UBELONG

Provider

UBELONG is the most affordable, professional and supportive international volunteering organization in the world.

Volunteer abroad in Africa, Asia and Latin America from 1 week to 6 months.

WHAT can you do?

For one week to six months, live in a community and volunteer on a community or environmental project.

WHERE can you go?
Asia: India, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos
Latin America: Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru
Africa: Ghana, Morocco

WHEN can you go?
Projects run year-round and you can join from one week to six months.

HOW much do you pay?
Costs start as low as US$350 for a 1 week placement.

Among other world-class services, you work 1 on 1 with a UBELONG Mentor and receive a Preparation Booklet, in-country orientation, housing, meals, project supervision and 24/7 support.

UBELONG Volunteer Abroad Reviews

Programs from UBELONG

  • Peru
    UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Cusco and the Sacred Valley. There are over 40 projects in...
    47 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad ECUADOR
    Ecuador
    UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in 5 Ecuador locations: Quito, Amazon and Galapagos. There are...
    43 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad CAMBODIA
    Cambodia
    UBELONG offers 2-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Phnom Penh across many different fields: business...
    35 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad VIETNAM
    Vietnam
    UBELONG offers 2-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Hanoi. There are over 20 projects in different fields,...
    25 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad MOROCCO
    Morocco
    UBELONG offers 2-5 weeks volunteering opportunities in Rabat across many different fields: women's empowerment, NGO support...
    18 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad  GHANA in Public Health
    Ghana
    UBELONG offers Volunteer Abroad projects in Ghana anywhere from 1 week to 6 months, in Accra. Volunteer Abroad projects in...
    11 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad Mexico
    Mexico
    UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Merida. There are over 40 projects in different fields,...
    11 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad LAOS
    Laos
    UBELONG offers 3-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Vang Vieng across many different fields: agriculture,...
    10 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Cartago. There are over 40 projects in different fields,...
    4 reviews
  • Galapagos Islands
    Multiple Countries
    UBELONG offers several environmental and agricultural projects in Latin America and Asia. This is your opportunity to get...
    3 reviews
  • UBELONG Volunteer Abroad India
    India
    UBELONG offers 1-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Delhi. There are over 40 projects in different fields,...
    2 reviews
  • Multiple Countries
    In these countries, resources and funds are too low to provide proper infrastructure. Institutions like schools, care...
    2 reviews

Program Reviews

  • paige
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    merida, mexico
    Best Experience of my Life
    08/21/2015

    UBELONG is a very motivated organization whose goals are to help you make a difference in the lives of the people in the communities they serve. I have made life long friends with my students that I taught, the other volunteers, locals, and the support staff. I seriously do not want to leave, but I know that I will return. This community has become my home all thanks to the direction of UBELONG. They want your input on how the volunteer projects should be. It is a collaborative effort and I have really enjoyed working with them all. Also Merida is located in an amazing location in the Yucatan. There is so much to do in the city, and it is just a four hour bus ride from places like Tulum and Holbox. Take advantage of it all! There is a lot of free time and a lot to see. The hostel where we stay is also incredible, safe, and has a really great environment. I wish I could stay longer and continue with my students and this program. I can not recommend it enough! Check out their website for more information. Thanks UBELONG for the best summer of my life!

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  • Lijia and Libin
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
    Emory University
    Fantastic Cultural Immersion and Volunteer Experience!
    08/17/2015

    I loved the fact that we could experience the culture more fully than any other traveller, while helping to improve and support the country. We got to be great friends with the children and got a unique understanding of the culture. We also were able to freely explore the country during the free time, which allowed us to see many interesting and unique sites.

    How could this program be improved?

    Better communication options between volunteers and directors of various projects to coordinate daily plans.

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  • Arshi
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    New York City
    Ubelong Merida Program - True Mayan Gateway
    08/14/2015

    The volunteer program of Ubelong in Merida, Mexico was a gateway not only to make a difference to the society, but also to create world-class friendships.

    I live in NYC and I am a CPA and a Level II CFA. Coming from a finance background and living in an illusion that I know it all, I realized that this program opened completely new doors that I was oblivious to.

    I did not know any Spanish, a limitation that made me nervous about the program in the beginning. However, your first interaction is with the program officers in Mexico. Martina and Leo are absolutely endearing and they make you feel comfortable and safe since the inception of the program. The positive energy they exude brings the best in you.

    The hostel ubelong arranged for the volunteers is very comfortable and through it, you meet some of the finest people; travelers and locals. The other volunteers in the program (Rachel, Lija, Lisa and Paige) became my pals immediately and the whole environment became a comfort zone that I had difficulty leaving.

    The non-profit I worked for in Merida had a very professional staff. I was fortunate to work both on the field and in the office (as I have a finance background). I worked with Foster in the nursery who taught me not only the fieldwork but also a little Spanish. The highlight was the hip-hop music that played in the background while conducting arduous physical labor. In the office, I worked on preparing cost benefit analysis and helped brainstorm ideas to raise funds. Carolina, the office staff, is a very talented and intelligent girl, who helped me learn about the general fabric of Mexican economy.

    Merida as a city is very safe and has a rustic appeal. People are very courteous and amiable, something I miss in NYC. Amidst all the hard work, I still found time to visit tourist spots around Merida. I would definitely recommend this program to everyone and also emphasize that Ubelong is a great channel to accomplish your social goals.

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  • Tina
    Female
    DePere, Wisconsin
    University of Wisconsin
    Great experience
    07/27/2015

    I went to Cartago, Costa Rica for five weeks and had the time of my life. My host family was great, the conditions were great. I had two volunteer sites, one was mentally disabled adults and the second was an orphanage. The orphanage was my favorite, but they were both learning experiences. UBELONG was so helpful throughout my trip and everything went very smoothly.

    How could this program be improved?

    I honestly cannot think of something that could be changed. Everything went great for me.

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  • Quan
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Maryland
    Amazing Time
    05/30/2015

    My time at Ubelong was amazing. I volunteered for 2 weeks in Merida. I work with disadvantaged youth. I felt that I could not ask for a better organization to volunteer for. For me applying with the organization, making sure I had everything ready for my trip, to assistance during my time there. Cedric, Leo, and Martina were professional, caring, and all around wonderful in making my experience in Merida Mexico, and my volunteer experience, an experience that I will cherish and never forget.

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