Where to Volunteer for High School Students

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Are you searching for the best, safest and life-changing volunteer opportunity, but wondering where to volunteer for high school students? Do you need help finding good volunteer ideas for high school students? RCDP offers high school students an amazing opportunity to experience its meaningful volunteer trips at the most affordable prices.

RCDP has lots of safe and budget-friendly volunteer work ideas for high school students in 19 countries amongst South Africa, Asia, South America and Central America.

You can choose from a variety of volunteer projects that include a health project in Ghana, orphanage work in Uganda, teaching English in Kenya, a dental project in Peru (Cusco), a women empowerment project (Jaipur), a sea turtle conservation program in Costa Rica, and an elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka. The choice is yours, and we are here to help you make the decision if you need more information or advice.

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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!

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- Germany

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The Benefits Of High School Student Volunteer Abroad

The benefits of high school student volunteer abroad are boundless. Volunteering abroad provides you with an opportunity to explore a new country, along with its people’s different cultures and way of life. You will not only get acquainted with new cultures and traditions, but also enrich your perception of the world.

RCDP’s volunteer abroad projects for high school students help you gain new skills that provide building blocks for your future success.

Learn new skills:

As a high school student volunteer abroad you will learn to manage time, show responsibility, work as a team and independently, be both practical and creative a situations dictate, and so much more.

Credit to your resume:

Volunteering is great for your resume as it highlights your commitment to the wider world, doing good things for no monetary reward.

Donate your time and talent: 

Joining a high school student volunteer abroad project is also a great way to donate your time and talents, and gain valuable experience that lasts a lifetime. This is an exceptional chance to work in a completely new setting, and for a greater cause, making a difference in disadvantaged people and animals’ life.

Being a social and better person:

Helping make changes in underprivileged people and animals’ life also helps you leave negative thoughts behind, and become a better person day by day. By joining one of RCDP’s volunteer abroad projects you get to develop teamwork and interactive skills, and build a better foundation for both your social and professional life.

Shape your career:

Volunteering abroad as high school student provides you with ample career opportunity. It’s a great way to try out something new that interests you, while making contacts and gaining experience in the field.

You get the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace that will expand your horizon of ability and confidence. Apart from the unmatched experience you gain, you might pick up a new passion, a new language and new friends.

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Where to volunteer for high school students

RCDP offers an awesome selection of budget-friendly and life-changing volunteer abroad opportunities for high school students who are looking for the most affordable, safe volunteer work.

Health Project in Ghana

Due to various tragic circumstances Ghana remains one of the poorest countries in Southern Africa, and thousands of Ghanaian people are deprived of basic health care and medical treatments. Even though Ghana has made significant improvements in its economy over the past few years its government is still not able to provide or fund adequate health care and medical treatments to its people.

Collaborating with local medical professionals and the Ghanaian government, RCDP’s health project in Ghana aims to provide basic medical treatments and health education to the deprived Ghanaians.  Joining RCDP’s health project in Ghana is the best option if you are wondering about where to volunteer as a high school student.

You will not only help for and sick Ghanaians have happier and healthier lives, but also gain professional medical experience in a developing country. This project helps to eradicate epidemic diseases and improve the overall health condition of Ghanaians by providing health education and adequate medical treatment.

There are lots of advantages of joining this project. Apart from volunteering and making a difference in poor and sick Ghanaians life, you will also get to experience a new and unique country, get acquainted with Ghanaians’ diverse and enjoy life in a vibrant culture. The fascinating wildlife and natural beauty of Ghana provides you with the experience of a lifetime.

Work in Orphanage in Uganda

Every year, thousands of Ugandan children are left as orphans due to extreme poverty and parental death. Though several orphanages are trying to take care of these helpless kids they lack sufficient resources to help them all.

As the Ugandan government is unable to offer adequate support these orphanages rely on the help of foreign funds and individual donations to provide housing, food, clothes and education for the children. As these are not constant the lack of sufficient funding and resources means sometimes these orphanages are in a helpless condition.

Joining this incredibly meaningful work in an orphanage in Uganda project as a high school student volunteer abroad is a good volunteer idea for high school students, and something that can do a lot to improve the lives of these innocent child orphans.

When you join this project you will take on the role of caregiver, friend, mentor, and educator for deprived children of various ages and backgrounds. Your time, love, affection and care will help change the life of these at-risk children.

Uganda is a country that offers several fun-things to do. Apart from volunteering, you will also get to experience its people’s vibrant cultures, enjoy the captivating landscapes and watch out for the rich wildlife. This project will surely give you a once in a lifetime experience.

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Teaching English in Kenya

Having a good knowledge of the English language opens up a number of fascinating job opportunities. As an international language, and one of the two national languages of Kenya, English plays a vital role in the career growth of Kenyan children. However, thousands of young Kenyan children cannot afford private tutoring due to their poor economic background, and therefore are deprived of an English education.

The main goal of this Teaching English in Kenya project is to offer English education to the disadvantaged Kenyan children, so that they can improve their English skills and achieve a bright and successful career.

