United Planet Press Room

Press Relations and International Media Recognition

United Planet on CNNUnited Planet is a nonprofit organization that strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. The organization has been featured in national media such as CNN, The Washington Times, and The Boston Globe.

Recent Press Releases from United Planet

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Media Features About United Planet


  Desire to help others leads Kenosha woman to India
  Saving the world on a 'package' family holiday
  Making the Most of Environmental Friendly Travel
 A Guide to Innovation Diplomacy in Boston
United Planet on DrBicuspid.com
  International nonprofit seeks dental volunteers
United Planet on ABC 3340
  United Planet Seeks International Volunteers to Serve in Healthcare, Medical and Dental Projects Worldwide
  United Planet International Volunteer Alumnus Donates $8,000 to Tanzanian School
United Planet in Vegan Magazine
   United Planet Volunteer Donates $8,000 to Tanzanian School
United Planet on Al.com

United Planet offers international service opportunities in Togo, West Africa
United Planet in the Chicago Tribune   "Featured International Aid Organization - United Planet"


United Planet in Huffington Post   "New Year's Resolutions: Don't Forget the Missing Ones" by Dave Santulli, United Planet Executive Director

The Boston Globe

"The balanced life: Global citizenship"
United Planet in Huffington Post
"Want a Job? Volunteer Abroad" by Dave Santulli, United Planet Executive Director
United Planet in Jaunted
"Skip the Holidays and Head South to Help Kids in Peru"
United Planet in USA Today
"A globetrotter's guide to giving back"

 TravelLady Magazine   'Tis the Season to Volunteer Abroad'

"Nepal: Help a local school or an orphanage on volunteer trips"

The New York Times
"Mr. Let’s Go on How to Go on Little Cash"
United Planet in Community Advocate

"Westborough Student Teaches English in Rural China"

United Planet in Vernon Morning Star
"Spending a Summer to Remember"
United Planet in Huffington Post
 "Happy Birthday Chocolate!"
United Planet in North Central PA
 "Volunteering in South Korea"

United Planet in The Spokesman Review

 "Citizen Journal: Finding enrichment through travel, service"

United Planet in GalTime

"Spread Some Good Will Through Good Deeds"

Volunteer Vacations with United Planet

"Volunteer Vacations for Singles"


budget travel review of United Planet

"How travelers can help Japan recovery"
United Planet on the Today Show

"Charity honeymooners say 'I do' for good"

The Boston Globe

"Service with a Smile: Volunteering transforms travel — and the traveler, too"
Profiles of older international volunteers from New England.

United Planet in Wandering Educators
"Volunteer in Ecuador: Indigenous Jungle Community, Wildlife, and Galapagos"

United Planet in Lee's Summit Journal

"Next Step: Jordan"
“I saw a little boy and, though we didn’t speak the same language, we sat down and talked,” Enns recalled. “When I saw his big swollen belly, I realized that whenever someone had told me to eat my vegetables because kids were starving in Africa, it was him they were talking about. I thought I’d seen extreme poverty before, but that was a life-changing moment.”

Newspaper article on United Planet

"Rotary Club Sends Local Youth to Romania"
"I got a huge sense of appreciation working there," she said. "I'm definitely so much more thankful for my family and my education."
 United Planet in C-N
"Travel opens doors for local woman."
"On weekends, she did a lot of traveling, and especially fell in love with the gorgeous beaches. She also visited the Galapagos Islands, and saw sharks and a huge sea turtle while snorkeling, sea lions and odd birds such as the blue-footed boobies."
United Planet on AOL

"Spring Break Ideas"

United Planet in Education Today

"Discover the world during spring break and give back"

United Planet in Spunky Girl blog

"Volunteering in Cambodia with United Planet"


  Augusta Free Press   "Happy Birthday, Peace Corps," by Dave Santulli, United Planet Executive Director
Link to article on tonic

"Why Honeymoon When You Can Honeyteer?"

