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
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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
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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
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    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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    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
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    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...
    7 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    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
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    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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  • 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
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  • 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
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Program Reviews

  • 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!

    Photos:
    Chief giving a speech at Mortgage Burning Celebration
    Rainbow welcome the horse-riding volunteers
    Sweat Lodge experience
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  • Teresa
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    right now I'm in Cambodia!
    7/10
    Cooks rock!
    11/08/2015

    This time last year, I was just leaving the Cook Islands after a three week volunteer stint, assessing English language reading skills among 8th graders in the Arorangi community on the western side of Rarotonga, the capital island. Facebook reminded me of this earlier this week by providing a flashback photo of me and my co-teacher Bill in front of Arorangi School waiting for the island bus we boarded at the end of each teaching day to return us to our family-run motel accommodation half way round the island. In fact, we relied on the island bus to take us anywhere and everywhere we wanted to go. Since the entire island is only 32 kilometers around, it was easy to access all the attractions via public transportation. Bill was a return volunteer. In fact, he had worked at the Arorangi school during all his previous visits to the Islands, a total of six I believe, and so was well loved by the students and highly respected by the principal and teachers. He prepared the school for the national maths competition which took place in the capital village, Avarua, during our stay. It was great fun to watch as the 4-girl team in the 6th grade class grew in confidence and self-esteem under his tutelage. They won the national award for their grade level, the only team from Arorangi to achieve that distinction! We all cheered their victory from the stands in the national auditorium. As a first timer, it was great to have Bill and another returned volunteer, Mary, in our group. They were invaluable resources for getting the most out of our experiences, both working and playing. Mary managed to arrange for two of us to accompany her to Aitutake, the resort island an hour's flight from Rarotonga for a fabuloJus day trip. She had missed the opportunity during her previous Cook Islands service by signing up too late to get a space on the small inter-island flight. We benefited from her savvy by signing up early to join her on the outing. Our group leader, James, was very approachable and professional, but a bit distracted since he also has a full-time job running the island's only brewery. At times, we had to remind him that he needed to schedule activities that had been promised to us, like the island night at the Edgewater Resort which nearly got forgotten about until we reminded him during our final week together. I was particularly inconvenienced by his tendency towards distraction. Since I was heading to Asia at the conclusion of my service in Rarotonga, due to the limited flights out of RAR I had to leave 24 hours earlier than the others returning to the U.S. James agreed to pick me up right after school on our final teaching day to take me to the airport, and directed me to leave all my luggage, including hand-carry in the company van so that we could go straight to the airport for my 4PM flight. In the event, he totally forgot to collect me, and I ended up getting a ride to the airport with the Principal who desperately tried to contact James by cell phone to no avail. Fortunately, I had both my passport and my wallet on me, so I went on my merry way sans luggage, leaving James to sort out how to get it to me. With the help of Air New Zealand, he did eventually get it to me about a week later, apologizing profusely. But on balance, my experience was uniformly positive and the people I met both among the locals and my fellow volunteers could not have been more supportive, friendly, and helpful. Having lived in Hawaii for many years, I was glad to see that the aloha spirit is alive and well in this part of Polynesia.

    How could this program be improved?

    I got the feeling that James was kind of a placer holder for his wife. Several people told me that she had been a better administrator of the program and the sort of lapses our team experienced would not have happened on her watch. I hope that she will return as the GV leader for this project when she finishes her training in NZ. James is certainly capable and well-meaning, but his priorities lie elsewhere in my impressions.

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  • Roger
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    Portland Oregon
    University of Portland
    9/10
    Always enchanting Vietnam..
    11/05/2015

    I have gone to Vietnam many times. I started in 2000 with GV when the program was in the south. Now, the program is in the north. I always still enjoy going back to Vietnam because of the people, the culture, and the newness each time. Even with the chaotic traffic and the noise, there is a certain mystic calmness which is always present. Walking around the lake during one's free time, watching the locals exercise, eating in local restaurants is always a break from my reality at home. Vietnam and its people lured my many years ago and the allurement continues today. Go and enjoy a different world..

    How could this program be improved?

    the program should find a different high school to volunteer in. i know there is another Nguyen Binh Kiem hi school in Hanoi that teachers disabled students along with regular students. It is a public school. This would be a perfect fit for GV.

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  • Courtney
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Pasco, Washington
    Washington State University- Tri-Cities
    9/10
    Vietnam March 2015
    11/04/2015

    The two week volunteer trip I embarked on to Vietnam was exciting and also a bit scary as it was my first time traveling outside of North America and alone. However, from the moment I got to Vietnam until I left there was not a bit of fear in me. The experience was amazing. I loved the group I worked with, the people of the country, the landscape, and the list goes on and on. Two weeks may seem like a short time but the memories, insight and friends that were made will last forever. I would recommend Global Volunteers and especially the Vietnam experience to anyone.

    Photos:
    Morning in Vietnam
    Volunteer group March 2015
    Our awesome students and friends at Omamori Spa
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