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The logical and often most cost-effective starting place for students to start planning for ways to study abroad and develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding is at their high school. Guidance counselors and foreign language teachers can provide information on summer, short- and long-term international opportunities. Some of the many choices include independently arranged student exchanges, formal youth exchanges, or the many popular teacher-led high school trips that focus on language, culture, study, or volunteering. There are also the many exciting summer camp and teen travel options that can offer everything from adventures worldwide to language immersion learning.

Options for gap year or pre-college students who want to take a summer, semester, or a year before college to engage in meaningful travel, volunteer, study or work abroad include both formal programs and organizations to help them create their own plans. Many college study abroad programs prefer that qualified high school graduates participate in such experiences as they have proven to be a great preparation for success in later education overseas.

 Articles on High School Study Abroad, Teen Travel and Gap Year Options
Teen High School Study Abroad Guide Why Your Teen High School Student Should Go Abroad: Parents' Guide by Dr. Jessica Voigts
A guide to the many short- and long-term advantages of going abroad to study, volunteer, travel, and learn languages for teen high school students—an investment that will provide returns many times over.
Teen travel abroad Why Travel Abroad is an Essential Part of High School Education by Steph Dyson
An exploration of the many main reasons high school students should travel abroad as part of their education, along with recommendations for the best teen travel destinations.
Top summer programs for teens Top 5 Ways for your Teen to Summer Abroad by Dr. Jessica Voigts
Great ways for your teen to spend their summer abroad, including adventure/green/cultural travel, volunteering, language learning, study abroad and work/internships. All offer a great return on investment and some are cheaper than a camp at home.
High school summer programs abroad Make the Most of Summer: Programs Abound for Teen Travel and Study Abroad
Summer opportunities and resources overseas for teen travel of all kinds—from study to volunteering to adventure to cultural travel—are explored.
Why teens should volunteer abroad 10 Reasons Why High School Teens Should Volunteer Abroad by Dr. Jessica Voigts
The words and images of young volunteers demonstrate the many facets and rewards of their experience abroad.
Language study as a teen Teen Language Learning: The Whys and Hows by Amy E. Robertson
Why and how are there such enormous advantages to learning a language during the teens according to much research? It turns out that many of the best options are language immersion schools and programs abroad.
Gap year abroad The Allure of the Gap Year by Susan Griffith
An expert guide by a prolific author about the many and varied teen-oriented programs abroad available for the key period between and during high school and college.
The teen gap year advantage
Taking Time Off Before College: What Is the Gap Year Abroad Advantage?
Gap years are now considered a very positive move by major academic institutions as a bridge between high school and college, for reasons describedr in an interview with authors Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson.
Scholarships to study abroad
Full Scholarships for High School Study Abroad
Few realize that there are ways to go to high school overseas for free or next to nothing.
Teen volunteering and global citizenship Developing Global Citizens through Teen Volunteering
Two young volunteers reflect eloquently on teen and pre-teen experience volunteering abroad as part of their development as global citizens.
Wildlife volunteering for teens 5 Wildlife Volunteer Programs for Teens
An overview of five projects available to teens dedicated to helping care for, as volunteers, the many endangered animals in countries overseas.
Volunteer in Panama as a teen Volunteering Abroad as a Teen Makes a Difference
Early experience as a teen volunteer can prove to be life-changing.
Rotary club youth exchange International High School Exchange Programs
High school exchanges are useful to both teach students through cultural immersion and educate hosts by bringing new perspectives.
Rotary club youth exchange How an American Teen Became a Student and a French Citizen
A candid interview of an American student who visited France as a teenager, fell in love with the country, became a college student, and then a citizen.
Take Time Off: A Gap Year Trip Abroad After High School Offers an Unforgettable Education
Sometimes a year before college is the best preparation for future academic success.
Taking Time Off for Teen Travel and Volunteering in Nepal
A teen decides to take a year off to volunteer in Nepal, and it is the start of major change in his life.
The Impact of Volunteering in San Pedro, Paraguay
What a teen learned as a volunteer with AMIGOS.
Gap Year Essentials: A Student Perspective
A view from a student regarding the importance of a gap year, by Isabel Eva Bohrer
The Difference a Gap Year Abroad Makes
Some key experiences students offered by gap years that help them in later academic studies and life.
Study Abroad at High Schools Worldwide
The worldwide network of high schools offers students options.
An Australian High School Youth Exchange
A high school student experience in Australia makes a difference.
The Adventure of High School Programs Abroad in an Asian Country
When in Asia, there is so much for high school students to learn in the way of customs.
A High School Summer in Egypt Studying Arabic
A summer of language learning serves as a cultural immersion experience.
An Inner Journey with the Where There Be Dragons program
A teen grows during the course of an educational program.
How Teen Travel Has Shaped My Life
Exploring the seven continents as a teen opens up the eyes of a student.
Teen Travel in Northern Thailand with Intrepid
An Intrepid adventure travel tour has a huge impact on a student.
Can My Teen Travel Solo?
Tips to know when your young adult student is ready to travel alone.
Diversity in High School Study Abroad
Exploring ways to include underrepresented communities in high school exchange programs.
Backpacking Before College With the Youth International Gap Program
After high school, a trip backpacking prepares a student for the future and is also a lot of fun.
Chile up Close: A 1-Year High School Exchange Student's Report
One year in Chile transforms the views of a teen during the course of an exchange program.

