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Teen Summer Camps Abroad

Adventure, Volunteer, Study, Work and other Travel Programs

"Summers are precious times for teens, full of different ways to learn about life, the world, and themselves. Instead of finding a summer job at the neighborhood ice cream store, encourage your teen to explore the world via summer camps, language learning, and finding adventures through studying or working abroad. What will this bring to them? Besides increased global awareness and intercultural skills, they can learn so many things critical to jobs, college, and life: a reduction of ethnocentrism, language and interpersonal skills, country-specific knowledge, international experience, leadership skills, a heightened sense of curiosity, appreciation for diversity, cultural nuances, creativity, and more. These will be helpful for college essays, in job interviews, and, of course, for personal awareness and global understanding." —Top 5 Ways for your Teen to Summer Abroad by Dr. Jessie Voigts

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS) — Summer Projects
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. AMIGOS programs focus on youth leadership in the fields of public health, children's rights, environmental sustainability, creative expression, social enterprise, and sports and fitness.
Summer Projects Dominican Republic Dates offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost

Adventures Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
ARCC Programs 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. 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.
Teen Summer ARCC Dates: 2-5 week programs with a variety of dates every summer June through August
Cost: $1,500 - $2,200 per week
Contact: ARCC Programs, 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel.: To get more information or request a catalog call our headquarters at 415-332-5075

Broadreach 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. Their 75+ program offerings include marine biology, scuba, sailing, language immersion, medicine, culture, arts, community service, outdoor skills and leadership adventures. Programs are located in 40+ countries including the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada, Australia, China, India, South Africa, France, Thailand, the Solomon Islands and Fiji. Many Broadreach programs qualify for college credit and all incorporate a community service ranging from 5-55 hours. Multiple certifications including PADI scuba certifications, IYT certifications, and Wilderness First Responder are also offered through many of their programs.
Broadreach academic treks Dates: 14-31 day programs in June, July and August.
Cost: Starting at $3880
Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603

VISIONS Service Adventures
Summer Community Service Programs for Teens
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.
Summer Visions Service Adventures for Teens Dates: 2 - 4 week programs in July and August. Please see website for details.
Cost: $3250 - $6250. Please see website for details.
VISIONS Service Adventures, 541 E. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Tel.: 406.551.4423

Spanish Immersion Programs for Teens in Costa Rica & Peru
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Take your Spanish to the next level while experiencing Costa Rica's breathtaking biodiversity or the cultural tapestry of Peru. GLA integrates Spanish language learning into many aspects of the program, providing students opportunities to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. Imagine practicing your Spanish at a bustling local market, or with a respected community leader. Spanish language students of any skill level are welcome. Click on our link to learn more!
Teen summer language immersion in Costa Rica and Peru Dates: summer (June, July, August); spring break.
Cost: $1,899 to $6,299
Contact: Global Leadership Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA  92108
Tel: +1 858-771-0645

Animal and Wildlife Conservation Programs
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Volunteer your time and energy abroad this summer to help elephants, giant tortoises, or rescue animals in their native habitats. In Thailand, you'll volunteer with local partners who care for elephants daily. In the Galapagos, you'll work to remove invasive species that are threatening the survival of its famous tortoises. In Costa Rica, you'll care for neglected animals at a rescue shelter. No matter which location you choose, you'll be making an impact on the lives of animals that don't have a voice of their own, all while being immersed in a brand new culture. Click on our link to learn more!
High School Volunteer Abroad Animals Dates: Summer (June, July, August); spring break.
Cost: $1,899 to $6,299
Contact: Global Leadership Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road, Suite A, San Diego, CA  92108
Tel: +1 858-771-0645

Where There Be Dragons
Summer and Gap Year Semester Programs in Asia, Latin America and Africa
Where There Be Dragons offers summer and gap year learning adventures in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Through off-the-beaten-path travel, home-stays, language study, service, and wilderness exploration, Dragons provides an authentic survey of culture, landscape and development issues in the world's most intriguing locales.
WhereThereBeDragons Dates: Fall Semester: September 6th- December 8th.
Spring Semester: February 9th- May 12th
Cost: $5,050 - $10,375
Contact: Where There Be Dragons, 3200 Carbon Place, Unit 102, Boulder, CO 80301, USA.
Tel/Fax: 303-413-0822, 303-413-0857

Spanish & Volunteer Summer Camp for Teenagers
Vibrant city and beachfront locations in Costa Rica with Intercultura!

