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High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

  • Join a reputable and safe program that is still very affordable
  • You can choose from a wide variety of high school volunteering opportunities
  • Soak up a new culture and way of life in your country of choice
  • Travel the world on an adventure of a lifetime
  • Offer your time, energy, and love to people in need

Are you high school teacher or group leader? Are you looking for safe, affordable, and life changing high school volunteer program for your students? Then look no further! If your students would love to embark on an exciting journey to a new country, an IFRE high school volunteer abroad adventure is just what you’re looking for.

At IFRE, we have been offering incredible and highly affordable high school abroad program for high school students in Asia, Africa, and Latin America since 2006.  Our high school program focuses on service project, learning, and helping the local communities. As volunteers, students will have the ability to choose the project they’re most passionate about and immerse themselves in a country they’ve always wanted to visit. They’ll live with an experienced and trusted host family and have plenty of free time to travel and explore in their chosen country. If your students are ready to make a difference to the lives of others less fortunate, they will absolutely love this experience!

Before, during, and after your trip of a lifetime, your students will have the continued support of the IFRE global and local teams. Help will always be available if and when they need it – we’re here to make sure your students have an amazing and safe high school volunteer trip abroad. As with the hundreds of students who have taken part in our volunteer programs, they’ll return home with memories they can keep forever. If your students are ready to experience the world and a new culture, join one of our high school volunteer vacations abroad today.

Why choose IFRE for a high school volunteer trip?

Here at IFRE, we’ve been organizing high school volunteer abroad programs for years. We’re experts at helping students discover their dream volunteer experience in the countries they’ve always wanted to go to. Our experience, qualifications, and affordable programs simply can’t be beaten. So what are you waiting for? Find out why we’re the best in high school volunteer vacations.

Our years of experience

We have placed tens of thousands of volunteers into close to 100 different volunteer programs and 18 exciting countries all over the globe. We’ve been doing this for years and know how to provide the experience of a lifetime to our high school volunteers. In addition to an amazing experience, our programs are always safe and affordable.

IFRE have a team on the ground in all of our volunteer countries and we’ve tried the service ourselves! That’s right, we’ve met the host families, worked on the same projects, and experienced everything our programs have to offer. We do all of this to ensure students go home having had the best experience possible. At IFRE we won’t accept anything less than amazing. The depth of our experience allows us to provide the best support and recommendations for you and your students.

Reputable and highly regarded high school volunteer abroad programs

It’s easy to feel like you’re drowning in options when you’re searching for the right volunteer organization – there are so many to choose from. Luckily, IFRE stands out from all the rest. We are well known for our high quality programs and you’re guaranteed to experience the best service in the business. Whether you need help with an application or you require assistance while your students are overseas volunteering, the support team will be there for you every step of the way. Our staff are specifically trained to make sure your students’ time as high school volunteers abroad is one of the best times of their lives. This is why IFRE always come highly recommended from past volunteers.

IFRE volunteer experiences are extremely affordable

Our volunteer programs are designed to be affordable, yet packed with value. We consistently remain one of the lowest cost volunteer organizations out there because we want these amazing experiences to be accessible to high school students like you. IFRE loves helping students travel, experience new cultures, and assist disadvantaged communities, which is why our prices will always stay competitive.

It’s not uncommon to see high school volunteering trips advertised at more than $2,500 for a couple of weeks on a project. You won’t have to worry about such high fees with IFRE. Our programs start at just $99 (plus a $299 registration fee). We don’t have any sneaky fees ready to spring on you at the last minute – our costs are completely transparent and cover expenses such as project donations, accommodation, meals, and support. You can rest easy knowing that IFRE is low budget, but very high in quality.

We are based in the USA

IFRE is an American company. We are registered in the state of Texas and are governed by local and federal laws. We’re responsible and completely transparent – if you or your students need our help while they’re volunteering abroad, we’ve got your back and will respond immediately.

One big family

IFRE prides itself on its grassroots approach to running a global company. We like to think of everyone involved as one giant family. As such, we place volunteers where our global family needs them the most. Our primary goal is to help those in need and to help your students help those in need.

Personalize the high school volunteer abroad experience

This is going to be the adventure of a lifetime, so we want to make sure it’s tailored to suit your students’ individual needs, skills, and personal goals. We don’t assume every volunteer will enjoy the same approach, so we’ve made sure there’s plenty of room for adjustments. We always work very closely with our volunteers and our local teams are experts at placing groups and individuals in the project that best fits their needs. We’ll be supporting your students throughout their whole journey, including when they want to customize their program a little more.

