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Volunteer Overseas

What are Middle School Specials?

A group of volunteers on their placement

Our Middle School Specials are organised group trips for students between the ages of 12 and 15. Each programme takes place over two weeks on specific dates throughout the year.

These projects are similar to our popular High School Specials for students ages 15 to 18. However, Middle School Specials are a little different. We focus on learning through experience, getting a new perspective of the world, and talking about why volunteering and helping others is important. Cultural exchange is valuable at any age, and middle school is the perfect time to learn about people in other countries.

Our local staff and youth camp experts run all the activities we organise on a Middle School Special. They make sure that everything runs smoothly so students focus on the most important part of the trip – exploring and learning with new friends. Itineraries also include socials, cultural workshops, and a weekend trip.

Our programme fee includes:

  • Three meals a day
  • Safe, clean, and comfortable accommodation
  • Transportation in country
  • All activities, social events, and a weekend trip
  • 24/7 support from our staff
  • Travel and medical insurance

Support and Safety on Middle School Specials

Travelling abroad at a young age is a daunting experience. To make the experience as comfortable and smooth as possible, we provide constant support and supervision. From the start, we will be there to answer questions, give advice, and assist with booking flights - we encourage you to utilise the services of our in-house travel team, to ensure all participants are on the same flight. 

Before the journey begins, students and parents or teachers can attend an optional orientation day in the UK. However, we highly recommend attending, as the goal of the orientation programme is to answer any remaining questions, talk about what to expect on arrival in destination, and do team-building exercises for students to get to know each other.

When orientation ends, our staff travel with participants, providing guidance with the arrival process, and making sure that everyone arrives safely and settles in. On arrival, we give a detailed introduction to the country and the programme and explain the activities we will do.

Our staff in-destination are available 24/7 to help with any problems. Read more about our Safety and Backup procedures.

Accommodation for Middle School Specials

Most of our programmes accommodate students with a local host family. This is a great way to get know a country and its people, and learn about the culture and traditions first-hand. We choose our host families carefully and monitor them for security, comfort, and friendliness. Students staying with a host family will always share a room with another student of the same age and sex.

If students are not staying with a host family, they will stay at Projects Abroad accommodation, like a dormitory. This accommodation is safe and clean and students will always share a room with a student of the same age and sex.

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