United Planet - Career Break: 1-52 weeks

Take a Career Break to Volunteer Abroad

  Do you want to launch your career in a new direction? You can expand your international experience, work abroad on humanitarian projects, strengthen your leadership skills, and apply your expertise to important global issues by volunteering abroad through United Planet’s Quest program.

  Mid-career professionals may find that volunteering abroad is a great chance to reprioritize your goals, explore new opportunities and embark on a journey of self-discovery.


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: Swahili, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, and more
  • Acquire extensive pre-departure training and orientation
  • Reap fresh, practical insights from a different culture

Sample Locations:

  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Ecuador
  • Ghana
  • Nepal
  • Tanzania
  • Brazil
  • Mexico
  • Russia
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden
  • South Korea


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 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.