Global Leadership Adventures

Teen service-learning trips in inspiring communities across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Each GLA program is designed around its destination, showcasing the region’s unique culture and opportunity for adventure.  Students are immersed in local life, engage in meaningful community service, and gain new perspectives through hands-on learning. Our goal is to provide life-changing journeys that cultivate a global perspective, inspiring our students to become leaders who seek positive change in their own communities.


Global Works

For more than 25 years, Global Works has been an industry leader in community service and adventure travel programs for high school students and custom group trips. Much more than a vacation, Global Works international trips are the bridge for meaningful cultural exchange with people around the world. In all of our locations, we partner with communities and organizations to select and implement grassroots service projects that make an impact. Choose from international travel programs that focus on Spanish, French, surfing, soccer, pre-med & public health, sustainable business, marine biology, or adventure! Our destinations include Costa Rica, Cuba, Fiji Islands, France, Galapagos, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain! 


Cross-Cultural Solutions

Offers international volunteer programs for high school students in 5 exciting countries. International volunteers can choose to participate from 1-5 weeks to contribute to community organizations through meaningful, immersive volunteer service. All high school volunteers can elect to participate in an exciting Adventure Week during one week of their program to visit iconic sites and engage in unique cultural experiences while traveling throughout the country.


Rein Community  Service

Offers 2–4 week volunteer programs in exciting locations such as Project Hawaii on the Big Island of Hawaii, Project California at the University of California in Santa Barbara, Project Costa Rica, Project Ecuador, The Amazon & the Galapagos Islands, Project Thailand, Australia/New Zealand and Tour & Service (a hybrid teen tour & community service program). Choose from a variety of service projects including volunteering with children, helping animals, protecting the environment, and volunteering at special community improvement projects. Enjoy a variety of activities on each program, including surfing lessons, digital photography, cooking, tennis, Spanish language, golf, art, and soccer. Each program also includes exciting travel opportunities with unique activities and adventures. 


Academic Programs International (API)

Provides comprehensive study, intern, and community service programs abroad in Europe, Latin America, and Southeast Asia for high school and gap year students. API programs offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit abroad, while participating in cultural, social, and recreational activities organized by API Resident Directors.  Program Locations: Argentina, Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and Spain.



Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel

Offers teen tours, community service, pre-college enrichment, language programs, global adventures, baseball tours, fashion, STEM, and food & cooking experiences. Programs in the USA including Hawaii & Alaska, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador & the Galapagos, Europe including Iceland, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam. Programs ranging from 8-40 days for ages 13-18 grouped compatibly by age; with separate ON TOUR programs for teens completing 11th & 12th grades offering more independence.



Earthwatch Institute

For 45 years, Earthwatch has been teaming citizens with renowned conservation scientists on field research expeditions to study and protect some of the world’s rarest wildlife and most fragile ecosystems.  Our unique model enables teens to travel the world while contributing directly to our planet’s biggest environmental challenges.  Earthwatch provides an excellent opportunity for teens to volunteer with other young people who share their energy and passion for the environment.  Expeditions range from tracking endangered sea turtles in the Bahamas to researching climate change in the tundra.





ActionQuest and Go Beyond

Established in 1986, ActionQuest provides high quality, expedition-based summer programs for young adults ages 13 through 18. ActionQuest voyages focus on sailing, scuba diving, cultural immersion, marine biology and global exploration – all in a live-aboard environment unlike any other. Through hands-on experiential learning and exceptional global expeditions, ActionQuest challenges young adults with high action, life-changing adventures that promote personal growth, teamwork and leadership.  GoBeyond, ActionQuest's sister program, offers service-learning travel programs to teens ages 14-19, combining community service projects with cultural immersion and outdoor adventure activities. Participants work in collaboration with established local, national, and international service organizations, with programs offered in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Galapagos & Ecuador, Peru, China, Thailand and India.


Brandeis Precollege Programs

In the spirit of Brandeis University's tradition of excellence, Brandeis Precollege Programs offers outstanding residential experiences for exceptional high school students (9th-11th grades) from around the world. We provide students, with the opportunity to explore academic and artistic pursuits in connection with a diverse body of individuals who share their commitment to building a global community.

App Design Boot Camp - Design, code and launch a mobile app.

