Orphanage Volunteer Abroad

Build relationships with vulnerable children and give your time to an Orphanage Volunteer Abroad Quest. United Planet works to give these children a voice and take care of their immediate needs, providing training opportunities, and helping them get to the right path for a bright future. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with local schools, orphanages, shelters, clinics and vocational training centers on a variety of tasks from mentoring, teaching, to some light construction work.
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Why volunteer abroad 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 Orphanage Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Photo of male volunteer and young girl in Romania

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. Learn more about volunteering in Romania.

Female volunteer assists student with homework

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. Basic Spanish required. Learn more about volunteering in Ecuador.

Male volunteer poses with group of children in Costa Rica
Costa Rica

United Planet’s partner orphanage in San Jose is a home where all of the children’s basic needs are met (shelter, food, clothes and education). The center also focuses on creating an environment that encourages the children’s growth and development. Many of the children have been abandoned, are sick, belong to single mothers or have been separated from their parents by the state to ensure their wellbeing. Volunteers at this site in Costa Rica help do some light construction work such as repairing windows, doors etc. Volunteers can also teach English, organize artistic (theater, music, arts) and sports activities, help the children with their homework or teach agricultural education. Volunteers with no previous experience are welcome and social workers, psychologists and teachers are also needed. Basic Spanish requiredLearn more about volunteering in Costa Rica.

Male volunteer plays game with Peruvian child

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. Basic Spanish RequiredLearn more about volunteering in Peru.

Female volunteer smiles with group of children in Tanzania

Volunteers to Tanzania work 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). 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. Learn more about volunteering in Tanzania.

Female volunteer hugs two children and smiles at camera
Other Children and Education Quests

Volunteers can work with children in other capacities as well. Please view our Children and Education Project page for more information on available projects and countries. View more Children and Education Projects.

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