United States

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From the beginning, the United States has been a country of immigrants. Many came to America searching better economic opportunities, while others fled Europe to avoid persecution over religious beliefs. Throughout the centuries, the U.S gained military and economic strength, resulting in superpower status and is now considered to be a global leader. Given the widespread success of the country and the influence it’s had on the rest of the world, most people don’t consider it a nation in despair.

Although it maintains its reputation as a dominating power, there are many issues that are severely affecting the country such as civil rights, poverty and lack of education. According to the Huffington Post, 32 million American adults can’t read—that’s14% of the adult population. In addition, citizens trying to live on an extremely low income has skyrocketed due to the economic crisis that hit the States in 2008. 45.3 million Americans are living in deep poverty; and people are in need more than ever.

Volunteer are needed to teach, mentor, tutor, work in shelters, food banks, help rebuild buildings and homes, work on farms and preserve the national parks and beaches.

If you’ve volunteered in the United States we’d love to hear about your experience. Please let us know which organization you signed up with, what your trip was like and if you’d recommend the program to others.


Capitol: Washington D.C

Population: 318,892,103
[Source: The World Factbook]

Religion: Protestant 51.3%, Roman Catholic 23.9%, Mormon 1.7%, other Christian 1.6%, Jewish 1.7%, Buddhist 0.7%, Muslim 0.6%, other or unspecified 2.5%, unaffiliated 12.1%, none 4%
[Source: The World Factbook]

Language: English 82.1%, Spanish 10.7%, other Indo-European 3.8%, Asian and Pacific island 2.7%, other 0.7% (2000 census)

Note: the US has no official national language, but English has acquired official status in 28 of the 50 states; Hawaiian is an official language in the state of Hawaii.
[Source: The World Factbook]

Location: North America, bordering both the North Atlantic Ocean and the North Pacific Ocean, between Canada and Mexico
[Source: The World Factbook]

Poverty Level: 46 million/15%
[Source: Feeding America]


  • Winter: December-February

  • Spring: March-May

  • Summer: June-August

  • Fall: September-November

Vaccines: There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to the United States. For information on US-based infectious disease outbreaks currently being reported by CDC, please see the CDC Current Outbreak List.

Currency: American Dollar