Summer Volunteer Programs for High School Students

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  • An amazing way of leaving a positive and long-lasting legacy to help the disadvantaged.
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Best Budget Summer Volunteer Programs for High School Students

Do wish you could find a once in a lifetime experience while travelling? Are you looking for an affordable way to see the world while helping others? Then you are in the right place.

RCDP offers a wide range of diverse and incredible Summer volunteer programs for high school students. RCDP is an organisation that runs highly popular Summer volunteer programs for high school students abroad, providing you the best chance for a life changing experience while helping others less fortunate than you from countries around the world.

Join RCDP’s volunteering programs for an opportunity to connect with others, grow your interpersonal skills, create new experiences, give back to the world, learn new skills, become part of a community, increase your confidence, make new friends, learn a language, challenge yourself, help others, increase your cognitive brain and stand out from the crowd!

RCDP International Volunteer is a non-profit humanitarian organization that empowers disadvantaged communities through meaningful volunteer programs and has been doing so since 1998. RCDP offer unique, flexible, safe and very affordable programs in over 18 countries around the world.

With over 200 programs on offer and 18,000 happy volunteers, RCDP is highly rated and is designed to let you share your passion for children, women, others less fortunate and rural communities with people in need.

Check out the special benefits of volunteering through the different programs below and join the RCDP community today!

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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 Budget Summer Volunteer Programs for High School Students

Helping others: There is nothing more liberating than helping enrich the lives of others. Joining one of RCDP’s High school summer volunteer abroad programs will allow you to give people from different parts of the world a helping hand.

Research shows that benefits of helping others include improvement of physical well-being, Raises self-confidence and self-esteem, Encourages friendships and increases the buffer against stress.

Learn a language: Studies show that speaking more than 2 languages is an amazing way to increase your brain's cognitive functioning. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than those of people who only speak a singular language.

These differences offer a variety of benefits! Volunteering through RCDP’s High school abroad summer programs gives you the perfect opportunity to increase your brain function and have a whole new language in your life. Incredible!

Interpersonal skills: Our volunteers are always telling us that one of the most common benefits of RCDP’s High school students summer volunteer abroad programs is the opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills.

Interpersonal skills include understanding people better, motivating others, and dealing with difficult situations. Through team work and adversity in RCDP’s programs, volunteers will significantly increase interpersonal skills, which are essential to a rich life.

Self Confidence: Are you feeling a little bit lost amongst the sea of life? Self confidence is known as self-assurance in one's personal judgment, ability and power.

Through RCDP’s volunteering programs you will find a new found sense of self confidence as you grow, learn new skills, be part of a team, overcome adversity / challenges and become accustomed to new, interesting environments.

New experiences: One of the best things about being involved in Summer volunteer programs for high school students with RCDP is experiences new things.

The incredible benefits of new experiences include overcoming fear, getting to know yourself better, stimulating creativity and can make you more confident. Are these benefits you long for? Then stop looking - RCDP volunteer programs are the place for you.

Learn new skills for future employment: Are you hoping to learn skills to help you with future job opportunities? RCDP’s Volunteer summer programs for high school students offer you the chance to learn a variety of new skills, which employers look for when hiring.

Such skills include teamwork, bilingual people, interpersonal skills, planning, coordinating, organising, helping others and even just the life experience gained from volunteering itself is looked upon very highly by most employers.

 Challenge yourself: Volunteering with RCDP’s High school summer volunteer programs abroad will provide you with a special challenges so you can put your character and resilience to the test.

Volunteering overseas puts you in a new environment that tests you and allows you to grow as a person through tasks that you have not experienced before. You must overcome adversity to grow!

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RCDP Best Budget Summer Volunteer Programs for High School Students

Orphanage Work in Peru

Abuse and abandonment is common during childhood in Peru, therefore kids are forced to live in the streets, however some find relief at an orphanage. It is here where RCDP have put in place High school summer volunteer abroad programs Peru , so you can help these children with their needs. The orphanage aims to give them the love, care, and support.

There is a variety of things volunteers can do:

  • Teach English,
  • Assist the children with their studies,
  • Teach personal hygiene,
  • Clean their beds,
  • Organize creative activities like singing, drawing, storytelling, and plays, and
  • Help the administration with daily operations.

