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High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

  • A safe and affordable high school volunteering program since 1998
  • Choose from 20 countries and a diverse selection of volunteer service projects
  • Experience a new country and culture, while embarking on a trip of a lifetime
  • Give your students the opportunity to share their love and compassion to humanity

Are you high school teacher or team leader? Are you looking for safe, highly rated, and most affordable volunteer abroad program? Do you want to help your students embark on a journey that will change them and the world? If you answered yes, then RCDP Volunteers’ high school volunteer abroad project is a great match!

Since 2003, RCDP Volunteers has been offering unique teen and high school volunteering abroad programs in many countries throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America. In our high school program, your , students will reside with a host family, immerse in a local culture, understand the local issues, volunteer in  a meaningful service project, and explore the  country in which they are volunteering. There will be perfect balance of volunteer, cultural immersion, language learning, travel and exploration

Regardless of which country or project they choose, , they will dive into a new culture, assist those who are struggling, share their love and passion for humanity, and explore the great wonders of a new country make a significant difference in the world and return home with memorizes of life time

At RCDP Volunteers’ high school program, we are committed to give your student team  all of the guidance and support that they will need to have a safe, memorable, and life changing  high school volunteer trip abroad experience.

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Why Your Students Should Join a High School Volunteer Abroad Program

There are countless benefits that go hand and hand with a high school volunteer work abroad trip. RCDP Volunteers offers you the special opportunity to travel, explore, and give back to a community in need. Some of the possible rewards of a high school volunteer vacation are as follows.

Mind Expanding and Opening Experience: Exposure to different cultures, traditions, languages, and histories will help expand your students’ horizons. Helping those who are less fortunate with instill in you a great sense of gratitude. Being exposed to different ways of live will help you be a more tolerant person. There are vast and valuable life lessons to be gained while on an overseas teen volunteer trip.  

Find Lifelong Friends: A high school volunteer vacation is an excellent way to meet other likeminded and similar aged individuals. Your students will surely create bonds which they might not form elsewhere. This is a great way to make friends from around the globe.

Make Memorable Memories: Your students will never forget this experience. Embarking on a high school volunteer abroad trip will be something truly special. They have the power to leave a positive mark on the negative parts of our world. They can help brighten the lives of those who are living in darkness. The places they experience, the people they meet, and the time they spend overseas will leave an indelible mark on their memory bank.

Immersion in a New Culture: The combination of volunteering and exploring will grant your students the opportunity to become truly immersed in your surroundings. This is a unique chance to experience a world and a life that is truly different from their own. Your students will find it enchanting to embrace a new culture, new traditions, new languages, religions, and traditions while they are on a part of a high school volunteer abroad opportunity.

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Why Choose RCDP Volunteers for a High School Volunteer Abroad Program?

RCDP Volunteers has been assisting high school teachers and academic leaders to help their students venture out on high school volunteering trips since 1998. We pride ourselves on our earned experience. We are confident in our abilities to help all different types of students choose and apply for the best and most fitting teen volunteering opportunities in the best locations based on specific interests and personal requirements. There are many reasons to choose us.

Our Experience

We have helped over 18,000 volunteers in nearly a 100 different programs in 18 different countries since 1998. Our lifelong mission is to provide our students with the safest, most affordable, and most satisfying overseas high school volunteering experience.

We have personally tested out all of our programs, service projects, accommodation choices, and variety of food options to ensure each component of our programs meet the high standards of RCDP Volunteers. We want our volunteers to rest assure that their trip with be nothing short of exceptional. The RCDP Volunteers’ team has helped thousands of first-time travelers embark on a journey across the globe. Our in-depth knowledge and experience is key to providing you with the best service, support, guidance, recommendations, and advice.

Our High Rated High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

There are hundreds of different volunteer and travel organizations out there. We pride ourselves on staying on the top. We guarantee the most exceptional service from the start of the application process to the last day of your students’ high school volunteering overseas trip. All of our staff is here to help facilitate a highly rewarding and memorable high school volunteer trip. We are a hands-on company with a very personal approach. This is one of the many reasons why we have remained at the top of reviews and recommendations year after year.

