High School Volunteer Abroad Information

HSVA PARENTS

Are you a parent considering sending your teenager on a volunteer abroad trip? We know it’s a big decision with a lot to consider. Here is more information about our organization and why this is a life-changing opportunity for your son or daughter.
Our attention to detail sets us apart from any other international volunteer organization. In fact, we exceed the requirements set by the International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA). We have an impeccable safety record to prove that our strategies work. Here are just some of the many safety features CCS covers.
Supervision & Support Home-Base Transportation Emergency Preparedness

Supervision & Support

The CCS staff members are passionate about international volunteering and committed to the success of each program; they are experts from communities we serve who are always on-hand to support volunteers.The CCS office is even located in the Home-Base.



  • Directors with 15+ years experience
  • Experienced full-time staff from the local community with full background checks
  • At least 3 CPR certified and first-aid qualified staff members
  • Continuous professional development for staff
  • Volunteers have 24-hour access to CCS staff
  • Minimum 6:1 student-staff ratio
  • At least 2 fluent English-speaking CCS staff members, one male and one female, on duty
  • Excursions at safe locations with reputable tour operators

Home-Base

The CCS Home-Base is the home away from home for our volunteers, where they’ll connect with CCS staff and other volunteers, enjoy healthy and authentic meals, reflect on their experiences, or just relax. We ensure that volunteers will feel safe and comfortable.


  • Fresh food prepared by CCS cooks trained in food safety and prepared to meet dietary restrictions and preferences
  • Unlimited, safe drinking water
  • Security guard on duty
  • Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and at least 2 fully stocked first aid kits in every Home-Base
  • Gender-separated rooms

Transportation

Countries have different standards when it comes to vehicle safety, such as whether or not people wear - or if cars even have - seat belts. We go the extra mile with transportation security for our volunteers.


  • All in-country transportation provided
  • CCS vehicles equipped with seat belts and first-aid kits
  • Gas tank at least ½ full before traveling
  • Vehicles regularly inspected

Emergency Preparedness

In the unlikely event that an emergency arises, we are fully prepared to handle the situation. We require our in-country staff to undergo rigorous professional development, including scenario-based training.


  • Travel-medical and evacuation insurance provided
  • Comprehensive disaster and evacuation plan
  • Regular contact with embassies and foreign offices
  • Staff has 24-hour access to medical and travel specialists, and emergency response teams

Minimize Your Cost

 
 
Many CCS volunteers fundraise for their program fee—some even fundraise their entire program fee! We will help you navigate funding tools, tap into financial resources, and find creative ways to raise money in order to turn this amazing experience from a possibility to a reality. You can read successful fundraising stories on our blog, and you can talk to one of our Program Specialists directly by calling 1-800-380-4777.FIND OUT MORE

Costs & Dates

Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $350! Fees and start dates vary by destination and duration. Make selections below to get started. Did you know your out-of-pocket trip costs might be just a fraction of the below? Click here to find out how.

Are you enrolling with a group, family, friend, or as an alumni? A discount might apply. Find out how!

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Go ahead and pick your destination of choice. Not sure where you want to go? Just contact one of our expert Program Specialists. And no matter where you go, your out-of-pocket costs can be far less than you think. Find out how.

Tanzania is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Costa Rica is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Peru is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Morocco is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

South Africa is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Ghana is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

India is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Guatemala is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

Thailand is a great choice! We hope our fees fit your budget. If not, please experiment with your choices above. Also, visit our DISCOUNTS policies and our FUND YOUR TRIP tool. Need help? Our Program Specialists are on the ready!

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 US
What's not included
Visa, Passport, Flights
 

What's Next

Check out our programs and destinations online. Call one of our expert Program Specialists to learn more, answer any questions, and figure out the best program for your teen. We can also provide alumni references if you’d like to hear about the experience from someone who has been in your position before!

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