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 Articles on Teen Volunteering Abroad
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Volunteering as a Teen Makes a Difference by Kirsten Tobey

"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.
Teen volunteering in Spain Cost: Free / Low-cost
Dates: Summer — June & July
Contact: Diverbo — More than Pueblo Ingles (Anglo volunteer department), Calle Orense 4, 7th floor, 28020 Madrid, Spain.
Tel. (+34) 913 913 400. Fax: (+34) 913 910 112
Email: volunteers@diverbo.com
Website: www.diverbo.com/en/volunteer-abroad/teens
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Global Volunteers
Under 18: Volunteer Abroad Programs for High School Students

At GVI, we are strong believers in the transformative power of participating in international volunteer work, and we want to make such educational and life-changing experiences available to younger volunteers. We have launched programs in order to expose young people, 15-17, to the experiences which had up until now only been available to adults.

We have carefully chosen the GVI projects that are best suited for younger volunteers. On these select projects, our volunteers will have greater supervision, a fascinating community of peers, training, and world-class leaders chosen for their mix of experience in the field and ability to mentor and inspire young people.
Volunteer as a Teen with GVI Contact in USA: Call toll free 888-965-3358      
Website: www.gviusa.com/volunteer-options/under-18
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Cross-Cultural Solutions
Cross-Cultural Solutions is a not-for-profit international volunteer organization that operates 2- to 12-week programs for volunteers in Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Peru, Russia, Tanzania, and Thailand. Internship programs are also available. People 18 and older can apply to participate. Program fee.
Contact: Cross-Cultural Solutions, 2 Clinton Place, New Rochelle, NY 10801;Tel: 800.380.4777 or 914.632.0022; in the UK call 0845 458 2781/2782; other countries call +44 (0) 1273 666392; Fax: 914.632.8494.
Email: info@crossculturalsolutions.org
Website: www.crossculturalsolutions.org
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Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
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.

Dates offered: Depends on program
Cost of Program: Check our website for Program Requirements and Cost
Email: Contact Us
Website: amigoslink.org

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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: 800-292-2316 or 617-267-7763
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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Community Service Learning Programs in Africa, Asia & Latin America
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
It's 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.

Programs in 11 destinations: Tanzania, Ghana, Fiji, India, Bali, Thailand, Costa Rica, The Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Peru, and The Galapagos.
Teen Volunteer Abroad with GLA Dates: summer (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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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Animal and Wildlife Conservation Programs
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)
If you're interested in animals and wildlife, GLA has programs for you. Travel to the Galapagos Islands, Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, or Bali, where you will interact with exotic animals. In The Galapagos, you'll volunteer to protect the habitats of baby seals and endangered giant tortoises. In Thailand, you'll get to volunteer with families who care for elephants. In Africa, you'll get up close to lions, elephants, and zebras on safari trips as well as hold baby lion cubs at a nearby wildlife preserve. Click on the link below for a free catalog!
High School Volunteer Abroad Animals Dates: summer (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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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Make a Difference in Lives of Children in Latin America, Africa, and India
Global Leadership Adventures

Volunteer to help children. GLA gives you a chance to take part in community service projects that directly improve the lives of the most at-risk and impoverished children in these regions. Travel to Africa, Asia, or Latin America and provide nurturing care and attention to children at a local schools, camps, and community centers. You may find yourself teaching a group of kids in a classroom with no electricity or even under a mango tree with only a chalkboard and your own skills to share. Some may say that changing the world is a hefty goal. But at GLA, we believe that you have the power and compassion to make this old world of ours a much better place! Click on the link below to get your free catalog!
Teen Volunteer Abroad Impoverished Children Dates: summer (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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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VISIONS Service Adventures
Summer Volunteer Program for Teens
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.

Work hard, play hard and make a difference.

Visions Service Programs for Teens Dates: 2 - 4 week programs in July and August. Please see website for details.
Cost: $1000 - $1500 per week. Please see website for details.
Contact:
VISIONS Service Adventures, 541 E. Babcock St., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Tel.: 406.551.4423
Email: info@VisionsServiceAdventures.com
Website: VisionsServiceAdventures.com
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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
Tel:
919-256-8200
Email: info@gobroadreach.com
Website: www.gobroadreach.com
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Adventures Cross-Country: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure.
Adventures Cross-Country's Community Service Adventures offer a chance to give something back to the communities we visit while taking part in world-class adventure activities. Service sections include teaching English to local school children, caring for elephants/sea turtles/pandas, and building much-needed facilities in rural villages. Adventures in Africa, Australia, Belize, California, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Fiji, Galapagos, Greece, Hawaii, Peru, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda and Vietnam. Lodging will be in local guest-houses, small hotels, and occasionally camping.
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: Adventures Cross-Country, 242 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941
Tel.: To get more information or request a catalog call our headquarters at 415-332-5075
Email: info@adventurescrosscountry.com
Website: www.adventurescrosscountry.com
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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, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Samoa, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, 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.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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Global Works | Travel with Purpose
International Service Travel for High School Students and Groups

For more than 24 years, Global Works has been an industry 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!
Global Works Teen Travel with a Purpose Dates: Summer Service Adventures and Custom Group Travel Trips year-round.
Cost: $3,795-$6,995.
Contact: Global Works, 2342 Broadway, Boulder CO 80304.
Tel: 303-545-2202.
Email: info@globalworks.com
Website:
www.globalworkstravel.com
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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, dianna@globalroutes.org
Tel.: 413.585.8895
Email: mail@globalroutes.org
Website: www.globalroutes.org
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CareUSA
Runs CARE Corps Teens, a year-long U.S. based volunteer program for teens who want to help fight international poverty. Culminates in a week-long trip to one of the countries where CARE works in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Contact: info@care.org, www.care.org

CIEE
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 six 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.

Contact; gapyear@ciee.org, www.ciee.org/gap


Earthwatch Institute
Teen Teams
Through teen expeditions, teens ages 15-18 can connect with leading scientists, learn new skills and appreciate the power they have to change the planet.

Contact: info@earthwatch.org, www.earthwatch.org

Global Citizens Network
Sends short-term (approx. 1-3 weeks) 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: 30 N. Howell St., St. Paul, MN 55104; 651-644-0960 or 800-644-9292; info@globalcitizens.org, www.globalcitizens.org

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.

Contact: info@volunteer.org.nz, www.globalvolunteernetwork.org

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.

Visit: greenhearttravel.org/programs/teen/volunteer

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, publicinfo@hfhi.org, www.habitat.org.

IFRE Volunteers
Affordable Summer Youth Volunteer Abroad Programs

Offers programs worldwide for very affordable fees which are tax-deductable for U.S. citizens. The organization offers programs for summer teens performing a variety of projects in countries worldwide.

Visit: www.ifrevolunteers.org

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 programmes 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.

Contact: icye@icye.org, www.icye.org

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.

Visit: www.restlessdevelopment.org

Volunteers for Peace
Short-term volunteer projects in over 75 countries, including special teen projects for those under 18. Placement fee starts at $500 for a 2-3 week project.

Contact: vfp@vfp.org, www.vfp.org

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, www.youthinternational.org.

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