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Teen Volunteer Abroad Programs

Teen volunteering abroad

Teen volunteering is a transformational experience, where you see parts of the world you never imagine existed, make new friends with locals and fellow participants, learn what you cannot experience in school and will apply your entire life, immerse yourself in a new language, grow as you experience a new culture, and participate in a community that needs your service. You will discover ideas leading to what you may wish to do as a career, start building your resume through your activities, and begin to shape your future while changing the world one step at a time. Below are some of the most popular tailored teen volunteer programs for many causes and in many locations.

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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 volunteering abroad 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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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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 volunteering with 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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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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  with impoverished child 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
Email: info@experienceGLA.com
Website: www.experiencegla.com
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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.
Volunteer programs for teens Dates: 2 - 4 week programs in July and August. Please see website for details.
Cost: $3250 - $6250. 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 16,000 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 education, medicine, culture, arts, community service and leadership adventures. Programs are located in 40+ countries including the Caribbean, Central and South America, Canada, India, South Africa, Europe, Iceland 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.
High school 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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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 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
Email: info@adventurescrosscountry.com
Website: www.adventurescrosscountry.com
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Summer Volunteer Programs Abroad for Teenagers with Projects Abroad
Spend your summer abroad volunteering with other teenagers! Projects Abroad offers High School Special projects in over 25 different destinations in the developing world for you to make the most of your summer. Join a worthwhile project where help is most needed while having fun with new teenage friends from around the world, all within a safe environment!
Teen volunteering abroad around the world Dates: Programs available all year! Choose your own start date and duration!
Cost: Varies depending on project, destination, and duration.
Contact: Projects Abroad, 80 Broad St, Floor 32, New York NY 10004.
Tel: Toll-free U.S.A. 1 888 839 3535.
Email: info@projects-abroad.org
Website: www.projects-abroad.org
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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.
Teen travel with a purpose Location: Worldwide
Dates:
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
Email: info@globalworks.com
Website:
www.globalworkstravel.com
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Global Routes
Volunteer Programs for High School and Gap Year Students
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.
High school volunteers 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: Adam Aronovitz and adam@globalroutes.org
Tel.: 413-585-8895
Email: mail@globalroutes.org
Website: www.globalroutes.org
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GoEco Teen Volunteering 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!
Teen volunteer with child 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
Email: goeco@goeco.org
Website: www.goeco.org
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United Planet
Teen Volunteer Abroad Quest Programs
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 Chine, Ecuador, Peru, and South Africa. Candidates 16 years and older can apply, or travel with family or a chaperon.
Teen volunteer with child Cost: Varies with duration of your stay.
Dates: Ongoing start dates.
Contact: April Stone, United Planet, 11 Arlington St, Boston MA 02116, USA.
Tel: 617-267-7763
Email: quest@unitedplanet.org
Website: www.unitedplanet.org
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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 volunteer service camp Dates: July 2nd to July 10th 2017
Costs: US$ 1, 550
Contact: Biosphere Foundation, P.O. Box: 112636, Campbell, CA 95011-2636
Email: Sally Silverstone: ssilverstone1@gmail.com or Ruth Rose: ruthlaura62@yahoo.co.uk
Website: biospherefoundation.org/project/biosphere-stewardship-project/
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Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs with GVI
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 abroad under 18 Contact in USA: Call toll free 888-965-3358
Website: www.gviusa.com/volunteer-options/under-18
Email: info@gviworld.com
Twitter: @gviworld
Video: vimeo.com/118578923
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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!
High School volunteering in Costa Rica 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
Email: info@gviworld.com
Find out more about the Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Costa Rica
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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.

Visit: www.abroaderview.org

Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Teen Summer Volunteer Programs in Latin America

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.

Contact: info@amigosinternational.org, amigosinternational.org

CIEE
Gap Year Abroad Programs for High School Graduates
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.

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

Earthwatch Institute
Teen Volunteer Expeditions
Teens and high school students 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.

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

GoBeyond Student Travel
Travel With Real Purpose
Go Beyond Ecuador — Protecting Darwin's Discoveries
As one of the most geographically diverse countries in the world, Ecuador faces an equally wide array of social and environmental challenges. As a volunteer, you’ll assist local organizations with beach clean ups, rid the environment of harmful invasive species, plant native trees, educate local children, and much more. Throughout this journey, you’ll get to take in the bountiful wildlife and immerse yourself in indigenous communities.
GoBeyond “Orphans of Beijing" Volunteer Service Program
Despite a remarkable history of dynasties and culture, a booming population stresses China's economy. An astonishing number of children, especially those who are disabled, are left orphaned because their parents simply cannot afford to raise them. Our “Orphans of Beijing" participants work under the leadership of professional staff and assist the efforts of foundations dedicated to providing medical support and programs for orphaned children. Working with the foundation members, our mission is to offer nurturing care to the infants, as well as provide essential childhood experiences through playing, creating art, and having fun.

Contact: info@gobeyondtravel.com www.gobeyondtravel.com

Greenheart Travel
High School 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
Volunteer Youth Programs
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.

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.

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

International Service Learning
High School Volunteer Teams Abroad
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."

Visit: www.ISLonline.org

Smithsonian Student Adventures
Summer Volunteer Conservation and Expedition Programs for High School Students
For 170 years, the Smithsonian Institution has inspired generations through its steadfast dedication to the “increase and diffusion of knowledge.” In a globalized world, it is more important than ever to promote the Smithsonian values of Discovery, Creativity, Excellence, Diversity, Integrity, and Service. This is why the Smithsonian, in collaboration with Walking Tree Travel, a premier service-focused student travel provider, is pleased to offer a new collection of dynamic programs for high school students.
Smithsonian offers summer volunteer conservation and expedition programs in Belize, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Galapagos, Guatemala, Peru, South Africa, and Thailand. See their excellent website for details.

Contact: Smithsonian Student Adventures, +1 303-997-0351, info@SmithsonianSA.com, smithsonianstudentadventures.com

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

The Road Less Traveled
Summer Teen Volunteer Service, Language, and Adventure Travel Programs
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. Designed for middle and high school students.
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; theroadlesstraveled.com

Volunteers for Peace
Teen Volunteer Projects Worldwide
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; info@vfp.org, 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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