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

Overseas Volunteer Programmes for High School Students

Help students to discover what they’re capable of by sending them on a volunteer trip to a developing country

Encourage students to discover what they are capable of by helping them join one of our overseas volunteer programmes. They’ll travel to a developing country, meet people their own age, and become part of ongoing efforts to make a difference. 


For 15, 16, and 17 year olds, we strongly recommend our High School Specials. On one of these programmes, volunteers can help children learn through play, roll-up their sleeves and help on a building site, shadow lawyers and business professionals, and so much more.


Whatever volunteers choose to do, they’ll be contributing to long-term, sustainable solutions to specific problems. They can also focus on gaining hands-on work experience to enhance their CVs and university applications. 


Our High School volunteer programmes abroad help students grow personally. It provides them with the opportunity to hone their soft skills like communication and problem-solving. And when they’re not working, they’ll be able to explore in a group setting and experience the culture. Volunteers will have support from our in-country staff 24/7, so they don’t have to worry about any of the details. We’ll take care of everything.  

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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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • 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 holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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What can high school students do abroad?

We have high school volunteer options that can fit each student’s interests and goals. Our staff are available to help find the project that’s the best fit for them.


Here are some of our most popular options for young volunteers and interns:



We’ve seen an increase in young people travelling and choosing to use their time to help those in need. Joining a High School Special is a great way for you to team up with a group of people and work towards achieving a collective goal.

Projects Abroad volunteers travelling during their school and college years work to plant mangroves in Fiji.

Overseas Volunteer Programmes for High School Students During the Summer

Summer is the busiest time of the year for us. We recommend planning ahead to make the most of a summer holiday and book a place on the preferred trip. When schools close for the summer, it’s as easy as packing a bag, hopping on a plane, and traveling to a developing country.


Our Summer High School Specials take place over fixed dates throughout December and January. Whichever programme is chosen, expect to:


  • Meet, travel, and work with young people of a similar age
  • Live with a local host family or in shared accommodation
  • Take part in fun, worthwhile activities at the placement
  • Do cultural and tourist activities in a group
  • Have support from our staff 24/7 during the trip
A teenager volunteering abroad over her summer holiday conducts a blood sugar test for a Sri Lankan woman during a community outreach.

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