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

Volunteering Abroad for Students Ages 15-18

Discover what you’re capable of by going abroad with us as a volunteer or intern during your school or college years

Discover what you’re capable of and join one of our volunteer or internship opportunities abroad during your school or college years. You’ll travel to a developing country, meet people your age from around the world, and become part of something bigger than yourself. You’ll realise your potential while having the adventure of a lifetime.


If you’re 15, 16, and 17 years old, we strongly recommend our High School Specials. On one of these programmes, you can help kids learn through play, roll-up your sleeves and help on a building site, shadow lawyers and business professionals, and more. Whatever you do, you’ll be working on long-term, sustainable solutions to specific problems, or you’ll be focused on gaining hands-on work experience. You can use what you do to enhance your CV or UCAS form.


Our High School Specials will also help you grow personally. You’ll hone soft skills like communication and problem-solving. And when you’re not working, you’ll be able to explore with your group and experience the culture. You’ll have support from our in-country staff 24/7, so you don’t have to worry about any of the details. We’ll take care of everything.

Choose a High School Special

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A high school student takes a child's blood sugar measure on our medical internship in Peru

From INR157,000

Medical Internship in Peru for Teenagers
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Learn directly from doctors in hospitals and do health checks during outreaches with a group your age.

  • 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 INR147,000

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

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
High school student volunteers doing building work in Nepal pose for a photo with young children and locals.

From INR134,500

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

From INR129,500

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 works with children on English exercises in Sri Lanka on our project for high school students

From INR129,500

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
A group of volunteers helps with conservation work in Botswana for teenagers

From INR202,000

Volunteering with Wildlife in Botswana for Teenagers
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Work on a reserve in the heart of Africa and help conserve wildlife and bush ecosystems

  • Fixed dates during school holidays
  • This project is only for 15-18 year olds
  • From 2 weeks
High school students stand outside a local lawfirm on their Law and Business internship in China

From INR177,000

Law and Business Internships in China for Teenagers
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Live in Chengdu with other teenagers and gain work experience at law firms and local companies

  • 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 INR114,500

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

From INR162,000

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

What can I do as a college or school student abroad?

Whether you’re volunteering abroad as a 16 year old, or you’ve decided to intern abroad as a 17 year old, we have a High School Special for you. Our staff are here to help you find the project that’s the best match to your interests and goals.


Here are some of our most popular options for young volunteers and interns:



We’ve seen an increase in young people travelling and choosing to use their time to help those in need. Joining a High School Special is a great way for you to become part of this and team up with a group of people to achieve a goal.

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

Summer Volunteering Abroad for Students

Summer is the busiest time of the year for us. We recommend planning ahead to make the most of your summer holiday and book a place on the trip of your choice. When schools close for the summer, you can pack your bags, hop on a plane, and travel to a developing country.


Our High School Specials take place over fixed dates throughout the summer months of June, July, and August. Whichever programme you choose, you can expect to:


  • Meet and work with young people your age
  • Live with a local host family or in shared accommodation
  • Take part in fun, worthwhile activities at your placement
  • Do cultural and tourist activities with your group and our staff
  • Have support from our staff 24/7 during your trip

Alternatives to High School Specials

If you're 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 students.


If you're looking for a more specific programme, we can work with you to arrange a custom group volunteer trip if you're with a group of five or more. We have extensive experience working with young students and teachers to arrange personalized group programmes, whether you are fellow students, friends, classmates, or part of the same team or club.

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