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

  • Global Volunteers in Greece with children
    Greece
    Join Global Volunteers and teach English in Crete, the captivating Greek island. Volunteers in Greece have the chance to...
    18 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer with a child in the orphanage in Romania
    Romania
    Global Volunteers' Romanian presence began in 2004 concentrating on helping at-risk and disabled children improve their...
    10 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • The enthusiastic students at the English language camp!
    Poland
    You're needed as a volunteer to teach in rural school classrooms in the Siedlce region, east of Warsaw and at English...
    9 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Teach English to youth and adult students.
    Cuba
    Experience Cuba hand-in-hand in service and partnership with the Cuban people. Our affordable, tax-deductible program...
    9 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
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  • In the classroom with the students
    Vietnam
    Join Global Volunteers in Vietnam as a volunteer English teacher! Work with the Ministry of Education and Training...
    7 reviews
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  • Experience in the unique culture on the Blackfeet Reservation
    United States
    Join Global Volunteers in helping and understanding the Blackfeet culture as a volunteer. Your help is wanted to improve...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer playing with the children in Italy
    Italy
    Experience Italy as a volunteer with Global Volunteers! Our mutually beneficial relationship with teachers and...
    7 reviews
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    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Children in Tanzania
    Tanzania
    Volunteer in Africa with Global Volunteers! Volunteers have the opportunity to help local communities improve their...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Global Volunteers painting in Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Join Global Volunteers in a variety of projects in Costa Rica! Although there are many opportunities to help the developing...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Volunteer with her student in the Cook Islands
    Cook Islands
    Join Global Volunteers in a variety of volunteer projects in the Cook Islands! Experience this exotic South Pacific island...
    6 reviews
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    Community Photos
  • Singing & dancing!
    Mexico
    Experience Mexico as a "non-tourist." Volunteers practice English in small groups with college students. The purpose is on...
    5 reviews
  • Global Volunteers in Peru
    Peru
    Join Global Volunteers to help displaced children in Peru! Tragically, many impoverished children live on the streets of...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
  • Multiple Countries
    Global Volunteers is one of the oldest volunteer abroad organization. Since 1984, over 30,000 people have volunteered with...
    4 reviews
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  • Childcare volunteer in Ecuador
    Ecuador
    Travel to Ecuador with Global Volunteers for a new prespective! As a volunteer, you will help children, families and care-...
    4 reviews
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  • Global Volunteers in Xi'an
    China
    Join Global Volunteers in China to teach children and teachers English! This unique and meaningful experience lets you...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews

Program Reviews

  • Alexandra
    Age: 18 or younger
    Female
    San Diego, Califorina
    University of Michigan
    10/10
    Once in a Lifetime Experience
    03/31/2016

    Zakopane was my first experience with Global Volunteers, and they exceeded my expectations and beyond. From start to finish, the GV staff helped me in every way possible to prepare for the trip and have an outstanding two weeks.

    Only being seventeen at the time I thought it would be weird teaching students so close in age as me, but it made the trip all the more special because my students and I had many of the same interests that made my teaching and their learning more fun and interesting.

    Going with the kids on their after lesson activities like hiking and occasionally soccer, was definitely the highlight since you got to know the kids, as well as the other volunteers, on a more personal level. Making sure there was never a dull moment, volunteers and the kids participated in off key sing-a-longs and the kids teaching the volunteers some Polish along the way on the hikes.

    It was hard to leave after the two weeks had finished, but I knew that I would definitely be returning to have the same amazing experience with the wonderful staff and the sweetest students sometime in the near future.

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  • Jo
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Nr Sevenoaks, Kent, UK
    Other
    9/10
    We learnt skills we never knew we had.
    03/12/2016

    I wanted my twin 17 year old daughters to do some voluntary work during their summer holidays. Teaching English at Reymontowka in Poland was something that I thought would be challenging yet achievable given their ages.