Many volunteers also get involved in fundraising to help raise funds to ease the financial pressure on the orphanage.

Join today to make a difference!

HIV/AIDS Project in Ghana

HIV/AIDS are still extremely prevalent in Ghana, with hundreds of families becoming devastated each year as they lose their bread winner. RCDP’s Summer volunteer programs for high school students abroad Ghana has teamed up with local programs to give care to the victims and spread awareness.

Volunteers will be engaged in training and educational activities like creating awareness about the preventive measures against HIV and AIDS. During the program the volunteers will also look after victims, counsel and educate in major hospitals and communities.

Join now to help the lives of others while experiencing the richness of this diverse culture!

Women Empowerment Project

Empower women who are discriminated against by becoming their friend, teacher and advisor through RCDP’s Summer volunteer programs for high school students India. The project offers a unique chance to observe the process of how handmade paper bags are made.

In this project, you will help women who are struggling by helping them develop skills in knitting, paper bag making, stitching and imparting knowledge, skills and confidence on these women.

Volunteers can also participate in teaching at a nearby school for disadvantaged children.

Join today to help those in need while getting the chance to learn new skills of your own!

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Teaching in Brazil

RCDP’s Volunteer summer programs for high school students Brazil is being offered to help underprivileged Brazilians learn the vital language of English. English speaking schools can be expensive, limiting those who can attend. Volunteers will provide short term intensive English classes to prepare Brazilians for the life tasks, such as the job market and exams.

Note: Project unavailable from January to March as schools in Brazil as schools will be closed for holidays.

As a volunteer teaching English in Brazil, you will be providing teaching in a one on on environment.

Daily activities may include:

  • Teaching basic English to the children
  • Teaching other subjects such as math or science
  • Playing with the children
  • Organizing extracurricular activities such as music, dancing, sports, art, games, etc.
  • Teaching life skills such as painting, sewing, cooking, etc
  • Working with local teachers on curriculum development
  • Assisting school administrations with daily tasks
  • Helping with basic maintenance of schools
  • Aiding local school staff in any way possible

Community Development

RCDP has set up High school summer volunteer programs abroad Thailand to assist Thai farmers who need help to work in other income generating projects for extra funds to send their children to schools and eat. As a volunteer in the project, you will work in an income generating project to help farmers live a decent life.

RCDP Volunteers work from Monday - Thursday and have 3 days off to explore other areas of beautiful Thailand.

Currently, the project is working in a land provided by a monastery within their compound. Volunteers will help grow vegetables, fruits and raise chickens. Funds generated from the sale will help educate the children from these under privigled families.

Experience stunning Thailand while enriching lives of others by joining today!

Health Project in Tanzania

Gain professional medical experience and discover the diverse and vibrant culture of Tanzanians through RCDP’s Summer abroad programs for high school graduates


Tanzania is struggling to provide basic healthcare facilities to many of its citizens. Join RCDP's health project in Tanzania to help the poor and sick have a healthier life.

Your responsibility during the project will depend on your skill and experience.

Your work might include:

  • Measuring weight, temp, height
  • Providing assistance to doctors
  • Dispensing medication
  • Immunizations
  • Treating minor injuries or wounds
  • OPD or out-patient services
  • Providing tips to patients
  • Patient counseling
  • Assisting administration

Help the lives of poor Tanzanians, while learning new, life changing skills of your own today!

Environmental Conservation or Eco-Work

Nepal’s forests have been dwindling at rapid rate as demand for firewood continues unabated in Nepal. Realizing the need of nature conservation, RCDP-Nepal has organised High school summer volunteer programs abroad Nepal to help a village nursery in a small rural village (Chitwan).

While working in the project, volunteers will learn about nature, conservation efforts and work in nursery.

Your activities as a volunteer includes:

  • Seeds collection,
  • Sowing,
  • Mulching,
  • Watering,
  • Trimming,
  • Weeding,
  • Various other related tasks

The nursery produces seedlings that are distributed to local schools, communities, and villages for planting in community fields.

Volunteers’ contributions can create a massively positive impact on nature and the local community. Come and give your help today!

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