Projects Abroad staff take a group of school and college students on a temple tour during the weekend in Cambodia, Asia.

Volunteer Abroad Programs for High School Students

Travel and volunteer abroad with people your age, who are passionate about changing the world too

Discover what you’re capable of on one of our volunteer abroad programs for high school students. With Projects Abroad, you’ll join a community of passionate volunteers and dedicated staff. Together, we’ll work towards long-term, sustainable goals to create positive change in the world.


Our High School Specials are built specifically for young students between the ages of 15 and 18. They’re fully planned by our staff, and feature an itinerary packed with work, social and cultural activities, and a weekend trip. It’s also supervised 24/7, so you’ll always be with your group and our trained in-country staff.


Our summer volunteer programs for high school students abroad are especially popular, so we strongly recommend booking your trip early! 

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A lawyer consults with a client on the Law and Human Rights internship for teenagers in South Africa
Law and Human Rights Internships in South Africa for Teenagers

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Live in beautiful Cape Town and work alongside professionals to gain practical legal and human rights experience

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Archaeology volunteering for teenagers in Peru also includes weekend trips to places like Machu Picchu.
Archaeology Volunteering in Peru for Teenagers

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Learn from archaeologists and work with a group to uncover ancient civilisations and history in Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers on the Archaeology in Romania for Teenagers project analyse their findings.
Archaeology Volunteering in Romania for Teenagers

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Join a group of teenagers your age and help archaeologists uncover ancient civilisations in Eastern Europe

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing construction work in Tanzania carry bricks needed for a wall.
Building Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Tanzania

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Team up with volunteers your age to build classrooms for disadvantaged children in a Maasai community

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Peru, go on an organised weekend trip to Mach Picchu.
Childcare & Community Volunteer Work in Peru for Teenagers

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Join a group of volunteers your age and support disadvantaged children and do community work while exploring Peru

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa
Community Volunteer Work for Teenagers in Samoa

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Team up with people your age and give back while immersing yourself in traditional Samoan village life

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenagers conduct a wildlife census as part of their conservation volunteer work in Kenya
Conservation Volunteer Work in Kenya for Teenagers

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Join people your age and work together to protect endangered wildlife in East Africa, like the Rothschild’s Giraffe

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Volunteers work with sea turtles in Mexico on a project for teenagers
Conservation Volunteer Work in Mexico for Teenagers

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Live and work with a group your age and become part of our ongoing efforts to protect endangered sea turtles

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers planting seedlings during Conservation volunteering in Costa Rica for teenagers
Conservation Volunteering in Costa Rica for Teenagers

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Team up with high school students from around the world to protect the majestic wildlife of Costa Rica

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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Projects Abroad volunteers travelling during their school and college years work to plant mangroves in Fiji.

Why should I volunteer abroad as a high school student?

Every time a volunteer like you joins one of our projects, you’ll become part of our ongoing efforts to make a real difference. On one of our service trips for high school students, you will:  


  • Help solve a specific problem in a specific place: You can help save sea turtles from being wiped out in Mexico, or work with children in Ghana to support their education. What you do, you can be sure it’s worthwhile.
  • Realize your potential: Our goal is to help you discover what you’re capable of. A trip like this will stretch your imagination, foster a deeper sense of responsibility, and boost your confidence. You’ll also become more independent. 
  • Build meaningful connections: You’ll meet volunteers from countries like Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, and France. This is the perfect opportunity to create friendships that span the globe!
  • Take part in cultural exchange: You’ll live with a local host family or in organized accommodation. Learn from your hosts about their background and their traditions. Use this time to also share your culture.
  • Boost your resume: This experience can help your resume stand out in college applications or when applying for a job. Talk about what you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. And you can share your new understanding of global affairs.
  • Get academic or community service credit: We recommend speaking with an advisor at your school about using your time abroad to get credit for school.
A teenager volunteering abroad over her summer holiday conducts a blood sugar test for a Sri Lankan woman during a community outreach.

Medical internships abroad for high school students

Getting medical experience as a high school student can be extremely difficult in the US. With Projects Abroad, you’ll have a safe, guided experience into the medical world through our High School Specials.


It’s a trip that lets you learn directly from doctors and other medical professionals in busy hospitals and clinics. You’ll get a deeper insight into the healthcare challenges people face everyday, and you’ll participate in outreaches. We’ll teach you basic medical skills like measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels.


This experience will help you stand out from the crowd on a medical school application. It will also help you demonstrate your commitment to healthcare and helping people.


On our medical High School Specials, you can: 


  • Choose between Medicine, Public Health, Physiotherapy, or Dentistry
  • Take part in medical workshops that will teach you skills like suturing or basic First Aid
  • Participate in medical outreaches in rural areas and work under supervision
  • See illnesses and conditions you’ve only read about or seen on TV before

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