Young high school students enjoying a Projects Abroad volunteering holiday for teenagers in Senegal.

High School Specials: Teen Volunteering Abroad

Hassle-free, pre-planned trips for 15-18 year olds that help you step out of your comfort zone

High School Specials are tailor-made for 15-18 year olds. We help young people experience life overseas, help disadvantaged communities, and gain self-confidence.


Because these trips are created for this age group, you’ll always be well supported by in-country Projects Abroad staff. They help everyone settle in and make the most of the project, even if it’s your first time abroad.


You’ll volunteer with other people your age and get to know them through activities and exciting trips. High School Specials have fixed start and end dates, and run according to set itineraries This offers more structure that will suit anyone still in school.


If you want to give back to others, have new experiences and meet people from around the world, a High School Special is for you.

Choose a High School Special

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A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From $3,070 CAD

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
Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From $2,420 CAD

Medical Internships in Nepal for Teenagers
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Join a group your age on a medical placement and learn from qualified doctors in local hospitals

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From $3,295 CAD

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A young girl has her blood pressure taken on Projects Abroad's medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka

From $3,070 CAD

Medical Internship for Teenagers in Sri Lanka
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Spend your summer learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during medical outreaches

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A doctor explains how to take healthcare measures on our medical internship for high school students in Tanzania

From $3,295 CAD

Medical Internship for High School Students in Tanzania
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Gain valuable medical experience learning from professional doctors and nurses in vibrant Tanzania

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2,420 CAD

Volunteer with Children in Nepal as a Teenager
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Team up with teenagers from around the world and work with children in culture-rich Nepal

  • 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.

From $2,845 CAD

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 teenager measures blood pressure during our medical internship in Ghana

From $3,620 CAD

Medical Internships in Ghana for Teenagers
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Join other teenagers as you learn from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches

  • 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.

From $3,395 CAD

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
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We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom project for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small. 

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What are High School Specials?

Our High School Specials are set trips made specifically for groups of 15-18 year olds. During the week of volunteering, you’ll work on a project alongside Projects Abroad staff who will support you. There will be plenty of free time where you’ll go on exciting trips and take part in fun social activities.


Our volunteering opportunities for high school students are safe and well supported. The project you work on has a sustainable impact on the local community.


The projects are designed to fit into your school break. They’re a perfect balance between traveling independently and stepping out of your comfort zone. You'll be with a team of other teens during the entire trip, so you’ll get to make lasting friendships with others from around the world.


Whichever destination or project your choose, a Projects Abroad High School Special will be an experience like no other.

Volunteers paint a jungle gym in Kenya while volunteering abroad under 18.

Is a volunteering holiday for teens right for me?

If you’re 15-18 years old and want to volunteer with other teens, a High School Special is a great option. Our volunteering holidays for teens run for 1-4 weeks, so you can fit it into a school break. You’ll get all the benefits of a volunteering abroad experience knowing that your trip is secure and well-structured.


This trip is a great option to spend your free time giving back while having amazing experiences. You’ll learn more about communities in need, the challenges people face in different countries, and what you can do to help. During your trip, you’ll be with people your own age and also our dedicated Projects Abroad staff. Many who volunteer abroad under the age of 18 together become friends for life.


If you’d like to be a bit more flexible with your time, you can consider our Flexi Trips. Read our full list of trip types here.

Escorted flights for teen volunteers

Occasionally, we send a staff member to chaperone outbound and inbound flights for High School Specials volunteers coming from (or transferring through) New York (JFK). You can choose to fly with our chaperone for no additional charge, or you can choose to fly your own route instead. Please note that we are not able to offer escorted flights for all High School Specials.


Our next escorted flights (outbound and inbound) will be offered on these projects:



Teen volunteers who join the following projects will only be escorted on their outbound flights:



Please note, the above dates refer to the project. Flight dates may vary slightly due to airline schedules.

What will I gain from volunteering abroad as a teen?

All our trips are designed to help you make the most of your time abroad. We want to you to feel positive about your contribution to your volunteer project. Previous High School Specials volunteers talk about these benefits:


  • Safety and security of traveling with a trusted organization with decades of experience
  • Opportunity to work with in-country staff who know the local community well
  • Developing confidence, skills and friendships
  • Having a unique experience to talk about at school, job applications and higher education
  • Learning about other cultures, less developed countries and the challenges they face
A volunteers spends time with the children in Cambodia after joining volunteering opportunities for high school students with Projects Abroad.