Dedicated to the highest standards

IFRE’s high school volunteer vacations are created with responsibility, sustainability, and community as our top priorities. Your students are guaranteed to experience a program of the highest quality because we’re always challenging ourselves to be the best and we’re consistently raising the bar on standards. When you sign up, you and your students will be brought up to speed on IFRE’s standards, just like every person or group of people we work with. Our Head of Sustainability is constantly assessing the long-term benefits and impact of our programs and making sure they continue to meet the needs of the communities we serve. You can join us knowing that we take our responsibility and commitment to our work seriously.

Program dates and costs

We encourage all of our high school volunteer abroad students to get started on a Monday. However, we understand that Mondays might not work for everyone, so we can be flexible with dates, too. Simply let us know if one of your students needs to start on a different day of the week and we can arrange it for you.

IFRE is a leader in affordable and quality high school volunteer trips abroad. We’ve been doing this for over a decade and one of our core goals is and always has been to make our programs financially accessible to as many people as possible. We’re passionate about helping people, so we want to make sure people can afford to help people alongside us! Our program costs start at just $99 (plus a $299 registration fee).

We’re always transparent about exactly where fees are spent. The $299 registration fee will cover business costs, including marketing and office expenses. Volunteers will also pay a weekly program fee, which is 100% not for profit. The weekly fee will cover accommodation and meals with a host family, as well as involvement on the student’s chosen project. This fee will be paid to the local coordinator in the volunteer country and will go directly to helping others.

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Options for IFRE high school volunteer trip abroad

IFRE have been offering awesome high school volunteer vacations for more than a decade. Check out our program options in 18 countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an ideal destination for a volunteering adventure. Students can learn to speak Spanish, explore the cloud forests, go wildlife spotting, and enjoy the surf – all while immersing themselves in a fascinating culture. There are a number of high school volunteer abroad opportunities in Costa Rica that give students the chance to help people, wildlife, and the environment. If Central America is something your students have always dreamed of, Costa Rica is a great and safe place to start.

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Volunteer with children in orphanages

If your students are looking to work with disadvantaged children on their high school volunteer abroad trip in Costa Rica, working in an orphanage is the ideal project. They will help educate, support, and care for kids in orphanages and on social welfare projects.

Medical clinic volunteer work

Students will support doctors and other medical staff delivering health care to disadvantaged communities. Medical volunteer work in Costa Rica is always a satisfying experience for those with a passion for medicine and helping people.

Volunteer English teaching

English teaching is a great option for high school volunteer vacations in Costa Rica. High school students will teach basic English skills, practice conversational English, and show students how to read and write in their language.

Volunteer on a marine project

Volunteer conservation projects in Costa Rica are popular with high school students who want to get closer to nature and help save wildlife and the environment. Studdents could work with baby turtles, keep Costa Rica’s beautiful beaches clean, or develop environment education programs for Costa Ricans.

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Volunteer at a nursing home

Students could bring some happiness to elderly locals if they choose to work in a nursing home for their high school volunteer abroad experience in Costa Rica. These Costa Ricans need passionate and caring volunteers who will bring some fun, energy, and support to their days.

English teaching volunteer work

Students could spend their high school volunteer abroad trip in Costa Rica conversing with locals and teaching them their language. High school students will teach their students how to read, write, and speak. They may even improve their Spanish in the meantime.

Wildlife volunteers

Volunteering with animals always makes for a fun and satisfying high school volunteer abroad trip in Costa Rica. Students could work with monkeys, horses, and other exotic animals.

Volunteer to help the homeless with eco-sustainability

One of the most interesting high school volunteer abroad programs in Costa Rica is our eco-sustainability project. Students learn about eco-sustainability and how to produce food that will feed the local homeless population.

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Work with children

Working with abandoned children in Costa Rica is a heartwarming experience and a good choice for a high school volunteer vacation. Students can share stories, educate, and play!

Volunteer teaching English

This is an excellent high school volunteer opportunity in Costa Rica. Teaching English is a great way to connect with locals and become part of the community. Students can share their language and help make a difference.

Non-medical health care volunteering

Students can help and support medical professionals as part of this high school volunteer abroad program in Costa Rica. Their role will be to help provide health care education to disadvantaged communities within San Jose.

Help build a school or orphanage

If your students love construction and getting their hands dirty, taking part in a project like this could be ideal for them. As high school volunteers abroad in Costa Rica they will be helping the disadvantaged children of Costa Rica.

Volunteer conservation and environment work

Are your students passionate about the environment and protecting it? Volunteering on a conservation project on their high school volunteer abroad trips in Costa Rica sounds like the perfect option. They will help educate the local community about preserving the beautiful natural environment.

