HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEER ABROAD

If you're a teen looking for an off-the-charts, world-rocking high school volunteer abroad experience, you came to the right place.

CCS teen summer service trips are for high school students ages 15-17. The High School Volunteer Abroad program offers you an awesome opportunity to volunteer side-by-side with local people and new friends on a teens-only group volunteering project in our dedicated Costa Rica, India, Peru, Ghana, Tanzania and Guatemala High School Volunteer Abroad Home-Bases. You'll participate in tons of cultural activities and supervised excursions during the week and on weekends, so if you're looking to pick up some Latin American dance moves or have been daydreaming about splashing around in an African waterfall, we got you covered.

High School Volunteer Abroad

When you include Cross-Cultural Solutions—the most recognizable name in the field of international high school volunteering—on your college application, you'll stand out among the rest as a driven, socially responsible leader.

We offer our high school volunteers the type of international leadership opportunities that top colleges and universities are looking for in their applicants. Execute a well-conceived fundraising plan for your trip. Or organize your team for the day's volunteer project. And no matter where you volunteer with CCS, we guarantee that you'll return home with a greater sense of responsibility, accountability, and independence.

Join the adventure of a lifetime for a chance to effect some real social change and expand your perspective in ways you never dreamed possible. Build your confidence. Find your sense of adventure. Develop leadership skills. Strengthen your college resume. And your parents thought you were going to spend your summer in front of the TV? Come on, mom and dad! We've got bigger plans for the planet! Take a look at this sample High School Volunteer Abroad itinerary and see what sets our high school volunteer abroad programs apart from the rest.

Cross-Cultural Solutions is an approved reporter of hours for the United States Presidential Service Award. With just a two-week program you can catalog enough hours for an award. For more details on award criterion and benefits, email us at alumni@crossculturalsolutions.org.

Volunteer in

San Carlos, Costa Rica

Volunteer in San Carlos, Costa Rica

Live la pura vida when you enroll on a summer volunteer abroad program to help improve education for local children or assist with the care of children in San Carlos, Costa Rica. Whether you spend your days pouring over craft projects with children with disabilities, planting a lush, sustainable garden at an elder care center, or letting your inner artist shine as you paint murals at a local orphanage, you’ll be able to effect real social change while being completely immersed in a new culture and welcoming community.

If you’re looking to visit local markets, scale mountains, and shake hands with howler monkeys, you can do it in Costa Rica. Your exclusive High School Volunteer Abroad Home-Base is nestled in the friendly agricultural town of San Carlos. Located less than one hour from the world-famous Arenal Volcano and surrounded by picturesque landscapes, lakes, rivers, mountains, and hot springs, this safe and beautiful location is a perfect starting point to experience it all! Whether you’re learning how to cook Costa Rican gallo pinto, exploring the beautiful countryside, or practicing español at your weekly language lesson, your local CCS staff will be there to lead the way, translate, and answer all of your questions.

Take a look at a sample itinerary to get an idea of how you'll spend your days and nights on your adventure of a lifetime.

Teen volunteers in Costa Rica

Volunteer in

Hohoe, Ghana

Teen volunteer program in Hohoe, Ghana

Explore all that Ghana has to offer when you choose a high school volunteer abroad trip to help improve education for local children or assist with the care of infants and children in Hohoe, Ghana. Whether you spend your days pouring over craft projects with children, planting local sustainable garden, or organizing a game of soccer for the local kids, you’ll be able to effect real social change while being completely immersed in a new culture and welcoming community.

During your stay at the exclusive Teen Home-Base in Hohoe, you’ll find a unique richness everywhere you look. From the country's cultural history to its varied expanses of wilderness and coastline, volunteering among this welcoming community will open your eyes and heart to new cultures and real connections. Known for its exceptionally warm national character, options for exploration and cultural exchange in Ghana are absolutely endless, and you’ll have a chance to do it all! Whether you’re learning how to cook fufu, hiking the Wli waterfall, or exploring the stalls at a local market, your CCS staff will be there to lead the way, translate, and answer all your questions.

What's a typical day like in Ghana? Take a look at our sample itinerary and discover how we threw "typical" out the door!

Teen volunteers in Ghana

Volunteer in

Tecpán, Guatemala

Teen volunteer program in Tecpan, Guatemala

Once you participate in a summer volunteer abroad program to help improve education for local children in a Mayan community, you'll quickly understand why so many people have a special place in their heart for Guatemala. Whether you spend your days letting your inner artist shine as you paint a mural on a school, leading English lessons, or organizing a game of soccer for local kids, you’ll be able to effect real social change while being completely immersed in a new culture and welcoming community. 

In Guatemala, your exclusive Teen Home-Base is located in a vast and lush volcanic valley surrounded by all of the natural beauty that Guatemala has to offer. With opportunities to visit local artisans, zipline through a natural reserve, and hike around a coffee plantation, you can spend plenty of time in this Central American country and never run out of new adventures. Whether you’re learning how to prepare homemade corn tortillas, exploring ancient Mayan ruins, practicing español at your weekly lesson, or learning about local history and culture, your local CCS staff will be there to lead the way, translate, and answer all your questions.

Interested in knowing more about your Guatemalan days and nights? Take a look at our sample itinerary.

