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

  • Heidi Moon
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    Rhode Island
    Mount Holyoke College
    Global Volunteers comes through again!
    05/14/2015

    Just as Global Volunteers did in Vietnam 15 years ago, they provided a meaningful, intellectually stimulating, and enjoyable experience. Learning about Cuba directly from the Cubans is the right way to do it. Being in a congenial small group with a team leader and a Cuban guide who understand what GV is all about made the trip a life-changing experience for both my grandson and me. I give the experience an A+

    How could this program be improved?

    I felt perfectly safe while in Cuba, but I have suggestions that relate to travel anywhere in the world: Passengers should stay seated using seat belts while the coach is in motion; the leaders should be aware of the danger of the sun so should always offer the option of shade; bottles of water should be readily available at all times, including when the group boards the bus after arriving at the airport.

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  • Connie Palagi
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    East Greenwich, RI
    Worcester State University
    Cuba Lover for Life
    05/13/2015

    This was the trip of a lifetime...to see Cuba with all of its beauty, culture and rustic appeal still intact before tourism really takes over.
    The scenery in Ciego de Avila, Santa Clara and Moron was fabulously untouched, like stepping back in time.

    Havana gets into your blood and I could have spend weeks there!
    We did not visit tourist areas or beaches, it was the real bird's eye view of Cuba among the streets, cars, people and scenery of real life.

    How could this program be improved?

    The People to People program has completed its' last run and I was glad to be a part of it. Global Volunteers will now run the program, so people will still be able to participate.

    I would, in future programs, give a bit more time to travelers to set out and see something on their own time.

    Also, during musical presentations, if people do not want to get up and dance, I would not make them!

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  • Gene Child
    Age: 51 or older
    Male
    Golden, CO
    University of Kansas
    Cuban adventure
    05/12/2015

    I was disappointed by the fact we had so little time to do things on our own. Perhaps that was because the US govt required that we be scheduled for 12 hours each day. Everything was too structured.

    How could this program be improved?

    Allow people to go off to find their own eating places on the economy so they might interact with the local Cubans more.

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  • Iris Saligman
    Age: 51 or older
    Female
    Mill Valley, CA
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Wonderful Cuba Experience!
    05/12/2015

    My one week trip to Cuba with Global Volunteers was well planned with excellent guides, comfortable accommodations, and inspiring people to people interactions, such as visits to community art projects, a theater company with performance, music venues, and interactions with Cuban students. The leader and guides were helpful, knowledgeable, and authentic which made for a great people to people experience in Cuba.

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  • Jane Louise
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Sydney, Australia
    Deakin University
    Loving Romania
    04/21/2015

    I've done this program 3 times now, I'm from Australia. I absolutely love it. The impact of what we do can be seen straight away, with kids responding positively very quickly. I've seen children sit up, smile, become interested in their surroundings and so on within two weeks. One highlight this trip was a child learning my name. Our hosts are local people with huge hearts who work tirelessly and consistently - and they're fun, too! All fun times are what you make them, and can be found in attempting the language or in the antics of the kids. We were perfectly safe at all times. Equally as important, the coffee is great! ;)

    Be aware that no matter how fit or young you are, you will be extraordinarily tired by the end of your very worthwhile trip. This is normal. Plan some recovery days!

    How could this program be improved?

    I'd like to see more promotion of this program. To know that there is not a follow up team to the one I'm on is heartbreaking. These amazing kids deserve consistent care.

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