High School Special Projects for 15 to 18 Year Olds

Projects Abroad

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Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!

*Last chance to sign up for summer 2018 - projects nearing capacity*  

Are you between the ages of 15 to 18 years? Interested in travelling to exciting places, meeting new people and making a difference? Our High School Specials are the ideal opportunity to do all of this and more. Get involved in one of our structured two, three or four week volunteer placements overseas and make this a time to remember.

These projects are also a great way to gain valuable work experience, which will contribute massively to your CV or UCAS form. Your time away with us will include a mixture of hands-on activities, taught sessions and observational work. You can choose from over 29 destinations and more than 20 types of projects including Conservation, Care, Sports, Business, Journalism, Medicine & Healthcare, Law & Human Rights, Animal Care and more. We offer placements in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the South Pacific; so volunteers can enjoy adventurous foreign travel and make a positive contribution within a developing country.

What you’ll learn

Not only do you change lives by volunteering abroad, but you, too, learn valuable lessons from the community you are helping.

And it is common knowledge that any kind of learning is enhanced by real-life experience. This goes doubly so for volunteering. Why? Well, you’re gaining real-life examples of what you are learning in school — or want to learn in University. Any new experience can help you grow — but being open to that growth is the most important.

No matter what type of volunteering you do, you’ll probably find that it will dramatically improve your language ability and develop your intercultural understanding. And volunteering can also give you a renewed commitment to international exchange and new skills to contribute to creating a better world.

What you’ll achieve

Are your efforts worth it? Many teens (and parents) will raise this question — and it’s a good one to think about.

It’s important to be modest in your volunteering goals. Remind yourself that it is impossible to save the world by yourself, and no one can do it over a short period of time. In fact, you probably won’t even get to see the end result of the goals you’ll work towards. You may find that many groups are rough around the edges. However, our placements are constantly looking to improve, and if you are persistent, patient, flexible, and reliable, you can help make a difference as part of a group of people all working towards the same positive change.

These Projects have also been designed with the duration of your stay in mind. So even though you are only there for two, three or four weeks, your short-term intensive work will lead to long-term impact as other volunteers continue to flesh out the foundation you’ve laid.

What next? 

Contact us today to find the best High School Special project for you. 

  • Projects Abroad are founder members of the Year Out Group
  • Projects Abroad are an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, providing worthwhile Residential programmes for volunteers working towards their Gold Award

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