Peru

Peru is a stunning country filled with amazing people, ancient history, a rich culture, and beautiful natural attractions. History and hiking buffs will love Machu Picchu, while nature-lovers will head straight to majestic Lake Titicaca. Many volunteers in Peru also learn Spanish. A high school volunteer vacation in Peru is an awesome choice if your students love travel, culture, and nature.

Volunteer in an orphanage

Volunteering in an orphanage in Peru is a rewarding way to spend time and energy on high school volunteer abroad adventures. There are many children without families who need education, support, and someone to play with!

Educational program for street children

This high school volunteer vacation in Peru will be well spent helping street children through educational programs and services. These disadvantaged kids need support and kindness.

Teach English

Have your students ever thought about becoming a teacher? They could make their dream a reality and conduct English classes at a local school in Peru. An excellent way to help educate the community and gain some work experience on their high school volunteer trip abroad.

Medical and health care volunteering

Students can help and support local doctors and medical professionals as they deliver health care to disadvantaged Peruvian communities. If they’re interested in medicine, this is the perfect high school volunteer abroad program in Peru.

Summer volunteer adventure

This is a special high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Peru. Students will take off for four weeks to explore, travel, and most importantly, help people and wildlife in need all over the country.

Guatemala

If your students love natural beauty, ancient Mayan culture, colorful colonial cities, and traveling in places not known to many tourists, Guatemala is the perfect destination. Guatemala is full of friendly people students can practice their Spanish with – and professional classes are some of the cheapest in Latin America. We’ve got plenty of high school volunteer abroad opportunities in Guatemala for your students to consider.

Volunteer English teaching

English teachers are very much needed in local schools across Guatemala. Students will help children learn to read, write, and converse in English and enjoy seeing their progress.

Volunteer work in orphanages

There are a number of orphanages who really appreciate the help of high school volunteer abroad programs in Guatemala. Students will work with children who simply need a little love and care.

Be a medical volunteer

Students can support local doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals as they deliver care to disadvantaged communities. If they’re interested in medicine, this could be the perfect high school volunteer vacation in Guatemala.

Help disadvantaged street children

Your students could be helping to educate and care for street children in Guatemala if they choose this project. As far as high school volunteer abroad trips in Guatemala go, this one is pretty rewarding.

Guatemala Women’s Project

Students can assist Guatemalan women on the road to financial success, as they educate and teach skills women can monetize in their local markets.

Ecuador

Looking for a high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Ecuador? Your students will love it! Ecuador is famous for the Galapagos Islands, the stunning Andes Mountains, and some pretty wild surf breaks along the Pacific Coast. Student volunteers will also enjoy the unique cities, warm and friendly locals, and fantastic weather – the country is named for its positioning on the equator, after all. There’s ample volunteer work available in Ecuador, so your students can take the opportunity to travel, explore, and help people in need.

Be a volunteer English teacher

High school volunteers can teach their language and teach students in rural schools how to speak, read, and write English. This high school volunteer abroad program in Ecuador is very rewarding – especially when students can start having conversations with their students!

Volunteering in an Ecuadorian orphanage

There are many children without families or anyone to give them some basic love and attention. Students can lend their support by teaching, caring for, and playing with these beautiful children.

Volunteer with street children

Students can educate and guide children in poverty when they participate in this high school volunteer abroad project in Ecuador.

Volunteer conservation work in Ecuador

Are your students in love with nature? Working in the Los Cedros Biological Reserve will be a dream come true. They can help protect this beautiful cloud forest on their high school volunteer vacation in Ecuador.

Volunteer in the Galapagos Islands

If conservation work is a passion, sign your students up for this amazing high school volunteer abroad project in Ecuador! They can lend a hand on trail maintenance and reforestation and farming projects in the famous Galapagos Islands.

Argentina

Argentina is famous for its red wine and beef steaks, but it is also home to plenty of high school volunteer abroad trips that your students will love. In Argentina they’ll experience the closest thing South America has to European culture, as well as vibrant cities, and passionate locals. Students can work on their Spanish, learn how to tango, and get out and explore all of the natural beauty this country has to offer.

Volunteer with disadvantaged and at-risk children

Help support disadvantaged kids by teaching, sharing stories, and simply caring. This high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Argentina is certainly a rewarding one.

Volunteer English teaching

Students can share language with students from local schools. One of the most rewarding high school volunteer vacations, they’ll love the feeling when their students start demonstrating the knowledge they taught.

Community development project

Work with NGO’s on community development in Argentina. Use existing skills to help a disadvantaged community.