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.
Intercultura summer Spanish language camp in Costa Rica Dates: July 10th to July 24th, camp starting on Sunday.
Cost: 2-week session for $2,750. 1-week session is possible upon request!
Prices include: classes, homestay, all meals, local ground transportation, all excursions & activities, and volunteer placement.
Airfare to/from Costa Rica is not included.
Contact Person: Lindsay LaVelle – Group and Teen Coordinator
Toll-free Tel.:
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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.
Global Works Teen Travel with a Purpose Location: Worldwide
1- 4 week programs between from June – August
Cost: $1,995-$6,995
Contact: Global Works, 1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
Tel: 303-545-2202

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 counsellors.
Option of adventure activities, mountain biking or private French classes.

Summer Camp in France with Alpine French School Dates: 28th June - 22nd August 2015
1845€ for 2 weeks (longer stays also possible)
Tel.: (+33) 450 79 08 38

Homestay French Summer School Program in Cannes, France
If you are looking to learn French, then there is no better option than a language homestay learning program in France. We welcome you in a friendly environment within a small-size French summer school where you have space to be and learn.
Our language courses and homestay program consists of quality classes combined with host family stay. Activities & excursions are also available.
Live like a local with a French family, learn French and culture, have fun, make new friends, and get a head start on your academic/university year!
French Teen Summer Classes Dates: Summer: June, July & August
Cost: See website
Contact: Passeport pour les langues — French Summer Classes
Tel: + 33 6 77 60 17 65

ISSOS International Summer Schools
The exclusive ISSOS summer school program offers high school students (aged 13-18) the opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in one of three amazing, historic and picturesque university towns of St Andrews, Cambridge and Yale. Our three-week program welcomes students from over 60 nationalities, and limits the number of students from one nationality to 10% in order to guarantee a truly international experience. Students choose one academic class and one elective program that they follow for their three-week residential stay.
Summer Teen Internatonal School Dates: St Andrews: 3 July – 24 July 2016; St Andrews Session Two: 27 July – 17 August 2016; Cambridge: 13 July – 3 August 2016; Yale: 17 July – 7 August 2016
Contact: ISSOS International Summer Schools, Emma Horner – Admissions and Communications Director
Tel: 0044 3300 777 247

International Biosphere Stewardship Program
Teen Summer Camp in Bali, Indonesia

Set in Bali, Indonesia, the program inspires students to be intelligent stewards of our earth’s biosphere. Students are introduced to the beauty of the Bali Barat National Park, hiking in the mangrove forest and monsoon forest and snorkeling on the coral reefs, learning about their value and the challenges they face. Students are introduced to the farm and the city and the concept of human activity as an integral part of the biosphere.
Students take part in hands on service work with the projects of the Biosphere Foundation. Half the participants are Balinese teens and there is plenty of opportunity for cultural exchange.
Teen Summer Volunteering with Biosphere Dates: June 26th 2016 – July 4th 2016
Costs: US$ 1, 550
Contact: Biosphere Foundation, P.O. Box: 112636, Campbell, CA 95011-2636
Email: Sally Silverstone: or Ruth Rose:

Abbey Road Programs
Summer Program in Nice, France

Our summer program in Nice is designed for high school students who are interested in French language, art, culture, literature, and cuisine. You will experience the French way of life, while living in an apartment residence, shopping for groceries in local markets, preparing traditional French meals ,and having time to simply enjoy southern France.
Summer Program in Florence, Italy — Italian Cultural Studies in Studio Art, Art History, Language, Cuisine, Fashion, and Photography
Our Italian cultural immersion program combines a three and a half week residential living experience in Florence with a four day travel excursion to Rome for a truly unforgettable summer abroad. It is impossible not to get caught up in the beauty of Florence and Tuscany. For this reason and so many more this incredible city serves as the starting point and foundation of our Italian residential immersion summer program.
Summer Program in Europe — International Relations, European History, Travel, and Adventure
The fast-paced Modern Civilization program is designed for motivated high school students interested in international relations, globalization and the global economy, European politics, journalism, and debate. Over the course of the three-week program, students will examine major developments in European history from World War II to the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the formation of the modern European Union.
Western Civilization: Travel — Adventure, History, and Cultural Immersion
Our pioneer summer study abroad program on Western Civilization is designed for adventurous high school students who are eager to learn first-hand the origins and evolution of Western thought, culture and art. This intensive cultural immersion program follows the path of Western Civilization from the Ancient Greeks to the Ancient Romans, continuing to the Middle Ages, Renaissance and, finally, to the Enlightenment. The pre-college program will take you to Athens, Rome, Florence and Paris.

