Teens relax at their South African placement on a volunteering opportunity for 15, 16, 17 and 18 year olds.

High School Specials: Volunteering Abroad for Teens

HASSLE-FREE, PRE-PLANNED TRIPS FOR 15-18 YEAR OLDS THAT HELP YOU STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Make your summer one to remember by travelling, making a difference and meeting people from around the world! Our high school volunteer programs are tailor-made for 15-18 year olds. 


On our service projects for teens, you can expect to: 

  • Be 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.
  • Work alongside other people your age and get to know them through activities and local trips.
  • Have a fixed start and end date to your project. You’ll also get an itinerary, offering more structure that will suit anyone still in school.

All of our High School Special Projects focus on providing you with an experiential education - education through experience. Help children learn through play, observe and protect wildlife during a safari in Africa, or join one of our volunteer opportunities for high school students interested in medicine. So whichever voluntary work project for teens you join, you'll learn by doing. 


Tell us your interests, and we’ll help you find the best volunteer opportunity for high school students for you. 

Choose a High School Special

1-9 of 55 Projects

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

From $2,595 AUD

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

From $2,595 AUD

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

From $2,945 AUD

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 $3,545 AUD

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
A volunteers takes a picture with children at her placement in Samoa

From $3,295 AUD

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
Archaeology volunteering for teenagers in Peru also includes weekend trips to places like Machu Picchu.

From $3,645 AUD

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 $4,245 AUD

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.

From $3,645 AUD

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.

From $3,070 AUD

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
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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. 

By joining a service learning project for high school students, you can expect to: 

 

  • Work on projects proven to have a sustained positive impact on the local community.
  • Meet and work on your project alongside teens from around the world.
  • Have Projects Abroad staff on hand to assist.
  • Go on organised trips and take part in social activities.

 

Each high school volunteer opportunity we offer has been created to give you a safe and supported experience. 

On a personal level, you will:

 

  • Step out of your comfort zone and engage with a group of diverse people from around the world.
  • Develop soft skills like communication, teamwork, and time management.
  • Improve your problem-solving skills through different situations.
  • Get a better understanding of global issues.

 

We’ve designed our community service projects for teens 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.

Curious about how much of an impact you can really have as a high school volunteer abroad? Read our popular blog about the difference our teenage volunteers made in 2018.

If you don’t think volunteer work for teens is right for you, and you want a more flexible and independent experience, take a look at our Flexi Trips. You can read our full list showing the types of volunteer trips we offer here.

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

What will I gain from a youth volunteer program?

All our service learning trips for high school students 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.

Summer Service Opportunities for High School Students

Winter and Summer are the busiest times of the year for us. We recommend planning ahead to make the most of your holidays and book a place on the trip of your choice. When schools close for the summer, for example, you can pack your bags, hop on a plane, and travel overseas.

Our High School Specials take place over fixed dates throughout the summer months of December, January, and February. We also have winter dates in June, July and August. Whichever summer volunteer program for teens you choose, expect to:

Join one of our volunteer opportunities for high school students and discover what you’re capable of!

If you’re unable to join us on a High School Special, consider joining one of our Alternative Schoolies Trips once your school exams end.

Can’t find what you’re looking for?

We’d be happy to talk about creating a custom under 18 volunteer program for you. Most of our staff have been volunteers themselves, so they’re well placed to answer your questions, big or small.

1300 132 831

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