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Long-Term Volunteer Abroad

Why do people take 6 -12 months out of their life to work with United Planet?

To experience something different.

To discover something about themselves.

To find their own purpose.

To connect. To learn. To grow.

To immerse themselves in a culture, perhaps their own heritage.

What will it be like for you?

It will be your very own mission of discovery, and we will help you every step of the way.

Let us help you create the experience of a lifetime.

Long Term Volunteer Abroad

What’s It Like?

“These past three and a half months have been the most dizzyingly electric time of my life. It’s been a whirlwind of music, languages, art, traveling, friendship and sheer, uncontainable joy. I’ve been going camping with my closest friends to remote islands, recording original songs in studios, camping in the wilderness, shocking locals with my newfound kiswahili skills,  and meeting tons of talented, interesting, and passionate new people. I simply didn’t know life could be this good. I feel the beginnings of a deep cultural metamorphosis taking place within me.

It’s funny. The volunteer organization hosting me here in Kenya is called ICYE – International Cultural Youth Exchange. I can’t think of a better way to describe this year abroad. It’s like I’m living in a cultural smoothie, trading my nuggets of worldly wisdom for new ones. And the best part? You get to keep all of them.”

Elisabeth M., volunteer in Kenya

Program Details

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.

United Planet offers programs as the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, with over 65 years in cultural exchange.

Here is a brief overview of what's included in your program:

  • Extensive pre-departure preparation, including a training weekend in New Hampshire with United Planet staff
  • Food and lodging in your host country (host family or shared residence)
  • Airport transfers
  • Emergency medical insurance
  • In-country orientation upon arrival and ongoing support and supervision throughout your Quest
  • Language training
  • Mid-year camp (for 1 year volunteers) and final camp
  • Monthly stipend for incidental expenses
  • Top notch safety and support

How to Enroll

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