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Volunteer Programs Abroad for High School Teens

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Global Vision International
Under 18

Traveling abroad is a great way for young adults to explore, learn about global citizenship, service learning and gain a better insight into the world and different cultures. GVI offers world-class, action-packed volunteering opportunities for teens aged 15 to 17 years olds. Our Under 18’s programs are specially designed, intended to fully immerse and challenge students in a variety of different ways, providing ample opportunities for learning. Programs focus on wildlife conservation, marine conservation, construction, sports or animal care. Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Visit our website for further details.
Volunteer as a Teen Contact in USA: Call toll free 888-965-3358
Twitter: @gviworld

Global Vision International
Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica

Experience everything a Latin American adventure should be, and more, when you join us in Costa Rica with a team of international under 18 volunteers.

Assist with construction projects that will benefit underprivileged children’s development and education. Discover the area’s stunning beaches, explore beautiful tropical jungles and immerse yourself in the friendly local culture.

Enjoy an adventure side trip that includes white-water rafting, zip lining through the forest and hiking through the renowned Manuel Antonio National Park!
Volunteer Costa Rica Teen Dates: We have start dates throughout the year — visit our website for upcoming start dates
Costs: 2 Weeks from $2,990
Tel.: 1 888 653 6028
Find out more about the Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica

Cross-Cultural Solutions
High School Summer Service Trips
CCS teen summer service trips are for high school students ages 15-17. The High School Volunteer Abroad program offers you an awesome opportunity to volunteer side-by-side with local people and new friends on a teens-only group volunteering project in our dedicated Costa Rica, India, Peru, Ghana, and Guatemala High School Volunteer Abroad Home-Bases. You'll participate in tons of cultural activities and supervised excursions during the week and on weekends.

When you include Cross-Cultural Solutions—the most recognizable name in the field of international high school volunteering—on your college application, you'll stand out among the rest as a driven, socially responsible leader.
Volunteer teen programs

Dates: Contact Us for Details
Costs: Contact Us for Pricing and Availability
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801.
Tel: US Toll Free: 1-800-380-4777


Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Teen Volunteer Programs

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.
Volunteer in the Dominican Republic Dates offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost

United Planet
United Planet offers tailored volunteer abroad programs in five destinations for those under 18. The Teen Quest program combines language immersion, accommodation with host families, cultural activities and learning excursions. Volunteers may work in orphanages, after-school centers, building homes or at environmental conservation projects. Destinations for 1-12 week Teen Quests include Romania, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Chile. Candidates 16 years and older can apply, or travel with family or a chaperon.
Volunteer programs with United Planet Teen Quest Cost: Varies with duration of your stay.
Dates: Ongiong start dates.
Contact: United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel: 617-267-7763

Teen Service Learning Programs in Africa, Asia, Europe & Latin America
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
GLA programs are like a Peace Corps for teens. Students on our programs explore historic and natural sites of significance in their host country, and participate in meaningful service projects designed to provide lasting benefits to the local community. GLA's goal is to provide life-changing experiences that cultivate a global perspective and open-mindedness in students that will inspire them to become great leaders and global thinkers who will seek positive change in their own communities.

Programs are offered in 16 destinations: Tanzania, Ghana, China, Thailand, India, Fiji, Bali, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, The Galapagos, Argentina, The Dominican Republic, Belize, United Kingdom & Spain."
Teen Volunteer Abroad with GLA 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

Make a Difference in Lives of Children in Africa, Central America & the Caribbean
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
Volunteer to help children, and make a difference in the lives of the youngest generation abroad. GLA gives you the opportunity to take part in meaningful service projects that are designed to have an impact on the lives of disadvantaged youth and the communities in which they live. Whether you're tutoring children in a classroom in Ghana, leading games with kids after school in Costa Rica, or building new learning spaces for students in Guatemala, your commitment to these children makes a difference. Click on our link to learn more!
Teen Volunteer Abroad Impoverished Children 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

VISIONS Service Adventures
Summer Volunteer Program 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.
Programs and camps 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

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

ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
ARCC Programs's Community Service Adventures offer a chance to give something back to the communities we visit while taking part in world-class service adventure activities. Service sections include teaching English to local school children, caring for elephants or sea turtles, and building much-needed facilities in rural villages. Adventures in Africa, Australia, California, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Galapagos, Greece, Hawaii, Peru, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam. Lodging is in local guest-houses, small hotels, and occasionally camping depending on destination.
Teen Volunteer Programs with 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

Projects Abroad
Projects Abroad is the world’s leading short-term international volunteer organization.
Live and work in 29 exciting countries around the world: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, Jamaica, Kenya, Laos, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam. Volunteer projects start year-round and last from one week to a year. Opportunities exist in teaching, child care, social work, conservation, community development, medicine, human rights, journalism, international development, language courses, and more! Programs are for ages 16+.
Projects Abroad Dates: Start any day you choose.
Cost: Please see our website for prices.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: US Toll-free 1 888 839 3535.

