“The most fulfilling thing I’ve ever done”
Lots of your peers may be engaged in volunteer work. Hey, it makes you feel good and looks great on a college or job app. But why not try something that is “the most fulfilling thing (you’ve) ever done?” Get outside your bubble, experience a culture that’s completely foreign to you, do something important in a place where it’s needed. With United Planet, you’ll get all the support you need to make it safe, rewarding and valuable. Like many of our volunteers, maybe you’ll go for the experience … but you’ll bring back memories of some of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet. You might even introduce yourself to someone you may not recognize – yourself, after you see what the world has to offer.
If you are a parent or family member of a Teen Volunteer Abroad Quest, check our Information for Parents page, where you will find answers to many of your questions about international volunteering.
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.
Join us this summer for a guided three-week Quest in Peru! This unique Quest immerses you in another culture with 24/7 support from a United Planet staff member. You’ll begin the program with a team-building and leadership development pre-departure workshop in New Hampshire. Once in Peru, you and your group will work directly with your host community at a local non-profit that supports children’s development, take language classes, participate in cultural activities, and visit Machu Picchu. A United Planet staff member will accompany the group both in New Hampshire and Peru, providing 24/7 guidance.
Join us for four weeks this summer living and working as a group in rural China. You and your fellow volunteers will teach English and environmental studies to schoolchildren in the Hunan province, live together at the school, travel to local villages, eat authentic cuisine, explore Beijing, and receive 24/7 support while abroad – a true immersion experience that allows you to build relationships that last a lifetime.
Spend two weeks volunteering in Ecuador this summer and see two sides of this beautiful country: the cloud forest and the capital city of Quito. You’ll spend your first week working on conservation projects at an environmental lodge and your second week at an educational center organizing games, tutoring students, and working on a group project with your fellow volunteers.
Spend your summer in Viña del Mar volunteering as an English teaching assistant in a local school, living with a host family, and exploring Chile’s vibrant culture. You’ll work closely with Chilean English teachers to develop lesson plans, provide small group tutoring, and correct tests. You may also read aloud or sing songs in class with the younger students.
Age: 16 and up
Program Length: 1 – 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin weekly, September – May
Requirements: At least basic Spanish
Volunteers ages 16 and up have a variety of options to participate in community development Quests in Peru. Depending on your interests and community need, you can assist teachers at local schools, work in daycare centers, orphanages, or after school programs in Cusco, work with disabled youth, or care for the elderly. Learn more about volunteering in Peru.
Age: 16 and up
Program Length: 1 – 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin twice a month, year round
As a volunteer in Romania, you’ll live and work in a close-knit rural community and orphanage. Caring for children is the focus of most Quests; however, there are other options in the community if you have different interests. On this Quest, you’ll immerse yourself in the beautiful Romanian countryside and become part of a vibrant and self-sufficient community. Learn more about volunteering in Romania.
Age: 17 and up
Program Length: 5 – 12 weeks
Availability: April – December, with specific start dates
Volunteers ages 17 and up can coach at-risk youth players in a variety of sports in South Africa or work at a number of social projects, with activities ranging from teaching, to organizing arts and crafts workshops, to caring for children in local orphanages. On this Quest, you’ll live in and explore the city of Port Elizabeth and have the opportunity to visit the Kragga Kama Game Reserve and more. Learn more about volunteering in South Africa.