Teaching English in Kenya is the best volunteer project if you are a high school student and wondering about where a high school student can volunteer. By joining this project, you can help underprivileged, young Kenyan children improve their English skills by sharing your native language.

If you have the confidence and prior teaching experience, you can start teaching immediately, but if not you can assist the local teacher at first. By following the curriculum, but adding in any of your  own interesting ideas, you will tutor students as a class on aspects of how the English language is spoken and written. This project in Kenya is located in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

Kenya is a beautiful country and offers a lot of interesting and fun-filled places to visit. When you are not volunteering, you can check out the plains, cliffs and forests of the country. There is also the Nairobi National Park, where you get to see abundant wildlife and birdlife. Your precious volunteer work, lively nightlife, variety of shops, restaurants and bustling market in Nairobi combine to provide you with the experience of a lifetime.

Dental Project in Peru (Cusco)

If you are a dental student and looking to achieve some real-life experience in the field then this dental project in Peru is a good volunteer idea for dental high school students. RCDP invites you to join its life-changing dental project that will not only make a difference to the disadvantaged people of Peru, but also provide you with a unique and once in a lifetime experience.

Though there are several dental organizations working hard to improve dental conditions in Peru many poor people still are lack sufficient dental care. By joining this project you can help make their life happier and healthier while also gaining real-life medical experience.

Volunteering in Peru offers you the opportunity to become immersed in the colorful local culture, and the chance to explore some of the natural and cultural marvels of this spectacular country in South America. This is an experience that will surely be life-changing.

Your specific roles and responsibilities during this project depends on your qualifications, experience and dedication, however you will be certainly helping to change lives. Aside from volunteering, the vibrant local culture, welcoming people, new friendships and spectacular natural beauty of the country will give you happy lifelong memories.

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Women Empowerment Project (Jaipur)

India, despite being one of the fastest developing countries in the world, is yet to address gender inequality, poverty and so many other tragic issues. Even today, illiteracy, extreme poverty and superstitious beliefs victimize a lot of Indian women and young girls, who live in extremely bad conditions. Most of these women lack the education which would help them find work and escape a life of poverty for one of independence.

To address this situation RCDP’s ‘Women Empowerment Project in Jaipur, India’ aims to increase the independence of these women by providing them a wide variety of training in skills such as, knitting, sewing, paper bag making, and so on. The project has helped many once poverty ridden women earn their livelihood. 

This women empowerment project in Jaypur, India is the best volunteer work ideas for high school students because it offers you an amazing chance to change the life of slum dwellers. Moreover, you will also get to observe and learn more about paper bag production, tailoring and intricate stitching processes.

If you are interested, you can also teach at a nearby community school, sharing your native English skills with underprivileged children. Empowering illiterate women and becoming their friend and tutor gives you a unique and unforgettable experience.

Sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica

If you love marine life and want to make an exceptional impact on sea turtle conservation efforts then this sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica is the best volunteer work idea for high school students. The sea turtles that both temporarily and permanently reside around Costa Rica are facing serious threat due to a sharp rise in construction, an unregulated fishing industry, and habitat destruction. These sea turtles need help from volunteers who are determined to protect them, and help their numbers recover.

By joining this project, you will help protect these at-risk sea turtles in collaboration with local conservation staff. During your volunteer work you will also get to learn about other marine life, including sharks, turtles, crocodiles and so on.

Embarking on this sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica and being part of the conservation project gives you an experience of a lifetime. During your free time you can explore this amazing country, and enjoy getting to know more about its vibrant local cultures and traditions.

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Elephant Conservation Project

Do you love elephants?  Would caring for young and sick elephants in their lush, natural surroundings are a dream come true for you? If so then our elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka is the best volunteer ideas for high school students. These sick and young elephants need as much love and care as children do, so your work will be fulfilling and very much appreciated.

As elephants are mostly used for carrying goods and helping with heavy work in Sri Lanka they are pretty much considered useless when they get sick. Consequently many are simply left behind, like garbage. The elephant conservation center, located at Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle in Sri Lanka takes care of over 60 rescued sick and abandoned elephants, providing them with a loving and caring environment.

When you join this elephant conservation project in Sri Lanka you will help these sick and young elephants walk to the swimming pool, and bathe and feed every day. If you possess some knowledge of veterinary science you can also help conduct checkups and provide medical treatment to the elephants with the help of a local veterinary. Your deep dedication, assistance and affection will help these poor elephants spend their rest of their days in peace and harmony.

The project comprises of three parts: eco farming, elephant conservation and teaching and the work you do varies between them. You will be helping sick elephants on the elephant conservation project, teach English or other subjects to disadvantaged Sri Lankan children on the teaching project, and help grow vegetables, fruits and herbs on the eco farming project.

Aside from these good volunteer ideas for high school students, RCDP also offers other best and most affordable volunteer opportunities abroad, including, wildlife conservation volunteer, winter break volunteer, youth volunteer opportunity. Contact RCDP to learn more about any other best, inexpensive volunteer opportunities that strike your interest.

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