High school students volunteering abroad on Projects Abroad’s programmes for 15 year olds.

Possibilités de bénévolat à l’étranger pour les lycéens: à quoi ressemble vraiment le voyage?

Par Vicci Parry | 16 janvier 2019

Êtes-vous prêt à sortir de votre zone de confort, à repousser vos limites et à faire quelque chose d'extraordinaire pendant vos vacances d'été? Alors nos Chantiers Jeunes sont pour vous!

Qu’est-ce qu’un Chantier Jeunes ?

Les Chantiers Jeunes sont des missions de volontariat à l'étranger organisées spécialement pour les groupes de 15 à 18 ans. Ils s’intègrent parfaitement dans vos vacances, ce qui facilite le volontariat ou le stage à l’étranger durant l’année scolaire.

Lors de votre mission, vous obtiendrez la juste quantité d’indépendance, tout en restant sous la supervision de notre incroyablement dévouée équipe sur place.

Sur un projet de volontariat à l’étranger pour les 15, 16, 17 et 18 ans, vous travaillerez et participez à des activités de groupe. Ensemble, vous définissez et atteignez des objectifs qui soutiennent le développement de la communauté. Ce faisant, vous construirez des amitiés incroyables avec des personnes venant du monde entier.

Mais à quoi ressemblent réellement les Chantiers Jeunes ? Par où commencer ?  Découvrez dans cet article comment bien vous préparer à un départ en Chantiers Jeunes. De cette façon, vous saurez exactement à quoi vous attendre et pourrez décider si ces projets pourraient vous convenir vous.

Prendre la décision de faire du volontariat à l'étranger à 15, 16, 17 ou 18 ans

Prendre la décision de sortir de votre zone de confort et de participer à un programme  de bénévolat durant l’été pour la première fois, peut faire peur. C’est pourquoi notre équipe sur place fournit un soutien sans pareil tout au long de cette aventure extraordinaire. 

Lorsque vous décidez de vous inscrire ou non à un Chantier Jeunes, posez-vous les questions suivantes:

  • Ai-je entre 15 et 18 ans?
  • Est-ce que je veux travailler avec un groupe de volontaires de mon âge pendant les vacances scolaires?
  • Est-ce que moi (ou mes parents) préférerais que je bénéficie d’un soutien et une supervision supplémentaires pendant le projet?
  • Est-ce la première fois que je voyage à l'étranger seul ou suis-je nerveux à l'idée de voyager seul?
  • Est-ce que je préférerais un programme fixe planifié pour moi afin de ne pas avoir à m'inquiéter de l'organisation de mes propres activités?

Si vous avez répondu oui, les missions en Chantiers Jeunes sont parfaites pour vous. Mais c’est une bonne idée de contacter nos Projects Expert pour obtenir des informations supplémentaires. Comme leur nom l'indique, ils sont les experts de nos différents projets. Ainsi, ils pourront vous aider à choisir la mission qui correspond le mieux à vos besoins et à vos intérêts.

“J'ai choisi de m'inscrire à un Chantier Jeunes parce que c'est un moyen de voyager sûr et rassurant (ce qui a décidé mes parents à me laisser partir). Je voulais aussi rejoindre un groupe pour pouvoir rencontrer d'autres adolescents venant du monde entier partageant les mêmes intérêts que moi. ” - Oda W, a participé à notre Chantier humanitaire & communautaire au Ghana et à celui en Santé publique au Cambodge
A high school student looking for opportunities for volunteering abroad for 16 year olds.

Préparer le départ pour votre mission de volontariat à l'étranger

Une fois que vous aurez pris la décision courageuse de partir à l’étranger afin d’aider les communautés locales, votre conseiller personnel communiquera avec vous. C’est la personne qui saura répondre à toutes vos questions. Elle vous accompagnera dans la préparation pour votre départ. Elle vous expliquera tout ce que vous devez savoir sur : le pays et la culture, l’aspect du projet, les exigences en matière de visa, jusqu’aux détails, comme quelles chaussures à emporter.

“En tant que principal intermédiaire avec le volontaire avant son départ, je le prépare du mieux possible en lui fournissant toutes les informations utiles et en faisant un effort supplémentaire pour ceux qui sont très nerveux ou inquiets de leur premier grand voyage à l'étranger.
C’est toujours un plaisir d’échanger avec les futurs bénévoles, que ce soit par téléphone, email ou skype. Les aider à la préparation de leur mission m’enthousiasme car cela signifie faire partie d'une communauté qui vise à faire une différence. " - Claudia Arendse, conseillère personnelle pour le Belize, le Népal, le Pérou et la Thaïlande

Visa et équipe de voyage

Our in-house visa team has all the latest visa information. They can give you extra visa advice if you need it. And we even have a flights team, who can arrange convenient and affordable routes. All of this preparation takes the hassle out of travelling and helps ease the nerves of first-time travellers.

A Projects Abroad staff member helps with pre-departure preparation for volunteering abroad for 17 year olds.

Arriving in destination for your summer abroad

With bags stuffed full of bug spray, it’s time to head to the airport. You might even get to meet a fellow volunteer there. We try to make sure you fly with other volunteers, if possible. Navigating through security checks and finding gates is so much easier when you’ve got someone by your side figuring things out with you.


