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Welcome, Friends and Family of Long-term Quest volunteers!
Volunteering abroad is a unique and exciting opportunity, and we know that family and friends of Quest volunteers may have questions regarding this experience. Parents of Quest volunteers are often the first to call with questions, we understand that there are many questions surrounding volunteering abroad. Below is a link for you to click on and download an important list of Frequently Asked Questions, along with the answers! We have tried to be as thorough as possible with the list, however if you do have additional questions, please direct them to your son or daughter to ask us. Also be sure to ask your child to share any information with you that we have provided, as the answers to additional questions you may have will be given to your son or daughter as they move through the pre-departure period.
Have doubts? Please read these testimonials from other parents:
"The Quest was a great experience for our daughter Sarah. United Planet did a lot to make us feel comfortable. It was nice that we, with Sarah, were able to go to Boston and meet with United Planet staff and she had a great experience at the pre-departure training camp. She loved working with the children...made great friends from all over the world and even got to do extensive traveling to really experience the country and culture. Her host mother was great, very attentive and sweet. She made us feel very good about the place where Sarah was living and we knew she was taking good care of our daughter. It has really changed Sarah's perspective...and we think this experience is going to help her a lot in college. We feel very good about her experience with United Planet in Ecuador." Ellen McPhilipes - Parent of United Planet volunteer.
'My two children participated in a United Planet Quest to Peru last summer.They enjoyed their experience so much that this summer they are both going to Guatemala. Both of them truely loved what United Planet organized for them in Peru. Not only did they feel that they were helping underprivileged children in Peru, and making a difference in their lives, but they also bonded with their local host families, became more fluent in Spanish, and were able to travel throughout the incredible countryside of Cuzco. To feel that way is a very empowering experience for teenagers. It has opened their eyes to the world and given them more respect and understanding for other culturels. Renata De Dalmas - Parent of two United Planet volunteers.
Please click on the Parent's Guide link below to download important information regarding Quests, including pre-departure questions, post Quest questions, and questions that can arise during a volunteer's Quest.
Learn more about United Planet's Volunteer Abroad Programs in over 40 countries from 1-52 weeks