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World Unite!

About

World Unite! is an organisation currently active in Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Germany, India, Japan, China, Myanmar, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Bolivia.

We are not just an agent, but at most project locations have our own professional staff "on the ground" including biologists, social workers, teachers, psychologists and many others, providing support to our participants and all local stakeholders involved, and making sure all projects are run with a meaningful outcome. At several of our locations we are also inbound operator for some of the largest and most known international operators of Youth Travel and Educational Travel.

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 in all host countries.

Founded
2005
Headquarters

Seb.-Engler-Str. 6
77971 Kippenheim
Germany

Clean climate footprint when travelling with World Unite!

Did you know that for the CO2 compensation of your long-haul flights we are planting 10 indigenous trees on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for each participant of our worldwide programs? These trees during their life will absorb around 10 times the amount of CO2 emitted by your flights. Per year we are planting around 20,000 trees on deforested land of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Reviews

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Rebecca
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

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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Nufer
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really liked the atmosphere in the rainforest camp and that you build your own little community. During the day you work, in the evenings you talk, play cards or other games or stay in your tent and take time for yourself. The staff was extremely helpful. They even help you organizing touristy tours. The food in the camp is quite good. I like that you also work together with locals and get in touch with them. Everybody in the camp cares about the environment, nature, wildlife, children and the neighborhood. It's interesting that each day looks different than the other. It helps when you stay flexible, open minded and watch the preparation videos to get a good feeling of what to expect. I would go again. =)

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Giovanni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was the first time I travelled to Africa and I enjoyed the experience from the first day. The staff of World Unite! was supportive in any aspect and made me feel welcome even before my arrival. Once there, I met a lot of lovely people in Mweka/Moshi both among the locals and the other volunteers, and I really felt part of the community. Of course, staying at the forest camp may be a little tough for someone, due to the quite cold and very wet climate, but dwelling right at the border of the Kilimanjaro National Park is an unmatchable experience. As for the camp, it has been newly settled and it is pretty comfortable, apt to host many guests. The activities are of different types: taking care of the tree nursery, collecting seeds, planting seedlings, cleaning the streets, helping local farmers and more. Mr Sikievu, the man who leads the project in coordination with the World Unite! staff, is a great source of inspiration and will teach you a lot about the project itself and about the culture of the region. Other local people work at the camp cooking, keeping watch and doing works of diverse kind; all of them really made us volunteers feel at home, and the connection we established was precious and sincere. Miriam and Adelina were of invaluable help and support, at any time committing to make you get the most out of your stay in Tanzania. I am so grateful of everything and definitely recommend this experience!

What would you improve about this program?
It happened on some days that the schedule of activities was not so clear or not very efficient. The camp has started running recently, so one can expect that this will come right in the next few months.
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Florence
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My stay in Zanzibar was absolutely amazing. The staff members were always kind and tried their best to organize different activities for us to do. The camp was equipped with all necessities and the food was delicious. I would definitely recommend it to everyone. I built some amazing new friendships with locals and with other volunteers. We all got to experience so many different things which taught us so much about the Tanzanian culture. Our task varied from farm work to teach children at schools about environmental education and planting trees. I stayed in Zanzibar for six weeks which was the perfect amount of time for me to get used to traditions, weather conditions and the work ethnic. As a conclusion I would say that volunteering in Zanzibar was the experience of a lifetime for me and I would recommend it to everyone.

What would you improve about this program?
The only issue that bothered me whilst being in Zanzibar were some visa problems that occurred which were not any staff members fault.

Programs

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Women and Girls' Empowerment in Rajasthan, India
India
4 reviews1 interview

A non-profit organization in Rajasthan, India aims to support self...

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Mother Nature Conservation Camp Zanzibar - Rain Forest & Beach
Tanzania
2 reviews

You can now volunteer in environmental conservation and sustainable...

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Horse Ranch on the Beach in South Africa
South Africa
1 review

Do you love horses? Then volunteering at a Horse Ranch on the beach at...

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Mother Nature Conservation Camp Kilimanjaro: Tree nursery, reforestation, environmental education
Tanzania
1 review

As a volunteering you will stay at a comfortable tent on the slopes of...

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Working Holiday in Japan
Japan
1 review

Now you have the chance to stay in Japan for up to one year, doing...

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World Unite! Volunteering in Zanzibar
Tanzania
1 review

In Zanzibar, we arrange volunteering positions in various kindergarten...

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World Unite! Internships in Tanzania
Tanzania
1 review

Tanzania is developing at an extreme pace. While tourism has been big...

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World Unite! Volunteering in Bolivia
Bolivia

Bolivia: Embark on an adventure through fascinating landscapes and...

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World Unite! Volunteering in Myanmar
Myanmar

Welcome to the land of the golden pagodas and breathtaking natural...

Alumni Interviews

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

Carin Troll

Carin likes to travel around the world and to meet lots of interesting people. Talking to each other and sharing different lifestyle is the greatest experience for her.

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.