United Planet features in Northeastern University News

"Widening students’ international options"

United Planet in BootsnAll

How to Get Started with Voluntourism

United Planet in Matador Network

United Planet in McClatchy
  "Thin U.S. job market translates study abroad into work abroad"
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 "Helping People Isn't Complicated: Four Simple Steps to a Better World"
 United Planet in Jepson
"United Planet's Vice President, Profiled by University of Richmond"


United Planet in National Geographic   National Geographic Traveler, April 2009 - "Volunteer Vacation Primer"
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Kate Sommers-Dawes finds Spanish natural in Costa Rica


Washington Times Logo   "'Volidays' Taking off to give back," July 2008
United Planet on CNN
CNN featured United Planet on their international web site as one of the "10 non-profit organizations that can help you to make a positive impact on the world around you" -- Click here to view the story.
United Planet in Budget Travel
"You Can Count on Us"
United Planet in Brave New Traveler
"10 Ways You Can Help Street Children Without Giving Money"  


 Featured article -- "United Planet Board Member Dr. Ryder and his charitable work in Cambodia" (pdf)


Wave aid Tsunami Benefit Party Planned:
  "Click here to view the story"
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"The Greatest American Diplomats: International Volunteers"
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"Teens spend month in the Andes helping Children at orphanage"
United Planet in BU Today

"Volunteering abroad has boosted student's international relations experience"

United Planet on ArgusLeader.com
Teen taking AIDS crusade to Africa


  Grout, Pam. The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life. Washington DC: National Geographic, 2009.

Volunteer Vacations: Short-term Adventures That Will Benefit You and Others by Bill McMillon, Doug Cutchins and Anne Geissinger. Chicago Review Press, 10th Edition, 2009.


Frommer's Turkey, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.22/06/2010

United Planet Video Gallery

United Planet on CNN      


CNN has featured United Planet on national television. In addition to interviewing various individuals affiliated with United Planet, a CNN film crew followed our volunteer CAP presenters into local Boston Public school classrooms. United Planet volunteers included a Japanese KOTO player, who presented to a 5th grade class in East Boston at the Donald McKay Elementary/Middle School and a Palestinian woman, who spoke to an 11/12th grade   class at Boston Latin, America's oldest public school.

Volunteer Abroad in Japan video  

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Japan with United Planet

"My experience in Japan was amazing. I got a chance to understand an eastern culture far from my own, through the children, my host mother and the cultural activities that we participated in. It was a great feeling to not be a tourist in a country so different from my own. I would have never learned as much as I did without being as integrated as I was" said Sean Iddings, Short-term volunteer in Japan

Volunteer in Ecuador video

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Ecuador with United Planet

"I couldn't have been more pleased with my experience in Ecuador. Wonderful host family, great program coordinator, and beautiful country. I truly felt that my work was appreciated and am eager to return to re-connect with the amazing people I met" said Erin Harper, Short-Term Volunteer in Ecuador.

Costa Rica You Tube Image  

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Costa Rica with United Planet

"We were able to make a small difference in our community while being immersed in the Latin American culture. I truly learnt so much about Costa Rica and the world as a whole. Living with host families really made me feel like a Costa Rican...eating rice and beans and playing football. I would like to thank United Planet for helping me give back to the community, teaching me a great deal and leaving me with some unforgettablememories. Pura Vida!" said Dipti Rao, Short-Term Volunteer in Costa Rica.

Holl Graham Interview on YouTube  

Holly Graham's interview about her Quest in Thailand

An interview with Holly Graham a United Planet volunteer abroad to Thailand, where she did work after the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Tanzania You Tube Video  

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Tanzania with United Planet

Volunteer abroad opportunities in Tanzania include working with local service providers in teaching at schools; care-taking at orphanages/shelters: HIV/AIDS education, and medical volunteering. Most of these opportunities are located in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.

Peru YouTube Video  

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Peru with United Planet

"My volunteer work in Peru changed my life. I learned so much about Peruvian culture, the friendly Peruvian people, the stunning beautiful land, the Spanish language and I learned a lot about myself. It was such a gift to me to be there, so it meant so much to me to be able to help and give back to them" said Jennifer Roy, a Short-Term Volunteer un Peru.

Jordan YouTube Video  

Volunteer Abroad Experience in Jordan with United Planet

"My experience has been terrific! I feel immense satisfaction to have been part of this Quest in Jordan " Varun Mehta


Volunteer Abroad Experience in Ghana with United Planet

The purpose of a United Planet volunteer abroad Quest in Ghana is to promote a deeper level of cultural exchange and understanding. That is achieved through meaningful volunteer work at local schools, social activities with Ghanaians, and both free and guided excursions.