Medical and health care volunteering

Support local doctors and health care professionals as they deliver medical treatment and education to communities without easy access to health care. If your students are interested in medicine, this is the perfect high school volunteer abroad trip.

Volunteer dental project

Assist dentists as they provide dental care to disadvantaged communities. A great high school volunteer abroad opportunity for people interested in a career in dentistry.

Professional support volunteers

Students can lend their skills to support NGOs and government bodies providing improved conditions for disadvantaged communities in Argentina.

Mexico

If it’s adventure your students are after, Mexico is a great place to start! There’s jungle to explore, gorgeous beaches, ancient ruins, and colorful cities. Let’s not forget that Mexico is the home of tacos and other delicious local foods. There’s no doubt your students will love Mexico as a destination for their high school volunteer abroad trip.

Volunteer English teaching

Rural schools are in need of high school volunteer English teachers in Mexico. This is a rewarding project for anyone who wants to share their language and see their students make progress.

Orphanage volunteer work

Compassionate high school volunteers are wanted in orphanages. A tough, yet highly rewarding high school volunteer vacation in Mexico. Help care for and provide love to kids who need it most.

Special education volunteers

Help look after kids from financially disadvantaged families while their parents are at work. A great option for high school volunteers abroad in Mexico if they love working with children.

Sea turtle conservation project

Who doesn’t want to save sea turtles? This is a fantastic high school volunteer abroad trip in Mexico. Work with conservation experts to help the local turtle population thrive.

Brazil

Brazil could quite possibly be one of the most vibrant countries in the world. Packed full of natural beauty, lively cities, interesting culture, and intoxicating music and dance, Brazil is truly unforgettable. There is a demand for volunteers, which makes Brazil an ideal location for high school volunteer abroad adventures.

Volunteer childcare project

Help care for kids from financially disadvantaged families while their parents are at work. A great project for a high school volunteer vacation in Brazil, as it allows parents to maintain independence and continue to provide for their children.

Volunteer English teaching

English teachers are always in demand at local schools. High school students will enjoy teaching their own students to read, write, and speak their language. A rewarding choice for a high school volunteer abroad project in Brazil.

Teach computer skills

Teach basic to intermediate computer skills and help people get into the workforce with their new knowledge. If your students are naturally good with computers, this is the perfect high school volunteer abroad trip in Brazil for them.

Volunteer in youth athletics

A great option for any sports-lover! Teach and play sports with children who need the coaching. This is a unique high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Brazil.

Volunteer on a handicrafts project

Donate time and energy to a project benefiting disadvantaged women. Help them learn handicraft skills which can be used to earn money in their local market.

Nepal

An amazing adventure is waiting for you in beautiful Nepal; an ideal choice for your students’ high school volunteer abroad trip. Not only is Nepal well known for its stunning landscapes and the famous Mount Everest, but it is also home to some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. Volunteers are needed across many different types of projects – so what are you waiting for?

Volunteer English teaching

There are plenty of students excited to learn English and your students could be the teacher they’re looking for. A great high school volunteer vacation in Nepal for anyone interested in teaching.

Help teach Buddhist monks

With tourism increasing every year, so is the need for English skills amongst Nepal’s Buddhist monks. Help your students teach these fascinating people how to share their traditions and knowledge with English-speaking tourists.

Orphanage work in Nepal

This is an emotionally challenging, yet highly rewarding high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Nepal. Your group will help take care of, teach, and play with orphaned kids.

Volunteer conservation work

Help protect the beautiful forests of Nepal on this amazing high school volunteer abroad project. This amazing program involves growing native trees to plant in the wild.

Medical and health care volunteers

Future doctors and nurses won’t regret this high school volunteer abroad program in Nepal. Supporting local medical professionals, your students will be delivering health care to disadvantaged communities.

Be a volunteer photojournalist

If your group loves taking photos, this could be the perfect high school volunteering opportunity in Nepal for them. Help your team photograph events and cultural activities.

Summer Escape

Want to explore, travel, experience a new culture, and donate some of your students’ time and energy to a worthy cause? Sign up for this four-week volunteer adventure!

Nepal Himalaya

Nepal’s gorgeous Himalayan Mountains have to be seen to be believed. There is a variety of volunteer teaching work available in this stunning part of the world, which means you can travel and donate your students’ time to a good cause too! English teachers are in demand, but don’t worry, they’ll also have plenty of time to explore the natural beauty around you. A great high school volunteer vacation for future teachers or nature-lovers.

Be a volunteer English teacher

Share your students’ language with children eager to learn English. The Himalayas are visited by many tourists, so it’s an important skill for local kids to learn while they’re in school.