Price and Value

RCDP Volunteers offers some of the most budget-friendly overseas teen volunteer trips on the market. It is important to us that we keep our prices low so that our trips are affordable for your students. It is our goal to inspire students like you to venture out into the world, experience cultural diversity, and give a helping hand where one is desperately needed.

A lot of other volunteer and travel companies charge upwards of $2500 for a two-week program. RCDP Volunteers’ programs start as low as $99 (plus a $269 registration fee). Our fees are completely transparent; there are no hidden costs. The program fee covers expenses like airport pickup, meals, accommodations, project donations, and local support. Our prices may be low, but the quality of our high school volunteering trips are through the roof!

We are an American Company.

RCDP Volunteers is registered in the state of Texas. Federal and local laws govern us. As a U.S. based company, you can be assured that we a responsible company and will step up to any challenges that might arise during your high school volunteer abroad trip.

Our Grassroots Approach

We treat our company and the programs we work with like an extended global family. It is our goal to place volunteers where volunteers are needed the most. We have to take care of those who need to be taken care of.

We Customize Your High School Volunteer Trip

We want to help you create the ideal high school volunteer overseas experience based on your students’ specific interests, needs, skills, and goals. There is no one-size-fits-all approach here. Our local in-country coordinator is an expert at picking the best local organizations and projects for each individual volunteer and or group. We work closely with our volunteers and academic leaders! Our in-country coordinators are there for you every step of the way.


Our high school volunteer programs are of the highest quality. We work side by side with our partners in each country to ensure that all high school abroad projects adhere to our high standards and expectations. Your students will also be briefed prior to starting your high school volunteering work on RCDP Volunteers’ expectations and standards, so that everyone is on the same page. We continually analyze the long-term impact of our programs. We also work closely with community stakeholders to understand how certain programs are meeting the local needs of the community. Our Head of Sustainability and Risk overseas this section of our company.

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Dates and Costs

RCDP Volunteers’ provides flexible start dates for teen volunteer trips. So your group can start the program in any day (or date) they like

RCDP Volunteers has offered some of the most affordable high school volunteer abroad programs since 1998. Our programs start as low as $99, plus a $269 registration fee. It is important to us that we keep our costs low so that our volunteers can comfortably afford travel with us. The humanitarian aspect of our company is our true passion.

The $269 application fee covers our business costs like advertising, promotions, and office expenses.  The weekly fees go to those who deserve them (host family and projects).

Click on the links below to learn more about the program fees for each specific country.

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High School Volunteer Abroad Trip Options

Since 2003, RCDP Volunteers has offered high school volunteer abroad programs in 18 countries between Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  so your group can choose program from any of these locations and projects.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a warm and peaceful country in Central America that is an amazing destination choice for a high school volunteer vacation. Here your students will have the opportunity to become immersed in a fascinating country, help people and animals in need, and set off on an adventure. This country is rich in forests, kind people, and diverse wildlife. There is a great variety of projects available throughout the country.


Volunteer with Children in Orphanages and on Social Welfare Projects

During this teen volunteer abroad opportunity in Costa Rica, your students will help care for, educate, and share your love with abandoned children at an orphanage.

Volunteer at a Medical Clinic

Help medical professionals administer basic healthcare to those who might not be able to receive it otherwise. This will be a learning and satisfying experience if your students are interested in medicine.

Volunteer English Teaching

Help teach English conversational, writing, and reading skills to eager students at a local school.

Marine Project

Work with a marine protection and conservation project in an effort to save turtles, keep beaches clean, and educate Costa Ricans about the value and important of marine conservation with this high school volunteer vacation in Costa Rica.


Working with kids

Share love and compassion with children who have been abandoned or removed from their families with this heart fulfilling experience.

Teaching English

Share the English language with students at a local school. The ability to communicate in English is highly prized in Costa Rica. Make a grand difference by taking part in this high school volunteer opportunity in Costa Rica.

Health Care (non-medical)

Work as part of a team to provide disadvantaged locals with care and health education. Many suffer from health aliments, while others are unaware of health risks and concerns that may affect them. Help bring good health to those who need it.

