Outstanding Summer Programs for Teens Since 1982

Volunteer Partners and Projects

We work with longstanding non-profit organizations to develop meaningful service projects on five continents. Together with the local communities, you'll participate in projects that have a positive and lasting impact.

Age compatible groups are available for students completing grades 8-12.

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Founded in 1982, Westcoast Connection has inspired over 33,000 teens through life-changing summer experiences that enhance their awareness of the world around them while increasing their understanding of themselves along the way. Westcoast Connection offers over 70 travel, learn and volunteer summer programs for high school students of all ages in 22 countries around the globe. 

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Amazon Community Project

In this indigenous community, work alongside the locals to improve their school through minor renovations & beautification of the building.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

Boys & Girls Club

Interact with local children as you organize and lead recreational activities for them.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

California Community Service

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA

Pre-College Enrichment Montreal - on the campus of McGill

Educative Liceo Naval Galapagos

Bring cheer to the children of this local island school while helping with beautification projects and organizing games and activities with the students.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

ICA School Project

Make friends with Peruvian students of the same age while interacting and playing games with a focus on the English language.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

Red Hill Community of Simon's Town

Set in an isolated mountainside, help the residents of this community through both beautification projects and positive interactions with local students.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

Ban Huaymaesai Primary School

Contribute to the upkeep of a rural school through beautification projects. Interact with the students by organizing engaging activities that facilitate cultural exchange and new friendships.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

Watpakoitai School Teaching English

Act as volunteer teachers while developing new friendships with Thai students through a fun curriculum focused on the English language.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

Patara Elephant Farm

Visit this rescue reserve that provides a safe home for elephants and spend the day learning about and interacting with them, as you feed, clean and care for them.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

Organic Farming, Hoi An

Act as a farmer for two mornings as you learn about organic farming practices and find out how plots are planted, seeded, tended and watered by hand. Learn how farming works without any use of pesticides or fertilizers, and see how this type of farming directly impacts the local village.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

Ky Quang Pagoda Orphanage, Ho Chi Minh City

Make friends with the children as you play games, sing songs, read books and teach English.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

          Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Work at the HFH ReStore, which sells donated building materials and items to provide additional funding for HFH build projects. Join the HFH team in their goal of building homes, supporting the community, and minimizing the use of natural resources.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

Marti-Codolar Youth Center

Make a difference by facilitating recreational programs, games, computer education and English classes for children in need.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona

Eco Maui

On this environmental community outreach program, learn about Maui’s natural environment and participate in a service learning project which will support an environmental or cultural restoration site.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

Enrich L.A.

With over 116 school gardens built in L.A., help care for a garden and engage with the students who benefit from eating its healthy produce.

Available on:

California Community Service

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA

Life Monteverde Co-Op

Help promote sustainable living on this 42-acre farm by planting trees, taking care of the animals and helping with organic fertilizing.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

Urbanium

Volunteer with this nonprofit that has been working for more than 20 years in Costa Rica. Build a single family home for those in need.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Simon Rodriguez School

With the aim to provide quality education in a positive and well-maintained environment, help with beautification projects to brighten up the school and playground.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

Adobe Brick Building with Cachiccata Community

Learn how to make adobe bricks and how to build an adobe-style structure. The resulting adobe bricks will be used to improve communal buildings and schools.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

Siempre Amigos (Always Friends) Social & Environmental Responsibility Program

Assist Siempre Amigos to support residents in the Flamingo community by restoring a home for a family in need.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

Rebuilding Houston with SBP

Help in the rebuilding efforts in the local community with the goal of getting residents home faster. Rebuilding projects may include: drywalling, mudding, priming, painting or flooring. Participants will also likely get the opportunity to meet the homeowners of the homes they are working on.

Available on:

Hurricane Relief: Rebuilding Houston

Rancho Primicias

As part of an ongoing reforestation project of the natural habitat of giant tortoises, help plant indigenous trees and remove invasive species.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

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We work with longstanding non-profit organizations to develop meaningful service projects on five continents. Together with the local communities, you'll participate in projects that have a positive and lasting impact. 

