Volunteering as a High School Student

Volunteering abroad in high school is a great way to start exploring the world while making a difference! Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’ve traveled out of the country before, our programs are a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss.  Teen volunteer projects are developed and organized with teens in mind. You’ll be immersed culturally in a local community with a group of 12-15 international teens from all over the world.

Gain confidence, take on a challenge, learn new skills, meet new people, make a difference, and most importantly… HAVE FUN!

“My VFP project was a truly unforgettable experience.  I met many amazing and interesting people from all over the world!  The participants were from Spain, France, Italy, China, Ukraine, Russia, Estonia, and Turkey. We worked together to build a playground from the ground up for the local children in Singen.” – Matthew S. – Germany 


 Top Reasons To Volunteer Abroad in High School:

  • Not-Your-Usual-Summer-Vacation: Why lounge around watching Netflix all summer when you can go see the world! Whether you have a favorite country you’ve always wanted to visit, or a certain activity you want to try out, we can help you find the perfect project to make your summer or break one you’ll never forget.
  • Accountable Adventure: Whether it’s your first time abroad or you have a few trips under your belt, you’ve come to the right place. We offer thousands of safe and structured volunteer programs you (and your parents) can trust. You’ll be on the adventure of a lifetime, and you’ll be in safe hands.
  • Stand Out Experience: Volunteering abroad is a one-of-a-kind experience that is highly respected by both universities and employers. It’s a unique and productive use of time and shows a ‘go-getter’ attitude, something that can set you apart from others when applying for colleges and jobs. The experience is also a great resume booster and many students focus their college application essays on their volunteer experiences.
  • Learn and Grow: Volunteering with other students from all over the world while experiencing another culture is a great way to learn about others and in turn yourself. Our programs offer an exciting way to connect and learn about communities other than your own. Volunteering abroad in high school fosters a great sense of maturity, responsibility and confidence.

Check out our full list of Teen Volunteer Projects to learn more and find your perfect fit!

What is a Volunteers For Peace Teen Project like?

Our teen volunteer opportunities abroad are unique because you are living and working with volunteers from five or more countries. In only a few days you become a big, international family. Each project has at least one leader who also lives with the group. In addition to working on your volunteer project 4-6 hours a day you will also work together to prepare meals, plan free time activities, and explore the local community & culture.


Each teen project has set start and end dates. Most projects are two weeks long. You are responsible to arrive at the project meeting point on the first day of the camp. On the last day everyone says a sad goodbye.

Each teen project has a specific work theme. You choose what interests you. You can find projects renovating castles, building hiking trails, running day camps for kids, planting trees, painting murals and more.

Most teen camps have an extra fee payable on arrival. These funds go to the non-profit organization that is hosting you and help to cover the costs of leadership, accommodation, meals, cultural activities, and work materials. The extra fee is typically between $50 – $250.

“I am extremely happy I participated in a VFP project. While working and living among the other volunteers for 2 weeks, I really learned what it means to be part of a team. I learned that every decision a group member makes affects the entire team, for good or bad.  I met wonderful people that I would never have had the chance to know without the project. I learned about myself and I think I became more independent after the 2 weeks.”
Greta G. – Germany 

Volunteers For Peace is a member organization of CCIVS at UNESCO, Service Civil International and the Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organizations! All teen projects are regulated through a global collaboration of these international voluntary service networks to ensure the safety and positive experience of all participants.

Click here to learn more about the history of International Voluntary Service and the unique role that VFP plays within the global network.

Check out our full list of Teen Volunteer Projects to learn more and find your perfect fit!