“It was an amazing experience for our entire family!”
Volunteering is a family activity. Younger children are immersed in a new culture, older children learn the value of personal responsibility and commitment, and the whole family is brought closer together even as they expand their global vision.
Why simply take a trip together when you can do so much more? Discover a world outside your own. Learn about others … and yourselves. Become global citizens. Change lives (your own and those with whom you work).
United Planet provides comprehensive, enriching experiences that include planning and support, safe travel and accommodations, language immersion, cultural activities, learning excursions … everything your family needs to create a once-in-a-lifetime journey.
— Jennifer Bates, of the Bates family who recently volunteered on a Quest to Peru, March 2017
United Planet Quests are designed to be immersive, authentic, comprehensive and provide you everything you’ll need to succeed. The program elements allow you to engage fully with a new culture, forge strong relationships, and challenge yourself. Most importantly, we partner with the community to ensure your experience will be important, relevant and helpful to the community you serve.
Below are some of the volunteering possibilities for families with younger children. United Planet finds that orphanages are a great place for families to volunteer. Children of all ages can play with each other; teens can help with a variety of tasks; and adults can teach or care for the children. Families can stay in a home; or we can arrange for accommodations in a hotel or guest house. Please Contact Us for more information.
Please note that the minimum age for children traveling with families is 5.
Volunteers can work at either at an orphanage, daycare, or after school program. Possible tasks for volunteers include helping with homework, teaching English, playing with the children, and organizing activities such as sports, crafts, reading, dancing, singing, or charades. Learn more about volunteering in Peru.
Volunteers in Nepal are needed to help at a local orphanage in Kathmandu. There are 47 children at the orphanage, ranging in age from four months to 13 years old. Currently, over 30 of the children are infants whom the staff need help looking after and tending to their basic needs. Volunteers can also help the older children with educational activities such as arts and crafts, helping with home work and basic English teaching. Learn more about volunteering in Nepal.
Volunteers have the option of working with children from low-income families at daycare centers or teaching English at an elementary school in Quito. Volunteers organize activities and spend time giving children the individual attention they need to thrive. Learn more about volunteering in Ecuador.
Volunteers care for children in day care centers, children’s homes, and a children’s hospital. Other volunteer opportunities include assisting teachers at public elementary schools and working at a special education school. Learn more about volunteering in Costa Rica.
Families work and live at a remote orphanage and community development center, tending to the needs of the children whose ages range from infants to young adults. Learn more about volunteering in Romania.