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Meet Our Volunteers - Kaitlyn

Meet Our Volunteers: Kaitlyn T.

April 9, 2015
Erika Batiz

Last week we had the honor to speak with Kaitlyn T., a junior at the University of Central Arkansas. She will be going on a United Planet Short-Term Quest this summer in Ecuador. This trip will be her first time out of the country for such an extended period of time – and by herself. United Planet: How did you hear about United Planet? Kaitlyn: “I was looking for a study abroad opportunity related to my field but there’s not a lot offered for speech pathology. This was one of the only programs I found. United Planet seemed very established, which made me feel comfortable.” UP: Which Quest are you doing, and why did you choose that one in particular? K:…

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Why I Joined United Planet: Erika

February 16, 2015
Erika Batiz

Here at United Planet, when we say that spending time abroad is transformative and potentially life-changing, I can confidently say from firsthand experience that we’re not exaggerating. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Erika, and I’m a Marketing Coordinator at United Planet. I’m a student at Tufts University, and it was at our Career Fair last fall that I first learned about United Planet. Being a freshman, I didn’t go with a set agenda in mind, but the booth caught my eye. I walked over to ask a couple questions, and just minutes into the conversation I knew it would be a perfect fit. While I was born and raised in the Midwest, I spent the last two…

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Just for Teens: Leadership and Service Trip to Peru

January 26, 2015
Erika Batiz

College application season might be winding down for current seniors as deadlines pass, but that means younger students are one year closer to going through the process themselves. While test scores are important, college are increasingly looking at other factors, such as whether an applicant has shown leadership capabilities or challenged themselves. However, it can be difficult to find opportunities to experience that kind of growth and independence in your high school. United Planet’s Leadership Through Service Quest in Peru is the perfect chance for you to push your personal boundaries and expand your perspective of the world, as you participate in a service trip that includes team building and leadership training with other teens. For three weeks this summer,…

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New Ways to Celebrate Your New Year!

December 29, 2014
Elaina Druid

New Years is one of the most popular internationally celebrated holidays in the world. It’s interesting to examine the diversity of traditions that each country has to celebrate the new year. Our goal at United Planet is to help volunteers experience and appreciate a world outside of their own. Take this moment to expand your knowledge and learn about what kinds of unique traditions other countries have that help them ring in the new year. In Spain, there is a tradition where a grape is eaten on each chime of midnight on New Year’s Day. Each grape that is eaten represents the twelve months of the year. It is believed that eating grapes will bring prosperity and good luck for…

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Travel to Turkey

4 Reasons Turkey Should Be the Next Country You Visit

July 23, 2014
Elif Kaya

Turkey is one of the “must see” places in the Middle East. Every year people travel to see Istanbul, but once they are in Turkey, realize that it’s not all about Istanbul. In fact, there are many other historical and vocational places to visit! Here are four reasons that Turkey should be the next country you visit.

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4th of July in Tipon

United Planet Volunteers Spend 4th of July in Tipon

July 17, 2014
Lisa Meehan

Lisa Meehan is the United Planet Peru Program Intern and a student at Tufts University where she is majoring in Spanish and International Relations. Lisa works daily with our volunteers in Peru to ensure that they have a successful Quest experience. We asked her to write about her work in Peru, and this is what she had to say!

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