After your flight, our hassle-free approach means you’ll arrive without the stress of arranging transport for yourself or finding your way around. Who wants to land in a foreign country after a 12-hour flight and have to negotiate with taxi drivers on the best price? We’ve got your transport from the airport covered so you don’t have to.


Our staff will meet you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. They’ll help you settle in and give you a thorough introduction to your host family, hostel, or hotel, your team, and your project work.


Many of our High School Special volunteers are shy at first. It’s completely natural to be nervous! But you’ll quickly find your feet, with the help of our staff, your host family, and the group of students sharing this experience with you.


“Something that really stayed with me during my experiences with Projects Abroad has been how understanding the staff is. They all understand how scary it is to travel on your own, and they help to the best of their abilities to make each volunteer comfortable.” - Naomi R, Childcare & Spanish in Argentina and Childcare & Community Village in Fiji
Projects Abroad staff meet volunteers at the airport before their summer volunteer programme for high school students abroad.

Working on a summer volunteer programme for high school students abroad

After a detailed orientation at your placement, you’ll be ready to begin your work. The kinds of work you’ll do will depend on the project you choose. For example:


  • Work with children at daycare centres and help with classroom renovations on a Childcare and Community Work Project
  • Shadow doctors, attend medical workshops, and help at healthcare outreaches in remote communities on a medical project
  • Conduct biodiversity studies and help with reforestation and clean-ups on a Conservation Project
  • Raise awareness of human rights issues and attend law workshops on a Human Rights Project


Throughout your work, you’ll always be accompanied by your supervisor, who will be there to support you 24/7.


“For me it was an amazing experience watching how the volunteers got from the point where they first met each other, learning things about the others and also about themselves, growing up to the point where they became an effective and good team.” - Andra Tanasescu, High School Special Supervisor in Romania


Community days


You’ll also have organised community days, usually once a month, where volunteers from all projects come together to achieve a single goal in one day. Armed with a paintbrush, you might add a fresh coat of bright paint to playground equipment. Or put your culinary skills to the test (don’t worry, chopping carrots still counts as cooking!) by making meals for homeless people. This is a great way to get to know the teens on other projects and chat about their experiences.


Social activities


On our High School Specials, you’ll have plenty of pre-arranged social activities. This gives you the chance to connect with your group in a more relaxing setting. Some examples are seeing historical sights, visiting museums, weekend trips to the beach, local cooking lessons, or quiz nights. You might even end up ticking some real must sees off your bucket list!

Students during an English lesson on one of our volunteer opportunities abroad for high school students.

Departure from your volunteer abroad programme for high school students

Once the project work comes to an end and all the goals you’ve set out have been met, it’s time to say goodbye. Although this marks the end of the trip, this is really the beginning of a whole new way of looking at the world.


After a few weeks contributing to community development and conservation abroad, you’ll have a deepened understanding of different people and cultures. You’ll have made connections with people around the world and will feel yourself powerfully transformed by travel.


Connecting with people


For our volunteers, meeting new people is one of the most rewarding aspects of these projects. You’ll connect with our local staff, your host family, people in communities where you work, and of course, the other volunteers in your group. Bonding over a shared love of helping others, making a difference, and stepping out of your comfort zone means you’ll establish deep, lasting friendships.


“The memories and friends I made are ones that will last a lifetime. I think one of the best parts of the programme that most volunteers would agree with is that the people you meet with and the Projects Abroad family truly feel like a family.” - Sarah P, Public Health in the Philippines


Learning about different cultures


Our High School Special Projects are also the perfect opportunity for cultural exchange. You’ll work closely with local people in developing countries, learning from them and discovering a different way of life. In the process, you’ll connect with a group of like-minded volunteers from countries spanning across the globe.


“The most significant effect of taking part in this programme was that it opened my eyes to the world we live in. I felt like before the trip, I was in my little “bubble” in Canada and when I came home, I realised how different every country is. This affected me and I became much more considerate, generous, and appreciative.” - Jordan B, Medicine in Nepal


Personal growth


When volunteers leave their project, they often remark that they feel like a new person. You’ll find that you go home with a renewed sense of responsibility. You’ll grow in kindness and compassion, and will likely want to keep making a difference or travelling the world, even after you’ve arrived back home.

A group of 16 year olds at the airport preparing to head home after volunteering abroad.

Volunteering abroad as a high school student is only the beginning

Once you’re safely back home, scrolling through photos and daydreaming about the life-changing experience you had abroad, what’s next? Finishing this volunteer opportunity abroad for high school students definitely doesn’t have to mean the end of your adventures.


We’re always ready to help you find your next adventure, tailor-made to every stage of life. We’ll continue to guide you through trips, as a high school student, a university student, a career breaker, and beyond.


So now that you know what it’s all about, why not start looking at the different options for your next trip with us? Take the leap, do something out of the ordinary, and discover what you’re truly capable of.

A group of 16 year olds at the airport preparing to head home after volunteering abroad.

Want to learn more about our High School Specials?

Get in touch with one of our Project Experts for more info:

+33 1 70 97 94 43

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