Teach English to Buddhist monks

This high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Nepal is a unique experience they’ll never forget. Help Buddhist monks learn English so they can communicate with tourists.

India

India will truly awaken your students’ senses and spiritual side. It’s full of interesting and colorful culture, outstanding food, and a rich history. As a massive country with such a large population, volunteers are very much in demand. Widespread poverty and lack of access to good health care and education have been the motivation of many of the high school volunteer abroad projects in India.

Volunteer in an Orphanage

Unfortunately, India is home to many children without families to take care of them. Donate your students’ time and energy to kids who need love, care, and people to play with. This is an especially rewarding high school volunteer vacation in India.

Be a volunteer English teacher

English is a highly sought after skill throughout India, so why doesn’t your teambecome teachers? Sign up for this high school volunteer abroad project in India and enjoy watching your students make progress every day.

Volunteer medical project

If they’re interested in a future career in medicine, this is a great opportunity for them. On this high school volunteer abroad trip in India your team will support local medical professionals and help them deliver health care to disadvantaged communities.

HIV/AIDS volunteer project

Be a change-maker in health education by taking your students on this high school volunteer abroad opportunity in India. Help generate awareness about HIV, AIDS, and prevention.

Support local women

Teach women valuable crafting skills which can earn money in their local economy. Your students’ efforts could help impoverished women become financially independent.

Volunteer English teaching at Public Schools

This high school volunteer abroad project in India will allow your students to work with local teachers to share your language.

Work with street children

Educate, guide, care for, and play with these at-risk kids who need some love and attention. A highly rewarding choice for your team’s high school volunteer vacation in India.

Summer Escape

The four-week Summer Escape allows you to travel and go on adventures, while also donating your students’ time to a worthy cause. The perfect option for your students’ high school volunteer abroad experience in India.

China

China is everything you’ve ever imagined it to be and more. The country is so huge and diverse that there is really something for everyone, from ancient temples and busy cities, to picturesque rural countryside and stunning nature. You’ll get to try some pretty interesting food, too! China is safe to travel and a perfect choice for your students’ high school volunteer abroad experience.

Panda conservation volunteer work

Working with these cuddly giants is the opportunity of a lifetime. Support conservation professionals as they continue to protect and grow the population of the endangered panda. This is a high school volunteer vacation in China that you don’t want to turn down.

Volunteer English teaching

English is a highly useful skill in our global economy and China is no exception. The demand for volunteer English teachers is high, so sign up for this high school volunteer abroad trip in China and start sharing your language!

Paid English teaching program

Travel China and get paid for it! This a unique opportunity for any students interested in a teaching career.

Thailand

Your students’ high school volunteer abroad experience in Thailand is sure to be unforgettable. This country is full of adventure opportunities, amazing food, fascinating culture, and beautiful jungle and beaches. Travel, explore, and discover all of the wonders Thailand has to offer, while also donating your students’ time and compassion to a worthy cause.

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Volunteer with disadvantaged children

There are many children in Thailand without families to care for them. Your team can spend their high school volunteer vacation educating, guiding, and caring for kids who need some love and attention.

Volunteer English teaching

Feel the reward of seeing your students excel in English. Share your language and teach kids to read, write, and speak in English on this awesome high school volunteer abroad project in Thailand.

Volunteer health care project

If they’re interested in medicine, this is the perfect high school volunteer abroad trip in Thailand for your students. Help and support local medical professionals as they provide health care to disadvantaged communities.

Volunteer with elephants

It’s hard to think of Thailand without conjuring images of elephants. These amazing creatures need love, care, and protection. Sign up your students for this once-in-a-lifetime high school volunteer abroad project in Thailand!

Volunteer building and construction work

Get your hands dirty with your team and help to build and restore buildings of importance in Thailand. A very rewarding choice, as you’ll get to see the instant results of your students’ hard work.

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Child development volunteer project

Lend a hand in a day care center for financially disadvantaged families. Educate, guide, and play with young children while their parents are at work. A great choice for your students’ high school volunteer abroad trip in Thailand.

Teach English to Buddhist monks

There is an increasing need for English skills within the Buddhist monk community. Sign up your team to be their teacher on this unique high school volunteer vacation in Thailand.

Summer program

Do your students only have a short amount of time to spare? Sign up for this two-week travel and volunteer adventure. An ideal high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Thailand for the time-poor.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is relatively new on the tourist map and it’s ready to be explored! This beautiful country is abundant in natural beauty, stunning coastlines, rich culture and traditions, and of course, delicious local food. There is a strong demand for high school volunteers abroad to work with children and teach English. Help make Sri Lanka even more awesome by signing up with us today.

