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Teen Volunteer Abroad

“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.

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.

Spring and Summer Opportunities for Ages 15 and Up

Peru Leadership Through Service Quest

July 7 - 21, 2016 (2-week option)

July 7 - 28, 2016 (3-week option)

Age: 15 – 17
Enrollment Deadline: May 6, 2016
Quest Fee: $2875 (2 week option), $3395 (3 week option)

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.

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China Summer Teaching Quest

July 21 - August 16, 2016

Age: 16 and up
Enrollment Deadline: May 20, 2016
Quest Fee: $3495

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.

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Leadership Through Service: Spring Break Program for International Students

March 5 - 19, 2016

Enrollment Deadline: January 29, 2016
Quest Fee: $3,595

Join us over your spring break for an immersive cultural experience in Boston, Massachusetts. You’ll live with an American host family while learning about and addressing social issues currently facing the U.S.A. Along with your fellow students, you will spend your break volunteering with local community organizations and participating in fun activities and excursions around the city. A local staff member will accompany and support all students during this program. Contact us to learn more.

Note: Please contact United Planet if these specific dates do not work for you, and we will do our best to make accommodations for you.

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Year-Round Opportunities for Ages 16 and Up

Peru Community Development and Healthcare
Community Development in Peru

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.

Romania Orphanage and Community Development Quest
Orphanage and Community Development in Romania

Age: 16 and up
Program Length: 1 – 12 weeks
Availability: Programs begin twice a month, June – August

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.

South Africa Sports Coaching
Sports Coaching and Social Work in South Africa

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.

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