Age compatible groups are available for students completing grades 8-12.

Volunteer Partners & Projects

About Westcoast Connection

Founded in 1982, Westcoast Connection has inspired over 33,000 teens through life-changing summer experiences that enhance their awareness of the world around them while increasing their understanding of themselves along the way. Westcoast Connection offers over 70 travel, learn and volunteer summer programs for high school students of all ages in 22 countries around the globe.     

Amazon Quechua Community Development

Learn from indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, who still follow traditional ways of life such as subsistence farming. Work alongside community members to help with a project, such as maintaining a nature trail.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

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Ways to Volunteer
Choose from 5 styles of service available on our Community Service summer programs. Click to see service partners, project descriptions and available programs. 
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Youth Leadership

Keeping in mind that children are the future, there are many incredibly rewarding opportunities to care for youth. While visiting schools, orphanages and day camps, we interact with the local kids and put a smile on their faces as we coordinate fun activities and educational lessons. Acting as role models, we can promote positivity and hope, while making new friends.

Infrastructure

From building homes for those in need to fixing the basic infrastructure for those affected by disaster, these projects range from construction sites to beautification efforts. Whether you have a shovel, hammer or paintbrush in hand, you'll get to see the transformation as you improve the surroundings for the local residents.

Wildlife Conservation

For the love of animals, join the effort to help protect and care for endangered or vulnerable species. From visiting a rescue reserve and adopting an elephant for a day, to helping to protect the natural habitat for giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, get up close to these unique creatures while helping their cause.

Environmental Sustainability

Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility, so do your part as you learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable farming and forestry. Help with reforestation efforts by planting indigenous trees and removing invasive species, learning about specific ecosystems and the delicate relationship playing out between human and nature.

Community Welfare

Benefiting the community as a whole, these projects help address issues that affect people from all walks of life in a given community, such as educating homeowners in low-income neighborhoods about fire safety, helping to provide for the homeless or improving communal resources.

American Red Cross

Bring hope to homeless veterans by preparing and packaging personal care items into Totes for Hope and distributing them to a local veterans hospital. Help reduce home fire-related injuries and deaths by educating communities on how to be safe with the Home Fire Campaign. Get PR/First Aid/AED certified with a hands-on course that will prepare you with important lifesaving skills.

Available on:

American Red Cross Community Service

Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

Improve the basic infrastructure and upgrade homes for residents of La Carpio. Interact with the children while helping to coordinate creative activities.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

         Eco Children

Support a local school project, such as a new Eco Village, by building vegetable gardens and improving the school’s environment, making it more conducive to learning.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

Erzwenelisha and Khula Communities of St. Lucia

Immerse yourself in the local Zulu culture while helping orphaned children and families affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

Food Bank of Los Angeles

Help fight hunger in the community by sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA

Hogar de Menores San Judas Chico Orphanage

Home to approximately 50 girls, volunteer on various projects to improve the living conditions at the orphanage. Make bracelets and necklaces with the girls, which are sold to help support the orphanage.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

Hogar de Ninos Especiales Orphanage

Bring cheer to the children of the orphanage and assist with beautification projects and work around the facility.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

Khiem Thinh Nhan Chinh School for the Deaf, Hanoi

Assist with day-to-day life at school and make friends with Vietnamese children who are deaf and may have other limiting physical ailments. Help restore and brighten up their facility to improve their living & learning environment.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

Lahu Tribal Village and Community

Help lift their village out of poverty while volunteering alongside locals on a building project that will benefit the community. Lend a hand in their rice fields, and see just how much work goes into making a bowl of rice.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

Sant'Egidio Community

Give back to the local community’s most impoverished by taking part in various projects such as preparing meals for their soup kitchen, distributing goods in their food bank, and assisting with restoration and beautification initiatives.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona

Pan de Vida Foundation

Join the team to help families that are in desperate need of home improvement due to dire living conditions.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

Ready to Learn - Helping Hands Hawaii

Connect with Hawaiian children as you help to prepare school supply kits needed for their education.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

Community Welfare

Youth Leadership

Environmental Sustainability

Infrastructure

Wildlife Conservation

Ways to Volunteer
Choose from 5 styles of service available on our Community Service summer programs. Click to see service partners, project descriptions and available programs.