School/orphanage construction

More schools and orphanages are needed in Costa Rica to better serve the children of this beautiful country. This is a great high school volunteer abroad trip in Costa Rica for someone who loves working with their hands!

Conservation and environment

Team up with some nature conservation programs in Costa Rica and help teach the local population about the importance of nature protection with this high school volunteer abroad trip in Costa Rica.


Peru is a fabulous place to visit. It is rich in culture, ancient landmarks, and history. Peru is home to Machu Picchu and the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca. If your students are looking for a teen volunteering vacation that has it all, Peru is a wise choice. There is so much to do and see, while also so much help that can be offered to those who call Peru home.

Working in an Orphanage

Donate time and compassion to children who have been left without a family. Your students will find this experience to be heart fulfilling and highly rewarding.

Street Children and Educational Program

Help disadvantaged and at-risk children through your kindness, love, and educational services by joining this high school volunteering trip in Peru.

Teaching English

Lead English classes at a local school in Peru. The acquisition of English language schools is very valuable for your students.

Medical/Healthcare Project

Assist local medical professionals and staff as they work to provide local Peruvians from low-income families receive necessary basic healthcare.



Guatemala is an incredible country to explore where your students are pretty much guaranteed to have the trip of a lifetime. Guatemala is a colorful country full of rich culture, wonderful people, and exciting sites to see. This is also an ideal opportunity to have your students improve their Spanish skills. Guatemala is a great choice for your students’ high school volunteer vacation.

Teaching English at a Rural School

Instruct Guatemalan students at a local school. Your students will help teach them English, which is a skill set that will serve them well in their career futures.

Volunteer in an Orphanage

There are countless orphans in Guatemala who would greatly benefit from your students’ love, kindness, and care. Your students can help make a difference in the lives of these children by joining this high school volunteer trip in Guatemala.

Health/Medical Volunteering

Assist doctors, nurses, and medical staff in their noble efforts to bring healthcare to those who need it but might not be able to afford or access it otherwise.

Work with Street Children

Lend a helping hand in an effort to educate and care for disadvantaged children in Guatemala.

Guatemala Women’s Project

Help motivate, inspire, and teach disadvantaged Guatemalan women. Your students will teach valuable handicraft skills, which will help them on their path to financial independence.


Witness lush rainforests, the vast Andes Mountains, the unique Galapagos Islands, and the warm people of Ecuador on an overseas high school volunteer trip. Ecuador is country that is rich in culture and natural wonders, but impoverished in many other ways. Your students can make a significant difference in this country while also having the time to explore some of its captivating wonders.

Teach English at a Rural School

Grant students from a rural school the opportunity to learn English. Your students will lead English classes as part of this teen volunteer abroad opportunity in Ecuador.

Volunteer in an Orphanage

Share your heart with children who greatly need love. Your students will help care for, guide, teach, and love these children who have been left without a family.

Volunteer with Street Children

Work with at-risk and impoverished children in Ecuador. Your students will help by teaching, playing, guiding, and loving them.

Conservation Project in Ecuador

Spend time in the Los Cedros Biological Reserve where your students will help to restore and protect this stunning primary forest. This is a great high school volunteer trip in Ecuador for a nature lover.

Conservation Project in the Galapagos Islands

Spend time in the Galapagos archipelago where your students will assist with reforestation projects, trail maintenance, and organic farming.


Argentina is a fascinating country in South America that is also host to some great high school volunteering trips. Here your students can experience the European-flare of the city, the ancient Inca ruins, and the embracing people of Argentina. This will surely be a captivating and rewarding experience abroad.

Disadvantaged/At-Risk Children Project

Dedicate time to helping to educate, care, and inspire children who have unfortunately been left to fend for themselves. These children need your students!

Teach English Project

Offer English classes to students at a local school with this high school volunteering opportunity in Argentina. These students will greatly benefit from your students’ English instruction.

Community Development Project

Lend your specialized skills and interests for the betterment of a community in Argentina. Your students will work with small to mid-sized NGO’s.

Healthcare Project

Work with local doctors and medical professionals as they strive to bring healthcare to those who need it, but might not be able to easily access it.