Volunteer orphanage work

Working in an orphanage can be emotionally challenging, but it can also be heartwarming and rewarding. Choose this high school volunteer abroad experience in Sri Lanka if you love working with kids.

Be a volunteer English teacher

Have your students always been interested in a teaching career? This is a great opportunity for them! They’ll teach students in Sri Lanka to speak, read, and write English.

Teach English to Buddhist monks

This is a truly unique high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Sri Lanka. With an increase in tourism, the need for English skills has also increased. Your students will help Buddhist monks share their history and traditions with English-speaking tourists.

Elephant conservation volunteering

An amazing experience in three beautiful locations: Kegalle, Pinnawala, and Udawela. Help protect and care for elephants on this unforgettable high school volunteer vacation in Sri Lanka.

Cambodia

Cambodia is an exciting travel destination for people who love adventures. There are still places you can discover off the beaten path and it is still largely unpolished and rustic in terms of tourism. Unfortunately, there is also widespread poverty and much of the population is in need of help and care. A high school volunteer abroad trip in Cambodia would really help to make it a better place.

Work in an orphanage

There are a number of orphaned children who need your students’ care and attention in Cambodia. This is a rewarding high school volunteer abroad opportunity for people who love working with kids.

Volunteer English teaching

Tourism is on the rise and so is the need for English skills. Share your language with children in local schools and see them make progress in reading, writing, and speaking English.

Community development projects

Your students’ skills could be very useful on one of many community development projects designed to improve quality of life for the population. A good option for your students’ high school volunteer abroad experience in Cambodia if they have specialized skills or interests.

Volunteer with NGOs

Improve local communities by volunteering with NGOs in Cambodia on one of many projects across the country. A great experience where they’ll meet plenty of experts in their fields.

Volunteer health care project

Are your students interested in medicine or health care? This could be the high school volunteer vacation for them. Help doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals administer health care to impoverished communities.

Volunteer HIV/AIDS educators

Spread awareness of this deadly virus in local communities. Educate the people about prevention and care on this unique high school volunteer abroad project in Cambodia.

Kenya

In many ways, Kenya is that classic vision of Africa you’ve always had. Full of national parks and safari opportunities (yes, there’s lions, hyenas, and elephants living here), as well as an interesting culture and warm locals, Kenya will steal your students’ heart. Volunteers in Kenya always say it’s a high school volunteer abroad experience they’ll never forget.

Volunteer in an orphanage

Unfortunately, many kids in Kenya live in orphanages without a family. If your students love working with children, they won’t regret choosing this as their high school volunteer abroad trip in Kenya.

Be a volunteer English teacher

Local communities are always in need of English teachers. As a volunteer teacher your students will love seeing their students make progress and knowing that their new language skills can help them obtain employment in the future.

Volunteer health care project

Support local doctors and medical professionals as they deliver health care to low income citizens. If your students have ever been interested in becoming a doctor or nurse, this is the ideal high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Kenya for them.

HIV/AIDS awareness project

Your students could actually save lives volunteering on this important project. Educate local communities about HIV/AIDS prevention and help spread awareness. A great contribution can be made on this high school volunteer abroad experience in Kenya.

Volunteer in community development

Help improve quality of life for disadvantaged communities by lending a hand on this high school volunteer abroad project in Kenya.

Cultural conservation project

A unique opportunity to volunteer with the Maasai people to protect their rich history and culture. An awesome high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Kenya.

Summer Escape

Like the sound of a four-week safari with volunteer work mixed in? Join our Summer Escape for the experience of a lifetime.

Ghana

Thinking about a high school volunteer abroad program in Ghana? You definitely won’t regret it! Ghana is an unforgettable country filled with awesome animals, rich culture, and some of the friendliest locals your students will meet. There’s a great need for volunteers across a variety of projects, including teaching, health care, and community development. Start your Ghana adventure by choosing your ideal project below.

Volunteer in an orphanage

There are many kids without families living in orphanages who would love your students’ care and attention. An emotional and heartwarming high school volunteer abroad experience in Ghana.

Volunteer English teaching

One of the most popular high school volunteer abroad trips in Ghana is English teaching. They’ll love seeing their students make progress as they learn to read, write, and speak in English.

Volunteer health care project

Help local doctors and medical professionals deliver health care to disadvantaged communities. If your students are interested in medicine, this is a great high school volunteer abroad opportunity in Ghana.

Generate awareness for HIV/AIDS

Volunteer on this health education project and help save lives with your team. Your students will spread awareness about this deadly virus within local communities and help work towards prevention.

