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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, youth exchanges, or the many popular teacher-led high school trips that focus on language, culture, study or volunteering.

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
The Allure of the Gap Year: Expert Guide to Programs Between High School and College by Susan Griffith
Taking Time Off Before College: What Is the Gap Year Abroad Advantage? interview with authors Karl Haigler and Rae Nelson 
Gap Year Essentials: A Student Perspective by Isabel Eva Bohrer
Summer Abroad: Opportunities Abound for High School Study Abroad by Vanessa Relli-Moreau
International High School Exchange Programs by Jennifer Viale
Full Scholarships for High School Study Abroad by Connie Ip
The Difference a Gap Year Abroad Makes by Aliscia Niles
Take Time Off: A Gap Year Trip Abroad After High School Offers an Unforgettable Education by Mira Murphy
Exploring Gap Year Options Abroad by Volker Poelzl
Study Abroad at High Schools Worldwide in the United World College Network: Get Your International Baccalaureate by Nora Dunn
Volunteering as a Teen Makes a Difference by Kirsten Tobey
Taking Time Off as a Teen by Grant Florian
How Travel Has Shaped My Life: Traveling the Seven Continents as a Teen with the People to People Ambassadors Program by Meghan Kaupp
EF's Global Citizen Award: College-Bound High School Students Can Win a Trip to Europe by David Pour-Ghasemi 
An Inner Journey via the Where There Be Dragons Program by Jamie J. Woodall
An Australian High School Youth Exchange with YFU by Chelsea Fosse
Teen Trekking in Northern Thailand with Intrepid by Alana O'Connor
Chile up Close: A One-Year High School Exchange Student's Report by Heidi Schmaltz
The Adventure of High School Study Abroad in an Asian Country by Vanessa Relli-Moreau
Teen Volunteering in the Dominican Republic with Visions by Jessie Feller
Can My Teen Travel Solo? by Carol Dalton Sebilia
Diversity in Study Abroad: Ways to Include Underrepresented Communities in Exchange Programs by Carole Patterson

 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.
Teen Volunteer Programs Free, Safe and Rewarding Volunteer Vacancies in Spain for English-Speaking Teenagers
English-speaking teens are sponsored to stay at different venues around Spain this summer, conversing with Spanish teens who want to improve their English. Full-board hotel accomodation is offered along with a fun-packed schedule. Last minute places are available for chatty and friendly volunteers.
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 11 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Participants explore historic and natural sites in different countries while they learn the local language 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 Adventures Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure
Adventures Cross-Country (ARCC) offers 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. Students travel to a variety of the world's most spectacular locations and participate in activities such as community service projects, language schools, cultural immersion, backpacking, sailing, SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking, zip-lining, rock climbing, mountaineering, and more! ARCC offers innovative experiences for teenagers and has remained the pioneer of adventure travel and teen summer programs for young people.
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.
SPI High School Study Abroad SPI College Credit Study Abroad — Homestay Immersion
Study abroad and earn college credit this summer in Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Costa Rica, or Italy! SPI programs truly let you experience the language and culture from an insider's perspective as you live with a local homestay family, travel to amazing sites, take fun classes for college credit, and prepare yourself for college.
Volunteer Service Programs for Teens Teen Volunteering with VISIONS Service Adventures
Since 1989, VISIONS has set the standard for international community service programs. VISIONS summer community service programs for teens and middle school students blend ambitious volunteer projects, cultural immersion and adventure. We live in the heart of under-resourced communities in the Caribbean, North, Central, and South America, Cambodia, and Myanmar. Know the people whose lives you impact.
SAGS 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.
Teen Travel with a Purpose Travel with Purpose: International Service Travel for High School Students and Groups
For more than 23 years, Global Works has been a leader in community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Your unforgettable journey of community service, language immersion, cultural exchange, and adventure starts HERE!
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.
Intercultura summer Spanish language camp in Costa Rica Costa Rica Spanish Adventure Camp for Teenagers — Intercultura Spanish Language School
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
Amigos VolunteeringLearn and Teach Languages with DiverboTeen Language Study Abroad with Language Vacation Teen Summer Adventures Cross-Country Broadreach teen adventures Teen summer camps with GLACenter for Study Abroad Globalworks teen travel with purpose High School Study Abroad with SPISouth Australian Government Schools
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