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.

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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
Projects Abroad interns at a clinic during our Dentistry internship for teenagers in Sri Lanka
Dentistry Internship in Sri Lanka for Teenagers

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Gain dentistry work experience in local hospitals and do health checks in local communities with a group your age

  • Fixed dates during school break
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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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.

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.