Meet Caroline – Volunteer in Ghana

May 5, 2016
Alina Perkins

Caroline completed two Quests at an orphanage in Ghana with United Planet and then returned to her project site three times by herself. She was able to truly make a difference in the lives of the children there. Her five trips to Ghana have changed her perspective and helped her realize what she wants to do in her life. She shared some of her memories with us. Was your Quest to Ghana your first experience abroad? It was really the first time I traveled internationally by myself. I only traveled with my family on vacations before. I had already traveled to Kenya and wanted to go to West Africa this time. How did you feel going so far away? My…

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Meet United Planet's Founder

Meet United Planet’s Founder

March 9, 2016
Alina Perkins

Meet Dave Santulli, President and Founder of United Planet. He laid the foundation of United Planet 15 years ago and has been reinforcing our values to the present day. His love for the exploring the world, respect for different cultures, and dedication to the United Planet mission continues to inspire volunteers around the world to build a global community one relationship at a time. How did United Planet start? The seed was planted when I was 14 years old and visited Russia with my 8th grade Russian class. I was one of only a few students from our group who drew straws to attend the Nutcracker at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Before the ballet, an older Russian woman turned to me to ask if I was American….

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Update from the Field: Taylor P.

Update from the Field: Taylor P.

March 8, 2016
John Trugler

Taylor P. is on a year-long Quest in Copenhagen, Denmark working as an English teacher in a small school. We caught up with Taylor, who was kind enough to share some of her amazing experiences with us!     United Planet: Tell me about your Quest and overall experience. Taylor: It’s no exaggeration to say that the past seven months have been the best seven months of my adult life. I feel at home here in Denmark and at my project; it was meant to be. I have been welcomed and accepted so warmly by everyone that I’ve met that I feel like I’ve always lived here and been a part of the school. I haven’t really experienced the homesickness that I was…

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Say Hello to the Planet!

March 1, 2016
Alina Perkins

When you volunteer abroad, it is very important to get acquainted with the language of your destination country. Knowing the local language will help you build long-lasting connections with the community and get a better understanding of the local culture. Probably the first word you come across when learning a new language is the word “Hello”.  In this post, you will learn how to greet the local people in every country where United Planet sends volunteers. Are you ready to start the language journey? Let’s go! We will begin our journey with Spanish, as it is the most popular language among the United Planet countries and has the second highest number of native speakers in the world. Hello in Spanish will…

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Zika Virus Prevention and Safety

Zika Virus: Prevention and Safety

February 17, 2016

For anyone who has been following the news, the Zika virus is sweeping the headlines. The safety of our volunteers is our biggest priority, so it is important to understand the facts of the disease and take the appropriate precautions to avoid transmission. About the virus The Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitoes The incubation period (the time from exposure to when symptoms appear) is a few days to a week The most common symptoms of the disease are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain, and headache Prevention techniques focus on reducing mosquito bites and include using insect repellent; wearing clothes that cover as much as the body as possible; using physical barriers such as screens, closed doors,…

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When In Rome, Ride the Bus

When in Rome, Ride the Bus

October 8, 2015
Erika Batiz

I planted my legs shoulder-width apart, bracing myself for the inevitable unexpected lurch of the subway car. I ride the “T” (Boston’s public transportation) daily, but this time I found myself wondering if the various public transportation systems around the world are reflective of their respective cultures. Are the attitudes and atmosphere within the cars of the T products of Boston’s culture? I’ve spent time in Peru, where the public bus system seemed more informal and fast-paced. Could this be connected to the Peruvian culture and its values? The more I thought about it, while wincing at the screeching sound of the T’s wheels, the more I realized that these questions are also often faced by volunteers when abroad. During…

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