Dental Project

Help local dentists bring dental care to the impoverished citizens of Argentina. This will be a great learning experience if you are interested in the field of dentistry.

Professional Support

Offer specialized skills and interests to help a variety of governmental and nonprofit companies thrive in their efforts to improve communities within Argentina.


Mexico is a colorfully diverse country. There are tons of ancient ruins to visit, including those of the Olmecs, Maya, and Aztec, as well as beautiful beaches and vibrant cities. An overseas high school volunteer trip will prove to be quite captivating and enriching.

Teaching English

Help bring English classes to rural schools in Mexico. Your students will be teaching to students who understand the importance of learning this language.

Volunteer in an Orphanage Project

The orphan children of Mexico need warm and compassionate volunteers like you to come help to care for them.

Special Education

Help provide daycare services to low-income, often single parent families, who are trying to work in order to provide for their families by joining this selfless teen volunteering opportunity in Mexico.

Sea Turtle Conservation

If your students want to spend your time overseas on a beach saving sea turtles, then this high school volunteering project in Mexico is for them!


Journey abroad to the intriguing country of Brazil. Brazil is a perfect place to embark on a high school volunteering abroad trip. There’s culture, nature, and lively celebrations. There is also poverty and a great need for volunteers.

Children Project

This project provides daycare services to families who cannot afford it, so that they are able to go out and work during the day. Help struggling families as they are trying to do what’s best for their families.

Teaching Project

Lead English language lessons at a local school. This will be a very hands-on and learning experience for your students.

Teaching Computer Skills Projects

If your students are good with computers, this project needs them! Basic computer skills are very valuable in the work force and your students can help prepare those without them for better career opportunities.

Youth Athletics Project

If your students love sports, join this high school volunteering abroad trip and share that love with children who would greatly benefit from your students’ time spent with them teaching and playing sports.

Handicrafts Project

Help disadvantaged women learn valuable handicraft skills that will better enable them to live profitable, productive, and happy lives.


Set off on an incredible journey by joining a high school volunteer abroad program in Nepal. Nepal is a stunning place to spend time exploring and volunteering. It is also a great place to go river rafting and mountain trekking. The people of Nepal would greatly benefit from your visit.

Teaching English

English language skills are greatly needed in Nepal. There are a lot of eager to learn students who are waiting for your students to come teach them.

Teaching Buddhist Monks

There is a growing need for Buddhist Monks to be able to communicate in English as English-speaking tourism is on the rise. Help Monks learn to be able to share their religion and traditions with other travelers.

Work in an Orphanage

Join this overseas high school volunteer trip in Nepal and help care for, love, and teach orphan children.

Nature Conservation

Volunteers are needed to help restore and conserve forests in Nepal. Your students will work in a nursery that is working to grow indigenous trees for planting.

Medical/Healthcare Project

If your students are interested in healthcare, check out this teen volunteer opportunity in Nepal where they will have the chance to work with local medical professionals as they serve the local community.

Be a Photojournalist

Take your photography skills to the next level with the exciting high school volunteering idea in Nepal. Your students will work to capture current events and culture in Nepal.

Nepal Himalaya

Spend time surrounded by the panoramic beauty of Nepal’s famous Himalayan Mountains. This is truly a special zone in the world. Your students will dedicate their time to teaching children and or Buddhist Monks English, while also have plenty of free time to venture out and have an adventure or two. This is a great place to take part in a high school volunteering opportunity.

Teaching English

There are a lot of children who would love to be taught English by your students in Nepal. Your students’ English language skills are of great value.

Teaching Buddhist Monks

Your students’ service to the Buddhist Monks of Nepal as their English teacher during this high school volunteering abroad trip in Nepal will be greatly appreciated and give them a chance to communicate with English-speaking tourists.


India is a country full of enlightenment and enchantment. In this vast country your students will experience rich and ancient cultures, colorful traditions, and life changing service work. India is an excellent choice for a high school volunteering opportunity. There are all sorts of projects that need volunteers like you.

