Teen Volunteering Abroad

United Planet offers many Quest programs for teen volunteers ages 16-18. Our dedicated team is happy to work with you to provide you with the most meaningful experience possible.

As a teen volunteer on a United Planet Quest you will have the opportunity to develop many skills including:

  • Language skills
  • Cross-cultural communication abilities
  • International work experience
  • Participate in many exciting excursions and activities

United Planet teen volunteers can expect to work between 30 and 40 hours per week at their project placement. As part of your program fee, you will also take part in cultural activities and go on excursions to sites of historical and archaeological importance, such as Machu Picchu in Peru, and Dracula's Castle in Romania.

If you are a parent or family member of a teen thinking about volunteering abroad, check our our Friends and Family page, where you will find answers to many of your questions about international volunteering. You can also visit our Frequently Asked Questions page to find more answers.


Summer Quests for Teens

Teen Leadership Through Service Quest

PERU - Leadership Through Service Quest

Age: 15 - 17
Program Length: 3 weeks
Dates: July 9 - July 30, 2015
Enroll By: April 17, 2015
Price: $3295

This unique Quest is designed to immerse volunteers in another culture in an intentional way. The group will complete volunteer projects as requested by the host community. In addition, they will take language classes, participate in cultural activities, and visit local points of interest. They will also speak with local leaders about their area of expertise and complete a research project. The United Planet staff member will lead the group in reflection exercises throughout the program to enhance learning. The Leadership Through Service Quest begins with an experiential-based workshop in New Hampshire designed to guide students in self-exploration, teamwork, and develop their leadership competencies. Contact us for more information.

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad in Chile

CHILE - High School Teaching Quest

Age: 16 - 18
Program Length: 2 weeks
Dates: June 14 - June 28, 2015
Enroll By: April 17, 2015
Price: $2575

Located in Viña del Mar, volunteers on the Teaching Quest work as English teaching assistants with local English teachers in government subsidized schools. English teaching assistants will work closely with Chilean English teachers, developing lesson plans, providing small group tutoring and correcting tests. They may also read aloud and sing songs in class with the younger students and talk about their own experiences.Volunteers will also have opportunities to explore Santiago and the Vina del Mar area. Itinerary for Chile Summer Teaching Quest

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador

ECUADOR - Environmental & Education Quest

Age: 16 - 18
Program Length: 2 weeks
Dates: August 1 - August 15, 2015
Enroll By: April 17, 2015
Price: $2695

Students will have the opportunity to see two sides of Ecuador: the cloud forest and the city of Quito. For one week, volunteers will work and live together in an environmental lodge; the other week they will be at an educational center and temporary housing for street children. Volunteers can tutor, organize games with the children, and will also work on a group project to be determined by the needs of the center (such as painting or fixing furniture). Volunteers will live 2-3 volunteers together with host families. Itinerary for Ecuador Summer Quest

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad in China

CHINA - Summer Teaching Quest

Age: 16 +
Program Length: 4 weeks
Availability: 2015 dates TBA

Students 16 and up are welcome to spend four weeks in rural China, teaching wonderful Chinese students. Itinerary includes a tour of Beijing, travel to local villages, teaching English and environmental studies, authentic Chinese cuisine, and much more! Read more.

 



 

Year-Round Quests for Teens

Costa Rica

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica

Working with Children

Age: 16 +
Program Length: 10 days - 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin weekly, year round

Teen volunteers can be placed at schools, day cares, orphanages, or a local hospital where they will be mentors to local children. Common tasks include helping with homework, teaching English, and leading games and activities. Volunteers may also be asked to help around the site with gardening, cooking, cleaning, and maintenance work. Learn more.

Teen Volunteer Abroad in Costa Rica

Ecotourism & Wildlife Conservation

Age: 17 +
Program Length: 1 - 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin weekly, year round

High school students ages 17 and up can work at environmental conservation projects located throughout Costa Rica. volunteers work to preserve parks and promote sustainable systems to conserve flora, fauna and water resources. Some volunteers will assist in the rehabilitation and conservation of wildlife. Programs have been selected for their suitability for this age group and vetted for their safety by the United Planet staff. Learn more.



Peru

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad in Peru

Community Development & Healthcare 

Age: 16 +
Program Length: 1 - 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin weekly, September - May

Teen volunteers have a variety of options to participate in community development Quests in Peru, such as teaching or working in a day care center in Quito. Spanish is required. Read more.


Romania

 

Teen Volunteer Abroad in Romania

Orphanage & Community Development

Age: 16 +
Program Length: 1 - 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin twice a month, year round

Volunteers in Romania live and work in a rural community and orphanage. Caring for children is the focus of most Quests; however, there are other options in the community for volunteers with different interests. No language experience necessary. Learn more.


South Africa

 
Teen Volunteer Abroad South Africa

Sports Coaching

Age: 17 +
Program Length: 5 - 12 weeks
Availability: April - December, with specific start dates

Teens aged 17 and up can choose to coach at-risk youth players in different sports in South Africa. Volunteers stay in Port Elizabeth and have the opportunity to go on excursions to the Kragga Kama Game Reserve and more. Read more.

Teen Volunteer Abroad South Africa

Social

Age: 17 +
Program Length: 5 - 12 weeks
Availability: April - December, with specific start dates

Teens aged 17 and up can work in a number of social projects, including teaching, arts and crafts, or orphanage care work in South Africa. Volunteers stay in Port Elizabeth and have the opportunity to go on excursions to the Kragga Kama Game Reserve and more. Read more.

 


 How to Enroll

Enrolling in your Quest is easy, and we'll walk you through the process. Just follow the steps below! 

 

One

Choose your Quest.
First, decide how long you want to volunteer, what country you want to travel to, and what type of volunteer work you want to do. Browse through our Short-term destinations if you haven't already made a decision. If you have any questions along the way, call or email our office! We'll help you out.

Two

Enroll online.
Click here to access the Short-term enrollment form. You'll indicate your Quest country and top choices for volunteer work. Once you've submitted the form and paid your deposit - congratulations!  You're enrolled! You'll receive a personal enrollment confirmation from your Program Coordinator within one business day.

Three

Prepare for your Quest! 
Once you've enrolled, your Program Coordinator will complete an informational phone session with you, confirm your volunteer project placement, and send you information about fundraising, booking flights, and scheduling your online pre-departure training. As always, your Program Coordinator will be available by phone or email to answer any questions you may have during this process.

Get Started!

 

Questions?

Our Program Coordinators would love to talk with you. Call our office Monday through Friday, 9am - 5pm, or send us an email at any time. We're here to help!

+1 (800) 292-2316  /  quest@unitedplanet.org