Construction Volunteer Quest

Volunteer Abroad Construction Programs: 1-52 weeks

United Planet’s unique Volunteer Abroad Quest program combines volunteering abroad, language learning, cultural activities, learning excursions, and special Cultural Awareness Projects to provide an incredibly fulfilling experience for volunteers and valuable support for communities in need.

Many of the communities in which United Planet works lack basic buildings and infrastructure—particularly homes, schools, and libraries. United Planet sends volunteers to build homes in partnership with people and communities in need.

Construction Volunteer Abroad Programs


United Planet volunteers work alongside Chilean volunteers to build homes for low-income families in Santiago and rural villages. The homes are basic constructions that replace the families’ current shelters, which are often made of temporary materials such as cardboard and plastic. Volunteers participate in all aspects of the construction and have the opportunity to meet the family who will live in the home they are building.


United Planet works in partnership with an orphanage in a remote town in Romania, sending volunteers to help care for the children, provide basic healthcare, and construct essential buildings as the orphanage struggles to accommodate its ever-growing population. 


United Planet works with projects in the Cloud Forest of Nanegal, located just two hours north of Quito. Volunteers plant seeds and organic coffee, identify flora and fauna, and assist in environmental education and outreach in the local community. In the Galapagos, volunteers work on a reforestation and community development project and may mentor children as well.

Costa Rica

Volunteers in Costa Rica involved with Environmental Quests can work at conservation areas, national parks, wildlife refuges and more. We offer a wide range of different experiences: from creating trails in the cloud forests to cultivating medicinal plants, guiding tourists and patrolling protected turtle beaches. There are no Spanish language requirements for the environmental projects, though basic Spanish is very helpful.

Three Easy Steps to Apply

Questions about applying? 1-800-292-2316

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!