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Costa Rica

Discover Costa Rica, one of the most bio-diverse places in the world; ISV volunteer projects demonstrate how people and nature are inextricably linked. One of ISV's Costa Rican Projects was recently awarded "Outstanding Project of the Year" at the World Youth and Student Travel Awards.

ISV Four-Week High School Program: Summer 2015

Volunteer and travel in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Thailand or South Africa for one month!

High school students ages 15-18 can join ISV this summer to volunteer and travel for four weeks in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, South Africa, or Thailand. This is a great opportunity for you to help others while gaining international experience, developing your leadership skills and making new friends.

Volunteering abroad is a meaningful and fun way to spend your summer overseas and is a fantastic way to boost your resume for college applications and scholarship opportunities. Make a positive impact on the planet with a “hands on” conservation or community development volunteer project in our amazing host countries.

ISV is an approved certifying organization for the President's Service Award.

On your ISV project you will volunteer for approximately 80 hours with conservation, children's education or community development initiatives. All ISV volunteers who are U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents are eligible to apply their service hours toward the President's Service Award and receive recognition from President Barack Obama.

High School Program Itinerary

After the completion of your volunteer project, you will also have the opportunity to experience ISV's educational adventure tour and explore the natural wonders of your host country with activities such as:

  • white water rafting,
  • snorkeling and sea kayaking,
  • canyoneering and rappelling,
  • wildlife safaris,horseback,
  • riding and zip-lining,
  • cultural presentations and much more!

Dates & Prices

High School Program Price Information

Pricing does not include airfare. For a complete breakdown of what the ISV High School Program price includes, please visit here: The balance of the program costs is due by 65 days prior to the departure date.

Thailand 4 Week High School Program Price USD 4,495.00

Costa Rica 4 Week High School Program Price USD 4,795.00

Dominican Republic 4 Week High School Program Price USD 4,195.00

South Africa 4 Week High School Program Price USD 4,595.00

Dates - Thailand

  • Thursday, June 04, 2015
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015
  • Thursday, July 02, 2015
  • Thursday, July 16, 2015

Dates - South Africa

  • Friday, June 05, 2015
  • Friday, June 19, 2015
  • Friday, July 03, 2015
  • Friday, July 17, 2015

Dates - Costa Rica

  • Friday, June 12, 2015
  • Friday, June 26, 2015
  • Friday, July 10, 2015
  • Friday, July 24, 2015

Fundraising on Volunteer Forever

ISV proudly partners with Volunteer Forever to offer our volunteers an easy-to-use and well proven online fundraising solution.  Within minutes, you can create a customized page highlighting your project and fundraising needs and begin receiving online fundraising payments towards your trip. Fundraising with Volunteer Forever allows you to tap into the power of social media and your extended networks to maximize your reach to potential supporters. The process is quick and simple, and even allows for supporters to share your campaign within their own networks!

ISV Fundraising Success Stories
Volunteer Forever has helped volunteers raise over $1,000,000 for their volunteer trips abroad!  Many ISV volunteers are already successfully fundraising on Volunteer Forever!  Check out  Volunteer Forever’s interview with ISV volunteer Sam, who has raised over $2,500 for his trip to South Africa and shares his fundraising tips and advice. 
See who else from ISV is fundraising on Volunteer Forever here.
How-To Guide for Fundraising to Volunteer Abroad
You can download the “How-To” guide for detailed strategies and tips on how to maximize your fundraising efforts for your Volunteer Forever campaign.
About Volunteer Forever
Volunteer Forever was built by former international volunteers, passionate about reducing the obstacles around volunteering abroad. They understand that cost can be a major hurdle in getting you to your destination and make it their mission to lessen the burden of travel costs, with the goal of enabling more people to volunteer abroad.

Safety & Supervision

  • A professionally trained and first-aid certified ISV Leader will lead the High School group and provide 24/7 supervision.
  • ISV has an office in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, South Africa, and Thailand with year-round staff who oversee the program in country. Our U.S. and international offices are in constant communication during the program.
  • A 24/7 emergency phone number is provided.

How do I Join ISV's Four-Week High School Program?

  1. Apply online by selecting "I am a High School Student," and then completing and submitting the application.
  2. Once you receive your acceptance email, submit the agreement and deposit to ISV.

Get your bags packed, because you are heading OVERSEAS to join other ISV volunteers to Impact Your World!




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