Wildlife Conservation

For the love of animals, join the effort to help protect and care for endangered or vulnerable species. From visiting a rescue reserve and adopting an elephant for a day, to helping to protect the natural habitat for giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, get up close to these unique creatures while helping their cause.

Environmental Sustainability

Protecting the environment is everyone's responsibility, so do your part as you learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable farming and forestry. Help with reforestation efforts by planting indigenous trees and removing invasive species, learning about specific ecosystems and the delicate relationship playing out between human and nature.

Community Welfare

Benefiting the community as a whole, these projects help address issues that affect people from all walks of life in a given community, such as educating homeowners in low-income neighborhoods about fire safety, helping to provide for the homeless or improving communal resources.

Infrastructure

From building homes for those in need to fixing the basic infrastructure for those affected by disaster, these projects range from construction sites to beautification efforts. Whether you have a shovel, hammer or paintbrush in hand, you'll get to see the transformation as you improve the surroundings for the local residents.

Youth Leadership

Keeping in mind that children are the future, there are many incredibly rewarding opportunities to care for youth. While visiting schools, orphanages and day camps, we interact with the local kids and put a smile on their faces as we coordinate fun activities and educational lessons. Acting as role models, we can promote positivity and hope, while making new friends.

Community Welfare

Environmental Sustainability

Infrastructure

Wildlife Conservation

Youth Leadership

         Amazon Community Project

In this indigenous community, work alongside the locals to improve their school through minor renovations & beautification of the building.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

         American Red Cross

Bring hope to homeless veterans by preparing and packaging personal care items into Totes for Hope and distributing them to a local veterans hospital. Help reduce home fire-related injuries and deaths by educating communities on how to be safe with the Home Fire Campaign. Get PR/First Aid/AED certified with a hands-on course that will prepare you with important lifesaving skills.

Available on:

American Red Cross Community Service

         Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation

Improve the basic infrastructure and upgrade homes for residents of La Carpio. Interact with the children while helping to coordinate creative activities.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

          Erzwenelisha and Khula                                 Communities of St. Lucia

Immerse yourself in the local Zulu culture while helping orphaned children and families affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

         Food Bank of Los Angeles

Help fight hunger in the community by sorting, inspecting and repackaging donated food items.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA

          Hogar de Menores San Judas Chico               Orphanage

Home to approximately 50 girls, volunteer on various projects to improve the living conditions at the orphanage. Make bracelets and necklaces with the girls, which are sold to help support the orphanage.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

         Hogar de Ninos Especiales Orphanage

Bring cheer to the children of the orphanage and assist with beautification projects and work around the facility.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

          Khiem Thinh Nhan Chinh School for               the Deaf, Hanoi

Assist with day-to-day life at school and make friends with Vietnamese children who are deaf and may have other limiting physical ailments. Help restore and brighten up their facility to improve their living & learning environment.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

         Lahu Tribal Village and Community

Help lift their village out of poverty while volunteering alongside locals on a building project that will benefit the community. Lend a hand in their rice fields, and see just how much work goes into making a bowl of rice.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

         Pan de Vida Foundation

Join the team to help families that are in desperate need of home improvement due to dire living conditions.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

          Ready to Learn - Helping Hands                     Hawaii

Connect with Hawaiian children as you help to prepare school supply kits needed for their education.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

          Sant'Egidio Community

Give back to the local community’s most impoverished by taking part in various projects such as preparing meals for their soup kitchen, distributing goods in their food bank, and assisting with restoration and beautification initiatives.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona