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

Global Routes
Global Routes is a pioneer in the world of value-driven, experiential-based, international programming for high school and gap year students. We believe that authentic, fun and impactful programs abroad are directed by service, deepened through immersion, broadened with adventure and contextualized by leadership. Through this unparalleled combination, participants gain profound perspectives of another country, cultures, the world and themselves. Since 1967 we have partnered with over 10,000 volunteers throughout the world.
Global Routes Dates: Summer, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Spring Break, Winter Break and custom.
Cost: Ranges
Address: Global Routes, One World Way, Windsor, NH, 03244 USA
Contact: Dianna Hahn,
Tel.: 413.585.8895

GoEco Volunteer Abroad
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!
Teenage Volunteering Dates: 1 week – 6 months
Costs: $550 USD – $2,800 USD
Contact: GoEco Volunteering
Tel.: US: +1 646 240 4545 UK: +44 203 318 4004 AU: +61 2 8014 9393

International Biosphere Stewardship Program
Teen Summer Volunteer Service 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 volunteer 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:

A Broader View Volunteers Corp
Teen Volunteer Programs with a Non Profit Charity Overseas
A Broader View offers volunteer programs for teens (and older) in countries throughout the world, often with age 12-16 age options if traveling with parents, and 17-18+ options otherwise. You'll be immersed in another culture, collaborate with your host community on a development project, and work side by side with local youth while building your own leadership skills.


Gap Year Abroad Programs
Gap Year Abroad with CIEE offers college-bound high school graduates an opportunity to acquire a broader global perspective, foster independence, and gain self-knowledge in nine countries. Our programs offer accelerated language growth through classes and immersion into a foreign community, the opportunity to live with a host family, and experience abroad participating in organized volunteer work in the local community. Included in the CIEE program are day and weekend excursions of cultural and historical importance that will provide an important dimension to understanding of the host country.


Earthwatch Institute
Teen Expeditions
Teens ages 15-18 can connect with leading scientists, learn new skills, and appreciate the power they have to change the planet through tailored volunteer projects.


Global Citizens Network
Sends short-term teams of volunteers of all ages and backgrounds into communities in other cultures where participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Homestays or other local accommodations provided. A portion of the program’s cost is donated to the community project. Airfare is not included. Fundraising is encouraged.

Contact: 129 North 2nd St., # 102, Minneapolis, MN 55401 USA; 1.800.892.0022 or 612.436.8270;,

Global Volunteer Network
Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide
The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects around the world. We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in 21 countries throughout South America, Africa and Asia. Volunteers are required to be 18 years of age.
If you’re just graduating from school and not sure which direction to take, or you’re not ready to jump into full-time employment just yet, then taking a Gap Year may be a great option for you.


Greenheart Travel
Teen Volunteering in Costa Rica
Immerse yourself in a vibrant culture and improve your Spanish through a service project in a wildlife rescue center in the heart of Costa Rica’s rainforest! Learn new skills while you experience a new world and help those in need. Volunteers live with host families and assist with locally run volunteer projects in children's programs, education and the environment. Placements include room and board with carefully screened, welcoming host families. Our friendly and experienced staff in Costa Rica provide support and assistance throughout the program. Programs are open to participants ages 16+. Greenheart Travel is non profit founded in 1985 and run by friendly and seasoned travel enthusiasts who regularly participate in their own cultural exchanges.
Volunteer programs are also available in India.

Visit: or send for more information via

Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It works to eliminate poverty and homelessness from the world and to make adequate shelter a matter of conscience and action. Runs volunteer youth programs in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Contact: 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709; 229-924-6935,,

IFRE Volunteers
Affordable Summer Youth Volunteer Abroad Programs

Offers teen high school volunteer programs for very affordable fees that are tax-deductable for U.S. citizens. The organization offers summer teens the opportunity to participate in a variety of projects worldwide.


International Cultural Youth Exchange
Short- and Long-Term Volunteer Programs Worldwide
Long-term projects abroad run for 6 months or a year in a wide range of countries. Placements could vary from working with children with Down’s Syndrome in Mexico City looking after child war victims in Vietnam. No previous experience is necessary; we are just looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to experience something new and exciting.
Many short-term programs are available. Alongside worldwide short-term placements, we have fully-funded European placements with exciting opportunities such as working with children in Italy or in an orphanage in Russia. We can help you to find a project to suit your interests and to use the skills you have or wish to develop. No experience necessary, just passion and motivation.


International Service Learning
High School Teams
ISL’s High School teams are designed for high school students, aged 14-19. The programs, in a variety of incredible settings worldwide, are designed to provide volunteer service while allowing for adventure, so those who participate "must be able to withstand long hours out-of-doors in sometimes extreme climates, be willing to engage in manual labor, and be eager to experience awesome outdoor adventures."


Students Partnership Worldwide
Students Partnership Worldwide recruits and trains young adults (at least 18 years of age) as volunteer “Peer Educators.” Participants lead programs that impact health and environmental issues in Africa and Asia.


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 are offered, including in Belize, Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean), Costa Rica, India, Panama, Peru, Tanzania, Thailand (see website for more info).

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

Volunteers for Peace
Short-term teen programs, also called volunteer work camps, in hundreds countries worldwide, including special teen projects for those under 18. Placement fee starts at $500 for a 2 week project.

Contact: 7 Kilburn St. STE 316, Burlington, VT 05401; tel. 1 (802) 540-3060;,

Youth International
Service Learning Semesters Abroad

Youth International is an experiential learning program that combines international travel, inter-cultural exchange, outdoor adventure, volunteer community service work, and homestays. Teams of up to 14 young adults aged 18 to 25 travel together with two group leaders. For 3 months, the team travels through three countries in one region of the world: Asia (Nepal, India, Thailand) or South America (Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, including Galapagos Islands). Programs run Sept-Dec. and Feb.-May.

Contact: Youth International, 2319 Woodbury Lane, Evergreen, CO, 80439 USA; tel. 1-720-270-3323; info@youthinternational;org,

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