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

High School Specials: Teenage 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 to 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 alongside other people your age and get to know them through activities and local trips. High School Specials have fixed start and end dates, as well as itineraries, offering 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 can help you do this.

Choose a High School Special

1-9 of 55 Projects

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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What are High School Specials?

Our High School Specials are set trips made specifically for groups of 15-18 year olds. During the week volunteers work on their project alongside Projects Abroad staff, and free time is filled with trips and sociable activities.


Our volunteering opportunities for high school students are designed to give you an experience of volunteering abroad in a safe, well supported way. You’ll also be working on projects proven to have a sustained positive impact on the local community.


The projects are designed to fit into school holidays. They give you just the right amount of independence as you step out of your comfort zone. You'll spend your whole project with the same team, giving you time to get to know everyone and make lasting friendships.


Whichever destination or project your choose, it will be an experience like no other.

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

Is a volunteering holiday for teenagers right for me?

If you’re aged 15-18 and want to volunteer alongside other teenagers, a High School Special will suit you. Our volunteering holidays for teenagers run for 1-4 weeks, so can fit in easily around school holidays. You’ll get all the benefits of a volunteering abroad experience, with the confidence and security of well-structured trip.


This trip will suit you if you want to spend your free time giving back and having unique experiences. You’ll find out more about disadvantaged communities, the challenges they face, and how you can help. Throughout the trip you’ll be with people your own age and Projects Abroad staff. Many young people who volunteer abroad under the age of 18 leave these trips with friends for life.


If you’re interested in our High School Specials, but would like a more flexible trip, you may be interested in our Flexi Trips. Read our full list of trip types here.

What will I gain from volunteering abroad as a teenager?

All our trips are designed to help you make the most of your time abroad and your volunteer project. Previous volunteers from High School Specials talk about:


  • Safety and security of travelling with a trusted organisation with decades of experience.
  • Benefits of working 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.