UBELONG

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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...
    48 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 LAOS
    Laos
    UBELONG offers 3-week to 6-month volunteering opportunities in Vang Vieng across many different fields: agriculture,...
    10 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,...
    7 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,...
    3 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

  • Amy
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    UK
    UBELONG Cambodia
    05/17/2015

    I had an excellent experience with UBELONG, and felt well supported throughout my time in Cambodia. My work placement was locally managed meaning it was sustainable and had long term goals, which I felt I was able to contribute towards as part of a larger team. My living conditions were also excellent and I met amazing people who I still keep in touch with! Overall I had a great experience and would definitely recommend UBELONG

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  • Lacey Jochim
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Vancouver, WA, USA
    Best of both worlds; Volunteer in India
    05/12/2015

    My day to day experience involved working from 11am-5pm. 3 days a week I would work in the school which is located in the middle of a basti. It was an awesome experience to be able to work right in the middle of a slum. I would help clean up the school, teach English, walk around and survey the families, play with the kids, and any work I could do on my computer that didn't require wifi. The other two days I would head to the office, and work on bigger tasks that included using the internet. Filing out donor receipts, sending emails, working on sponsorship and fundraising forms/pages. Office work was definitely more administrative and business like.

    How could this program be improved?

    Communication is always a bit difficult when you travel to a new country and experience a new culture. Sometimes it would take a bit longer to finish a task because of the miscommunication between the volunteer(me) and the volunteer coordinator. Also, it was sometimes confusing to realize what you were actually going to teach in English. The school has limited books on teaching English and each kid has a different level of known English.

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  • Steven Han
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Madison, WI
    University of Wisconsin
    Review of UBELONG in Cambodia
    05/06/2015

    Volunteering through UBELONG was a great experience. It was great of UBELONG to set up all of my accommodations in Phnom Penh from the moment I arrived from where I would be staying to where I would be volunteering. Not only was there someone at the airport to meet each of the volunteers, but our living situation was ideal. The volunteer house we stayed that was set up by UBELONG was another one of the highlights of my trip and allowed for me to instantly meet and connect with a diverse group of fellow volunteers from all around the world. Thank you UBELONG.

    How could this program be improved?

    Reduce the cost just a little, otherwise, nothing else!

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  • Abraham Wapner
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    United States
    University of Virginia
    UBELONG Review
    05/05/2015

    Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
    I decided to become a UBELONG Volunteer because I was looking for a way to make an impact abroad with my volunteer work. I wanted to make a tangible difference in the lives people whose country I visited. UBELONG stood out because instead of offering me a manufactured experience, UBELONG allowed me to shape my own experience abroad and make a visible change for the better.

    What was your impact on your volunteer project?
    I worked to secure nationality papers and reduce statelessness among Cambodian minority groups. Through my time in the office and in the field, I helped my NGO work with three floating communities of over 200 people each. As each member of the community gained citizenship, they were able to buy land, access state healthcare, send their children to school, and have a chance at a better life. Knowing I had helped make that change was the most gratifying part of my experience.

    What were your major challenges?
    My biggest challenge was the language barrier. Most of my target communities did not speak English, and many did not speak even Cambodia's national language of Khmer. Although my coworker helped me with translation, it was a significant hurdle.

    In a sentence or less, how would you describe the locals you met?
    The locals were welcoming, warm, generous, and fun!

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  • Natalie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Madison, WI
    University of Wisconsin
    Great organization!
    04/03/2015

    UBELONG is a fantastic organization because they have lots of programs in all different places around the world. They also allow you to choose how long you want to stay, so there's no problem creating a volunteer trip that fits all of your needs. The UBELONG leaders on site were absolutely fantastic! They were extremely helpful in getting us comfortable with our project and even showing us all around Merida. However, there was some disorganization with figuring out the volunteer projects. I signed up for the trip to Merida because it was advertised that I'd be teaching English in schools, and I didn't get to do that. I really enjoyed my project, but I wish I could've done what I signed up for.

    How could this program be improved?

    This program could improve their organization when managing and assigning projects to volunteers. While I enjoyed my project, I was not assigned to the one I signed up for.

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    The kids were very curious to learn about us and where we came from!
    The kids really enjoyed playing basketball!
    Exploring the ruins of Uxmal on the weekend!
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