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High school study abroad and teen travelers

Often, the best place for students to start planning for ways to study abroad and develop cultural awareness is through their high school. Foreign language teachers often provide information about summer and short-term international programs. Directories and social media sites also provide more information that inspires teens to research and book their ideal activities and destinations after showing them to their parents.

Some of the many choices now available to teens include high school programs offering language study, volunteering service learning, cultural exploration, all while staying with a host family. There are also tons of exciting teen summer camps and teen travel programs providing everything from adventures worldwide to developing language skills though immersion.

Options for pre-college or students who want to take a summer, semester, or a "gap year" before college for meaningful travel, volunteer service, or study abroad include a variety of programs run by both established and dynamic new organizations. The top organizations understand the evolving interests and needs of the current generation of teens. Many of the most prestigious colleges now prefer high school students with study abroad experience. Time spent overseas provides proven preparation for success in later academic work at their home high school and future study abroad high school programs.

You can find all the best options for teen and high school programs abroad of all types right here.

 Featured High School Study Abroad Programs and Teen Travel Organizations
Teen meaningful adventure programs ARCC Programs: Meaningful Service. Real Connections. True Adventure
Programs in 20 countries worldwide. With over 30 years of experience, ARCC students travel to some of the world's most spectacular locations and participate in activities such as SCUBA diving, surfing, rafting, sea kayaking, zip-lining, and more! ARCC offers innovative service oriented experiences for teenagers and remains a pioneer of adventure travel and teen summer programs for young people.
Teen Volunteer Abroad High School Volunteering Programs and Teen Leadership with GLA
GLA programs are like a Peace Corps for teens. Students explore historic and natural sites of significance in host countries worldwide, and participate in meaningful service projects designed to provide lasting benefits to the local community.
Summer Adventures to Teen Students Broadreach Global Summer Adventures: Your World Just Got Bigger
For more than 25 years, Broadreach has worked with middle, high school and college students to help them discover their passions and spark new curiosities on summer adventure programs. Broadreach students have earned thousands of hands-on scuba diving and sailing certifications, as well as college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography.
Volunteer Service Programs for Teens Teen Volunteering with VISIONS Service Adventures
Summer programs are built on the pillars of meaningful service, full cultural engagement ,and adventurous exploration. Our student volunteers work among Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne people on Montana Indian reservations and with the indigenous in Alaska, as well as abroad in Latin America, and the Caribbean. Programs are 12 days to four weeks, and include language immersion.
Teen volunteering abroad GoEco Volunteer Abroad
Volunteering abroad as a teenager is a great way to make new friends while getting real-world experience contributing to an important cause. We offer a diverse range of humanitarian, wildlife or environmental projects abroad where teens will have the chance to grow their knowledge and skills. We also offer a handful of fantastic “under-18” projects which are designed specifically for teenagers.
Teen Travel with a Purpose Global Works | Travel with Purpose: Authentic Service Travel for High School Students and Groups
Celebrating 30 years of community service-based adventure travel programs for high school students and groups! Choose from Community Service, Language Immersion, and Global Action, Homestay and Adventure travel opportunities. Programs are offered around the world for students looking for an enriching and life changing experience. Travel with Purpose!
Learn Spanish in Spain Learn Spanish and Volunteer in Spain with Instituto Hemingway
We offer Spanish language immersion programs all year round at special prices, jobs in hospitality management around Spain, affordable internships in different cities, culinary arts in top hotels, field trips for schools and colleges, volunteer programs, Spanish online courses, and Dele preparation exams.
Intercultura summer Spanish language camp in Costa Rica Intercultura Costa Rica Spanish Language and Adventure Camp for Teens
Work on your Spanish language skills and have fun with our full 2-week teen summer program! A tropical Spanish adventure will be guaranteed. Study at our Heredia City and Samara Beach Campus with day trips, weekend trip and lots of activities. Fun & dynamic Spanish classes—volunteer experience—cultural activities & tours—homestay with local families.
Summer Camp in France with Alpine French School French Summer Camp in the French Alps
High-quality Teenage French Summer program in the French Alps, just 1 hour from Geneva. Combine language learning with great cultural & outdoor activities in a fun, safe mountain village environment. Accommodations with great food and supervision by friendly energetic counsellors. Optional adventure activities, mountain biking or private French classes.

 Articles on High School Study Abroad, Teen Travel and Gap Year
High School and Teen Study Abroad Guide Why a High School Student Should Go Abroad by Jessica Voigts
A guide for teens and parents to the many high school programs abroad, an investment that will return many times over.
Top summer programs for teens Top 5 Ways for a Teen to Summer Abroad by Jessica Voigts
The guide to the many advantages for teens to go abroad this summer, an investment that will return many times over. Resources for teens and their parents help select from the many great options.
Why teens should volunteer abroad 10 Reasons Why High School Teens Should Volunteer Abroad by Dr. Jessica Voigts
Experienced teens explain the many lifelong benefits of volunteer service learning abroad.
Teen travel abroad Travel Abroad is an Essential Part of High School Education by Steph Dyson
The key reasons high school students should travel overseas as much as possible as part of their education, along with recommendations for the best destinations.
Language study as a teen The Advantages of Language Learning as a Teen by Amy E. Robertson
Why are there so many advantages for teens to develop foreign language skills according to research? Here are some of the reasons and the best options for immersion programs at schools abroad.
Gap year abroad The Allure of the Gap Year by Susan Griffith
A discussion of the rise in popularity of the gap semester or gap year experience. Resources and tips on teen gap year options before college as well as for college students.
Scholarships to study abroad Full Scholarships for Teen and High School Study Abroad by Connie Ip
Enriching experiences attending three high school study abroad programs and information about how to go about obtaining scholarships.
Study Spanish in Panama How Teen and Pre-Teen Volunteering Abroad Develops Global Citizens by Amy E. Robertson
Two young volunteers reflect eloquently on their experience with volunteer service learning abroad on their a path towards becoming global citizens.
Wildlife volunteering for teens 5 Wildlife Volunteer Programs for Teens by Lavanya Sunkara
5 projects available for teens dedicated to helping care for the many endangered animals in countries abroad.
Volunteer in Panama as a teen Volunteering Abroad as a Teen Makes a Difference by Kirsten Tobey
The impact on a teen who volunteered in Latin America on an immersion program.
Gap Year Program Backpacking Before College Program by Margaret Ulrich
An exciting gap program backpacking in South America before college.
Rotary club youth exchange How an American Teen Became a Student and a French Citizen an Interview by Stacey Ebert
An interview of an American student who came to France as a teen, became a student, developed language skills, then became a French citizen.
Take Time Off: A Gap Year Abroad After High School Offers an Unforgettable Education
The Impact of Volunteering in San Pedro, Paraguay
Gap Year Essentials: A Student Perspective
Study Abroad at High Schools Worldwide
A High School Summer in Egypt Studying Arabic
Teen Travel in Northern Thailand
Diversity in Study Abroad
Teen summer ARCC programs
Broadreach Adventures for Teens
Teen summer camps with GLA
Globalworks teen travel with purpose
Visions Service Adventures
Teen volunteering abroad with GO ECO
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