Contact: 8266 Fountain Avenue, Suite B, West Hollywood, CA 90046; tel. 888-462-2239; Visit the Abbey Road website for all details on each program.

Accademia Riaci
Pre-College Summer Art Credit Program in Florence, Italy
Featured summer majors: Life Drawing / Painting, Jewelry Making, Interior Design, Art History, Italian Language Studies. Language assistance and inspiring Artistic Excursions are included. Optional courses: Italian Home Cooking, Overnight Trip to Venice, Mediterranean Sea Day Trip.


For over thirty years, ActionQuest has consistently delivered high-quality adventure based summer programs for teenagers. Through hands-on experiential learning and adventure travel in Australia, the BVI, and Ecuador/Galapagos, AQ has successfully ignited the inherent leadership skills within thousands of young adults. The AQ path offers action-packed adventures that focus on sailing, scuba diving, cultural immersion, marine biology, community service, and global exploration. Centered on small, coed, age-appropriate groups of 8 to 20 teens, the experience is complemented by a committed, professional staff whose main goal is to support their student's discovery.


Adventure Teen Travel
Offers adventure camps, teen tours and travel programs designed specifically for students aged 11-18 to some of the most amazing places on the planet, including Brazil, Canada, China, French West Indies, Greece, and Malta.


AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc.
A non-profit organization that sends high-school students for the year, summer, or semester to more than 50 countries to live with host-families and attend local schools. AFS utilizes volunteers in order to keep fees low.

Contact: 198 Madison Ave. 8th Floor, New York, NY 10016; 800-AFS-INFO;;

AIFS Summer Advantage Study Abroad
Teen and High School Study / Travel / Exchange Program

Summer Advantage provides students ages 16-18 the opportunity to experience an international educational program, giving them a taste of university life and helping strengthen their prospects for acceptance at a leading university through foreign language study or liberal arts courses abroad.
Program locations include: San Jose, Costa Rica; London, England; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; and Granada, Spain. See website for details for programs offered.

Contact: AIFS Summer Advantage, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT, 06905, USA; tel. 800.913.7151;;

Amerispan — The Bridge Between Cultures
Teen Study Abroad and Summer Camps

Visit website for information on a variety of tailored and varied teen summer camps worldwide.


Costa Rican Adventures for Teens
Summer Camps
Hike, raft, bike, and zipline through Costa Rica on our 23 day EarthConnect program that integrates adventure travel, community service, and Spanish language immersion, including a week-long homestay. Outdoor Adventures for Jewish Teens: Hike, raft, zipline, surf, snorkel, and horseback ride through Costa Rica or Belize on our 22 day programs that integrates adventure travel, community service, and Jewish Community building.


Deer Hill Expeditions
We offer wilderness adventure and community service programs for teens grades 7-12. Programs are run in the Southwest USA, Costa Rica, and Equador.


"Pueblo Ingles" — Free Summer Camps in Spain
100s of teenage Native English speakers are sponsored each summer to stay in 4-star resorts in Spain, conversing with Spanish school/college children who want to improve their English. Accommodation, food and a range of fun activities are offered in exchange for your conversation. It's a unique, enjoyable and very rewarding experience.


Edu-Culture Immersion
High School Summer Study Abroad Language Programs in Spain & France
Organizes group and individual Study Abroad programs in France and Spain for high school students. Authentic French or Spanish learning experience. Volunteer host family immersion is a component of every program. ECI also offers the opportunity to earn university credit through one of their internationally recognized language schools. ECI arranges host family programs in the US for European students, and customized programs to Europe and Costa Rica for school groups.