Work in an Orphanage

Sadly, there are countless orphans in India. Volunteers are constantly needed to lend a helping hand in the orphanages to help care for, educate, and love these needy children.

Teaching English

English teachers are in high demand. Join this high school volunteering abroad trip in India and share English language skills with those who would love to learn them.

Medical/Healthcare Project

Work alongside medical professionals as they attempt to bring healthcare to all those who need it. This will be an eye-opening and learning experience for someone interested in medicine.

Support a Women’s Group Project

Work with women from impoverished backgrounds in an effort to empower them through learning specialized crafting skills.

Teach English at a Public School

Help teach English alongside local teachers at a public school when you take part in this teen volunteer work in India.

Work with At-Risk/Street Children

Through love, guidance, and education, your students can help make a significant difference in the lives of children from disadvantaged living situations.


China is a country of great diversity. It is a huge country that ranges from Mount Everest to the South China Sea. In China, your students can experience ornate temples, captivating museums, and ancient, but bustling cities. There is no lack of culture or wonder here! China is a wise choice for a high school volunteering abroad experience. Your students surely will not be disappointed!

Panda Conservation Project

This high school volunteer trip in China is like no other! Here your students will have the chance to work up close and personally with the majestic panda in an effort to protect and restore populations.

Teaching English

Teaching English is a highly rewarding experience for both your students and the students with whom they interact. Your students have the power to positively impact futures.

Paid Teaching English Program

Not only will your students have the opportunity to explore China, but they will also have the chance to work as a paid English teacher. This is a great opportunity to help students grow.


Thailand is a lush and exotic country that is full of wonder. A high school volunteer abroad vacation in Thailand will be filled with adventures through beautiful jungles, weekends on pristine beaches, and weekdays where your students will be giving the gift of their time and energy to those in need.


Working with Disadvantaged Children

Unfortunately, there are a great number of children who have been left without a family. Your students can help these children by joining this high school volunteering overseas opportunity.

Teach English

During this overseas teen volunteering trip, your students will work to teach the local students valuable English language skills.

Healthcare/Medical Project

Work alongside medical professionals in a noble effort to bring basic healthcare to those who desperately need it.

Elephant Conservation Project

If your students love animals, and especially love elephants, this high school volunteer abroad work is calling their name! Help care for and love these majestic creatures.


Child Development Project

Work with a team of likeminded volunteers in a sweet effort to help care for, nurture, educate, and guide young children at a local daycare center for low-income families.

Teach in a Buddhist Temple School

Give English classes to young Buddhist Monks who need to learn the language in order to share their religion and traditions with English-speaking tourist.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is country with a lot to offer those who choose to visit. It is a place full of history, culture, and captivating natural wonders. Sri Lanka is also a place that is in constant need of compassionate volunteers to dedicate time, love, and energy to all the different humanitarian projects that are working to make Sri Lanka a better place for those who are struggling. Check out all of the great teen volunteering opportunities in Sri Lanka.

Volunteer in an Orphanage

Take part in this heart fulfilling and highly rewarding high school volunteering abroad experience in Sri Lanka by dedicating time and love to children who need it the most.

Teach English

The ability to communicate in English is oftentimes a make or break when applying for a good job, Help students get ahead and an edge for their futures.

Teach English to Buddhist Monks

Spend time teaching English to Buddhist Monks who are eager to learn by joining this high school volunteering abroad trip in Sri Lanka.

Elephant Conservation in Kegalle, Pinnawala, and Udawela Pick between three wonderful locations and donate your time to the care, health, and happiness of elephants. This is an animal lover’s dream!


In Cambodia, you will find vast wealth side by side with vast poverty. It is an amazing country to visit, but also one that is in great need of help. There are several high school volunteer abroad programs in Thailand that would be greatly appreciative of your students’ decision to join their team!

Volunteer in an Orphanage

Sadly, there are countless numbers of children who are living as orphans in Thailand. As a volunteer, your students will help improve and brighten the lives of these deserving children.

Teach English in a Local School

Help students prepare for a brighter and more successful future by volunteering to teach English in Thailand. Your students’ dedication to this high school volunteering opportunity in Thailand is invaluable!

