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

From €1,620

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
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Teenage volunteers working with children in Cambodia use weekends to explore local attractions.

From €1,845

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
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Projects Abroad volunteers play ball sports with children in Tanzania on our placement for teenagers

From €2,070

Volunteering with Children in Tanzania for Teenagers
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Work with volunteers your age in local communities and help children learn through play

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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While doing community volunteer work in Ghana, teenagers take a group photo with children.

From €2,070

Volunteer Work with Children in Ghana for Teenagers
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Team up with young people your age to help support disadvantaged children and do community work

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
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A volunteer works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From €1,845

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
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High school student volunteers doing building work in Nepal pose for a photo with young children and locals.

From €1,920

Volunteer Building in Nepal for Teenagers
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Volunteer in Nepal on a Building Project for teenagers and help rebuild school classrooms

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

From €2,220

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
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Projects Abroad interns working at an outreach during our medical internship for teenagers in Nepal

From €1,620

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
A young girl has her blood pressure taken on Projects Abroad's medical internship for high school students in Sri Lanka

From €2,070

Medical Internship for Teenagers in Sri Lanka
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Spend your summer learning directly from doctors and doing health checks during medical outreaches

  • From 2 weeks
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Can't find what you're looking for?

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

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.

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!

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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