Student Summer Volunteer Abroad Program

Experience a unique and rewarding journey overseas on your summer vacation while helping those in need

  • Use your summer vacation time to experience something completely different.
  • Combine sightseeing with interesting work that helps those in serious need.
  • 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 1998. Contact us for more information.
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Student Summer Volunteer Abroad Programs Starts $99

Are you interested in traveling abroad and volunteering during your summer off from school? Do you want to explore a new part of the world on a budget? RCDP has been helping compassionate and adventurous students like you venture out into the world on a safe, rewarding, and affordable summer volunteer abroad trip for students since 1998.

RCDP has connected thousands of volunteers with dozens of different volunteer programs that focus on healthcare, childcare, education, youth sports programs, HIV/AID awareness projects, animal care, conservation efforts, community development, and women empowerment initiatives.

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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

Please read more RCDP reviews , also in abroad reviews (RCDP-Nepal), Abroad reviews (RCDP -international)

Regardless of the project and location that you choose, your decision to join a student summer volunteer overseas project will leave a positive and indelible mark on the people and animals whom you help. There is a great need for compassionate, energetic, loving, adventurous, and open minded volunteers all over the world to lend a helping hand. There is no better way to spend your summer off than to explore an exciting new country and culture and volunteer while you are there. There are so many places in the world that are worth exploring and there is no time like the present to start your adventure!

Benefits of joining one of RCDP’s student summer volunteer abroad programs

The benefits of volunteering are quite vast and varied. While everyone will have their own unique experience during a summer volunteer abroad trip for students, everyone will definitely experience a wealth of rewards.

This is your chance to experience an entirely different culture and environment than you are used to. This will be a growing and learning experience in so many different ways.

You will surely walk away from this experience a worldlier individual. It is likely that you will also broaden your cultural horizons. You might even walk away speaking a new language. Traveling abroad is an eye opening experience.

You will gain real word experience in a field that you decide you might want to pursue as a future career. You will also develop leadership and team work skills that will serve you well in your future. A student summer volunteer overseas trip looks exceptional on a college or job resume.

During your time overseas, you will likely develop some deep and long lasting relationships with other likeminded volunteers from around the globe, as well as with the project staff and people and animals whom you help. The satisfaction that you will feel from seeing your hard work pay off by improving the lives of the less fortunate is a feeling that is unmatched by any other.

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RCDP’s best student summer volunteer abroad programs

RCDP has a wonderful selection of summer volunteer abroad trips for students spread out around the world. There is something for every interest and volunteer goal. Here are some of the top choices to get the ball rolling.

Galapagos Conservation Program

Few people will ever have the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands. This is your chance! You can spend time in this one of a kind place and lend a helping hand with a program that is aimed at preserving and protecting the natural environment and species of this beautiful archipelago. This is a nature lover’s dream destination.  This is wonderful summer volunteer program for nature loving students

Women Empowerment Project in India

Unfortunately, due to social inequality, lack of education opportunities, and extreme poverty, there countless women in India who are struggling to support themselves and their children. Through this student summer volunteering abroad opportunity, you can help empower these women by teaching crafting skills, as well as acting as a mentor and friend.

Street Children Rehabilitation Project in Guatemala

Sadly, there are thousands of children who have been left as orphans in Guatemala. A large number of these children are left on the dangerous streets to fend for themselves. Summer student Volunteering with the street children project in Guatemala is a heart-felt way to help care for, protect, teach, and befriend these vulnerable children. You will not only brighten their present lives, but you will help them prepare for their futures too.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Project in Costa Rica (Caribbean Coast)

There are four different species of sea turtles that nest of the beaches of Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast throughout the year. Nature and animal loving volunteers are needed to help out with this sea turtle conservation project. You will have a variety of responsibilities, but they will all relate to protecting the sea turtles of this stunning part of Costa Rica.  This is great summer volunteer project for students who love turtles.

HIV/AIDS Project in Uganda

The HIV/AIDS virus is still affecting thousands of people, directly or indirectly, every year in Uganda.  One of the best weapons to fight this battle is education. During this summer volunteer abroad program for students, you will work with health education campaigns and programs. You will also help with counseling and support groups, first aid treatment, and distributing donated supplies and food in rural communities around Uganda.

Teaching English to Buddhist Monks in Nepal

With the growing rate of tourism in Nepal, the ability to communicate properly in English is on the rise. Buddhist Monks want to learn to speak English so that they are better able to share their religion, culture, and traditions with visitors. This is a unique student volunteer abroad opportunity to work at a monastery with Buddhist Monks in the fascinating country of Nepal. There is so much to learn and see here!

Healthcare Project in South Africa

While healthcare services are accessible and modern in the urban areas of South Africa, rural communities are still lacking access to basic healthcare. The aim of this summer volunteer overseas project for students is to help medical professions bring necessary healthcare to the people who wouldn’t be able to receive it otherwise. This will be a hands on learning experience that will truly make a difference in the lives of countless South Africans.

Elephant Project n Jaipur, India

Volunteering with the elephant project in India is an incredible way to not only help the elephants, but also the mahout families (elephant caregivers). You will spend your days feeding, bathing, massaging, cleaning, walking, and giving love to the elephants. You will also have the opportunity to help teach English, teach healthcare education, and play with the children of the mahout families. There are a lot of different ways to participate with this project.

Childcare Project in Brazil

Most low income families cannot afford childcare for when they go to work. This project is making quality childcare accessible to these families so that they can go out and work all day to provide for their family without constantly worrying about the safety and happiness of their children. You will help care for and teach these children during your time with this heart fulfilling and rewarding student summer volunteering overseas opportunity in Brazil.

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