UBELONG

UBELONG offers safe and extremely affordable volunteering in Asia, South America & Africa. It is based in the US and led by development professionals & leading professors determined to raise the bar in short-term international volunteering.

Overview

UBELONG is a leading volunteer abroad organization that aims to be the most affordable, supportive and professional in the world. Its projects stretch from 1 week to 6 months and run throughout the year. There are opportunities across a range of areas, including agriculture, business development, caregiving, education, environment and more.

Every year 1,000 individuals from all backgrounds join programs. Many volunteer alone or with small groups of family and friends, while others volunteer in large corporate or university groups.

What Can You Do?

UBELONG has two programs, Immersion and Expedition, which empower you to volunteer and learn throughout the developing world.

Immersion

For periods of one week to six months, live in a community and volunteer on local development projects. Whether you decide to go to Asia, South America or Africa, choose from a range of volunteer placement options to find a project that matches your interests and skills.

Expeditions

Join a group of eight to ten people for a two-week journey during which you travel with UBELONG Expedition Leaders to learn about international development issues. Expeditions take place throughout the world and feature interactive instruction and service-learning opportunities.

Duration / Dates

Programs run throughout the year and run from 1 week to 6 months.

Costs / Pay

Program costs start from US$150 for 1 week.

Contact / Enquiry

Enquiry


UBELONG Reviews

UBELONG & Merida. Perfect complements

This project exceeded my expectations. At first, there was misunderstanding by me but got over it and embraced all aspects of the marketing and social entrepreneurship project.
We stayed in a beautiful hostel close the city center. My first time in a hostel and after 7 weeks, I now use them frequently.
Mérida is beautiful and you never left with nothing to do. Arts, music, history plus plenty of global travelers for interesting conversations.
Having a local team for questions and comfort was effective. The local team, fellow volunteers and support from HQ were invaluable.
I recommend UBELONG and was exposed to happenings at other projects throughout the world.
All this said, you are engaging with people with a variety of perspectives so, there could be conflict. My advice, resolve early and involve the local team before it becomes unmanageable.
Enjoy!!

By: Carlos Ramirez
Nationality: USA
Age: 56

My Review of UBELONG's Rabat, Morocco Project

I participated on a community program in Rabat which is the capital of Morocco. Overall I would recommend UBELONG for certain destinations but not for the Morocco project. Knowing what I know now, I would volunteer through UBELONG again but on a program in a different location as I think they put more energy into other programs globally but not so much Morocco.

By: Julia
Nationality: United States
Age: 21

Volunteering in Cusco

I decided to take a break from teaching in America to experience school in another part of the world. UBelong was the perfect resource to make this possible! They set us up with a beautiful, friendly, and helpful hostel right in the city just a short walk to my project (a local school). My mentors were easily accessible and checked in frequently, making this a smooth transition. If you are considering a change of pace in your current life to see another part of the world, I would highly recommend going through UBelong!

By: Payton
Nationality: USA
Age: 22

Amazing experience in Merida!

I highly recommend volunteering through Ubelong. Once you find the right location and project that fit your interests you can't go wrong.

By: Stephanie
Nationality: USA
Age: 24

UBELONG is one of the best organizations

I volunteered for a week on a childcare project in Cusco Peru with UBELONG and it was the best week of my life. The volunteer house was great and within walking distance of my placement, and our volunteer coordinators helped us with everything we needed. The kids were precious and being able to help with homework and play games with underprivileged kids to help keep them off of the streets was the coolest experience of my life. UBELONG is one of the best organizations I have ever been involved with and I can't wait to volunteer with UBELONG again.

By: Madeleine Montgomery
Nationality: American
Age: 19

UBELONG in Morocco

This summer I spent a month in Rabat, Morocco working for an organization that advocates for women’s social, political, and economic rights. While I won’t deny there were some challenges that are only to be expected living in a country with a different culture, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Morocco. My job was interesting and I liked all my coworkers, my host family was wonderful, the food was good, I traveled every weekend, and I made friends with other UBELONG volunteers.

I highly recommend this program and I encourage everyone to visit Morocco, but my one stipulation is that you should have some understanding of French, Arabic, or Darija before you go as English is not widely spoken. I got around just fine because I can read French relatively well, but moreso because one of the other volunteers I traveled with was fluent in French.

By: Alejandra
Nationality: American
Age: 21

Volunteering in Perù

The wonderful experience I had in Perù was for sure one of the most significant of my whole life. I had the opportunity to help people, which are less lucky than us, it was hard to adapt to the local conditions but the joy in the eyes of the child made me feel so good. I learned to appreciate little things and to be always happy, because these poor people teached me how to smile and be positive every day, despite their low life standars. UBELONG organized everything for me, I had a place to sleep at and to have breakfast and lunch and I also had a mentor which, helped me to adapt e was there for every single problem or question I had. In the weekends I also had the possibility to visit and enjoy this beautiful country of course! It's nkt easy and there aren't words to describe the experience I had and what this brought to my personality. I definetely reccomend it to everyone who is ready to go out of their confort zone, help people and learn how to be happy! :)

By: Moreno Cortesi
Nationality: Swutzerland
Age: 21

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