Community Development

Lend your specialized skills and interests to an array of projects that are working to improve the community and quality of life for those who reside with it.

NGO Volunteer Project

Choose from a variety of projects that are working to improve a local community in Thailand. This will be a hands-on and learning experience that will come with great rewards.

Health/Medical Project

Assist local medical professionals as they work to provide care and treatment to less fortunate Cambodians.


Kenya is bursting with national parks; 18 in total! If your students are on a quest for lions, elephants, and laughing hyenas, this is your country. While Kenya is rich in wildlife, it is also a country that is struggling with vast poverty. A teen volunteer abroad vacation here would be a truly cultural, eye-opening, and magical experience.

Work in an Orphanage

Loving generosity, kind energy, and big heart is needed in the orphanage. Thousands of children have been left without a family due to poverty, HIV/AIDS, and a number of other tragic reasons. Your students help would mean the world to these children.

Teach English

There is a constant need for English teachers in Kenya. Learning English is something that can greatly improve the chances of obtaining a good job in the future for these students.

Medical Volunteer Project

Work with local doctors, nurses, and medical staff to provide healthcare to Kenyans from rural and low-income areas when part of this overseas high school volunteering trip.

HIV/AIDS Volunteer Project

Bringing awareness and health education relating to the HIV/AIDS virus can help save lives. Taking part in this project is providing a huge public service.

Community Development

Work within a variety of projects whose aim it is to improve the community and the quality of life for those who reside in it. This will be a rewarding hands-on experience.

Cultural Conservation

Work with the Maasai people in an effort to preserve and share their colorful and rich culture.


Ghana is a fascinating country in Africa that is packed full of animals and bursting with vibrant culture. A high school volunteer program in Ghana will surely be an unforgettable experience! Your students will spend their days helping out in a project and their free time can be spent seeing the variety of sights!

Work in an Orphanage

Donate time, love, and energy to children who would greatly benefit from your presence by joining this high school volunteering abroad opportunity in Ghana.

Teaching English to Children

Spend time teaching English to children at a local school by signing up for this teen volunteer overseas trip in Ghana.

Medical Volunteer

Assist and observe local medical professionals in an effort to provide basic healthcare and treatment to those who might have difficulty accessing it otherwise.

HIV/AIDS Volunteer

Health education is a powerful defense tool against the still ever present HIV/AIDS virus in Ghana. Work to fight this virus!


Uganda is an excellent choice for a high school volunteering overseas vacation for many reasons. Uganda is diverse in wildlife, culture, and natural wonders. Uganda is also a country that is suffering from poverty, among other maladies. Set off on an adventure of a lifetime that will also serve a great purpose.

Work in an Orphanage

Your students’ presence at the orphanage will immediately bring a new light into the lives of suffering children. Help care for, educate, and love these deserving children.

Teach English

Teaching English at a local school will prove to be a highly rewarding and impactful teen volunteering abroad experience in Uganda.

Medical Volunteering

Observe and assist local physicians and medical staff in a noble effort to help care for and treat the impoverished people of Uganda.

HIV/AIDS Project

Through the power of education, your students can be part of the solution and fight against the destructive HIV/AIDS virus in Uganda.


Tanzania is a country with vast wildlife diversity, beautiful natural landmarks, and a fascinating culture. Tanzania is also a country that struggles with poverty and the HIV/AIDS virus. The people of Tanzania would greatly benefit from your students’ decision to embark on a high school volunteering abroad trip here! This will be an unforgettable journey.

Work in an Orphanage

There is an overwhelming need for volunteers to help care for, educate, and love the continuous flow of orphan children in Tanzania.

Teach English at a Rural School

Work alongside local teachers and likeminded volunteers in an effort to teach the valuable language of English to children. This skill has the potential to grant them a more successful adulthood.

Health/Medical Project

Join the effort to bring basic healthcare and treatment to individuals from rural or impoverished areas that might not be able to afford or access it otherwise.

Volunteer in HIV/AIDS Program

Help teach health education to vulnerable Tanzanians. Knowledge is power and a powerful tool against the HIV/AIDS virus.