          Ban Huaymaesai Primary School

Contribute to the upkeep of a rural school through beautification projects. Interact with the students by organizing engaging activities that facilitate cultural exchange and new friendships.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

          Boys & Girls Club

Interact with local children as you organize and lead recreational activities for them.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

California Community Service

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA

Pre-College Enrichment Montreal - on the campus of McGill

          Educative Liceo Naval Galapagos

Bring cheer to the children of this local island school while helping with beautification projects and organizing games and activities with the students.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

          ICA School Project

Make friends with Peruvian students of the same age while interacting and playing games with a focus on the English language.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

          Ky Quang Pagoda Orphanage, Ho                 Chi Minh City

Make friends with the children as you play games, sing songs, read books and teach English.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

          Marti-Codolar Youth Center

Make a difference by facilitating recreational programs, games, computer education and English classes for children in need.

Available on:

Pre-College Enrichment Barcelona

          Red Hill Community of Simon's Town

Set in an isolated mountainside, help the residents of this community through both beautification projects and positive interactions with local students.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

          Watpakoitai School Teaching English

Act as volunteer teachers while developing new friendships with Thai students through a fun curriculum focused on the English language.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

          Amazon Quechua Community                         Development

Learn from indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, who still follow traditional ways of life such as subsistence farming. Work alongside community members to help with a project, such as maintaining a nature trail.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

          Eco Maui

On this environmental community outreach program, learn about Maui’s natural environment and participate in a service learning project which will support an environmental or cultural restoration site.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

          Enrich L.A.

With over 116 school gardens built in L.A., help care for a garden and engage with the students who benefit from eating its healthy produce.

Available on:

California Community Service

Pre-College Enrichment California - on the campus of UCLA


          Life Monteverde Co-Op

Help promote sustainable living on this 42-acre farm by planting trees, taking care of the animals and helping with organic fertilizing.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

          Organic Farming, Hoi An

Act as a farmer for two mornings as you learn about organic farming practices and find out how plots are planted, seeded, tended and watered by hand. Learn how farming works without any use of pesticides or fertilizers, and see how this type of farming directly impacts the local village.

Available on:

Vietnam Community Service

          Adobe Brick Building with                               Cachiccata Community

Learn how to make adobe bricks and how to build an adobe-style structure. The resulting adobe bricks will be used to improve communal buildings and schools.

Available on:

Peru Community Service

          Rebuilding Houston with SBP

Help in the rebuilding efforts in the local community with the goal of getting residents home faster. Rebuilding projects may include: drywalling, mudding, priming, painting or flooring. Participants will also likely get the opportunity to meet the homeowners of the homes they are working on.

Available on:

Hurricane Relief: Rebuilding Houston

           Siempre Amigos (Always Friends)                  Social & Environmental                                    Responsibility Program

Assist Siempre Amigos to support residents in the Flamingo community by restoring a home for a family in need.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

Costa Rica Language & Service

          Simon Rodriguez School

With the aim to provide quality education in a positive and well-maintained environment, help with beautification projects to brighten up the school and playground.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

          Urbanium

Volunteer with this nonprofit that has been working for more than 20 years in Costa Rica. Build a single family home for those in need.

Available on:

Costa Rica Community Service

          Patara Elephant Farm

Visit this rescue reserve that provides a safe home for elephants and spend the day learning about and interacting with them, as you feed, clean and care for them.

Available on:

Thailand Community Service

          Rancho Primicias

As part of an ongoing reforestation project of the natural habitat of giant tortoises, help plant indigenous trees and remove invasive species.

Available on:

Ecuador & the Galapagos Community Service

Eco Children

Support a local school project, such as a new Eco Village, by building vegetable gardens and improving the school’s environment, making it more conducive to learning.

Available on:

South Africa Community Service

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Work at the HFH ReStore, which sells donated building materials and items to provide additional funding for HFH build projects. Join the HFH team in their goal of building homes, supporting the community, and minimizing the use of natural resources.

Available on:

Hawaii Community Service

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