About High School Teams
ISL offers opportunities for high school students to travel, learn, and volunteer in a variety of amazing settings. We offer versions of both our Community Enrichment and Well Child International programs to high school students. Teen volunteers are able to engage with another culture in a meaningful way and begin to cultivate a global awareness that will benefit them as they progress from secondary to university education. Involvement in a global service experience not only instills confidence, it can be a powerful determinate in setting educational and career goals.
Who is Right for HS Teams?
ISL’s High School teams are specially designed for high school students, aged 14-19. Since these experiences consist of service and adventure components, participants must be able to withstand long hours out-of-doors in sometimes extreme climates, be willing to engage in manual labor, and be eager to experience awesome outdoor adventures.
What to Expect
Upon arrival in country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first full day will be busy with orientation, a tour of the surrounding area, and becoming familiar with your leaders and teammates. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.
Recreational options vary by location, but you will have the opportunity to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!
Depending on your team’s mission, you may be involved in the following:
Community enrichment projects: Painting, light construction, community or beach cleanup, planting flowers/vegetable gardens, tutoring, facilitating a sports camp or other recreational activity for local children.
Well Child International projects: Performing in-home pediatric health assessments, assisting in providing pediatric care in ISL’s global health field clinic, providing oral health and nutrition education, distributing vitamins and oral health toolkits, facilitating community health fairs to raise awareness of causes and preventions of common childhood illnesses.
What ISL provides
ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, most meals, safe drinking water, professional project guidance, instruction, and supplies, cultural tours, dance class, and basic recreation.
What to bring
Project supplies, children’s books, and donations of vitamins and oral health supplies welcomed. Volunteers will need to bring funds sufficient to cover approximately one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.
Well Child International project participants will also need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, and donations of medications and medical supplies (optional).
Safety and Respect
For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.
ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.
ISL’s enforces a no drug or alcohol policy for our high school teams.