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.
“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
United Planet gap years 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 gap year programs as the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation, with over 65 years in cultural exchange.
Decide where you want to volunteer, the type of work you want to do, and when you want to go. Not sure? Contact us! We’d love to help.
Submit your online enrollment form and deposit to make it official and start your journey. We will match you with the best program based on your background, interests, and community need.
Your Program Coordinator will complete an informational phone session with you, confirm your volunteer project placement, and support you every step of the way as you prepare.