High School Volunteer Abroad

High school volunteer abroad trips for teens

Launching Your High School Volunteer Program Adventure

If you’re no stranger to volunteering and are looking for some new challenges that will expand your horizons and increase your skills, Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) offers international high school volunteer abroad summer programs for socially conscious teens interested in making positive changes in struggling communities around the world.

As a leader in the field of high school volunteer programs, GLA’s mission is to inspire the next generation of leaders to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. We’ve sent over a thousand students to foreign countries throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America.

Join other students, ranging in ages from 14-18 years old, in their pursuit to engage in a
new culture while simultaneously participating in various community service organizations.
Our range of high school volunteer abroad opportunities cover a variety of locations and
you can engage in a range of opportunities:

  • Build playgrounds and classrooms near Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa
  • Improve sustainability for villagers in the Caribbean
  • Participate in nonprofit organizations in India
  • Help combat malnutrition in kids in Peru
  • Protect endangered species in the Galapagos Islands

GLA’s programs provide high school students with a chance to develop leadership skills, gain a broader cultural awareness and make a difference in the lives of others. By devoting your time to a worthy cause, you have the opportunity to challenge yourself in new ways, achieve new accomplishments and forge a path to a future career.

How you can benefit from a high school volunteer abroad program

There are many potential benefits to being part of a summer volunteer program in addition to embarking on a unique experience to a beautiful part of the world. Through your volunteering, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of another culture through immersion in your chosen community. If you’re traveling to a country where you speak the local language, you’ll have the chance to sharpen your fluency skills. In addition, many of today’s employers prefer candidates with volunteer experience, and your service will be an impressive addition to your resume and distinguish you as a socially conscious individual interested in improving others’ lives. Through your volunteering, you’ll establish friendships and connections with others that will last for years to come. Overall, your service will help you stand out as someone willing to help those in need and possessing the resourcefulness to travel to a foreign country to make a positive change in a struggling community.


Community Service

Teach in rural schools, care for orphans, and protect endangered species. Make a difference!


Cultural Immersion

Learn first-hand about another culture and society. Improve your language skills.



Explore the fun and exciting parts of faraway countries. Hiking, rafting, snorkeling and more.

Sara L. Teen Volunteer in Africa with GLA
Sarah L.

Volunteering abroad with Global Leadership Adventures was a life-changing experience. I loved our volunteer project at the orphanage. This was better than any summer program I’ve ever done in high school! I’m now considering joining the Peace Corps.”

Age 16
Hometown: Scarsdale, NY
GLA Tanzania Alumna
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