Service Learning Abroad Programs
Community Volunteering to Language Study to Cultural Immersion
|"One of the most important parts of becoming a global citizen is understanding and caring about the people in the world. Studying abroad can be an impetus for intercultural growth, as can having a sense of curiosity and desire to learn. But as we know, nothing beats learning by doing within a community. Such experiential education is a lifelong pursuit. And one of the best ways to garner effective and impactful experiential learning is by incorporating service learning into the global curriculum, whether for teens, during a gap year, or at university in your study abroad experience."—Dr. Jessica Voigts
Summer Volunteer Program for Teens
VISIONS summer programs are built on the pillars of meaningful service, full cultural engagement and adventurous exploration. Our student volunteers work among Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne people on Montana Indian reservations and with indigenous Athabascans in Alaska, as well as abroad in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Cambodia. Programs are 12 days to four weeks long, and some sites include Spanish or French language immersion.
- 4 week programs in July and August. Please see website
Cost: $3250 - $6250.
Please see website for details.
Contact: VISIONS Service Adventures, 203 North Church Avenue, Bozeman, MT 59715.
|ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections.
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.
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
Works | Travel with Purpose
Authentic Service Travel for High School Students and Groups
Celebrating over 29 years of community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups! Choose from Community Service, Language Immersion, and Global Action, Homestay and Adventure travel opportunities. Programs are offered around the world for students looking for an enriching and life changing experience. Travel with Purpose!
Dates: 1- 4 week programs between from June – August
Contact: Global Works,
1365 Forest Park Circle, Lafayette CO 80027
|Broadreach Summer Adventures
Volunteer with Locals Around the World
Volunteer on meaningful service projects around the globe with Broadreach global educational adventures. Partner with local organizations to provide medical health care to villages in Ecuador, assist in sea turtle research and rehabilitation in the Mediterranean or become immersed in Peruvian culture as you help build schools and develop community spaces. Earn college credit and community service hours while gaining hands-on experience in the real world. Programs are 12-31 days long in June, July and August and are located in multiple countries including Italy, Belize, India, Peru, Greece and Ecuador.
||Contact: Broadreach, 806 McCulloch
Street, Suite 102, Raleigh, NC 27603
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.
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Spring Break, Winter
Break and custom.
Address: Global Routes, One World
Way, Windsor, NH, 03244 USA
Contact: Adam Aronovitz and email@example.com
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!
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
Teen 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 at
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.
||Dates: Ongoing start dates.
with duration of your stay.
Contact: Please give the United Planet Team a call at 617-874-8041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information can be found at:
www.unitedplanet.org. Feel free to visit us from 9 AM to 5 PM at United Planet, Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, 256 Marginal Street, Boston, MA 02128.
Amigos de las Américas (AMIGOS)
Teen Volunteer Service 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.
Contact: email@example.com, amigosinternational.org
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.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.earthwatch.org
Global Vision International (GVI)
Study Abroad and Educational Service Learning Programs
GVI’s Study Abroad and Educational Service Learning Courses are tailor made for high school or college students and offer a valuable method of learning. We take classroom research and curriculum learning and introduce those theories into real life services. These real-life experiences enhance students’ academic studies and increase their personal growth and interpersonal skills. Emphasis will be placed on relating our long-term goals with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and engaging in daily reflection surrounding the experience. All our Service Learning Courses are led by qualified group facilitators and allow students to gain an increased cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
International Educational Service Learning Programs
GVI’s International Educational Service Learning Courses take classroom research and curriculum learning and introduce those theories into real life services. All the work performed benefits the local community or environment and these real-life experiences enhance students’ academic studies, increase their personal growth and interpersonal skills. Two weeks prior to departure and two weeks after returning home students engage in lectures, discussion, research, service, and reflection. Emphasis will be placed on relating our long-term goals with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and engaging in daily reflection surrounding the experience. All our Service Learning Courses are led by qualified group facilitators.
GVI Study Abroad Programs for High School Students
GVI Study Abroad Programs for High School Students allow you to continue learning as you travel abroad. Our programs are the perfect blend of volunteering, cultural and language immersion, skills training and adventure activities during a summer abroad. Our programs help young adults gain a better understanding of the world and are also seen by universities and employers as something that sets the individual apart from other applicants. All our Study Abroad Programs for High School students are led by qualified group facilitators and allow students to gain an increased cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
High School Study Abroad Service Learning Programs
GVI’s Study Abroad Service Learning Courses take classroom research and curriculum learning and introduce those theories into real life services. All the work performed benefits the local community or environment and these real-life experiences enhance students’ academic studies, increase their personal growth and interpersonal skills. Emphasis will be placed on relating our long-term goals with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and engaging in daily reflection surrounding the experience. All our Service Learning Courses are led by qualified group facilitators and allow students to gain an increased cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
Educational Pre-College Programs Abroad
GVI’s Educational Pre-College Programs Abroad offer students a chance to engage in educational pre-college programs abroad. These valuable programs take learning outside the classroom and into real life services. All the work performed benefits the local community or environment and these real-life experiences enhance students’ academic studies, increase their personal growth and interpersonal skills. Our programs help young adults gain a better understanding of the world and are also seen by universities and employers as something that sets the individual apart from other applicants. All our courses are led by qualified group facilitators and allow students to gain an increased cross-cultural awareness and understanding.
Under 18 Volunteer Abroad Programs
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.
Language Learning and Cultural Immersion Programs for Teens
GVI’s specially-designed Language Learning and Cultural Immersion Programs for Teens (aged 15 to 17) give you an opportunity to travel abroad and engage in a true cultural exchange. Our programs are the perfect blend of volunteering, cultural and language immersion, skills training and adventure activities during a summer abroad. Participants get a chance to discover a new culture and language while they soak up the local way of living. You can gain a better understanding of the world and set yourself apart for your future career!
Contact: 888 653 6028; email@example.com.
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: greenhearttravel.org/programs/teen/volunteer or send for more information via greenhearttravel.org.
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.
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."
International Student Volunteers
Sustainable Volunteer Service Projects
The conservation volunteer service projects geared to students are hosted by ISV worldwide.
Smithsonian Student Adventures
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 service programs in
Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Peru, Senegal, and Thailand. See their excellent website for details.
Contact: Smithsonian Student Adventures, +1 303-997-0351, info@SmithsonianSA.com, smithsonianstudentadventures.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 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
Volunteer Workcamps Worldwide
Founded in 1982, VFP offers over 3000 voluntary service projects in more than 90
countries/regions every year worldwide! Project cost starts
at $500, which includes food and accommodation. Types of
project include construction, environmental, agricultural,
social, work with kids, renovation, art and culture and
more! Since 1982, VFP has exchanged over 31,000 volunteers
worldwide. Start planning your volunteer adventure or learn
how to get involved at VFP.org!
Contact: 7 Kilburn St. STE 316, Burlington, VT 05401; tel. 1 (802) 540-3060; firstname.lastname@example.org, vfp.org
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.