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Welcome to World Unite! - it's great to have you with us!

We provide inspiration for your adventure abroad in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Germany, Ireland, Malta, India, Japan, China, Myanmar, Ecuador, Nicaragua or Bolivia.

Our highly motivated, lively and knowledgeable international team will help you to choose the perfect program from our numerous internship, volunteering and Working Holiday opportunities. Their outstanding support to our participants is what makes the World Unite! difference: We are currently 58 key team members (58% female and 42% male) of 20 different nationalities, speaking a total of 25 different languages. We currently receive around 2000 participants per year.

Contributing to sustainable growth in our host countries and offering eco-friendly programs that benefit anyone involved is our key aim. Did you know that we plant 10 trees at Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for each participant in our worldwide programs?

Reviews

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Keith
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

Volunteering with my wife at the aquarium in Zanzibar was a great experience. It was also very informative about sea turtle conservation and we left there learning more about sea turtles than we ever thought we would. The staff at the aquarium there was very friendly and always helpful. The World Unite staff was extremely helpful and very dedicated to their jobs. They were very willing to help from the time you landed on the island all the way until you left to go home. For anyone who volunteers in Zanzibar, make your voice heard because staff are willing to change things if it improves the program.

Response from World Unite!

Hi Keith,

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We are always delighted to receive feedback from participants of our programs.

We are glad to read that you and your wife had a great experience volunteering at the Marine Turtle aquarium in Nungwi and that you learned a lot about turtles. As well as how the aquarium and World Unite! staff were helpful and supportive throughout your entire stay. We are happy to have made your stay in Zanzibar worthwhile.

We wish you all the best and Karibuni tena Zanzibar.

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Janis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Big Family / Awesome Time

I stayed 5 weeks at the Mnarani Aquarium in Nungwi.

The time I spend there was amazing, the work there is pretty simple but you still will learn something new about the turtles there. The local staff is always friendly to you and you can make jokes with them. They will treat you like Family everyone belongs to this family.
The other volentuers are open minded and are coming all over the world so you get many different cultures there.
And on the weekend you can explore the island by your self and you have enough time.

Response from World Unite!

Hi Janis,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write this review. We are always happy to get feedback from participants of our programs.

We are glad to read that you had an amazing time Volunteering at the Mnarani Aquarium in Nungwi and your overall time in Zanzibar.

Warm wishes for your future endeavors and karibu tena Zanzibar!

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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome

I had a wonderful time in Japan and World Unite did a fantastic job of supporting me especially when I first arrived as this was my first time in Japan. They helped me set up my bank account and as well as a Japanese SIM card.

The area is well located with a mall nearby which has restaurants, shops and a cinema but is also close to get to places such as Shibuya.

I stayed in their share house for 2 months before moving to Sakura house Tabata. They continued to keep in contact with me and I even visited them a few times.

I definitely recommend World Unite for any one wanting to do a working holiday in Japan.

Thanks again to World Unite

Rachel

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To have fun and enjoy yourself. Visit the shrines and temples and experience the culture
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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome experience with a lovely family!

Sarah and Kos are amazing! They are lovely and funny people. They showed my around the area and included me in family activities all the time! The horses are amazing and Sarah’s riding skills are insanely good, she loves to teach and makes you improve your own skills!
Sarah takes care of everyone individually so the trails are always different and fun so you don’t have to worry that the experience is gonna be the typical tourist experience.
Had a lovely time there and I definitely want to go back!

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Carin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Support laughing children in desert village for better future

Sambhali Trust supported over more than 12 years underprivileged women and children in Rajasthan for a better future with teaching them English, Math and several workshops. Many projects in Jodphur are running very well.
In the rural area at Setrawa - a village in the desert Thar - a new project started. Our Volunteers give support to the government schools with teaching English at primary schools. This is very interesting, because we have an absolutely near contact to the local teachers and the residents of this area. I´m very glad to join the beginning of this project!

