Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet: 1-12 weeks

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Address: 11 Arlington Street Boston, Massachusetts United States
Phone Number: (617) 267 - 7763
Director: April Stone

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Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet: 1-12 weeks
Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet: 1-12 weeks
Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet: 1-12 weeks
Volunteer Abroad in Ecuador - United Planet: 1-12 weeks

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Global Health, Children and Education, Environmental Sustainability
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Local Community
Ages for Volunteer: 18+
Hours of Service: 40 - 480
Minimum Hours of Service Required: 40 or 80
Days of Service: 7 - 84
Languages: Please visit unitedplanet.org with respect to your Quest of interest.
Languages used as a Medium: English
Experience Required:

Basic or intermediate Spanish language skills required for various projects

Travel Arrangements:

Homestay in Quito

  • Lodge for environmental projects
  • Share the bedroom and bathroom with other volunteers
Application Process:

Applications must be completed 60 days prior to departure

Visa Requirements:

No Visa required - Volunteer will be automatically granted a tourist Visa up to 90 days

Program Highlights:

Experience the sights and sounds of this microcosm of South America - Mountains, jungles, beaches, ancient ruins and the Galápagos Islands are just a few of the most sought-after destinations in Ecuador. Wandering cobblestone streets and exploring 17th-century monasteries can give you some insight into the complex history of this beautiful country. Ecuador's natural and cultural diversity and ancient Inca heritage appeal to many volunteers. In spite of tremendous economic progress in the last few years, Ecuadorians are still working to reduce poverty and improve the standard of living for much of the country.

As a United Planet volunteer in Ecuador you have many outlets to get involved. United Planet has ongoing opportunities for you to work with children from low-income families at a day care or center for children with special needs, to serve at healthcare centers in areas like nursing or rehabilitation, or to volunteer with environmental or wildlife protection groups.

Mission Statement:

To foster cross-cultural understanding and address shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

"In today's world, global challenges transcend borders. To address these challenges-poverty, global health, climate change, involuntary migrations-we need to work together as a global community. We are constructing the upper stories of a building in efforts to effect change without focusing on the foundation…the foundation necessary to solve these global challenges is in building stronger relationships and greater understanding across cultures."-David Santulli, Founder and President, United Planet

Program History:

United Planet was founded by David Santulli who lives and works within a high-impact concept he created--that of Relational Diplomacy, a practical approach to achieve what is acknowledged as the great mission of the 21st century: to create a genuine global community. At the turn of this century, Dave recognized that generations are now born into instant and constant cross-communication, yet the intractable issues of our day--poverty, global health, climate change, political and social unrest resulting in involuntary migration--continue to persist, even in the context of significant global efforts to make positive change. This work is immensely relevant today with the increase in nationalist sentiment threatening to decrease global exchange and understanding. In 2001, Dave founded United Planet, an international nonprofit based in Boston, Massachusetts, whose mission is to enhance crosscultural understanding while addressing shared challenges so as to create a community beyond borders. The organization is preparing a generation of globally minded leaders through bringing gap year, international service learning, and leadership development programs to students and adults around the world. In partnership with secondary schools, universities and corporations, United Planet is unlocking the potential of every person as a global citizen and catalyst to create a more peaceful, cohesive, and sustainable world. In establishing United Planet, Dave seeks to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United leaders and volunteers have dedicated over 1,000,000 hours to education, health, and environmental sustainability, while immersing themselves in diverse cultures, building their global leadership competencies, and forging closer intercultural relations.

Additional Information:

CNN (2007)

CNN selected United Planet as one of only ten nonprofit organizations in the world for their "Be the Change" initiative

United Planet blog, "Meet United Planet's Founder", (March 2016)


"Live with Purpose," David Santulli, 2013
"In Remembrance of Memorial Day,"David Santulli, 2013
"From Boston with love,"David Santulli, 2013
"New Year's Resolutions: Don't Forget the Missing Ones," David Santulli, 2012
"Want a Job, Volunteer Abroad," David Santulli, 2012
"Happy Birthday, Chocolate," David Santulli, 2012

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