Accomplishments

Over the past decade, United Planet has helped build cross-cultural understanding in over 40 countries around the world.

United Planet’s community service work exceeds 1,000,000 hours.

Our Quest program volunteers have provided over 1,000,000 hours of international community service work in over 40 countries in healthcare, education, women's empowerment, orphan/street children care, construction, environmental conservation, teaching, disabled care and elderly care.

 

United Planet responds quickly when disaster strikes

When disaster strikes, United Planet goes into action to support international efforts in recovery and redevelopment. For example:

  • United Planet volunteered in the  recovery efforts in the Tohohu region of Japan in 2011.
  • Our volunteer doctors, psychologists and nurses helped in disaster relief efforts in the worst hit areas of Thailand (Pangnga) and Indonesia (Bandar Aceh) after the Tsunami of 2004. Our Pangnga medical team delivered medications and supplies to the camp of 7,000 displaced Tsunami victims.

United Planet funds local community development projects

Our Community Development Program  encourages leaders from rural areas to apply to United Planet for financial and consulting support.

  • United Planet launched the first micro-empowerment project in Guatemala, the Lavenderia Planeta Unido providing a steady revenue stream for a shelter housing abused women.
  • Our financial support for a community in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania enabled a vocational school library to be built where HIV/AIDS education could be taught.
  • The expansion of the Imagine Children's Center orphanage was made possible by establishing the Anna's Cambodia Memorial Fund in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
  • Two orphanages where United Planet volunteers received funds. In Cusco, Peru, our funds enabled the purchase of materials to renovate and rebuild the orphanage’s kitchens and facilities, and in Romania, our funds provided for the purchase of a mini-bus for the children’s transportation.

United Planet connects students and communities around the world for shared learning

Our Ambassador Clubs network high school, college, and community clubs from Boston to Cameroon to Shanghai to provide a bridge for cross-cultural presenters from schools, organizations, and companies to share knowledge.

Our Cultural Awareness Project  links academics, college students, and international clubs with local schools to enrich students' cross-cultural understanding. For example:

  • Our cultural presentations reached 180,000 households in Massachusetts through AT&T Broadband's "Extra Help" television program.
  • Our volunteer experts from Rwanda and Indonesia spoke at the United Nations Association International documentary film festival in Boston.
  • Working with Barnes & Noble, our volunteers share stories from around the world with young children to introduce them to diverse countries and cultures.
  • Our volunteers have conducted presentations in Istanbul, Turkey regarding cross-cultural relations and international cooperation and  introduced elementary - high school students to  performances by a Japanese Koto player.

United Planet awarded grants to support its work

United Planets has been the recipient of numerous grants by government agencies, global NGO’s and private companies to support its community service programs abroad and within the United States. For example:

  • The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) awarded United Planet a grant to support the launch of an international volunteer exchange program in Japan.
  • The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awarded a grant to United Planet to implement an exchange program between high schools in Boston and Mongolia for students to study democracy and free expression. This program was facilitated by iEARN-USA (International Education and Resource Network).
  •  The Timberland Clothing Company awarded United Planet a grant to help fund a special project to launch a Laundromat in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.>> Learnmore

United Planet receives recognition for the quality of its programs 

Best Nontraditional Nursing Site - 2012
  • United Planet was selected as one of the 100 Best Non-Traditional Nursing Sites of 2012 by OnlineLPNtoRN.org for its programs enabling nurses to volunteer in parts of the world that lack sufficient medical care for the entire population.