TeenLife

    Volunteer Summer Programs

    Volunteer and community service summer programs for middle and high school students are a way to expand your world view and help others at the same time. Some volunteer programs take teens to places like South American, Africa and Southeast Asia. Others are closer to home in the United States – even around the corner. Volunteer programs often combine service with cultural or language immersion. Students may live in dorms, hostels, camps or homestays, whether in the United States or overseas. Programs may be as short as a week or last an entire summer. Students can find opportunities to teach English, build homes, maintain trails; help with environmental issues; work in healthcare; or assist the elderly, people with disabilities or young children.

    Westcoast Connection: Maine: Sustainability & Island Exploration
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    Westcoast Connection: Maine: Sustainability & Island Exploration

    Multiple Locations

    In this community service program on Hurricane Island, Maine, teens are truly part of sustainability in action! Whether it’s engaging with the sustainable systems that support the breathtaking off-the-grid campus, collecting data for fisheries and aquaculture research that really impacts communities, or helping to harvest food that will be directly incorporated into the island meals, students will be immersed in activities that prepare them to address global challenges...(more)

    Westcoast Connection: Florida Keys: Marine & Wildlife Conservation
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    Westcoast Connection: Florida Keys: Marine & Wildlife Conservation

    Florida

    On this student community service and environmental stewardship program in the Florida Keys, teens have the opportunity to make a difference by helping restore coral nurseries, preserving the marine environment, learning about proper dolphin care, and much more! You’ll also learn how to protect biodiversity and ocean life through partnerships with the scientific community. ..(more)

    Westcoast Connection: Costa Rica: Children’s Camp Leadership
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    Westcoast Connection: Costa Rica: Children’s Camp Leadership

    Costa Rica

    Immerse yourself in the community and authentic culture of a small rainforest town in Costa Rica as you plan and run a day camp for local children in Arenal. This Costa Rica Community Service trip for teens focuses on opportunities to develop and execute your leadership skills while working with children in a formalized role. As a counselor-in-training on this Costa Rica student trip, you will act as both a camp counselor and activity specialist. ..(more)

    GPSA: Global Health Travel and Virtual Programs
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    GPSA: Global Health Travel and Virtual Programs

    GPSA is a socially-responsible organization with the mission to empower young people to become active global leaders. We do this by collaborating with local authorities to promote health equity in underserved communities. Currently we support community health initiatives in Guatemala; Belize; Thailand; and West Virginia, USA; while providing hands-on experiential learning programs and cross-cultural engagement to young people who have an interest in leadership and global health...(more)

    Westcoast Connection: Vietnam Community Service
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    Westcoast Connection: Vietnam Community Service

    Vietnam

    This Vietnam summer service trip to Southeast Asia is your chance to discover the unique and elegant beauty of Vietnam. Rewarding volunteer projects with children and an organic farming community will help deepen your understanding of our host nation. This high school trip to Vietnam is led by our amazing staff, who are there to provide guidance and reflection on the impact of the work we do throughout the program and promote the value of empathy and cultural sensitivity...(more)

    Centro MundoLengua: Volunteer abroad program for high school students in Sevilla, Spain
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    Centro MundoLengua: Volunteer abroad program for high school students in Sevilla, Spain

    Spain

    Help out people in need, explore the culture of Spain, and boost your college application—all at the same time! Our volunteer programs will provide you with a unique opportunity to make the world a better place and have the summer of a lifetime in Sevilla, one of Europe’s most lively cities with more than 2,200 years of recorded history with surprises and delights around every single corner...(more)

    Repair the World NYC Summer Teen Service Corps
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    Repair the World NYC Summer Teen Service Corps

    The Repair The World Teen Service Corps is a 3-6 week service learning program with cohorts in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Throughout the program rising 9th through 12th graders will create an amazing teen community of changemakers, learn about social justice through a Jewish and interfaith lens, and volunteer to make NYC a more equitable place for all. ..(more)

    Westcoast Connection: Peru Community Service
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    Westcoast Connection: Peru Community Service

    Peru

    Explore the beauty, culture and warm, friendly people of Peru on this teen community service trip. From working to improve schools to leading activities for local children, this promises to be a meaningful experience. As part of the service-learning framework of this program, our staff provide guidance and reflection on the impact of the work we do throughout the program and promote the value of empathy and cultural sensitivity...(more)

    Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Eco Adventure
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    Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Eco Adventure

    Costa Rica

    Combine community service and eco adventure in tropical Costa Rica! Perform community service in the town of Atenas and learn first-hand about the local culture. Travel to the rainforests of the Arenal Volcano region for hiking, hot springs, ziplines, and trail work. Then on to the Pacific beaches of Jacó and Manuel Antonio for surfing and whitewater rafting...(more)

    Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Spanish in Lima, Peru
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    Arcos Journeys: Community Service & Spanish in Lima, Peru

    Peru

    Experience the historic past of Lima mixed with its vibrant modern reality through this unique community service and Spanish program. Volunteer at a government-run after-school program working with children. In the mornings take Spanish classes to improve your language skills, learn more about Peru, its unique cultures, and to enhance the experience of your community service placement...(more)

    Global Routes Leaders-in-Action: Volunteerism, Leadership Skills, & Adventure
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    Global Routes Leaders-in-Action: Volunteerism, Leadership Skills, & Adventure

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    Windsor, New Hampshire

    Live and work with members of your host community as you gain a new appreciation for rural life and learn about the critical link between development and environmental protection. Join the Global Routes tradition, one which dates back to over 20 years of service with a host of communities and dozens of schools in Costa Rica. This Costa Rica program is a special version of the Costa Rica program specifically designed for the Leaders in Action group. ..(more)