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Abbey Road

Abbey Road offers study abroad and pre college programs for high school students. We specialize in language and cultural immersion in Europe, Canada, and Boston. Our programs provide personal growth and academic enrichment in art, history, film, fashion, photography, SAT prep, international relations, community service across 8 countries in Europe and North America.

 

Academic Programs International (API)

Academic Programs International (API) has operated high-quality study abroad experiences since 1997. Specializing in programs for high school students and recent graduates, API offers summer, semester, short-term, and academic year programs in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Students may participate in an international internship or may pursue one of API's community service and language and cultural immersion programs. Additionally, API provides extensive pre-departure preparation and strong support services on-site to facilitate academic, cultural, and language learning.

Contact: api@apiabroad.com

 

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.

 
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Broadreach

Over the past 25 years, Broadreach has expanded the horizons of over 17,000 middle school, high school and college students. On 70+ educational adventures in 40+ countries, our students have pursued their interests, unlocking the world, understanding its people and finding themselves along the way. They’ve earned 10,000+ college credits in subjects ranging from marine biology and medicine to Spanish and photography, and more than 33,000+ certifications through hands-on education. They’ve logged over 134,000 community service hours while making the world a better place, and traveled countless miles across oceans, off beaten paths and into ancient cultures. They came alone, but left with 10-12 incredible friends and the knowledge that life’s possibilities are limitless.

 

Camp Nashoba North

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Beautiful Sebago Lake region, just 2 hours north of Boston. Nashoba offers something for everyone. 2 week Community Service program for 16 & 17 year olds.  Traditional, co-educational programs for 190 campers ages 7 to 17.  Spectacular lake for all Water Sports. Energetic staff in a supportive atmosphere.  Beautiful modern facilities.  Experience tennis, soccer, theatre, dance, archery, art, pottery, photography, woodworking, basketball, baseball, rock-climbing, hiking trips and more! Extensive horseback riding & golf.   Wonderful food. A.C.A. accredited.  Family owned & operated.  3 to 1 ratio.

 

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.

 

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.

Contact: experiment@experiment.org

 

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 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.

 

Global Works

For 28 years, Global Works programs have empowered middle and high school students to be global citizens and to make a positive impact through their travels. Much more than a vacation, Global Works believes in authentic travel and service learning. Our international programs foment opportunities for fun and engaging leadership development and personal growth. Groups collaborate on meaningful and sustainable service projects with our partner communities around the world. Choose from programs that focus on Spanish, French, pre-med & public health, sustainable business, education & the environment, marine biology, and adventure! Our destinations include Costa Rica, Cuba, Fiji Islands, France, Galapagos, Guatemala, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain! 

 
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Israel Scouts Chetz V’Keshet

Chetz V'Keshet has been bringing teenagers who finished 9th -12th grade from all over the world to Israel for a 4-week summer program. Our teens experience Israel's culture, heritage, language, and society as they tour the beautiful country. 

We hike, bike, swim and travel all across Israel while learning about its people and rich history. Each participant engages in several volunteer activities and completes 65+ hours of community service during the program. During Gadna week our participants will get to experience hands-on army training and educational activities with Israel Defense Forces (IDF) commanders.

 What makes Chetz V'Keshet truly unique is our Israeli participants--25% of our participants are Israelis who are members of the Israeli Tzofim youth movement and are chosen based on their personality and ability to communicate in both English and Hebrew. Our counselors are all Israeli's who are fluent in English, have completed their army services and mastered our intensive training course. 

 

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.

Contact: info.students@nytimes.com

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 
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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.

Contact: info@sailcaribbean.com

 

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.

 
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St. Albans School of Public Service

The School of Public Service is a unique program that brings 40-45 rising high school seniors from all over the United States and the world to the heart of Washington, D.C., where they undertake an in-depth exploration of government, politics, and public service. If you are accepted to SPS, you'll use the case study method (the teaching method used in graduate programs in law, business, and public policy) to dissect public policy issues ranging from the debate over the use of enhanced interrogation methods and drones in the war on terror, to the ethics of undercover journalism, to the efforts here and abroad to achieve equity in education.

You'll take part in sophisticated simulations. Picture yourself as a member of a political action committee–you'll draft proposed legislation on your pet issue, seek Congressional sponsors for your bill, and present and defend your bill in a press conference...but will the full Congress pass it? Or step into the courtroom, as you and your classmates act as lawyers in a mock Supreme Court argument of a case from the "real" Supreme Court's docket–what's the proper scope of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms?  What are the limits of First Amendment Free Speech rights for high school students? Your own classmates will serve as the Justices and rule on your arguments.

The learning continues outside the classroom as well.  A typical week might include a visit to the United States Supreme Court for a meeting with a Supreme Court Justice; a question-and-answer session at the Capitol with a sitting Member of Congress; an exclusive tour of the Library of Congress; a trip to the U.S. Naval Academy for a tour and a classroom case study with a Naval Academy Professor; and an afternoon at a community health clinic in Washington D.C. talking to doctors and staff about their service in the field of public health.

 
 

Travel for Teens

Features choice in what you do, see, and experience. More than 50 programs covering more than 35 countries on 4 continents. In Europe, Southern Africa, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, and the US, visit mainstream attractions while offering the opportunity to explore the culture from a less "touristy" perspective. interact with our host cultures, taking cooking and dance lessons, performing valuable service work to help local communities, and conversing with the people who live in the places we journey to, and understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.  Travel for Teens believes travel should be more than a tourist's journey.  With an emphasis on doing and feeling, in addition to seeing, our unique programs create global citizens.  Through our service, adventure, language, photography, and cultural immersion trips we take students in grades 7-12 and turn them into travelers, not tourists. 

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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.

 

VISIONS Service Adventures

VISIONS programs are grounded in a philosophy that has been changing the lives of teenagers for 30 years. We believe it is best to do one thing and do it well. That’s why across all programs we have one model, built on the pillars of meaningful service, full cultural immersion and adventurous exploration. 

Our student volunteers work among Blackfeet and Northern Cheyenne people on Montana Indian reservations and with indigenous Athabascans in Alaska, as well as abroad in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Cambodia. Programs are 12 days to four weeks long, and some sites include Spanish or French language immersion.

 

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WESTCOAST CONNECTION  - TRAVEL ● LEARN ● VOLUNTEER

 

Offers teen tours, community service, pre-college enrichment, language programs, global adventures, baseball tours, and fashion experiences. Programs in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador & Galapagos, Europe, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa, Thailand, Vietnam & the USA.  Programs ranging from 10-40 days for ages 13-18 grouped compatibly by age; with separate ON TOUR programs for teens completing 11th & 12th grades offering more independence.

Contact: info@westcoastconnection.com

 

Where There Be DragonS

Contact Us: 303.413.0822

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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.

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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.