BIMA - The world's premiere Jewish arts intensive for high school students. 

Genesis - College level coursework and community building through a uniquely Jewish lens. 

Young Leaders Conference on Israel Studies - An intensive six-day academic conference exploring the modern State of Israel. 

Service Corps - A hands-on volunteer experience offers a deeper understanding of the social challenges facing Greater Boston and the world. 


Putney Student Travel

For over 65 years, Putney Student Travel has offered high school and middle school students the opportunity and insight to shape their world through travel, unique cultural engagement, friendship, and fun. Our summer programs range from two to five weeks in length and include pre-college enrichment, community service, language immersion, adventure travel, and cultural immersion. We are particularly excited this year about returning programs in Cuba, Thailand, and Shanghai, as well as new high school additions such as Skiing in Patagonia, Language Learning in Colombia, Diving in Belize, Community Service in Nepal and middle school programs in Costa Rica, France, Holland and Spain.


National Geographic Student Expeditions

Offers high school and middle school students the opportunity to embark on small group summer programs over the world - focusing on Photography, Wildlife & Conservation, Archaeology & Ancient Culture, Film making, Creative Writing, Community Service, and Climate & Geology. 


New York Times Student Journeys

Offers opportunities for high school students to travel to fascinating places and explore themes associated with Times coverage of local issues—from social justice in the south, to the effects of climate change on a remote atoll in Fiji, to food security in Italy. Students benefit from the organization’s special understanding and insider’s view as they uncover and bring back stories from the field.



Rassias Language Program

Quality language immersion since 1986.  For high school students: month long programs of French and Spanish language immersion, home stays, and travel plus community service work in France, Spain and Perú – all in the Rassias way.  Also, Custom programs of any duration in France, Spain, and Perú, including language immersion, community service and travel.

Accelerate your second language learning, delve into their cultures, laugh and learn, all in the famed Rassias Method®, developed by Dartmouth professor, John Rassias. Not your average classroom; not your average summer - skilled staff, families selected by local friends, proven teaching method, great travel adventures & community service options, and lots of fun too... how can that be?  We are known for our dynamic, fun and effective language instruction – we “Speak the language to learn it”!




Rustic Pathways 

The leader in providing superior quality international community service, education, and adventure programs for students. We offer one to three-week spring break and summer experiences, Gap Year programs, and custom group trips. Operating in 18 different countries, our programs cover a range of student interests and activities.  With over 30 years of experience in the field, Rustic Pathways has emerged as the world leader in student travel. What started as one man leading students across the Australian Outback has grown to over 96 programs across 19 countries. Throughout the whole journey, our mission has remained the same: to enrich the lives of our students and staff, benefit the parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation. Every summer, thousands of high school students from around the world travel with Rustic Pathways on life changing programs. These students participate in a variety of programs that emphasize community service, education, and adventure. From building a school in an indigenous village in Fiji, to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to working in an orphanage in Thailand, Rustic Pathways provides empowering experiences for every student. We believe cultural and international exposure are a critical component of any global education, and we pride ourselves in designing unforgettable programs that are safe, inspiring, and affordable.





SMA Teen Summer Camp

A co-ed overnight teen and "tween" summer camp for 60 teenagers ages 12-16 located in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania.  We offer exciting and engaging activities and events everyday including: 

  • Water Sports

  • Adventure Activities

  • Traditional Sports

  • Community Service

  • Creative Arts

Our teen “tween” campers learn new skills, gain self confidence, make strong friendships and become members of our strong, value centered summer community.  Things that make SMA Teen Camp unique are:

  • Young Teen Focused Activities

  • Choose Your Own Activities Everyday

  • Adventures and Camping Overnights Out of Camp

  • Campers increase self confidence and independence

As with many aspects of teenagers lives our camp is also a very social place and we work hard to model and encourage positive relationships, create community in an authentic way, stop cliques from developing, and take away many of the traditional pressures that teens feel in school.   The result is that campers feel a new found freedom to explore who they truly are while at the same time feeling like they have a new “home away from home” at Stone Mountain Adventures.


