru, even if short, was very sweet and left me memories that I will always remember! I went alone, something which I was scared about at the beginning, but actually turned out to be the best option and really helped me with my confidence. On my program, I had the chance to meet some really wonderful people, who I still talk to this day. - Jordana B, Childcare & Community High School Special in Peru

Volunteers paint a jungle gym in Kenya while volunteering abroad under 18.

What will I gain from volunteering overseas as a teenager?

All our trips are designed to help you make the most of your time abroad and your volunteer project. Previous volunteers from High School Specials talk about:

  • Safety and security of travelling with a trusted organisation with decades of experience.
  • Benefits of working with in-country staff who know the local community well.
  • Developing confidence, skills and friendships.
  • Having a unique experience to talk about at school, job applications, and higher education.
  • Learning about other cultures, less developed countries and the challenges they face.
A volunteers spends time with the children in Cambodia after joining volunteering opportunities for high school students with Projects Abroad.

Summer volunteer programmes for high school students abroad

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 overseas.

Our High School Specials take place over fixed dates throughout the summer months of June, July, and August. We also have winter dates in December and January. Whichever project you choose, expect to:

Join one of our volunteer opportunities for young people and discover what you’re capable of!

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom teen volunteer abroad project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

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