Would you recommend United Planet?
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United Planet went above and beyond in enabling a group of nursing students to have a wonderful experience volunteering in Ecuador.
It was a big group from Mesa State College; United Planet arranged for 3 sites in different neighborhoods in Quito. A children's hospital, a public clinic, and a new NGO hospital. The students helped in a number of ways: giving vaccinations, helping women in labor, doing intake (height, weight, blood pressure) in clinics and orphanages, doing physical therapy -- and more.
The country coordinator handled all the details without a hitch -- picking up and delivering 18 large boxes of medical supplies, arranging transport to the projects, handling excursions to the Equator, to Otavalo (including an indigenous clinic), to Old Town, making sure there were translators, meals, salsa classes, and much more.
I was referred by my classmate who had gone for a volunteer quest in April 2010. I arranged all funds and cut drown drastically on lot of my expenses to add up the program fee. I had to bear airfare, visa and couple other costs. Moreover, the fee was so much that, one would assume lot of things to be inclusive.
When in Chile, Paul was nice and he was really working hard. But host families weren't actually there, spent lot of days idling. I could have had saved funds but the united planet policy for nonrefund forced me to stay there.
Back in boston before leaving, confirming quest was not a walk in a park as i had assumed. coordinators had little knowledge and i believe there was 1 person representing a bunch of countries and i had to wait 3 days to get an answer since the specific country coordinator was out on vacation.
I would say.. they are COMPLETELY CARELESS ABOUT INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS.. NO PRESENCE IN HOST COUNTRY.. we are left on our own.. program is Terrible.. Sorry :(
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United Planet is a great place to work. They walk the talk! They not only care about people on the other side of the world but they care about people in their own office. They treat volunteers with respect and they work hard to make the volunteer experience fulfilling and relevant.