Tel Aviv University International

Offers exciting gap year programs, high school summer camps, internships, and research opportunities all in English! Explore the country with our social activities and trips while integrating yourself into Israeli society. Tel Aviv is an incredibly vibrant and exciting city that has so much to offer! Whether you are interested in fashion, music, art, or technology, you will feel yourself immersed into the Tel Aviv culture.  With its sunny Mediterranean beaches and vibrant social scene, Tel Aviv provides the ideal setting for an unforgettable abroad experience.


Where There Be Dragon

We are dedicated to cross-cultural education because we believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders when considering the implications of resource scarcity on a global community. Our courses are designed to help young adults develop the self-awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in this conversation.

A Dragons group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors which allows us to manage responsive course itineraries. Our field staff is composed of mature adults who have years of personal and professional experience, and the skills needed to teach, guide, and empower students in profound ways. With an average of 4+ years of in-country experience, Dragons Instructors are prepared to communicate in local dialects and offer expert mentorship throughout the student experience. 

Dragons is an experiential education company. We seek out new learning opportunities within the fabric of everyday life.. By closely observing and engaging with local communities, we begin to ask questions about new cultural traditions, governance systems, religious beliefs, and human rights. 


Smithsonian Student Adventures (SSA)

Our mission is to inspire students to become global citizens by taking an active interest in the world around them. We achieve this by providing international travel programs in the areas of cultural immersion, wildlife conservation, and leadership development.   SSA offers a curious and compassionate approach to travel. Unlike a typical tour, our programs are designed for a select group of travelers who seek an authentic international experience that offers the opportunity to affect positive change at home and abroad.


Global Routes

We offer our students an unparalleled opportunity to immerse themselves into a small rural community, develop long-lasting cross-cultural relationships, and make positive contributions that will last a lifetime. Our high school, gap year, and college programs provide students with the chance to travel and share an experience with a group of peers while engaging with a local host community through homestays and volunteer work.  Through immersion in the community, Global Routes offers the deepest language and cultural immersion opportunities in the field.

Students work side by side with locals on projects selected by the community, such as constructing a school, health clinic, or community center. Our gap and college students can also integrate into local schools to teach or tutor English, math, science, art, life skills, or any other subject where a bit of extra help is needed.


City Year

Founded in 1988 on the belief that young people can change the world. City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service aimed at keeping students in school and on track to graduation. At City Year’s 28 urban locations across the U.S. and two international affiliates, teams of trained young people called AmeriCorps members serve full-time in schools during the academic year as tutors, mentors and role models. By focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of not graduating on time, AmeriCorps members are positioned to help students and schools succeed.


URJ Mitzvah Corps

Connects Jewish teens with social justice travel experiences throughout the world. We believe that teens are yearning for opportunities to make a lasting impact on the world around them, to push the boundaries of what is and explore what could be, and to find chances that set them apart from the vast pack of college applicants. With Mitzvah Corps, teens are immersed within college campuses and global communities, creating sustainable change through volunteer and advocacy efforts with local organizations. Mitzvah Corps offers a diverse set of programs that vary in content, length and group size. This summer, change the way you see the world. Do it with Mitzvah Corps.  




United Planet

A Boston based non-profit with a mission to build community across borders. For 15 years, we have offered short-term international service-learning experiences in 10 countries throughout the world.  When you journey on a United Planet Quest, you will have an impact, both on the community you serve and on yourself.  You will feel connected to a new culture. You will learn, and you will teach. You will discover, understand, grow.  You will come home a different person than when you left.

If you are a parent or family member of a Teen Volunteer Abroad Quest, check our Information for Parents page, where you will find answers to many of your questions about international volunteering.


Sail Caribbean

Students from 6th thru 12th grade learn sailing, racing and seamanship while living coed with their own age group aboard 50-foot yachts and cruising the British Virgin and Leeward Islands. No prior experience is required. Our focus is on experiential learning, leadership training and personal growth. Scuba certifications, snorkeling, tubing, wakeboarding, kayaking, and island exploration. Marine biology and community service are built into every program. Students earn up to 30 service hours with projects including mentoring local youth and environmental conservation. High school academic credit available.





The Experiment in International Living

Since 1932, has provided 3, 4, and 5-week summer abroad programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country. Students are challenged to explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.  Programs are designed to equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Each year, hundreds of Experimenters come away from their summer abroad with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge to thrive-and lead-in diverse, intercultural environments.