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Volunteer in the United States

Renowned as the land of the free, the United States holds a challenging, often spotlighted position in global affairs. Volunteer projects are based in our home, Boston, Massachusetts, which was the center of many of early America’s most revolutionary moments. Volunteers quickly fall in love with the charms of historic New England and delight in the region’s aura of civic duty and social responsibility. Spend your free time strolling through centuries-old streets, or soaking up the wealth of knowledge that abounds here – home to some of the most elite institutions of higher education in the world.

As a volunteer in the United States you will live with host families, which creates an intimate experience of sharing and learning in an authentic setting. Community service projects include working in food banks, teen empowerment programs, homeless shelters, and more. If you want to learn English as part of your trip, you can add a few hours of English classes for a more intensive learning experience.

Note: As our programs emphasize cultural exchange, volunteer projects in Boston are only available to those outside of North America.

Project Information

Non-Profit Social Work

Volunteers in the United States work at a variety of projects during their time in Boston. This allows volunteers to gain a wide range of experience while learning about the non-profit and social sector in the U.S.A. United Planet works closely with several local non-profits to provide services for people who are homeless or living in poverty. Volunteers participate in a variety of activities, including mentoring, coaching sports activities, directing craft activities, preparing meals and clothing donations for families, and organizing collection drives.

Available Dates: Year-round
Minimum Stay: 1 – 4 weeks
Requirements: At least 18 years old

Quest Fees and 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.

Included in Your Quest Fee

  • Lodging at a local homestay
  • Breakfast and dinner every day
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Online pre-departure training with our Boston staff
  • In-country airport transportation
  • Orientation in Boston upon arrival
  • Public transportation on buses and trains in Boston
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance
  • 24/7 in-country support and supervision
  • A United Planet t-shirt

Health and Safety

United Planet provides emergency travel and medical insurance for all volunteers. All United States staff members participate in extensive health and safety training, and are available at all times by 24-hour phone line. Upon enrollment, you will receive a full emergency contact list. We recommend booking a doctor’s appointment or visiting a travel health clinic a few months out to update your vaccinations.  Read more about health and safety.

Transportation and Flights

Due to varying airline prices, United Planet does not arrange or cover the cost of flights to and from the United States. However, we arrange all ground transportation to and from the airport in Boston and will ensure that you arrive safely at your host house. United Planet will provide you with a bus and subway pass for Boston’s public transit system.

Quest Fee

Regular Quest fee $1865 $2165 $2550 $3195
Add 20 hours of English classes per week $2405 $3020 $3720 $4540
About Our Quest Fee

We want you to succeed. That means having in place the support our volunteers need. We don’t just drop you in country and hope for the best. We provide training before you leave … language exposure … 24/7 in-country support … support for your host family … accommodations, meals and airport transportation … activities and excursions. The whole idea is to make the experience successful and productive for you and the host community, and we have found that these things are crucial. Remember that we are a non-profit, mission-driven organization – we wouldn’t spend money on something that wasn’t important.

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