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.  

Choose a High School Special

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Teenage volunteers doing work with children in Nepal, do an activity with children on the playground.

From $2920 NZD

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 holidays
  • 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 $2920 NZD

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 holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From $3295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Cambodia for Teenagers
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Work with other teenage volunteers as you teach and care for children from disadvantaged communities in Cambodia

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
A volunteer and her students play with finger paints during her volunteer work with children for teenagers in Fiji

From $3970 NZD

Volunteer Community Work in Fiji for Teenagers
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Experience traditional village life and help young kids learn through play at a kindergarten or school

  • 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.

From $3445 NZD

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 volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From $3295 NZD

Volunteer with Children in Sri Lanka as a Teenager
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Join teenagers from all over the world to help support disadvantaged children at care centres

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
Projects Abroad volunteers go diving as part of our Conservation Project in Thailand for teens

From $6895 NZD

Diving & Marine Conservation in Thailand for Teenagers
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Volunteer and work alongside our staff while you learn to dive, observe coral, and plant mangroves

  • 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.

From $4095 NZD

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.

From $4770 NZD

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
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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 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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