Global Volunteers

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Global Volunteers, a non-profit organization, has been giving short-term volunteers the chance to provide essential services to local people on service programs since 1984. Volunteering under the direction of local leaders, team members form groundwork for international peace via common, global understanding. Our goal is to sustain authentic development projects with the host community and give volunteers wide opportunities to help.

Since 1984, over 30,000 people have volunteered with Global Volunteers in 34 different countries. Visit our website to learn more about how to join this movement and become a Global Volunteer!

Programs from Global Volunteers

Program Reviews

  • Margaret
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    PA
    Boston University
    Meaningful way to spend 2 weeks
    08/14/2015

    Global Volunteers is incredibly organized. I always felt like the site coordinators were available and very helpful, with everything from changing money to internet access to weekend excursions. Working with the children was a very special experience. The nurses were supportive, the aide in the children's room is incredible, and the kids themselves were very cute. I was so lucky to be connected to past volunteers so that we were able to communicate and share ideas, and we were literally able to coordinate the delivery of a splint and adapted equipment for one girl that enabled her to color and to feed herself independently for the first time! I felt privileged to work with these kids.
    The weekend trip allowed us to see another part of Romania, the famed Transylvania. We were referred to a driver (one of the nicest people on the planet), and a beautiful bed and breakfast. We were able to see the gorgeous Carpathian Mountains and the historic (but misnamed) Dracula's Castle, the summer palace of the Romanian King and Queen, and a fortress from the first century BC.

    How could this program be improved?

    Don't stop at KFC for lunch on the way from the airport! Go someplace local!

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  • Megan
    Female
    Maple Grove, Minnesota
    University of Minnesota
    An Amazing Adventure
    08/12/2015

    Working with Global Volunteers in Costa Rica was a life changing experience! Not only did I learn so much about a different culture and lifestyle, I learned many different things about myself that I never knew.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing I would change is having an age minimum. Our group had 3 children that constantly didn't want to work.

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  • Seija
    Female
    Calgary, Alberta
    Connections of the Heart
    07/19/2015

    Cuba was a beautiful volunteering experience and the connections created with the warm, kind, generous people of Ciego de Avila will remain with me always! Volunteering bridges cultures in amazing ways. We are such an interconnected world! I have been fortunate to travel and explore the world extensively in my life but it is through interacting through volunteerism, be it helping paint a daycare facility, gardening, teaching English, or holding sick little babies in faraway countries that I have come to realize we truly are all the same, no matter the language we speak. Helping out opens the doors to a language of the heart that is universal.

    How could this program be improved?

    It was really so well planned but if there is even one tiny thing I would change, it would be a few more social events with the local people.

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  • Kit
    Female
    Cedar Key FL
    Marymount Manhattan College
    An extraordinary experience
    07/18/2015

    I chose to work with local farmers on their community cooperative farms. We were told that the farmers were somewhat reluctant to allow us to work with them initially. I was certain they thought we wouldn't know what we were doing and might do more damage than good, which could potentially have an impact on their income. But, they trusted us to do good and we did! More importantly, we had plenty of time to interact with them and, even with a language barrier, there developed a sense of camaraderie and friendship. Their willingness to trust us and our obvious intentions to be helpful and respectful forged a very meaningful connection between and among us. It was a very moving and wonderful experience.

    How could this program be improved?

    I cannot think of anything I would change. I loved it as it was when I did it.

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  • Senovio.
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    Seattle Washington
    Michigan State University
    Sea Cuba now, before it changes
    07/15/2015

    I do early morning walks everyday. One morning (5:30 AM) while walking, I saw a farmer walking his team of oxen. I asked him where his farm was and what crops he was growing. He told me his farm was just a short distance up the gravel road and that he was growing yucca. He pointed up the road and said yucca, than he pointed at his oxen and said vaca. I hesitated for a few seconds and than chuckled to myself about his little humor so early in the morning, especially when I knew that he was surely in for a long hard days work. I could not help but think about how many people anywhere in this world would be that happy to joke about hard work that early in the morning. Many days I find myself thinking about how I approach my daily work.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would have enjoyed spending one full day with a Cuban family in their home.

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