The first days of Volunteering were full of deeply impressions. The children have no chairs and tables at school and even less materials. We are teaching on board and training with speaking dialogues and learning games. On Wednesday we prepare special workshops with topics like "Environment" or "Feeling good in our body and our mind".
I´m so deeply moved by the attention of these children and their will to learn. They are so lovely and joyful. Even their laughing I can hear in my mind by preparing the next lesson at evening - when sitting together in our Volunteer-Team under beautiful stars.

What would you improve about this program?
It's a new project and we are finding our way step by step together with Govind - the founder of Sambhali Trust.
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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

On a round-trip through Rajasthan in 2017, I was deeply moved by the interesting Indian culture and the hearty hospitality while meeting residents in poor villages. My purpose grew up to give support to them.

With Sambhali Trust I found an NGO focused on the development and empowerment of marginalized women and girls in Rajasthan. Since 2007, they worked throughout Jodhpur and the surrounding Thar desert with women and children experiencing discrimination and violence on a daily basis due to economic, gender, and caste status. These women face extreme poverty and social exclusion - deprived of education, health care, and legal resources.

At Sambhali, there are several projects successfully running. Because of this, I can participate in two interesting projects at the same time.

A new volunteering program to support children at the government schools with teaching English and maths was just settled up in Setrawa (a tiny village in the Thar desert - 100 km West of Jodphur/ Rajasthan). This makes a special challenge for me: getting this project on-the-run, which, for example, includes finding both new founders and new volunteers.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The support of World Unite was great! In advance, the consultant gave me personalized advice to find the best matching volunteer program. They offer a comprehensive online portal full of the information you need before and while volunteering. All my questions were answered easily and fast.

A few weeks before leaving my home country, we shared a Skype Conference for intercultural preparation and to connect with other volunteers. Although there was early contact with the founder of Sambhali Trust to become acquainted. More services are offered and you can find them on the website.

The best advice is: use all the online information from World Unite and don’t be embarrassed to use the offered personal contact for all your questions.

The only items I had to take care of by myself were the flight tickets and overseas health insurance.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Prepare you as open-minded as possible. The impressions are very multifarious and deep. The best way to explore Indian Culture is to leave all expectations at home and try to be just in this place at this time.

As a volunteer abroad, you make a very courageous step, so be kind to you at all times. It's important to watch about your energy and to do something lovely to yourself every day. For example, we are sharing "My best thing of today" at dinner in our team every evening; it's full of positive power.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

In the morning, we are teaching English and Maths to children from 5 to 15 years old in government schools from Monday until Friday for three hours. In the afternoons, we have different administrative work to get this new project on-the-run. For example, visit new government schools, adjust the Sambhali’s curriculum for the improvement of students on government schools, introduce new volunteers or supervise them in the first weeks.

There are two videos of my school (with the students Lalu and Swaroop) at Sambhalis website, which show my daily experience with these hearty children.

We are staying at Dev Bagh, the guest house of Sambhali in Setrawa, a hearty and peaceful place in the desert, where we can do several activities from 5:00 pm like walks to the sand dunes, camel and jeep rides or yoga on the rooftop. We enjoy fantastic Indian food three times a day and love the ceremony of Masala Chai. In late evenings, we sit around a campfire with the neighbors and listen to the stories of real-life India.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The biggest challenge for me was, how I could perform well in teaching children with no working experience on this before. The solution was the team around me, that helped me so much and so friendly.

Other Volunteers shared their experience with me and helped me through the first uncertainty. Now I know, that this feeling is normal at the beginning.

Because of the many years of experience within Sambhali, the team is used to integrating new volunteers and giving us a homily feeling from arrival on. Although there exists a google drive tutorial with plenty of documents for our support.

Open-minded residents – especially the teachers at government schools – are very interested, give helpful assistance and create a healthy working atmosphere.

Any last pieces of advice?

The main point of your Volunteering time is the people around you. Sharing your Volunteer experience with others is the deepest way to learn more intercultural competences. For me, it was important to meet other Volunteers of different countries and of different ages (from 19 until 67 years). When you like to interact with humans, your best choice will be a project for the improvement of children or underprivileged residents in your favourite country.