Environmental Volunteer Quests

Volunteer Abroad Environmental Programs: 1-52 weeks

"My entire United Planet Quest experience in Ecuador was even better than anticipated. From the friendly staff at the UP offices, country coordinator and host family, to the volunteer placement and cultural activities, it's only enhanced my desire to return to a Quest sooner than later." 

--Karen Berry, United Planet Volunteer, Ecuador 2010

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In the developing world, environmental challenges often take a back seat to seemingly more pressing social and economic development issues -- but they are undoubtedly linked. Preserving the environment is necessary for improved quality of life and can even contribute to economic and social development. 

United Planet is committed to a variety of environmental awareness projects around the world. There are many opportunities for both short-term and long-term professional and non-professional volunteers to make a critical difference worldwide.



Environmental Volunteer Quest Locations

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Conservation and Environmental Education

Conservation work includes maintaining trails and keeping an inventory of identified flora and fauna.  Environmental education initiatives in the local community include improving awareness of biodiversity and conservation methods.


Locations: Ecuador, Costa Rica

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Protecting Sea Turtles

United Planet works with partner organizations to protect endangered sea turtle populations all along Costa Rica’s coast.  Volunteers guard nests and assess the habitat for threats to sea turtle life, collect and relocate eggs, help construct hatcheries and educate tourists and the local community about the plight of these animals. 

Locations: Costa Rica

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Through ecotourism, Costa Rica is raising the standard of living of residents while protecting the environment. United Planet projects include reintroducing plants to deforested areas, farms that cultivate medicinal plants and animal rehabilitation centers. Ongoing research studies focus on animal health care, husbandry and biology.


Location: Costa Rica

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about your options? 1-800-292-2316. One of our friendly regional Quest coordinators will walk you step-by-step through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Contact us today - 1 800 292 2316Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help!  We'd love to talk to you. Email or call  1-800-292-2316.

Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the online application. At least 60 days before you depart, you will need to reserve your spot with a deposit.

Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, someone from the United Planet Team will contact you, and arrange a time to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!