USA Volunteer Abroad Quests

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"Volunteering in the U.S. was very fulfilling and eye opening. It will be an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life!"

--Esme Lisanne den Ouden, United Planet Volunteer in the United States

What makes a United Planet Short-term Quest unique?

United Planet’s Quest volunteer abroad programs are 100% cultural immersion experiences. United Planet Quest programs run year-round and are available to individuals and groups of all ages, skill levels and nationalities.  We have no doubt it will be life-changing and provide lasting memories.

Country Information

All Quests include:

  • Flexible start dates and lengths of stay (1-4 weeks)
  • Personalized attention from Coordinators
  • Local home stays or on-site lodging options
  • Exciting excursions, cultural activities and/or language lessons

The USA is a large, multicultural nation, home to a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions and values! This is truly a great opportunity for individuals and groups to make a difference in a community in the US, immerse in another culture and explore a new part of the world!

Volunteer Opportunities in the USA: 1 - 4 Weeks

United Planet currently offers volunteering opportunities in partnership with local organizations in and around Boston, Massachusetts.

What's Included and Program Details

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United Planet offers a life-changing opportunity to interact with local communities in the USA on a Volunteer Abroad Quest program. Highlights of United Planet Volunteer Vacations:

  • Tailored itineraries
  • Customized work experiences
  • A range of accommodations, including host families
  • Flexible schedules
  • Cultural activities and excursions tailored to your interests
  • English language classes upon request

George Washington statue BostonIndividual Volunteer Opportunities in the USA

Individuals from around the world are welcome to join the United Planet USA Quest in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston is one of the most historic cities in the USA and was the location of many crucial events to lay the foundation of this incredible country.

Community service projects vary depending on the time of year and volunteer interest, but include such places as food banks, teen empowerment programs, homeless shelters and others. If learning English is a goal, add on extra hours of English classes for a more intensive learning experience. All volunteers stay with host families, providing a more intimate view of life in the USA.

Group Volunteer Opportunities in the USA

Please refer to our Groups page for more information.

United Planet works with self-formed groups to take part in rewarding community service projects in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Self-formed groups can volunteer in Boston throughout the year. This is truly a great opportunity for your group to make a difference in a community, immerse in another culture, explore a new part of the world and learn new things about each other! Volunteers can work at food banks, homeless shelters and other community projects while exploring the city of Boston and environs.

Quest Program Briefs

Participants will work at a variety of projects during their time in Boston.  This will allow the participants to gain a variety of experiences while learning about the non-profit and social sector in the U.S.

Social Work Quests

United Planet works closely with several local non-profits to provide services for people who are homeless or poor. Volunteers can do a variety of activities from mentoring, coaching a sports activity, directing a craft activities to preparing meals or preparing clothing donations for families, organize collection drives.


Sample excursions and cultural activities that are included in the Boston program are:

  • Tour the Massachusetts State House to learn more about the workings of the U.S. government.
  • Tour the Freedom Trail and learn about American history
  • Tour Harvard University and experience student life in Harvard Square
  • Visit the Boston Museum of Fine Arts
  • Tour the U.S.S. Constitution – the world's oldest commissioned warship afloat

Additional exciting excursions and activities can be added upon request.  Some activities are seasonal or based on availability.

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!


Special Discounts:

  • Refer someone who participates in a Short- or Long-term Quest and you will receive 10% off your total Short-term Quest program fee or  5% off your total Long-term Quest program fee.
  • Participate in 2 Quests and receive 10% off one of your Short-term Quest program fees.