South Africa

South Africa is a truly diverse country. Your students can experience rugged coastlines, spectacular wildlife, intriguing history, and vibrant culture. There are multiple teen volunteering abroad opportunities in South Africa that would love to have your students join their team. This is a chance of a life time to explore a captivating new country while also giving back to the people of it.

Teaching Project

Spend time working with children at a local school where your students will teach them English. The ability to communicate in English will serve them well in their futures.

Physical Education Project

If your students play sports and or love sports, this high school volunteer abroad program in South Africa is a great opportunity to share that passion with children from impoverished backgrounds.

Healthcare Project

Dedicate time at a local hospital or clinic lending a helping hand to doctors and other medical staff. If your students are interested in the field of medicine, what better way to gain some perspective and experience than this reputable program?

Orphanage Project

Volunteers who love children and have big hearts are in high demand! Your students will spend your days caring for, teaching, and loving children who have been left without a family for one tragic reason or another.

How Our High School Volunteer Abroad Programs Work

Each high school volunteering abroad program will differ in its specific itinerary, but the general outline of the programs are the same. It is our mission at RCDP Volunteers to provide your students with the safest, most affordable, and most memorable high school volunteer vacation. Below is a sample of what your program will likely follow.

Phase 1: Orientation

Depending upon the specific high school volunteer abroad opportunity that your students choose to join, the orientation will last between few hours to few days . This is where your students will be introduced to various important aspects of the culture, traditions, religions, and societal components of the country that they are visiting. For orientations that are longer than two days, your students will be exposed to some language and cultural immersion opportunities.

Phase 2: Volunteer Program

This is the core of the high school volunteering abroad project.  In this part of the program, your students will choose to dedicate their time to a program that involves things like teaching, orphanage work, animal conservation, nature conservation, and construction. Depending on the type of the project they choose, the nature of the work will be different. Howerver, whatever project they will choose, they will be working 4-5 hours a day serving poor children and communities and making a difference in the world. .

Phase 3: Travel (2-12 Days)

During this exciting phase, your students will be exploring the country in which they decided to visit. They will see areas and monuments of historical importance, beautiful natural landmarks, and become immersed in the culture and traditions of the native people. This will be a highly enriching and eye opening experience! If your students are a group of more than three people, you have the opportunity to customize their travel itinerary. Talk to a RCDP Volunteers representative about this unique option.

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High School Volunteer Abroad Accommodations and Meals

Depending on the specific country and project in which your students join, they will either reside with a host family, in a volunteer house, at a hostel, economy hotel, or a cabin. They will live together in a group. Regardless of the type of accommodation, they will be safe and provided with clean and comfortable living conditions. A lot of students prefer to stay with a host family in order to have a more culturally immersive experience. Please let us know their personal preference, so that we can accommodate them.

Their program fee will cover three meals a day. Their meals will always be fresh, nutritious, and locally inspired.

High School Volunteer Abroad Free Time

During the high school and teen volunteer program, your students will have plenty of free time to travel and explore the local areas, cities, and villages. Most projects require a commitment of 4-6 hours a day, 5-6 days a week. However, the rest of the time is theirs. They can use this time to chill out and recharge, study a new language, or set off and explore the surrounding areas. There are lot of local areas and tourist attractions to check out.

High School Volunteer Abroad Safety and Field Support

Most of the participants of high school volunteer abroad program are young so safety is the most important issues for students and parent. At RCDP Volunteers, safety is our top priority. RCDP Volunteers assures their safety while on one of our high school volunteer abroad vacations. We take great pride in our ability to provide each and every one of our volunteers with the safest, highest standard, and most professional teen volunteering work abroad. We have held this pristine reputation since 2003.

Below is a list of our safety and field support features that we offer to each of our volunteers.