 Featured High School Study Abroad Programs and Teen Travel Organizations
Teenager Language Vacation Students The Language Immersion Experts
Language Vacation offers short or long term language courses and total cultural immersion abroad. Studying abroad, in the country a language is spoken is the most effective way to learn another language. Enjoy year round language programs worldwide for junior summer language camps and programs for Teenagers. We will give you unbiased help in choosing the right type of language immersion and language course abroad to match your needs and requirements.
Summer Adventures to Teen Students Summer Adventures for Middle School, High School and College Students
Since 1993, Broadreach has taken over 12,000 students on their worldwide summer adventure learning programs for middle school, high school and college students. We have 75+ program offerings in countries around the world. Many Broadreach programs qualify for college credit and all incorporate a community service component ranging from 5-55 hours. Trips are 14-31 days in length in June, July and August.
Summer Volunteering for Teens Summer Volunteering for Teens with Amigos de las Américas
AMIGOS operates in nine countries throughout the Americas — in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Paraguay. With AMIGOS, you'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth meanwhile building your own leadership skills. AMIGOS summer projects range from 4-9 weeks and are open to students from 16-25 with basic Spanish proficiency.
Teen Volunteer Abroad High School Volunteering Programs and Teen Leadership with GLA
Like Peace Corps for Teens. Programs are offered in 12 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites in different countries while they learn the local culture and history, and serve the community through meaningful volunteer efforts. GLA’s goal is to provide life-changing experiences that will cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in students that will ultimately inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers who will seek positive change in their own communities.
Teen meaningful adventure programs ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure
ARCC Programs offers Gap Semesters, domestic and international adventure programs in 20 countries and 4 western states throughout North America, the South Pacific, Europe, Latin America, Australia, Asia, and Africa. With over 30 years of experience, ARCC students travel to a variety of the world's most spectacular locations and participate in activities such as community service projects, cultural immersion, SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking, zip-lining, and more! ARCC offers innovative service oriented experiences for teenagers and has remained a pioneer of adventure travel and teen summer programs for young people.
Volunteer Service Programs for Teens Teen Volunteering with VISIONS Service Adventures
Be a Teen Without Borders this summer! High-quality volunteer travel programs for teens or middle school students who want to accomplish challenging projects and make lasting friendships. Through service work and cross-cultural living, VISIONS offers new perspectives and deep learning while assisting under-resourced communities. Our evenings and weekends are reserved for exploration and adventure. English, Spanish and French language programs in the US, Caribbean, Central America, South America and Asia.
Volunteer in Spain Volunteer as a Teen in Spain
Beef up your resume at Instituto Hemingway. Instituto Hemingway Spanish School is an excellent choice to spend your vacation, enjoy sun, mountain and sea views. Make new friends and learn a new culture. You will have the time of your life! We offer Spanish lessons throughout the year plus jobs, internships and volunteer programs.
Teen volunteering abroad GoEco Volunteer Abroad — School is Out for Summer!
Volunteering abroad as a teenager is a great way to make new friends while getting real-world experience contributing to an important cause. Not only is volunteer experience an excellent resume builder, but it is also highly regarded among college admission boards and potential employers. We offer a diverse range of humanitarian, wildlife or environmental projects abroad where teens will have the chance to grow their knowledge and skills. We also offer a handful of fantastic “under-18” projects which are designed specifically for teenagers. Find a project that interests you and contact us to start planning your next volunteer adventure!
Teen Travel with a Purpose Global Works | Travel with Purpose — Educational Travel for High School Students and Groups
Celebrating 26 years of community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups! Choose from Community Service, Language Immersion, and Global Action and Adventure travel opportunities. Programs are offered around the world for students looking for an enriching and life changing experience.
Intercultura summer Spanish language camp in Costa Rica Costa Rica Spanish Adventure Camp for Teenagers — Intercultura Spanish Language School
Work on your Spanish skills AND have fun with our full two week session Teen Summer Program! A tropical Spanish adventure will be guaranteed. Study at our Heredia City and Samara Beach Campus with day trips, weekend trip and lots of activities. This adventure immerses teenagers in the Spanish language and culture of Costa Rica with: Fun dynamic Spanish classes — Volunteer work experience — Cultural activities and tours — Homestay with local families.
Australian Schools for Teens Study Abroad Experiences for International Primary and High School Students
South Australian Government Schools provide exciting study abroad experiences for international primary and high school students from all over the world. You will have the opportunity to learn and improve your English, receive a good education, participate in extra-curricular activities and make friends. You can choose to study in a metropolitan school in the capital city of Adelaide or in one of South Australia's regional schools. Comprehensive student support services include an orientation program, homestay accommodation services, subject counseling, ongoing English language support and 24 hour emergency contact.
Summer Camp in France with Alpine French School French Summer Camp in the French Alps
High-quality Teenage French Summer Camp in Morzine in the French Alps, just 1-hour from Geneva. Combine language learning with great cultural & outdoor activities in a fun, safe mountain village environment. Residence accommodation with great food and en-suite rooms and supervision by friendly energetic counselors. Option of adventure activities, mountain biking or private French classes.
Amigos VolunteeringTeen summer camps with GLATeen Study Abroad with Language VacationTeen Summer ARCC Programs Broadreach teen adventures Globalworks teen travel with purpose South Australian Government Schools
 
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