Germany Volunteer Quest

Volunteer in Germany: 6 or 12 months

"United Planet opened new door to my experience, turning my dream into reality. I got to experience new wonderful activities that forever will stay in my memory. It's a truly blend of culture, people, language, cuisine, lifestyle and FUN!"

– Chom Pasidparchya, United Planet Volunteer

What makes a United Planet Long-term Quest unique?

United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100 % cultural immersion experiences. Long-term Quest volunteer opportunities begin in August and January of each year and areavailable to U.S. and Canadian residents of all ages and skill levels.

All Quests include:

  • Personalized attention and ongoing support from Coordinators
  • Extensive pre-departure training and in-country orientation
  • Local home stays or on-site lodging options

We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories. Read on for more detailed information about volunteer opportunities in Germany.

Country Information

Germany, or Deutschland, is the largest country in central Europe and a founding member of the European Union. Bordered by Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and Holland, Germany is a great launching point for exploring much of Europe. After being divided for 55 years the western Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German Democratic Republic (GDR) joined together in 1990 to become a united country once again. Germany is a country of beautiful landscapes, including the Rhine and Danube Rivers and magical castles of Bavaria. It has numerous natural parks, mountains, valleys and lakes. Germany is often known for its complicated past, but volunteering in Germany with local communities will allow you to see that Germans are focused on their vibrant future. Attending a local cultural celebration such as Oktoberfest or Berlin’s Carnival of Cultures  will show you that at heart, Germans know how come together to let their hair down, have a good time and laugh a lot! Proust!

United Planet and the ICYE Federation

For six months to one year, you can experience a life-changing program in one of over 30 countries across the globe. United Planet is the U.S. and Canadian member of the International Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE) Federation , founded in 1949.  Through their vast network and 60 years of experience, United Planet and ICYE offer a wide range of programs for volunteers from around the world.

Who can apply?

Volunteers must be 18 years of age to volunteer in Germany with United Planet. United Planet can send volunteers who are citizens of the United States and Canada or those who are currently living in the U.S. and Canada.  Citizens and residents of other countries must contact the ICYE partner in their home country. United Planet can send people from any country to our Short-term Quest locations for 1-12 week programs.  Some of our short-term volunteer placements can be extended for longer stays.  Please contact us for more information about volunteering with United Planet.

Volunteer Opportunities in Germany

United Planet currently offers social volunteer opportunities in different locations in partnership with local organizations in Germany.

What's Included and Program Details

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        Please see the Long-term Prices and Details page for more information on what's included in your program fee.

Quest Program Briefs

Volunteer with child in Germany

Projects with Children

Volunteers work with children in kindergartens, day care centers or nurseries. It is a great opportunity to practice German!  Tasks include creating activities or games for the children in addition to playing with and caring for them. This type of project also offers the chance experience many religious and cultural events.
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Projects working with people with disabilities

Volunteers work with physically and mentally disabled children. The center works with its members, empowering them by helping them become more self-sufficient, dispelling prejudices and providing activities for them that involve the local community. Volunteer tasks include taking care of the children - washing and feeding them, going for walks, cleaning, playing with them and other activities.

Volunteer work in Germany

Projects working with the Elderly

Volunteers provide elderly individuals company, a conversation partner, a listening ear and assistance with getting around to various daily activities.  This project gives you the chance to experience German culture from those who know it the best.

Volunteer with child in Germany

Social Projects

Volunteers assist in a local organization that works with youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds.  This project aims to provide their inhabitants with family-like surroundings, close contacts, as well as to advance their development and sense of security. Volunteers normally learn about and assist in various types of classes as well as assisting the residents with daily activities.

Volunteer Accommodations

Volunteers in Germany live with host families or in an apartment at the host placement.

Learn about the application deadlines and program fees for this Long-term Quest.

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying?

Call one of our friendly regional Quest coordinators today. We will walk you step-by-step through the application process and answer any questions you may have.

Step 1: Choose your Quest. Contact us at any time for help!  We'd love to talk to you. Email or call  1-800-292-2316.

Step 2: Enroll online. Please fill in the enrollment form. Then reserve your spot with a deposit (which will be credited toward your program fee).

Step 3: Meet your Quest coordinator and iron out the details. Once you've applied, your United Planet coordinator will contact you, and arrange a phone session to talk about your Quest of interest. THANKS!