Five best volunteer programs for high school students
Spend your high school vacation doing something worth talking about when school starts again. Choose one of our best volunteer programs for high school students.
Volunteering during high school is one of the best decisions you can make. GVI’s teen volunteer programs combine hands-on volunteering in local communities with time spent exploring the surrounding areas and making friends for life.
Alongside the invaluable work done on teen volunteer programs, there is also the chance for cultural and language immersion, skills training, and supervised adventure activities.
There are programs to suit anybody’s interests, in locations across the world.
Here are GVI ’s top five picks for the best volunteer abroad programs for high school students.
1) Rainforest conservation in Costa Rica
Collecting data about local animals and sharing knowledge about wildlife protection are both key parts of the rainforest conservation program in Costa Rica.
This program makes the list because of the sheer diversity of wildlife that GVI’s teen volunteers are exposed to. If studying all types of animals, from the sea turtle to the jaguar, is something that excites you, then this is the right program for you.
Living south of Tortuguero National Park, teen volunteers on this program play a pivotal role in the research and teaching that goes into protecting the sublime nature of this Central American country.
Studying Spanish in high school? Then a teen volunteer program in Costa Rica is the ideal way to spend your vacation. On top of an incredibly rewarding volunteer position, you also have the chance to practise your Spanish language skills with native speakers.
There’s no need to worry about forgetting your Spanish knowledge after the summer break – you’ll have improved your Spanish astronomically!
You can also travel to Costa Rica with GVI and volunteer for an alternative spring break experience. Do something good in your spring break and take part in a teen volunteer program with your best friends in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
2) Community development in India
Volunteering in Kerala, a southern state of India, is an opportunity like no other. The community development volunteer program in India allows you to immerse yourself in the culture of the local villages you will be volunteering in.
This high school volunteer program consists of supporting the local community in improving their facilities and infrastructure. From building new toilets to painting the walls of an old schoolhouse, teen volunteers in Kerala help make a real and lasting difference in the nearby villages.
Free time might be spent taking a group trip to visit a temple, or participating in a traditional dance workshop with your fellow international volunteers.
This makes our list of the best volunteer abroad programs for high school students because of the chance to make real change in local communities. This benefits not only the inhabitants but the volunteer too. You’ll be taught new skills and make friends for life while improving your independence, resourcefulness, and resilience.
Why not turn volunteering in India into a school trip? Travel to Kerala with your classmates and work together to help build something lasting. School trips abroad are a fantastic chance to get closer to classmates, improve teamwork skills, and take a leap into something new, together.
3) Cultural immersion in Cambodia
Volunteering in Cambodia has lots of variety. The volunteer opportunities for teens at GVI’s Kampong Cham base gives under 18s the chance to take part in essential English conversation classes, helping trainee monks to develop their English language skills.
Helping to improve the health and cleanliness of the area surrounding Kampong Cham is also very important. This is why GVI teen volunteers in Cambodia assist local inhabitants with planting food gardens and take part in urban plastic cleanup. In such a beautiful location, activities like these are a chance to take in the brilliant weather and get to know your fellow volunteers from all over the world.
One of the great perks of this program is the chance for you to earn your ILM Youth Leadership Certificate. This certificate is something, alongside your volunteering experience, that you’ll be able to put on your college application and resume to stand out from the crowd.
4) Seaside conservation in Seychelles
Live the dream during your summer holidays and volunteer in wildlife conservation in the picturesque location of Seychelles. Do you know anyone else who will be able to say, once school starts again, that they spent their vacation on the beach, helping to protect endangered species of flora and fauna?
This teen volunteer program is ideal for anybody under 18 looking to help make a real difference in the world while spending time in one of the most idyllic settings on Earth.
The program entails collecting data through beach profiling surveys, studying the reproductivity of the Coco de Mer palm tree, and assisting with the annual census of the Aldabra giant tortoise population.
If you are interested in going into wildlife conservation in the future, then this teen volunteering opportunity is perfect for you. Your resume will be greatly improved by this experience, and college admissions officers will love the fact that you already have experience in the field in which you’re applying to study.
5) Sustainable development in Ghana
Work alongside local initiatives to help share awareness of preventative healthcare practices, and work to help improve access to education and educational equality in the capital city of Accra.
The teen cultural immersion project in Ghana is one of the best volunteer abroad programs for high school students, combining self-development and reflection with supporting the local inhabitants as they improve their own situations. Put this in the spectacular location of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, and you have the most exciting and rewarding teen volunteer program available.
GVI’s volunteer opportunities for teens present young people with a wide array of new skills to learn, and a chance to develop the ones they already have.
If learning new languages gets you excited, then volunteering in Ghana is the way to go. Fante is one of Ghana’s many dialects, and you will have the opportunity to learn this language and practise it with native speakers. There really is no better way to improve your language skills.
Another perk of this program is the chance to earn your ILM Youth Leadership Certificate.
On your days off from volunteering, you might have the chance to take a group tour of the nearby Kakum National Park or a day trip around Ghana’s capital city, Accra, with your volunteer team and a responsible adult.
Info for parents and guardians
Your folks might think that sending their child to volunteer abroad is daunting, but you can reassure them that it’s one of the best opportunities they could provide.
The benefits of volunteering during high school are huge, from improving independence to learning a new language, and deciding on a career path for the future. GVI strives to make sure that every one of our volunteers under 18 comes out of their chosen program with enhanced knowledge, wisdom and self-actualisation.
GVI’s volunteer programs for under 18s are closely supervised by trained and vetted GVI staff to ensure that participants are safe and happy at all times. The programs follow a set schedule with a variety of shaperoned activities planned during volunteering, and in free time.
This supervision ensures that teen volunteers truly get the most out of their time volunteering during high school.
For more information for parents or guardians of a teen thinking of volunteering abroad, check out the Parent Pack.
Are you ready to have the time of your life volunteering abroad during high school? Contact the GVI team today.
- Cape Coast
- Cape Town
- Chiang Mai
- Community Development
- Fiji Islands
- Gap Year
- GVI Live
- Kampong Cham
- Limpopo and KZN
- Luang Prabang
- Mahe and Curieuse
- Marine Conservation
- Personal Development
- Phang Nga
- Responsible Travel
- Service Learning
- Study Abroad
- Under 18
- Wildlife Conservation
- Women's Empowerment