Summer Abroad Options
Traveling abroad in the summer for 4 to 8 weeks is perfect for those interesting in traveling without the family. It’s also a great option if you don’t want to disrupt your regular high school career and want to build an attractive resume for college. And since it’s cheaper than yearlong exchange programs you’ll have a much easier time convincing your parents to let you go. Below are just a few of hundreds of summer abroad programs out there.
1) AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS also offers a variety of summer abroad programs. These programs stress language acquisition, community service, and complete cultural immersion. Although you will get high school credit, these programs are not much cheaper than year long exchanges at 8,000$ for 1 month in Egypt.
2) Pueblo Ingles – Free Summer Camp In Spain
This is an amazing opportunity to spend the summer at a 4 star resort in either Salamanca or Jaen, Spain. So what’s the catch? Simply hang out with and teach English to Spanish students. To apply, you need be between 13 and 17 years old and a native English speaker. For more info check out, Diverbo.
3) Global Leadership Adventures
Global Leadership Adventures is kind of like the Peace Corps for teens. If you’re interested in humanitarian issues and want to volunteer for a summer this is your organization. They specialize in topics such as environmental issues, poverty reduction, and public health in 11 countries. For more info, see Experience GLA.
4) Go WWOOF-ing!
World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms is a database where organic farmers from 53 countries and willing farmhands can connect. You volunteer, learn to become a farmer, and in return you’re generally provided with room and board. Although some countries require that you be 18 to take part, there are plenty of others who don’t. Check out WWOOF.net.
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Jessica Festa says
I love this post. So funny because Chris always told me you guys were friends in high school but you were never there for long because you were always running away ;) Looks like travel was meant to be for you!
The Runaway Guide says
Thanks!!! Haha, yup, it’s true :) Hope this guide helps some kids like me. That summer camp in Spain looks amazing! I wish I could still do that.
Hey man! Great post! I’m doing something similar myself at the moment, travelling in high school, except I go to an online school! It’s great, you wake up at 10, get on to your computer, sit in class for 3 hours (ish) and then homework, and then you’re as free as an albatross on a summer breeze. It’s a bit restrictive on when you can travel, normally I only move somewhere on a short holiday, but it’s entirely doable to hop on a plane on Friday, get across the planet by Sunday and not miss any school. I’ve done it. It’s a really really good system when you want to travel, although you do miss out on some things, as you said.
Anyway keep up the good work man!
The Runaway Guide says
Hey Joe, that’s awesome! I hadn’t thought about an online high school. Glad that’s working out for you!