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'The intercultural coexistence with GVI volunteers enriches their development'

~Save the Children, Mexico

'The opportunities and experiences they give their volunteers are unrivalled'

~Sam Meacham, Explorer and National Geographic/WAITT Grantee


Under 18 but still want to volunteer abroad? Look no further – we bring you volunteering abroad for under 18’s! GVI sends thousands of teenagers abroad every year through our specially designed under 18 volunteer projects. Youth volunteering opportunities overseas is an invaluable opportunity for high school students to gain hands-on experience and to immerse themselves in a new culture and environment.

We have redefined volunteer work for teens with a strong emphasis on, not only on making a difference, but also on learning new skills and gaining knowledge through field experience. Volunteering abroad at a young age helps young adults gain a better understanding of the world, its problems and how they can be solved, and universities and employers see it as something that sets the individual apart from other applicants.

Summer volunteer opportunities for teens also allow them a chance to receive the University Award by ASDAN, for partaking in one of our programs for 2 weeks or longer, which gives students an edge in their UCAS applications for university.

Our voluntary work experience projects aim to give young adults (aged 15 to 17):

– a perfect blend of volunteering,
– cultural and language immersion,
– skills training and
– adventure activities during their summer abroad



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Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

Under 18’s volunteers can choose from various volunteer abroad projects, volunteer as a group with their school, join an alternative springbreak project abroad, or take local language lessons and truly immerse themselves into the local communities while contributing to critical development or conservation projects.

The world is yours to explore, and our teen volunteer abroad projects can take you to unusual and inspiring destinations! Check out these exciting places teens can volunteer in, in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Australasia.


Health & Safety and Teen Volunteering Abroad

All GVI’s volunteer abroad programs for 15 to 17 year olds adhere to strict health and safety guidelines to leave you with total peace of mind. On every programme we operate, your GVI leaders will be with you to make sure that you are safe, and to ensure consistent communication with our offices back home. Health and safety on our programmes is paramount – we have an impeccable track record and strive to maintain it. Our employees strive to ensure that all teen travel programs provide every participant with the best volunteer experience possible! For parents and guardians of under 18 travellers, you can download our Information Pack here.


Group Summer Volunteer Programs for High School Students Abroad

If you are an educator looking for volunteering opportunities for teen groups you can always opt for our group summer volunteer programs for high school students. Alternatively, for more of a more educational high school volunteer trip that incorporates teen service projects, we have developed a separate range of service learning group programs that focus on the educational elements more heavily.


Our Projects

Teen Projects!

Our Under 18 Projects are ALMOST FULL!

Join a GVI Under 18 Summer 2017 programme before all spaces fill up!

Limited spaces available!

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