Short-Term Volunteer Abroad Quests


Short-term Volunteer Abroad Quests

  You choose when, where, and how long you volunteer abroad on a Short-term Quest with United Planet!

  As a member of Team United Planet, you will be completely immersed in the culture of your host community through authentic cultural activities, language lessons, guided excursions, and accommodations at a homestay or volunteer house where you’ll become a part of the local family.  By the end of your Quest, you won’t just be a visitor – you’ll have a new home away from home.

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Short-Term Volunteer Destinations

Click on a country to learn more about the available volunteer programs.


Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Chile Short-term Volunteer Abroad - China Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Costa Rica Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Ecuador
Chile China Costa Rica Ecuador
Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Ghana Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Nepal
Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Peru
Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Romania
Ghana Nepal Peru Romania
Short-term Volunteer Abroad - South Africa Short-term Volunteer Abroad - Tanzania Short-term Volunteer Abroad - USA
South Africa Tanzania USA



Browse Volunteer Projects

Click a focus area to learn more about the types of volunteer work you can do.


Global Health
Children and Education
Environmental Sustainability
Global Health Children and Education Environmental Sustainability



Program Details

Here are the quick facts: you can volunteer on a Short-term Quest for 1 - 12 weeks in any of the 10 countries above. You choose where, when, and how long you want to volunteer. Most Quests leave twice a month - check each country's details page for specific departure information.


Short-term Program Details

  Your comprehensive Quest fee includes:

  • Lodging (usually at a local homestay) and three home-cooked meals per day in your host country
  • Language lessons, cultural activities and excursions
  • Online pre-departure training with our Boston staff
  • In-country airport transportation
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 in-country support and supervision, ensuring complete safety
  • A United Planet t-shirt


United Planet's programs are designed to transform both the volunteer and the host community. We provide unparalleled volunteer training and support before you leave, while you're volunteering, and when you return. Your shouldn't spend your time abroad worrying about safety and logistics, so we take care of that for you. Learn more about our commitment to health and safety here. 


Short-term Quest Prices



 How to Enroll

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



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.


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.


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!



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!

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