Teen Travel Programs:
Summer Camps and Study Abroad
|"Imagine being 16 years old and arriving in
Paris for the first time on a hot June morning. Your
host family for the next month is waiting to take
you by train to a small village called Oradour-sur-Glane.
It is in the heart of France, where there are green
hills and shimmering lakes, porcelain is made, and
the villagers are some of the friendliest in the world.
This is the new trend for high
school students in the U.S. and a longer tradition
in many countries abroad—spending their summers
traveling, learning, sightseeing, and experiencing
cultures overseas. These students take their once
idle summers and turn them into the adventure of
are many different programs from which to choose.
Students may choose an adventure that lasts
a week or one that lasts the entire summer.
They may choose programs that focus on everything
from academics and language enrichment to outdoor
adventures such as camping, rock climbing, skiing,
and canoeing. Or they may pick a travel program
devoted to sightseeing and daily excursions.
The programs also vary greatly in price. A student
may pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars
to several thousand." —Summer
Abroad: Opportunities Abound for High School
Students by Vanessa Relli-Moreau
de las Américas (AMIGOS) — Summer
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.
offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our
website for Program Requirements and Cost
Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections.
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.
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
Volunteer Programs in Africa, Asia, & Latin America
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
It’s like Peace Corps for Teens. These once-in-a-lifetime summer 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.
Programs in 12 destinations: China, Tanzania, Ghana, Fiji, India, Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and The Galapagos.
(June, July, August); spring break.
Cost: $1,799 - $4599
Contact: Global Leadership
Adventures, 10509 San Diego Mission Road,
Suite A, San Diego, CA 92108
Tel: +1 858-771-0645
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
day programs in June, July and August.
Cost: Starting at $3880
Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch
Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603
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.
- 4 week programs in July and August. Please see website
Cost: $3250 - $6250.
Please see website for details.
Contact: VISIONS Service Adventures, 541
E. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
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
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 (10% Last Minute Discount!)
Vibrant city and beachfront locations in Costa Rica
Work on your Spanish skills AND have fun with our
one-week or full two week session Teen Summer Program!
A tropical Spanish adventure will be guaranteed. Study
at our Heredia City and/ or Samara Beach Campus with
day trips, weekend trip (if you choose) 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.
July 5th to July 19th, camp starting on Sunday.
Cost: One-week prices start at $950,
two-week session for $2,500.
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 –
Toll-free tel.: 1-8448-SPANISH
Email: email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Dates: 1- 4 week programs between from June – August
Contact: Global Works,
1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
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.
June - 22nd August 2015
Cost: 1845€ for 2 weeks (longer stays also
Tel.: (+33) 450 79 08 38
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!
June, July & August
Cost: See website
Contact: Passeport pour les langues — French
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.
||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
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; email@example.com. Visit the Abbey Road website for all details on each program.
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.accademiariaci.info
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.
Visit: email@example.com, www.actionquest.com
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,
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; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.afs.org.
AIFS Summer Advantage Study
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; email@example.com; aifssummeradvantage.com.
Amerispan — The Bridge
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
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.costaricanadventures.com/packages/summer-camp.html
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.deerhillexpeditions.com
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.diverbo.com/en/volunteer-abroad/teens
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
Contact: Edu-Culture Immersion (ECI), P.O.
Box 2692, Berkeley, CA 94702; email@example.com; educulture.org
The Experiment in International
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.explorica-study-abroad.com
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.edukick.com.
French Summer Course
Summer Language Program for Teenagers
Language program for children and teens in Antibes,
Nice, Cannes, Paris, Hyères, Biarritz.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.atoll-france.com.
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
Contact: email@example.com, www.summerschoolscotland.com
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,
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.gomexart.com
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.mbscambi.com/incoming.
Teen summer adventures on trips in Australia, Canada, Costa
Rica, France, and U.S.
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
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nacel.org
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.
Contact: email@example.com, nacelopendoor.org
New York Film Academy
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 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.
Contact: 242 King Street, Port Chester,
NY 10573. Tel. 800-555-6211; firstname.lastname@example.org, pax.org.
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; theroadlesstraveled.com
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
Contact: 6946 E 2nd St., Scottsdale,
AZ 85251; Tel. 800-522-4678; email@example.com, www.stsfoundation.org.
Teen Summer Camps in France
Full language immersion program for French in
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.accord-langues.com.
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
Contact: email@example.com, www.teenagersabroad.com
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; theroadlesstraveled.com
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
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.travelforteens.com
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.
Contact: email@example.com, www.triskallian.com
Wilderness Adventure at Eagle
Offers unique all-outdoor summer camps, teen adventure
camps, and teen travel camps in Cambodia, Panama, Puerto
Rico, Thailand, Vietnam, and U.S.
Summer Teenage Wilderness Adventures in Australia,
Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and
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; firstname.lastname@example.org, www.yfu-usa.org.