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Orphanage Volunteer Abroad
You can make a difference in the lives of children in many communities.
United Planet’s unique Volunteer Abroad Quest program combines volunteering abroad, language learning, cultural activities, learning excursions, and special Cultural Awareness Projects to provide an incredibly fulfilling experience for volunteers and valuable support for communities in need.
Helping vulnerable children is at the heart of United Planet's focus. United Planet strives to give these children a voice and to take care of their immediate needs, and provide training and opportunities to take charge of their lives to have a better chance at a better future. United Planet works with local schools, orphanages, shelters, clinics and vocational training centers across the globe to help children at all stages of development.
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Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania
Universities, Schools, Corporate, Youth Groups, Spiritual Organizations
Locations for Orphanage and Childcare Projects
Volunteers spend time interacting with the children in the "tabara," while also experiencing Romanian life and culture in the adjoining village, located in the beautiful foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. A variety of activities and projects can be performed with children of all ages. These activities include playing with the children who are in great need of care and attention, teaching them English, and doing arts and crafts. Read more
This project takes place in Quito at a busy day care center that serves over 300 children in a low-income neighborhood. The center strives to better educate and develop the children at a young age.The center has a morning day care program for children from 5 months to 6 years old; in the afternoon, schoolchildren come to the center until their parents return from work. Volunteers will help teachers in caring for the infants during the morning at the kindergarten and during the afternoon they will assist with homework and other recreational activities for the children. Spanish language skills required. Read more
Work at a state orphanage for kids between the ages of 1 and 18. The children live and eat in 12 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. This opportunity is open for all volunteers. Intermediate to Advanced Spanish Required. Read more
Volunteers to Tanzania may work at one of two orphanages - one just outside the city of Dar es Salaam and another in a more rural area, Ilula Ward, located 40 minutes drive outside of the provincial capital of Iringa (8 hours from Dar es Salaam by bus). In the city, volunteers work at an orphanage and education center where most of the children are orphans, while others are street children, children that come from brothels, or other socially disadvantaged children. Volunteer work may include training on topics such as HIV/AIDS as well as helping with leisure programs such as singing and sports. The center in Ilula Ward includes over 100 acres of farmland, and they are currently focusing on building a new secondary school. Volunteer work there may include manual labor, such as farm work, as well as working with the children. Read more
Short-term Orphanage Quests are available year-round with two start dates per month. Specific start dates vary by location. Long-term Quests begin in January and August of 2011.
Program Fees Include:
Fees do not include:
Three Easy Steps to Apply
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, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!