Teen volunteers in Guatemala

Volunteer in

Lima, Peru

Teen volunteer program in Lima, Peru

Volunteer in Peru to help improve education for local children or assist with the care of infants and children to experience firsthand, all that this cultural melting pot has to offer. Whether you spend your days pouring over craft projects with children with disabilities, planting a sustainable garden, or letting your inner artist shine as you paint murals at a local school, you’ll be able to effect real social change while being completely immersed in a new culture and welcoming community. 

Your exclusive Teen Home-Base in Peru is located in a safe, quiet, and lovely residential neighborhood in Lima offering you and your group a great place to begin all of your high school volunteer abroad adventures. As you explore its ancient ruins, you'll understand, Peru is quite literally, the stuff of legend. Whether you’re learning how to prepare Peruvian empanadas, practicing español during your weekly lesson, learning traditional Peruvian dance, or climbing through catacombs, your local CCS staff will be there to lead the way, translate, and answer all your questions.

Find out what all you may get to do on your volunteer adventure in Peru with our sample itinerary.

Teen volunteers in Peru

Volunteer in

Himalayas, India

Teen volunteer program in Himalayas, India

Spend your high school volunteer abroad program in the mists of the majestic Himalayas when you volunteer to help improve education for local children or assist with the care of infants and children in India. Whether you spend your days planning fun craft projects with local schoolchildren or organizing a game of soccer with the neighborhood kids, you’ll be able to effect real social change while being completely immersed in a new culture and welcoming community. 

Your exclusive Teen Home-Base in Dharamsala is situated in the misty Himalayan community that also serves as a home to a vibrant and welcoming Indian community, as well as several thousand Tibetan refugees and monks in exile (including the Dalai Lama). Your new neighborhood in the Himalayas offers plenty of opportunities for exploration and real cultural exchange. Whether you’re learning how to prepare homemade naan, embarking on an epic hike through the mountains, or visiting Tibetan and Hindu temples, your local CCS staff will be there to lead the way, translate, and answer all your questions.

Peek inside a week in the life of a CCS High School Volunteer in India with our sample itinerary.

Teen volunteers in India

Volunteer in

Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Volunteer in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Join a beautiful seaside fishing community when you volunteer to improve education for children, or assist with the care of children in Bagamoyo, Tanzania. In a community whose name literally translates to “Lay Down Your Heart,” you'll be warmly welcomed to your new east African home. Contribute in a sustainable way when you lead engaging and exciting educational activities for area children or participate in important beautification projects at local NGOs. Make a difference as you explore Tanzania's rich history, culture, and tradition.

Just an hour outside of the capital city of Dar Es Salaam, you will find yourself at home in the exclusive Bagamoyo High School Volunteer Abroad Home-Base. In this city, a proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site, there are endless possibilities to explore and learn. From the ancient ruins of mosques that date back to the 13th century, to a chance to learn about the history of the Indian Ocean slave trade, opportunities for eye-opening cultural experiences are endless. Make meaningful connections with community members as well as the staff at partner organizations while gaining a deeper understanding of current local and regional issues. Throughout your time abroad, the dedicated and experienced CCS staff in Bagamoyo will guide your journey as they introduce you to a new culture through delicious local cuisine, immersive activities and excursions, and a truly unique opportunity to connect with local people.

Traditional dance lessons? Check. Exciting volunteer experiences? Check. Check out our sample itinerary for more!

Teen volunteers in Bagamoyo

Safety and Supervision

Safety and Supervision

Your safety is our number one priority. With a comprehensive safety and security strategy that is constantly being reviewed and improved upon by our expertly trained team, we leave nothing to chance. We’ve got guidelines, policies, and procedures for handling anything that may come up while you’re on the high school volunteer abroad experience of a lifetime.

Here are some the of unique CCS safety and supervision features that you’ll benefit from during your time in-country:

  • CCS teens on high school volunteer abroad programs enjoy the added level of supervision and structure that comes with 24/7 supervision by professional in-country staff.
  • Home-Base is designed for your safety. We’ve got hundreds of different safety and security standards – and we check each one on a regular basis to ensure that it’s up to our high standard. From regularly inspecting the tire pressure on our vans and making sure that each home is equipped with working fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and smoke detectors, to providing all high school volunteers with personal lockers for valuables, we’ve taken every possible measure to ensure your safety and comfort.
  • We provide delicious, healthy cuisine, bottled water, and plenty of snacks in between. The CCS cooks are trained in food safety so that you can happily enjoy all of the delicious local cuisine.
  • All of our teen volunteers are provided with travel medical and evacuation insurance.
  • We have a thorough list of in-country policies and protocols that all of our teens must agree to. This ensures that every volunteer is safe, happy, and having the best high school volunteer abroad experience possible.
  • There are always at least two fluent English speaking CCS staff members -- one male and one female -- on duty with our teens. This means that no matter what, there is always somebody available to answer questions and support you in your new home away from home.

High School Volunteer Abroad Start Dates

What's Included

Professional Staff of Local Nationals
Lodging
Meals
Comprehensive Travel Medical Insurance
Ground Transportation
In-Country Cultural Activities and Excursions
Language Lessons
Personalized Volunteer Assignment
Local Phone Calls and Incoming International Phone Service
A Toll–Free Emergency Hotline to the U.S.
What’s Not Included
  • Visas, Passports, Flights

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