International Summer Programs for High School Students

A unique chance to help make a long lasting difference to communities in need.

  • Gain self-confidence along with personal life skills on this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity.
  • Enjoy the opportunity to travel and experience a new culture in great depth.
  • Unparalleled high reviews and ratings, Guaranteed lowest program fees in the US – starting from $100 - $200 per week.
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Are you a high school student on a mission to make a difference in the world? Do you want to set off on your first international adventure without your parents or guardians?

Are you concerned about budget and safety though? RCDP has got you covered! RCDP has the most budget-friendly, safest, most reputable, and exciting international summer opportunities for high school students.

You can choose from 18 different countries across Asia, Africa, and Central and South America and from nearly 200 different programs , all of which are highly reputable, heavily and positively reviewed, and best of all, affordable.

An international volunteer trip for high school students is an incredible opportunity to spend your summer overseas exploring a new culture and country while also helping the people, communities, ecosystems, and or animals there.

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The volunteer experience was very eye-opening and I felt very much needed at the site. I would greatly recommend it.

Frances Yuan


The strong ties we built and the rewarding experiences that we made here were really very priceless.

Amelie Lim

- Australia

A lifetime experience, which has opened my eyes to so much, and impassioned me to pursue future volunteer trips.



Overall a great experience! I can't think of any reason why I shouldn't recommend the program to others!

Lena Gustke

- Germany

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Benefits of International Summer Programs for High School Students

There are so many life-changing and everlasting benefits that go along with the decision and action of joining an international summer project for high school students with RCDP.

First and foremost, your parents or guardians will be impressed that you want to do something to help others and will likely feel comfortable about letting you travel and volunteer abroad knowing it is with an experienced, reputable, and well-organized organization.

This is your chance to get out in the world on your own without being completely on your own.

An international volunteer trip for high school students is a great way to learn about other cultures and ways of life. It will be an eye opening, mind expanding, and growing experience.

You will also find insurmountable joy and fullness from helping others who can’t fully help themselves. It will surely make you appreciate what you have and learn not to take what you have for granted. You will come back a worldlier, more confident, and more fulfilled individual with great stories to share.

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RCDP’s Best Budget International Summer Programs for High School Students

RCDP has the most amazing and affordable international summer volunteer trips for high school students who want to make a difference in the world while having an exciting and life-changing experience overseas.

Volunteer with Marine Conservation in Costa Rica

If you love the beach and the ocean and have been dreaming of exploring Costa Rica, this international volunteering trip for high schools was made for you.

You will spend your days helping to raise and spread awareness in the local communities about the importance of marine conservation, help clean the beaches, assist with important marine animal research and data collection, and become immersed in the Costa Rican way of life.

Volunteer with Elephant Conservation in Sri Lanka

This sensational international summer volunteer program in Sri Lanka sets you up with the rare opportunity to care for elephants. The sanctuary that you will volunteer at takes care of old, sick, injured, abused, and displaced elephants, which is a full-time job. Your help is greatly needed; if you are a true animal lover, this won’t feel like work at all.

Your daily tasks will include things like preparing and serving meals to the elephants, bathing and massaging them, taking them for swims and walks, and helping to keep the facilities clean and organized. Taking care of elephants is a lot of work, but work that is so rewarding and that gives you the chance to develop close relationships with them.

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Volunteer with the Healthcare Project in Ghana

Many individuals in Ghana, especially those who live in rural and remote villages, do not have access or the financial resources to seek necessary medical care.

This hands-on and impactful international summer program in Ghana is your opportunity to work alongside local medical professionals in a grand effort to bring basic healthcare to those who need it the most. This is an especially inspiring trip if you are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

Your daily tasks will likely include things like taking blood pressure, weight, and other vital signs from patients, filling out patient information forms, assisting with administrative duties, and at times working right alongside local doctors and nurses.

Volunteer with the Conservation Project in Peru

If you are a nature lover, this international summer volunteer trip to Peru might be your dream come true. You will spend the majority of your time in the spectacular Manu National Park where you will work with various conservation efforts in a continued attempt to protect this vital natural landmark in Peru.

You will spend your days helping out in the nursery, monitoring local bird populations, and helping to teach the local population how to preserve the area that they live in and protect the local resources. Every day is likely to be a bit different, which is what makes this project so stimulating.

Volunteer Teaching at a Buddhist Temple School in Thailand

There is a great need for compassionate, kind, patient, and fluent English speakers in Thailand. This unique international summer opportunity for high school students in Thailand sets you up to work in one of the Buddhist temple schools where you will help teach English, a very valuable skillset to eager local children.

You will volunteer Monday through Friday at a primary or secondary school that is run by the Buddhist monks. You will teach English, but can also help out in other subjects and organize enriching and engaging extracurricular activities for the students.

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Volunteer Teaching English in Kenya

Kenya is a truly fascinating country to visit, especially if you are interested in witnessing some of the most incredible wildlife on the planet. This international summer volunteer trip to Kenya combines amazing wildlife and cultural activities with a meaningful opportunity to help teach English to local school children.

Volunteer in an Orphanage in Uganda

Unfortunately, due to many different tragic circumstances, there are thousands of children in Uganda who do not have a family to care for them.

Fortunately, there are orphanages in Uganda, but they are greatly understaffed and under-funded. This heart fulfilling international summer project in Uganda will put you in the amazing position to help care for, teach, love, and befriend these disadvantaged children.

When you volunteer at an orphanage in Uganda in the summer, you will fill the roles of caregiver, educator, and friend to these disadvantaged children. Filling this void in their lives is one that will leave a long lasting and positive impact on their present and future lives.

RCDP has a number of other outstanding animal conservation volunteering abroad opportunities, budget short term international volunteer opportunities, community service trips for high school students, family volunteer opportunities abroad, and so much more. Explore all of RCDP’s affordable, reputable, and life-changing programs today!

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