High School Study
Abroad and Teen Travel
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.
on High School Study Abroad, Teen Travel and Gap
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.
||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 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.
||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.
||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 Learning: The Whys and
Hows by Amy
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.
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.
||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.
||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.
Abroad as a Teen Makes a Difference
Early experience as a teen volunteer can prove to
High School Exchange Programs
High school exchanges are useful to both teach students
through cultural immersion and educate hosts by bringing
||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.
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.
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
Impact of Volunteering in San Pedro, Paraguay
What a teen learned as a volunteer with AMIGOS.
Year Essentials: A Student Perspective
A view from a student regarding the importance of
a gap year, by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Difference a Gap Year Abroad Makes
Some key experiences students offered by gap years
that help them in later academic studies and life.
Abroad at High Schools Worldwide
The worldwide network of high schools offers students
Australian High School Youth Exchange
A high school student experience in Australia makes
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.
High School Summer in Egypt Studying Arabic
A summer of language learning serves as a cultural
Inner Journey with the Where There Be Dragons
A teen grows during the course of an educational program.
Teen Travel Has Shaped My Life
Exploring the seven continents as a teen opens up
the eyes of a student.
Travel in Northern Thailand with Intrepid
An Intrepid adventure travel tour has a huge impact
on a student.
My Teen Travel Solo?
Tips to know when your young adult student is ready
to travel alone.
in High School Study Abroad
Exploring ways to include underrepresented communities
in high school exchange programs.
Before College With the Youth International
After high school, a trip backpacking prepares a student
for the future and is also a lot of fun.
up Close: A 1-Year High School Exchange Student's
One year in Chile transforms the views of a teen during
the course of an exchange program.
High School Study Abroad Programs and Teen Travel
Language Immersion Experts
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.
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
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.
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
||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.
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.
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.
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
||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.
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.
||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 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.