In-Country Coordinator and In-Country Support Staff: In all 18 countries that we run high school volunteer abroad projects, we have a dedicated team of in-country staff that is there around the clock to help support and guide you through your journey. Our team is filled with compassionate, hardworking, and professional individuals whose goal it is to make your experience safe and rewarding. Our team has helped thousands of volunteers, so they fully understand your needs and understand how to operate a safe, satisfying, and memorable high school volunteer abroad opportunity for you.  Depending up on the size of the group and need of the students, our coordinator will stay with the students throughout the project period

Our in-country staff is also responsible for the following:

  • Airport pick up
  • Transfer to your host family or other accommodations
  • Orientation
  • Formal introduction to your host family and project staff
  • Follow-up visits or calls
  • Help solving any problems, issues, or concerns

Meet at the Airport: It is important to us that you feel safe and comfortable from the very start of your high school volunteering opportunity. Therefore, our country coordinator will be there to receive students at the airport. We will personally take them to their accommodations and help them get settled in.

Orientation: An integral part of their high school volunteer abroad program is an orientation period. It is important for us to share with you valuable information regarding safety, history, culture, religion, life, and dos and don’ts of the particular country in which they are visiting. This orientation may last anywhere from a few hours to seven days, depending on the country. Longer orientations include a language immersion course.

The core part of our high school orientation program center around the safety. We will discuss the safety issues, do and do not in projects, host families, other safety requirements and contact point in the case of emergency. 

Accommodations: Safety of our volunteers is #1 priority for us so RCDP Volunteers has hand-selected the host families and other accommodations for our volunteers based on a wide scale of high standards. You can rest assure that your students will be residing in a safe and comfortable place. Most of our families that are participating as host families have hosted international volunteers previously.

Insurance and Evacuation Plan: All volunteers participating in a teen volunteer abroad vacation will  be covered by international insurance. International insurance protects against any unforeseen incidences. RCDP Volunteers offers one of the best comprehensive insurances from a third party provider. Our international insurance covers health-related problems, accidents, and other unpredictable occurrences.

All international travels requires travelers to act with caution and awareness. Prior to traveling abroad, we also advise you and your group leader to  consult your home government’s advisory office. The U.S. State Department issues travels warnings and advisories for American travelers. Advisories and warnings frequently change as the state of certain countries frequently change, so it is important to check regularly.

RCDP Volunteers also advises you or your team leader  to check the Center for Disease Control and Health for current information relating to health concerns that might be present in your chosen country. You can access this information at www.cdc.gov. It is likely that the sanitary conditions in third world countries might be quite different from the conditions in which you are used to. We strongly warn against drinking the tap water or eating food from local street vendors, as you are likely to get sick since you are not used to the bacteria that might be present.

RCDP Volunteers’ in-country coordinator and support team is here to ensure the safety, comfort, and happiness of all our volunteers participating in a high school volunteer abroad experience. We will provide you will all of the necessary contact information before you arrive.

FAQ High School Volunteer Abroad Programs

Who will lead the high school group?

During a high school volunteering abroad trip, the group is usually led by a designated group leader. However, a RCDP Volunteers in-country coordinator and staff members are stay with the group for the entire project period and actively involved with the volunteers throughout the program to ensure that everything runs smoothly and to our high standards.

Where do students stay during their high school volunteer abroad work?

Accommodation will vary depending on the specific country and project. However, most students reside with a host family, at a safe hostel, or at a volunteer house. Students will reside together and in close proximity.

Will there be time for traveling and excursions?

They will mostly be working 3-5 hours a day at their volunteer project, the rest of the time is theirs. We put together travel and tour programs so that they can easily explore local villages, markets, and places of interests within the country they are volunteering.

What is the food situation?

Part of your students’ program fee includes their meals. They will get fed three healthy, fresh, and locally inspired meals a day. If they are staying with a host family, their family will most likely be cooking for them during your high school volunteering overseas experience.

Will my group and I be safe?

Safety is our top priority. RCDP Volunteers has been running high school volunteering abroad trips for the last 13 years. We are working in safe and peaceful countries. We also select projects and host families personally. We carefully evaluate and monitor all parts of our teen volunteer abroad trips to ensure your safety and satisfaction.

Is there an opportunity to learn the local language?

Yes! If your students are interested in studying the local language, we can create a language immersion program for them. Most high school groups joining our programs in Latin America opt to learn Spanish while they are abroad. They can take two hours of language studies before or after their volunteer commitment.

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