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Family Volunteering Abroad

“It was an amazing experience for our entire family!”

Volunteering is a family activity. Younger children are immersed in a new culture, older children learn the value of personal responsibility and commitment, and the whole family is brought closer together even as they expand their global vision.

Why simply take a trip together when you can do so much more? Discover a world outside your own. Learn about others … and yourselves. Become global citizens. Change lives (your own and those with whom you work).

United Planet provides comprehensive, enriching experiences that include planning and support, safe travel and accommodations, language immersion, cultural activities, learning excursions … everything your family needs to create a once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Why volunteer with United Planet?

United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.

  • We are a mission-focused, non-profit organization
    We are all about service, making a difference, building a global community.
  • Our programs emphasize authenticity
    Get outside your bubble, jump into a real experience, become a global citizen.
  • We provide everything you need to succeed
    Classes, in-country travel, home stays, meals, work –we are your cultural bridge.
  • Your safety is our most important concern
    From one-on-one assistance before you travel to experienced staff in country, everything is done to ensure your safety and wellbeing.
  • (your journey here)
    Your Quest is personalized to provide the opportunity for genuine, meaningful personal growth.
  • What we do is meaningful
    Your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.

Current Family Volunteering Abroad Opportunities

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.

Please note that the minimum age for children traveling with families is 5.

Family poses 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. Learn more about volunteering in Peru.

Family of volunteers pose for the camera

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 whom 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. Learn more about volunteering in Nepal.

Family Volunteering Abroad - Romania

Families work and live at a remote orphanage and community development center, tending to the needs of the children whose ages range from infants to young adults. Learn more about volunteering in Romania.

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