Contact: Edu-Culture Immersion (ECI), P.O. Box 2692, Berkeley, CA 94702;;

The Experiment in International Living
Summer Programs
The Experiment has offered transformational learning experiences since 1932. Summer programs, which range from three to five weeks, are available for high school students in more than 20 countries worldwide. Experimenters focus on themes such as community service, language study, travel, peace studies, ecology, the arts, or outdoor adventure. Homestays, experiential learning, and language immersion are part of the programs.


Explorica Summer Academy
Summer Programs and Tours
Explorica offers Spanish Immersion in Marbella; Spanish Immersion in Mexico; Costa Rica Language, Adventure and Conservation; Costa Rica Sea Turtle Rescue and Conservation; French Immersion in the Cote D'Azur; Italian Language & Culture; European Cultures from London to Madrid; European Cultures from London to Athens, and Cultures of Italy and Greece.
Explorica's three-week travel, study, and volunteer programs for high-school students aged 14 to 18 years old let you explore your world with confidence. Combine international travel, immersion programs for intensive language learning, and volunteer work to expand your mind this summer.


Summer and Yearlong Camps Providing the Language and Culture Soccer Experience of a Lifetime

EduKick International summer boarding schools and and year-long camps combine professional soccer training and language lessons in many countries. Athletes/students will learn a language, practice soccer and be immersed in a new culture.


French Summer Course
Summer Language Program for Teenagers
Language program for children and teens in Antibes, Nice, Cannes, Paris, Hyères, Biarritz.


International Summer School in St Andrews, Scotland
Offers high school students from all over the world (aged 14-18) the unique opportunity to combine learning, creative enrichment and action-packed adventure in the historic and picturesque seaside town of St Andrews. Offering a brilliant selection of Academic and Elective options and a summer experience like no other! Courses available in Creative Writing, Film, Debating, Golf, Cultural programs and much more.


Kroka Expeditions
Teen Summer Travel Programs
Emphasizes sustainable travel experiences in which harmony with nature is the goal, and has teen summer travel programs in Canada, Ecuador, and the U.S.


MexArt in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Summer Art and Spanish Teen Program
One month art, Spanish and cultural immersion program for students finishing the 8th - 12th grades. Art areas: painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, silver jewelry. All Spanish levels welcome. Highly supervised and structured program particularly suitable as a first study abroad experience. Also a Summer Dance and Spanish Teen Program.One month dance, Spanish and cultural immersion program for students finishing the 9th - 11th grades. Dance areas: hip hop, jazz, modern, ballet, Latin dance, folkloric dance. All Spanish levels welcome. Highly supervised and structured program particularly suitable as a first study abroad experience.


MB International Summer Camp in Lignano, Italy
For children (10-12) and teens (13-18): The MB International Summer Camp program combines English or Italian language tuition with sports, creative and leisure activities in the fully equipped residential village of Villaggio Adriatico. This private area with parks and a beautiful beach is situated close to Lignano, a modern city, 80 km from Venice, Italy. Whether studying Italian or English, students integrate with a mix of nationalities of similar ages.


Moondance Adventures
Teen summer adventures on trips in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, France, and U.S.


Nacel International
French Language and Sports Summer Camp
Foreign students will no doubt profit from this sport camp to improve their French skills. The French language is the used during all activities: Sports, leisure time, etc. The camps are organized in Vichy, France. The "campers" are given 15 hours French lessons per week (3 hours in the morning, from Monday to Friday) in groups of about 15 students. Participants practice sports afternoons and share social activities afternoons and weekends.


Nacel Open Door
Nacel Open Door is a nonprofit organization dedicated to international understanding and language education. American students ages 16 to 18 live with a family and attend school for either a trimester, semester or school year in one of 8 countries: Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, or Spain. Summer programs are also available. Application and program fees. Scholarships available.


New York Film Academy
Summer Camps
For high-school students ages fourteen to seventeen, the New York Film Academy offers a pre-college enrichment experience that is unparalleled. Each year hundreds of students from around the world benefit from the extraordinary education offered at the Academy. Our summer camps for teens are offered at The Dalton School in New York City, Universal Studios in Los Angeles, Oxford University, England, Harvard and Princeton Universities, Disney-MGM Studios in Florida, The French National Film School in Paris and in Florence, Italy.


