Family Volunteering

You and your family can have a wonderful adventure and discover the joy of service

"It was an amazing experience for our entire family. From our arrival at the Dar es Salaam airport; walking around downtown on our own; learning the language (we had learned some before going to the country)... Meeting our host family and becoming part of the family. (They even had a special celebration for our daughter's 15th birthday!) Walking in the neighborhood on our way to the orphanage and being the only mazungu (white people) around. Observing daily life- from the street vendors with their piles of oranges, to daily greetings and niceties in kswahili..."

--Melissa Werner, Family Volunteer in Tanzania

Families Volunteering Abroad

United Planet's Volunteer Abroad Program is a perfect opportunity for family volunteering. Volunteering abroad as a family is a great way to introduce your family to new experiences, cultures and people, while bringing you closer to each other as you work in a great community project!

United Planet provides an incredibly fulfilling experience for volunteers and valuable support for international communities through local partnerships and:

  • Language immersion
  • Cultural activities
  • Learning excursions

Families can volunteer in a variety of countries and projects. Please contact us to discuss your options; the opportunities depend on the ages of the children and your goals.

For families with younger children, we recommend the following: Romania, Peru, and Nepal.

Quest Program Briefs

Below are some of the volunteering possibilities for families with younger children. United Planet finds that orphanages are a great place for families to volunteer. Children of all ages can play with each other; teens can help with a variety of tasks; and adults can teach or care for the children.

Families can stay in a home; or we can arrange for accommodations in a hotel or guest house. Please contact us for more information.

international volunteers in Peru


Volunteers work at a state orphanage in Cusco for kids between the ages of 1 and 18. The children live and eat in 8 different houses where a substitute mother takes care of a maximum of 10 children and sends them to school. Volunteers assist the substitute mothers in taking care of the household, helping the children with their homework, and organizing workshops and recreational activities. Read more.

international volunteer in Nepal  


Volunteers in Nepal are needed to help at a local orphanage in Kathmandu. There are 47 children at the orphanage, ranging in age from four months to 13 years old. Currently, over 30 of the children are infants which the staff need help looking after and tending to their basic needs. Volunteers can also help the older children with educational activities such as arts and crafts, helping with home work and basic English teaching. Read more

orphanage volunteer abroad  


Families work and live at a remote orphanage and community development center, tending to the needs of the children whose ages range from babies to young adults. Read more

Program Features and Fees

The costs for United Planet’s family volunteering programs are dependent upon the location of the project and duration of your stay. This fee includes the following:

  • Extensive pre-departure training from United Planet Quest Team
  • Full orientation upon arrival by United Planet in-country coordinator
  • Travel Insurance
  • Round-trip airport transfers
  • Accommodations/Meals  
  • Full Coordination on the ground by United Planet in-country coordinator
  • Exciting Excursions
  • Cultural activities such as dancing or cooking classes
  • Language lessons in some destinations
  • Optional excursions and activities as requested

If you are interested in finding out more about United Planet’s family volunteering programs, please Contact Us or call 1-800-292-2316 to learn how you can take part in an extraordinary experience.  The United Planet team will work closely with you both before your departure and during your stay to provide a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying? 1-800-292-2316

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.

Step 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 enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).

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!