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

Volunteering Abroad for School or College Students

Every year, thousands of school or college students volunteer with Projects Abroad and use their summer holiday to explore the world and discover what they're capable of. With so many teenagers looking for international volunteer opportunities, we created a programme just for them – our High School Specials. These projects are a wonderful way for you to grow in areas that ignite your interest, match your passions, or fit into future career goals.

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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

From €2670

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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

From €1920

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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

From €2070

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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

From €2670

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

Is volunteering on a High School Special right for me?

Our High School Specials are international volunteer trips for students between the ages of 15 and 18. Most programmes are two weeks long, but others run for three or four weeks. You can also travel for as long as 12 weeks if you've just finished your final year exams and you're not planning to take a gap year.


When planning one of these trips, we keep in mind that our teenage volunteers are young and many are travelling alone for the first time. Ensuring you are safe, comfortable, and having the adventure of a lifetime is our priority!


By traveling with us on a High School Special, you:


  • Live and work with a group your age
  • Choose from a variety of fixed dates in June, July, and August and pick the one that works best for your schedule
  • Have supervision and support from trained local staff 24/7
  • Participate in a full schedule of volunteer work that benefits local people, animals, or the environment
  • Join events and activities to learn more about the local culture and traditions
  • Travel together on weekends to explore the country, relax, and have fun

Alternatives to High School Specials

If you are 16 or older and confident about travelling and working independently, look at one of our Flexi Trips that run throughout the year. The average age of volunteers on Flexi Trips is between 18 and 24, and we find that these placements are great for recently graduated high school students.


If you are looking for a more specific programme, we can work with you to arrange a custom group volunteer trip if you are with a group of five or more. We have extensive experience working with high school students and teachers to arrange personalized group programmes, whether you are fellow students, friends, classmates, or part of the same team or club. Chat to us directly to learn more about this option.

A teenager volunteering abroad over her summer holiday conducts a blood sugar test for a Sri Lankan woman during a community outreach.

The benefits of volunteering abroad during your school or college years

The experience of volunteering overseas is one you carry with you for a lifetime. From speaking with previous High School Special volunteers, we know that volunteering helps foster a deeper sense of responsibility, nurtures independence, and opens students’ eyes to the world before university.


Universities and employers see international volunteer work as a positive experience, so use it to boost your CV in university and job applications. Talking about the challenges you faced, how you overcame them, and what you learned abroad will help set you apart from the crowd!

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