Posts Tagged "volunteer work"

Live simple…Love generously…Learn constantly

September 12, 2016

Susana Acosta, a teacher of the deaf at the California School for the Deaf in Freemont, California, returned from a short term Quest to Nepal in July 2016. Susie shares with friends of United Planet about her remarkable experience. As a teacher of the deaf in California for 16 years, I recently returned from a United Planet short term Quest to Nepal. I am grateful to team at United Planet who did excellent research to find me an ideal project–– placing me with the Disabled Service Association (DSA) in Nepal to teach deaf Nepalese children­­. The Deaf Nepalese students are resilient, compassionate, intelligent and unique. I felt challenged with the little resources available for them as far as visual materials (history…

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Excellence in Ecuador: Ivan Olivas Looks Back on His Quest

August 22, 2016
Billy LePage

Upon returning home to the U.S., United Planet volunteer Ivan Olivas felt overwhelmed by the wide roads and open spaces. After spending 8 days in Quito, Ecuador, Ivan became accustomed to the charming, narrow pathways and clustered buildings that line its picturesque city streets. Initial feelings of claustrophobia quickly melted into a sense of warmth, comfort and togetherness.  Gearing up for the approaching school year, Ivan looks fondly back on the memories and feelings unique to his time in the cozy city of Quito, Ecuador. Ivan’s journey began with an opportunity provided by Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). The institution offers a scholarship for first generation college students to volunteer abroad to foster cross-cultural immersion and understanding. Following an extensive application…

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5 Tips for LGBT Travelers Abroad

July 21, 2016
Billy LePage

Spending time abroad is an incredible experience; it is transformative, immersive, and challenging all at once. The challenges it presents are often a source of growth, and vary from person to person. Navigating those difficult feelings, like initial culture shock or homesickness, is an important step towards becoming a global citizen. Since the sociopolitical climate for LGBT people is different internationally, travelers need to take into account how their sexuality and/or gender identity may affect their experience. Here at United Planet the safety of our volunteers is of the utmost importance, so read up on some tips for the best possible experience. Do your research Being aware of cultural differences when it comes to gender and sexuality is very important….

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Seeds of Hope – Earthquake Relief in Ecuador

July 12, 2016
Billy LePage

At the heart of a small valley on the western coast of Ecuador is Rio Muchacho, an organization well-known for its resilience, innovation, and community building. In addition to functioning as an organic farm and eco-lodge, Rio Muchacho now stands as a symbol of hope and healing. Once a week, people from the surrounding area gather in this space to discuss their needs and organize restoration efforts. Over two months ago a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast of Ecuador, and afflicted communities have slowly begun rebuilding. With nearly 23 aftershocks, this powerful earthquake left three cities in ruins the morning of April 16, 2016. Ecuador mourns the loss of 661 and must support nearly 28,000 injured people. Dani, Rio…

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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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A Typical Day on Your United Planet Quest

A Typical Day on Your Quest

September 1, 2015
Erika Batiz

At United Planet, we work closely with you to tailor your journey to your interests and passions, so it’s challenging to describe the typical day of every United Planet volunteer. However, each Quest focuses on authentic cultural immersion and sustainable volunteer work alongside a local community. Thought the details may vary,  we’ve compiled an overview of what an average day on your Quest might look like! After breakfast with your host family, you head to your project site, a daycare, and even the bus ride there is a little daily adventure as you watch the city go by through the windows. The locally run center provides children with attention and assistance to develop healthy social skills. You and the staff have organized a…

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