IFRE Volunteers

Volunteer Abroad Summer Student Programs

Choose between lots of exciting, cheap, and life-changing volunteer abroad projects for students

  • Combine vital community care work with the chance to explore a new culture through our meaningful volunteer programs
  • Take a week or two from your vacation to share your skills with children on our rewarding and fun program.
  • Unparalleled high reviews and ratings, Guaranteed lowest program fees in the US – starting from $100 - $200 per week.
  • 18 countries, 200 projects and thousands of happy volunteers since 2006,. Contact us for more information.
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Volunteer Abroad Summer Student Programs from IFRE Volunteers

As a student you can enjoy long vacations and the chance to have some downtime after studying hard all semester.

This is the time when many young people think about travelling, and adventure, so why not take this perfect opportunity to combine the two, and join a student volunteer abroad summer project?

Volunteer abroad summer students can choose from projects on pretty much every continent, and with programs on offer in areas ranging from conservation and community development to health care and education there is sure to be something to match your interests, skills or interests.

Spending time in another country is always a good experience, but signing up for any of IFRE’s student volunteer abroad summer opportunities transforms it into a great one, as you get to see the world while making a difference to the people who live in it.

Alexandra Miller

These last six weeks of volunteering have been a truly amazing and life-changing & very wonderful experience for me.

Alexandra Miller


Leslie Slade

I had an excellent time, better than I ever could have imagined. Other volunteers were so nice and willing to help.

Leslie Slade

- Vermont, USA

Don Maddocks

I had a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to teach children of all different ages.I am sad to leave!

Don Maddocks


Manko Blakely

My volunteer experience with IFRE has been unforgettable. It has opened my mind & heart. Staffs were very helpful.

Manko Blakely

- Germany

IFRE Volunteers’ Best Volunteer Abroad Summer Student Programs

IFRE Volunteers have a wide variety of affordable and exciting volunteer abroad summer student projects to offer, in twenty different countries.

Whatever you are interested in there will be several programs you can join. If you are thinking about volunteering during the summer take a look at these 10 best volunteer opportunities.

Galapagos Conservation Program (San Cristobal Island, Galapagos)-Ecuador

Much conservation work is undertaken on the stunning Galapagos islands, and Galapagos volunteer abroad summer students get to help with many things, including maintenance and reforestation work against a backdrop of outstanding natural beauty.

Volunteers are also encouraged to develop and run their own projects based on personal interests.

Women Empowerment Project (Jaipur)-India

India has a blossoming economy but poor women are still often denied the chance to be part of it. If you would like to help these women, and local disadvantaged children, improve their lives through education and confidence building activities IFRE Volunteer’s India volunteer abroad summer students program could be for you.

Community Development Project (Cordoba)-Argentina

Argentina volunteer abroad summer program students get to experience life in the bohemian city of Cordoba on this rewarding project which encourages community coherence and growth.  There are many volunteer roles available, including teaching all subjects, fundraising and helping with community projects like libraries.

At least a basic knowledge of Spanish is necessary, although an add-on language class option is available.

Help Rehabilitate Street Children/ Children at Risk- Xela, Guatemala

Guatemala volunteer abroad summer program students make a huge and meaningful difference to the lives of poor street children. Acting as a mentor, participants share their knowledge, time and kindness to help these kids move forward and have a better life.

This is a challenging but rewarding position, and although no Spanish language skills are required they are a definite advantage.

Sea turtle conservation project (Caribbean Coast)-Costa Rica

Every year this IFRE Volunteers Costa Rica student volunteer abroad summer program helps young people see more of the world while helping to preserve the endangered sea turtle population.

Tasks include includes collecting data, cleaning the beaches and caring for sick turtles; and although long or unsocial hours are standard the rewards make it worthwhile.

HIV/AIDS Project in Uganda (Kampala)-Uganda

IFRE Volunteers offer a Uganda volunteer abroad summer students program to young people interested in helping those living with, or at risk from, HIV and AIDS. In Uganda this is a real risk, so your work on this project could involve education, awareness raising, counseling and organizing support supplies.

Based in Kampala, this community project includes enough free time to explore and enjoy this beautiful country.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks-Nepal

In Nepal many young children study to become monks, and they all benefit from learning English as it helps them to communicate with visitors or work in the tourism industry in later life.

Sharing your language skills on a student volunteer abroad summer Nepal project like this is a great way to gain insight into this fascinating lifestyle. 

Healthcare (Cape Town)-South Africa

South Africa volunteer abroad summer program students who are currently on a medical qualification track course are invited to join a program which provides basic healthcare, education and advice to the poor people in this amazing country.

Your assistance is much needed and valued by existing staff and those who you reach out to help.

Elephant Project in Thailand

Animal lovers need look no further than this student volunteer abroad summer Thailand project, which offers the chance to travel this amazing country with time spent caring for elephants. This is a hands-on role, assisting the elephant’s rider/keeper with all aspects of its care.

From early morning bathing and feeding lunch, to afternoon massages, you experience it all, first hand. Volunteers have plenty of free time to explore, relax and absorb the experience that is India.

Childcare Project-Brazil

The volunteer abroad summer students Brazil project offers a unique opportunity for caring and patient young people to work in a day care center providing academic, art, English and music lessons to disadvantaged kids who would otherwise miss out completely. Some knowledge of Portuguese is helpful, but not essential.