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United Planet

United Planet

  • Educational Partner

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United Planet is a non-profit organization with a mission – to create a global community, one relationship at a time. Their dedicated staff connects volunteers who want to make a difference in communities in over 20 countries, where they learn, teach, work, engage, and immerse themselves in a culture outside their comfort zone. For many, it’s the most fulfilling experience of their lives.

The UP staff does everything they can to help their volunteers succeed: they don’t just drop someone off in the middle of nowhere and hope for the best. Every Quest is custom-designed based on the goals of the participant. Every community served is supported by United Planet staff. And every experience is immersive, comprehensive, and authentic. Changing the world is not a spectator sport – you need to get your hands dirty!

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United Planet is now also offering Virtual Quests, where you can volunteer or intern with United Planet's global network of partners from home. Project areas range from children and education, to global health, community development, non-profit management, and more! Virtual Quests combine direct project placement, with pre-program training, global citizenship training, guided reflections and evaluations, and a personalized placement experience.




NSHSS members will receive 10% off of United Planet’s short-term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round, 10% off United Planet's Virtual Quest Programs year-round, and 5% off United Planet’s long-term Quest Volunteer Abroad Programs year-round. Note that these discounts cannot be combined with a scholarship. To apply, visit and mention code NSHSS20 on your application!


United Planet offers two different scholarship opportunities for NSHSS members. There is one full scholarship for any 1 to 3 week volunteer program in any of the Short-Term Quest Destinations, and there are five $500 scholarships for any short-term volunteer program (1 to 3 weeks), mid-term program (4 to 16 weeks), or long-term volunteer program (6-month or one-year). You may apply for one scholarship or both scholarships. However, you can only be awarded one of these scholarships.

Scholarship Opportunity for Full Scholarship: United Planet is offering a scholarship for any 1 to 3 week volunteer program in any of the Short-Term Quest Destinations including Chile, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Nepal, Peru, Romania, and South Africa. Students must be age 16 or older.
*Full tuition scholarship does not cover travel.

Scholarship Opportunity for Discount: Five $500 scholarships offered by United Planet for any short-term volunteer program (1 to 3 weeks), mid-term program (4 to 16 weeks), or long-term volunteer program (6-month or one-year) in any of the destinations below. Students must be AGE 16 OR OLDER by the dates of the program and must apply for a program for which they are eligible. (Mid-term and Long-term programs require students to be at least 18 YEARS OLD).

  • Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Peru 
  • Asia: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Vietnam
  • The Pacific: New Zealand
  • Europe: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Africa: Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania

The deadline was March 15, 2020. The deadline for 2021 scholarships is TBD. NSHSS members may visit to apply.

Learn about internship opportunities at United Planet. 


Questions? Contact United Planet. Don't forget to mention your NSHSS membership!