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United Planet - Career Break: 1-52 weeks
Take a Career Break to Volunteer Abroad
A gap year, sabbatical, or even a few weeks abroad can open career breakers eyes' to a world of new opportunities. It’s never too late to change careers and start fresh. A volunteer abroad stint can help ease the transition and empower you to take on new challenges.
United Planet career break programs range from one to 52 weeks and are offered year-round. Program areas of focus include: education, environmental awareness, healthcare, micro-empowerment, orphan/street children care, and more.
Volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds are invited to join career break programs in 50 countries worldwide in:
Where can we Go?
What You gain from a Career Break Volunteer Abroad Program
Experience working in an international environment
Make an invaluable difference in communities worldwide
Learn new, transferable skills
Employ team building expertise
Learn or strengthen essential second language skills: Arabic, Swahili, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and more
Acquire extensive pre-departure training and orientation
Reap fresh, practical insights from a different culture
Career Break Application Information and Destinations
Please note that extensive pre-departure training is provided. To learn more about the career break application process, please visit the main Quest page
For detailed information on start dates, fees, fundraising and countries offered, please visit the Long-term Quest page
For 1 to 12 week opportunities, please vist the Short-term Quest page
Three Easy Steps to Apply
Step 1: Choose your Volunteer Abroad Quest Country and then fill in the online application.
Step 2: Submit your $250 deposit at the time of application. You may pay the deposit online with a credit card as part of your application process, call our office at 1-800-292-2316 to provide your credit card information or send a check to our Boston office.
Step 3: The Regional Coordinator in the Boston office will contact you to arrange a phone interview.
Questions about applying?
Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.