    From the minute of arriving we were made to feel appreciated, like honoured guests. During our time there we were treated to performances, by the children, showcasing Polish culture through song and dance. I would say we learnt as much about the Polish culture as they did English.

    We were part of a group of five non-native speaking volunteers (we are British and our two co-volunteers were American). None of us had any previous teaching experience. However, there was a resource room full of learning material, games, books etc which made the lesson planning easy. We were left to ourselves to decide what to teach our groups relevant to their ages and abilities. The afternoons we were free to explore, lesson plan or watch the activities laid on for the youngsters.

    The children gravitated towards my daughters (being closer in age to them) and, of course, my girls knew all the words and dance moves to current pop songs which helps. It made my daughters feel very special. The age range of the children was 8-11 years. The majority of them really wanted to improve their speaking ability though I was surprised how much English they already knew. They were definitely not beginners.

    We were genuinely sad to leave at the end of our two weeks. Not only did we learn about a country I had never thought to visit before but we were shown huge respect and friendship from all whom we encountered. We had the opportunity to visit Warsaw during our weekend off and flew to Krakow at the end of our volunteering for an extra few days of sightseeing.

    On a personal note I was delighted to accompany my daughters (in fact I needed to as they were under 18 years old). I could see by the end of the two weeks how they had grown in confidence and belief in themselves. We left with many happy memories.

    How could this program be improved?

    Before arrival I thought the children would come from disadvantaged backgrounds. A lot of the children came from, what appeared to be, quite affluent families. If they had come from a lower social/economic background this would have made the voluntary experience more rewarding for me.

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  • Linda
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    Gaithersburg, Maryland
    Washington & Lee University
    9/10
    Volunteering at the Blackfeet Indian Reservation
    03/05/2016

    I participated in the program at the Blackfeet Indian Reservation last July (2015). It was not strictly an LGBT program but I am a transgender (TG) woman. I believe my participation was breaking new ground for the TG community in particular. There were 14 volunteers including myself. I was treated as and housed along with the other women. I spent most of the week at the Blackfeet (adult) Care Center (BCC). I was treated with the utmost respect by the staff, other volunteers and the American Indians with whom I worked. The native Americans were very appreciative of our presence and assistance. It was a very fulfilling and memorable experience for me. I made many friends among the volunteer group. I am going to Cuba this year on a two-week volunteer assignment.

    Linda Roberts

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  • Isobelle
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Sydney, Australia
    University of New South Wales
    9/10
    Contributing to a brighter future
    12/04/2015

    At 24, I took a year off work to go explore the world. I backpacked around Europe for 4 months and volunteering in Greece was by far the highlight of my trip. It was a meaningful experience to teach students with eager, bright minds. The Greek Crisis spurred the volunteers to work together to reach team goals in order to contribute to a bright future for these kids and their families. As volunteers, we were lucky to be given a window into authentic Greek culture with welcoming locals, delicious food and soaking in their sunny daily life surrounded by family.

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  • Suh Ning
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Malaysia
    9/10
    Immersion in Native American Culture and Celebration
    11/08/2015

    This is my first trip to US and volunteering in Blackfeet Native Americans Reservation enabled me to get to know more about the culture and history of America. During my one week volunteering, I helped out in the Great Flood Memorial on 8 Jun. I also helped to bring the Blackfeet Care Center Residents to the Glacier Peak Casino's Mortgage Burning celebration on 11 June 2015, where everyone gets a $20 voucher to play in the casino and a grand funfair with free food and games outside the casino.

    During my stay in Blackfeet Reservation, I went to a sweat lodge, where Native Americans practise their unique tradition of praying. I had an unforgettable experience hearing the stories of what the people came to pray for and I personally went through the full ritual of heat, sweat and pitch darkness.

    These are the some of the many unique experiences that will be the highlights of my story on my first trip to USA!

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    Chief giving a speech at Mortgage Burning Celebration
    Rainbow welcome the horse-riding volunteers
    Sweat Lodge experience
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