Volunteer - you are the change you wish to see.

Join our work in the developing world by becoming a volunteer with our Understanding Needs In Other Nations (UNION) educational program. You’ll experience poverty, struggle, development and hope alongside those in the developing world, and explore your place in the world to respond.

Learn and serve

Practical work or overseas experience is not necessary - a desire to learn, to serve, and to encourage people is!

You’ll learn about poverty, community development, crossing cultural boundaries, and language – critical issues that will help make you a welcomed, adaptable, and effective volunteer. Then, equipped as best you can be about the unique issues and culture that you will encounter, you’ll spend three to four weeks with your team in a rural community in countries like Cambodia and the Dominican Republic. Volunteers are often involved with hands-on activities like clean water projects, school construction, and agriculture, working side-by-side with people making their way out of poverty. In so doing, you will gain a deeper understanding of the needs of the poor, and how you can partner with them to make a lasting difference.

What former UNION volunteers say about their experience

“I am grateful for the experience of a lifetime. I have learned a great deal about happiness. This experience opened my eyes to struggle.”
Dominican Republic team volunteer

“UNION is the difference between being a tourist and being a friend”
Cambodia team volunteer

“Experiences such as these raise our awareness to the poverty and injustice that exists in the world. I am determined not to forget what I have learned”
Dominican Republic volunteer

"I am extremely grateful to have been able to experience first-hand the positive impacts of development, to have an optimistic view that things can and are improving."
Ethiopia team volunteer

Upcoming UNION opportunities for you.

  • Guatemala: January 27 - February 4, 2018
  • Cambodia: March/April 2018 (exact dates TBD)
  • Dominican Republic: early May 2018 (exact dates TBD)
  • India: Summer 2018 (exact dates TBD)

Interested in a UNION experience?

For more information about UNION opportunities, please contact Joel Hart, Program Manager.
Phone: 1-866-525-4673 ext. 113
Email Joel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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