Global Volunteers

Provider

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

  • Seija
    Age: 19-24
    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
    Age: 19-24
    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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  • louise
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    bethesda, md
    Middlebury College
    Excellent experience
    07/15/2015

    Through one of our students, I made a special connection with his mother who invited me and another volunteer to her home. It was an opportunity to really see how the local people live. We were very impressed by her generosity.

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  • Kathy
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Minnesota
    Bring Your Heart to Romania
    07/02/2015

    My first "visit" to Romania was on a river tour and provided a brief overview of Bucharest. I found Eastern Europe very interesting but was haunted by images of street children and stories of human trafficking. I knew the history of the horrendous "Romanian Orphanages". I received a call from Global Volunteers asking me to work with those children. The stars aligned!

    Global Volunteers.org is based in Minnesota and has an excellent reputation for international volunteering. The work day is 8:30 to 1 and 3-6, followed by dinner. The children can be new born to age 10, most with Special Needs. Each child is so special in his or her own way and hugs abound! Do you need special skills? Only the ability to love, hug, and comfort a child! This service is perfect for children, teens, students, adults and seniors!

    The work week ends on Friday and the team or individuals usually travel away from Barlad and experience the warmth of Romanian hospitality and learn about the culture. The Romanian Team leaders are excellent, personable and excited about sharing Romania with you.

    I never planned to go to Romania; I was planning to go to Crete. Each day I think of the children, see their smiles and tears, and wish I were with them. I went a stranger, left my heart, and will again return as familia. Following my heart to Romania is the best decision I have ever made!

    How could this program be improved?

    I have no idea.

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    Volunteers help make princesses
    Playing with toys is such fun
    Hugs and Giggles
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