Outward Bound Costa Rica
Experiential Education and Adventure Programs in Costa Rica and Panama
Students spend a summer or semester abroad challenging themselves through outdoor adventure activities as well as service learning projects in Costa Rica and Panama. Outward Bound courses also teach its participates to develop leadership skills, focusing on character development, compassion for the environment and teambuilding.
2-5 week summer expeditions including hiking, diving, and surfing are available.


PAX Abroad
Pax offers U.S. high school students, ages 15 to 18, programs and homestays for the school year and summer in France, Germany, Ecuador, Spain, Australia, Brazil, and China. Program fees.

Contact: 242 King Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Tel. 800-555-6211;,

The Road Less Traveled
Teen Summer Travel, Community Service, Education, and Language Programs Worldwide
The world is a very big place. Take a deep breath and a long stride, and suddenly you're looking up at Mount Kilimanjaro, running rapids down Desolation Canyon, trading stories with the Hadza by the light of a campfire, or swaying high above Costa Rica's rainforest canopy.
Go to the far places. Work and give with both thought and conscience. Stay open to challenges, meet them head on. Welcome surprise. Value teamwork. Look deeply into the big, bountiful world, and revel in the knowledge that there are still many, many Roads Less Traveled...
A variety of programs are offered for teens, including in Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Guatemala, India, Italy, Norway, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand (see website for more info).

Contact: 2331 N Elston Ave. AVE, Chicago, IL 60614, United States; 7733425200;

STS Foundation
U.S. high school students, ages 15 to 18, can live and study abroad. Its programs in France, Germany, Italy, and Austria require at least two years of formal language training. Programs in Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands have no language requirements. Programs are also offered in New Zealand and South Africa, and summer homestays are available as well. Application and program fees.

Contact: 6946 E 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251; Tel. 800-522-4678;,

Teen Summer Camps in France
Full language immersion program for French in Paris.


Teenagers Abroad
Teen Language Summer Camps & Schools Abroad
Teenagers Abroad specializes in sending young people between the ages of 13 -17 to exciting places and programs around the world. All our programs are designed to introduce young students another culture and to encourage them to make friends with other students from around the world.


The Road Less Traveled
Summer Community Service, Language, and Adventure Travel Programs for Middle and High School Students
Life-changing education travel that is relevant, collaborative, and responsible. Students connect with others different from themselves while exploring humanity and the world. We offer domestic and international programs that focus on community service, language, environmental, animal and marine conservation, cultural immersion, and wilderness adventure. Our aim is to cultivate leadership, openness, sensitivity and a sense of social awareness and environmental activism.
A variety of programs offered, including in Belize, Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean), Costa Rica, India, Italy, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand (see website for more info).

Contact: 2331 N Elston Ave. AVE, Chicago, IL 60614, United States; 7733425200;

Travel For Teens
The Summer of a Lifetime
Cultural Immersion trips to Europe and Australia for boys and girls ages 13-18. Fully supervised, authentic, geared toward learning by doing and toward natural interests of teens.


Triskallian Tours
Summer Adventure Programs
Triskallian Tours offers the premier summer travel adventures for teens in both Costa Rica and Thailand. Our Costa Rica Volunteer Service and Surf program combines a half day of learning how to surf or improving upon existing surfing skills with the other half of the day spent conducting community service. Our Thailand program combines small group travel with backpacking, to create the ulitmate adventure in teen student travel.


Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing
Offers unique all-outdoor summer camps, teen adventure camps, and teen travel camps in Cambodia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Thailand, Vietnam, and U.S.


Wilderness Ventures
Summer Teenage Wilderness Adventures in Australia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and U.S.


Youth for Understanding USA
Youth For Understanding (YFU) offers the learning adventure of a lifetime to high school students. A YFU study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, cultures and communities of a real family in one of over 40 countries around the globe. You can choose from summer, semester, year or gap year programs. Change Your Life, Change Your World! Study Abroad with Youth For Understanding, one of the oldest and most respected student exchange organizations.

Contact: 6400 Goldsboro Rd. Suite 100, Bethesda, MD 20817; 800.TEENAGE; Tel. 240-235-2100;,

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