Unaccompanied teen holidays

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Verbena37 Mon 31-Dec-18 17:12:30

Has anybody had a teen (under 18) go on a holiday abroad unaccompanied?

DD is keen to find something volunteering with animals etc or anything really that allows her to go away this coming summer (without us) but abroad.

I can’t see anything that doesn’t £1k+ which is totally out of the question but wondering if anyone knows of any universities perhaps that do student summer programmes? Somewhere like Italy/Spain/ Finland etc?

Dd will be 17.5yrs.

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Verbena37 Mon 31-Dec-18 17:24:40

Just found Camp Suisse but one week is approx £1350!

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Firefliess Tue 01-Jan-19 10:45:09

DS did a privately organised language exchange at 14. They took him sailing in the Med! I think the website was called something like Lingoo. Cost next to nothing and stacks of kids want to learn English. Though you do have to host the return trip of course. He also went with a school friend at 16 to visit another school friend who'd moved abroad. I think youth hostels will allow unaccompanied teens from age 16 in most countries

Verbena37 Tue 01-Jan-19 12:07:57

Thanks firefliess. The more I think about it, the fewer options I think there are. At her age, she is more likely to find a job working at the places I’ve found , than going as a guest to them.

Think I might check out family holiday destinations instead....as long as travelling is ok post-brexit!

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jjemimapuddleduck Tue 01-Jan-19 12:46:14

When I was 16, I had a German penpal I think through school. Our parents (I presume) organised a week at each other's houses staying with each other's families to practices our languages. It was amazing. We kept in touch for a long time afterwards. I, sadly, didn't keep up with my German (very annoyingly as I was thinking in German by the end of my week there!) but my penpal kept up with her English and became fluent.

Would this be an option if you have any European or further afield contacts?

Verbena37 Tue 01-Jan-19 15:09:50

She did spend a week with my friend’s family in south of France 2 years ago, which was brill for her gcse French Practice. She went to school with their son for 2 days and spent time with my friend chatting in French.

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HotInWinter Tue 01-Jan-19 16:30:49

Have a look at National trust working holidays. Not sure if I was doing A levles or at Uni when I went on them, so not sure what the min age is, but worth a look. They also have overseas opportunities.


Verbena37 Tue 01-Jan-19 19:13:48

Thanks I will take a look.

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CottonSock Tue 01-Jan-19 19:16:02

Does Concordia still exist?

Babelange Tue 01-Jan-19 21:18:17

DS went to Romania with World Challenge last summer; a visit to a bear sanctuary was an option but the rest of the group voted for something else. There are a number of providers of this type of holiday which are usually organised via a school - the idea is that the young person fundraises for themselves. The Romania trip was for independent young people who didn't know each other and was £2500; they are supervised and had a wild trek and helped renovate a rural school - 14 days.
The other option might be NCS which is very affordable and requires a 4 week commitment; but not abroad or working with animals!

Verbena37 Tue 01-Jan-19 23:08:53

Thanks. She would never be able to raise that by the summer.
Never mind. Just looking at different options.

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Ginger1982 Tue 01-Jan-19 23:12:08

I'm impressed she wants to go on that type of holiday and not a Spanish piss up with her mates!

soundingklaxon Tue 01-Jan-19 23:15:03

I picked up a brochure from STA travel recently all about volunteering jobs abroad. May be worth a look at their website or getting hold of a copy? They had all kinds in there...

soundingklaxon Tue 01-Jan-19 23:19:11

Also- have a look on Facebook at WorkingAbroad projects. That may be useful?

Verbena37 Wed 02-Jan-19 00:12:09

Thanks everybody me. I’ll take a look at STA too.
She wants culture and adventure. She loves Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and is more excited about seeing art in Italy than banana boating and Tequila in Majorca (grin)...at the moment, touch wood!

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CottonSock Wed 02-Jan-19 09:57:21


celtiethree Wed 02-Jan-19 17:31:45

Is she going by herself or with a few friends? My under 18 went inter-railing last summer and had a v good time. A few of the hostels wanted signed parental consent but not all and the consent forms simply needed to be signed and taken with them. There were four of them that traveled together.

Verbena37 Thu 07-Feb-19 10:51:04

It would be with friends. Originally 6 friends but now perhaps 3.
I’m not sure about hostels but I know there are some nice ones.
Another one of the girls has her dad checking out places now....let’s me off a bit of the teen stress!

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celtiethree Thu 07-Feb-19 13:46:42

The hostels were very upmarket compared to my day!! They always selected a private room - they were always able to get a shared room for four. A bit more expensive but worked very well.

Mary19 Thu 07-Feb-19 17:36:29

Not working with animals but in Spain www.diverbo.com

Sadik Thu 07-Feb-19 19:30:27

Again in Spain - environmental / sustainability rather than animals, but 16-18 welcome unaccompanied with a consent form from parents. (I'd say it's a good place for a teenager to go to get some interesting experiences but in a fairly safe environment!)

Etino Thu 07-Feb-19 20:15:53

Definitely encourage her to do NCS as well.

141mum Sun 24-Feb-19 10:15:39

How about NCS, my daughter is doing this £35 for 3 weeks, volunteering and group activities plus looks great on cv

lljkk Sun 24-Feb-19 17:52:52

I sent DS to Berlin for 6 days at age 16, with a 17yo friend, so yes, BTDT.
I have a feeling OP wouldn't like that, though. grin

weegiemum Sun 24-Feb-19 20:16:27

Does she have any friends with family abroad? My dd is going to Poland to visit a friend's grandmother for 2 weeks - friend is Polish and bilingual and dd is trying to learn. She's 15.

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