Summer Escape

Looking for an awesome high school volunteer vacation in Ghana? Get your students on this four-week adventure packed with travel and volunteer opportunities.

Uganda

Uganda is an amazingly diverse country perfect for your students’ high school volunteer abroad experience. Your students will love the exotic wildlife, rich history and culture, and stunning landscapes. Volunteers are always needed across a variety of projects, including child care, health, community development, and education. If they’re looking to do something good and take an adventure at the same time, Uganda is the place for them!

Volunteer in an orphanage

Simply providing basic care, love, and attention to the orphans of Uganda will make a huge difference in their lives. During your students’ time they can educate, guide, and improve the lives of these little ones.

Volunteer English teaching

If your students are not sure what they want to do on their high school volunteer abroad trip in Uganda, they should consider teaching English. As a native speaker, they’re already qualified and all volunteer teachers love that feeling when their students make progress.

Health care project

Local doctors, nurses, and medical professionals need help and support as they deliver health care to impoverished communities. This could be the high school volunteer vacation in Uganda for your students if they’re interested in medicine.

HIV/AIDS awareness project

Help spread the word about HIV/AIDS and prevention. Health education programs such as this one are vital to local communities and help slow this deadly virus down.

Tanzania

Tanzania is arguably one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. It’s bursting with unique wildlife, stunning scenery, a vibrant and interesting culture, and friendly locals. So, why not choose it for your students’ high school volunteer abroad adventure? Widespread poverty is rampant in Tanzania, which has created a need for volunteers across a number of diverse projects.

Orphanage volunteers needed

There is a heartbreaking number of kids living in orphanages without their families. Your students could make a difference in their lives by simply giving them some love and attention. A rewarding choice for their high school volunteer abroad trip in Tanzania.

Be a volunteer English teacher

Your team will work in a rural school and support local teachers on this high school volunteer abroad experience in Tanzania. English is a skill that is high in demand and could help students land jobs in the future.

Volunteer medical project

This high school volunteer abroad project in Tanzania allows them to support local medical professionals as they administer health care to disadvantaged communities. Perfect for future doctors and nurses!

HIV/AIDS awareness program

Help put an end to this virus by volunteering on a health education project. Teach locals about prevention and spread awareness on this high school volunteer abroad program in Tanzania.

Volunteer for women

Your students’r efforts could help local women become financially independent by teaching them valuable skills. They’ll meet some amazing women and learn a thing or two themselves on this inspiring high school volunteer abroad trip in Tanzania.

Summer Escape

Want your students to return home filled with memories of travel, discovery, and volunteering? Join us on this four-week adventure for the trip of a lifetime!

South Africa

South Africa is one of those countries that really does have something for everyone. Whether it’s surf, safari, history, or bustling cities you’re after, South Africa has it all. There is currently a demand for volunteers in a number of industries, making this a great opportunity for your students’r high school volunteer abroad trip. If your students like to go on adventures, but also want to give back to the community, this is the perfect choice for them.

Volunteer English teaching

Despite English being one of the county’s official languages, there are still a number of areas calling out for volunteer English teachers. Your students could really help improve job prospects for their students by sharing their language. This is a great high school volunteer abroad experience in South Africa for all the future teachers out there.

Physical education and sports project

This is the perfect high school volunteer vacation in South Africa for sports-lovers. Your students can share their knowledge and love of sports with disadvantaged kids in impoverished communities.

Medical and health project

Join this highly reputable program and support local medical professionals providing health care to disadvantaged communities. An ideal high school volunteer abroad opportunity in South Africa for anyone interested in a career in medicine.

Volunteer in an orphanage

If your students love working with children, they’re going to love this project. Help guide and care for kids without families in a local orphanage.

How do IFRE’s high school volunteer abroad experiences work?

how ifre works

While we continuously provide new and diverse projects, the core outline generally remains consistent across the board. Itineraries will vary, but the program as a whole follows a simple and easy-to-understand path. We’ve put together a sample of how our high school volunteer vacations work and what you can expect.

Step 1: Introduction and orientation

Volunteer orientations typically last between one and seven days, depending on the program your students have chosen. This is the crash course on the work they’ll be doing and the country they’ll be doing it in. They’ll leave orientation knowing all of the vital information about culture, politics, religion, and society in their destination country. Our longer orientations include language and cultural immersion elements, so your students can expect some heavier learning if their orientation is longer than two days.

Step 2: Volunteering

Our programs are diverse and span across a number of industries, including health care, education, child care, construction, conservation, and more. Your students will pick one project to work on, which will have no more than four fellow volunteers (five including your student) in the group. IFRE takes care of all accommodation needs and most transportation requirements during the high school volunteer abroad experience.

