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Volunteer and Intern Abroad since 1997
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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.


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GVI’s Personal & Professional Development Scholarships

We are offering Scholarships worth £200 / $400 if you book your GVI program by 15 November 2017! GVI’s Personal and Professional Development Scholarships are available on all Internships and Under 18 programs. Click here to claim your scholarship!


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 AustralasiaTAKE NOTE: We accept payment by credit card.



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. For a more educational high school volunteer trip that incorporates teen service projects, take a look at our service learning group programs.



For more adventurous students who are seeking extensive personal and professional development before committing to a four-year institution, GVI provides gap year programs and planning support for an active year “on.”

Take a look at our gap year programs!



GVI’s volunteer abroad programs for 15 to 17 year olds follow strict health and safety guidelines. We strive to ensure that all teen travel programs provide every participant with the best volunteer experience! Parents and guardians of under 18 travellers, can download our Information Pack here.


Or, to read more testimonials from other high school students about their teen community service abroad, view our High School testimonials.

Our Teen Volunteer Programs


Claim a Scholarship worth £200 / $400 if you book by 15 November 2017

Scholarships available on all internships and Under18 programs. Join a GVI program and improve your employability and transferable skills!

Claim your GVI Scholarship here!