Step 3: Travel and explore (2-12 days)

This is adventure time! During this phase your students will get to discover the country they’re volunteering in and really immerse themselves in the culture. This is where they check off all the things on their bucket lists and spend their days in nature or vibrant cities. If their high school volunteer abroad group has more than three people, they’ll even have the option to completely customize their itinerary and make it fit their needs. Contact the team at IFRE if you or your students want to take this opportunity.

Accommodation and meals on IFRE high school volunteer vacations

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IFRE will organize accommodation and meals as part of the program fee. It will always depend on the country and project, but generally we have a range of options, including staying with a host family or in a volunteer house. Our other options are hostels and budget hotels. All of our accommodation options are of a high standard and we guarantee your students will find them comfortable and clean. If your students have a preference, please let their representative know. Many high school volunteer abroad travelers prefer to stay with a host family so they can truly immerse themselves in the language and culture.

Three meals a day are included and will be tasty and more than enough to live on. We always get great feedback from our volunteers about the amazing local food.

Free time and travel

Your students won’t be working very long hours on their high school volunteer abroad trip, so they can feel free to enjoy their spare time each day. Typical working hours are about 4-6 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. Any time outside of that is theirs to play with. Exploring the local area is always popular, just make your students know they need to be back in time for their next shift. If they want to chill out and practice their new language, that’s great too.

Safety and support on IFRE high school volunteer abroad adventures

Safety for our volunteers is IFRE’s number one priority. We do everything we can to make our programs safe so our volunteers and their families don’t have to worry while they’re away. For more than a decade we’ve facilitated hundreds of high school volunteer abroad trips without any safety concerns at all. We guarantee only the highest standard.

Check out our extensive safety measures below to put your mind at ease.

Local support staff and coordinators: We always have a team on the ground in all of our volunteer countries. Their purpose is to support and assist volunteers whenever they need help or guidance during their high school volunteer abroad project. Our people are hardworking, passionate, and professional and know how to keep your students safe and make sure they get the most out of their experience. You won’t have to worry about calling a US-based number to talk to a call center; our team will be with your students in the country they’re volunteering in. They’ll also be responsible for arrangements, such as:

  • Airport pick up
  • Transportation to accommodation or host family
  • In-country orientation
  • Introduction to project and colleagues
  • Visits and calls to check in on volunteers
  • Full support if volunteers need help or if something goes wrong

Airport pick up: Airports can be some of the most stressful locations, which is why we’ve made sure volunteers will be met by an IFRE team member when they arrive. We’ll take them directly to their accommodation and make sure everything is okay before we leave them to get acquainted with their surroundings.

Orientation: The high school volunteer abroad orientation is crucial and will provide students with important information about their host country, including culture, religion, society, politics, and local customs. Most importantly, this is where they’ll get their safety briefing, which is vital for keeping themselves out of danger in a new country. Their orientation will last between one and seven days. Longer orientations of more than two days will also include some language immersion.

Accommodation: IFRE only selects host families and other accommodation based on our very high standards and selection criteria. We guarantee that accommodation for the duration of the volunteer’s trip will be comfortable and safe. The overwhelming majority of our host families have a lot of experience hosting international volunteers, so they’re in very good hands!

Safety

Travel insurance: All high school volunteer abroad attendees must have travel insurance. Check that providers cover all medical expenses, as well as other emergency services, theft, and cancellation. IFRE also offers comprehensive insurance to volunteers if they have not bought travel insurance from another provider.

Always take caution and check for travel warnings: Teachers, leaders, and students are advised to keep checking their government’s travel advice website to make sure there are no new warnings or incidents in their volunteer country. These websites are always kept up to date and are the best source of online information regarding safety.

British Foreign Office Advice

American State Department Advice

Australian Government Advice

Canadian Government Advice

Stay healthy: IFRE recommends checking the Center for Disease Control and Health in regards to health issues that could affect students in their host country. Visit www.cdc.gov for all the information you’ll need on your students’ high school volunteer vacation. Hygiene in developing nations can always seem a little laxer than what we’re used to back home. Make sure your students know to drink only filtered water and eat from reputable eateries to ensure they don’t contract food poisoning, parasites, or bacterial infections. If volunteers are traveling to a country where mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria or zika are prevalent, they should bring strong insect repellent with them and take preventative tablets if available.

Essential contact information: IFRE’s international and local support teams are always available to help and safety on high school volunteer abroad trips is their main focus. Volunteers will be provided with all of the essential contact information before they get to their host country. Make sure they pack it in their carry on and always have it close by.

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