Global Crossroad

Why choose Global Crossroad?

Global Crossroad, LLC is one of the world's fastest growing international volunteer vacation organizations. Its ever-expanding programs offer a variety of volunteer and travel programs in 18 different countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America: Volunteer Abroad, TEFL Abroad, Tours and Travels, Internship Abroad, Mini-Venture, Group Seasonal Escapes and Paid Teaching opportunities.

Our philosophy involves more than simply placing a volunteer in a grassroots project. We offer a variety of programs to meet the needs of our clients: individualized placements, travel and adventure, cross-cultural learning experiences, in-country travel arrangements, free-time exploration, and other services as per the special needs of our participants.


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Volunteering as a Physiotherapist in Cambodia.

Through Global Crossroads I volunteered as a Physiotherapist at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital for 8 weeks. Most of the time was spent in an outpatient setting with a varied caseload. Most of the patients suffered from either stroke, orthopedic injury, or musculoskeletal complaints. There were other unique patient groups such as patients with Bell's palsy. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. Most of the staff and patients could speak some English.

I would recommend volunteering here for Physiotherapists with a few years of experience as there is limited clinical support/supervision, minimal access to patient's notes/medical backgrounds, and a language barrier. Furthermore, the treatment approach and medical devices used in the Physiotherapy Department are "old school" compared to what is taught now. Therefore, it is important to be comfortable to go against the grain so your patients receive evidence-based active treatments.

Regarding visiting Cambodia, I can't speak highly enough of the country. Firstly the people are friendly. It is not uncommon to get invited by strangers to sit down with them and share a cold beer. While Phnom Penh isn't the most liveable city there is a lot of interesting (albeit depressing) history to explore. It is also a good springboard to explore other parts of the country that are truly amazing such as Ankor Wat and the coast.

I can't speak to the accommodation that is offered here to other volunteers as I was lucky enough to have a family friend who put me up.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would come with more resources such as booklets that are written in Khmer to help upskill staff in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. I would also bring with me some equipment that would make rehabilitation easier for patients such as non-slip mats
  • Friendly staff and people
  • Cambodia the country is beauitful and fascinating
  • Food
  • Price. Quiet expensive considering that I organised my own accomodation and wasn't being provided food. A breakdown of where the money went would also be helpful and make it less of a barrier.
  • Traffic of Phnom Penh is rough, particuarlly during rush hour.
  • Highest recorded temperature in Cambodia for 170 years
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International volunteer in Nepal was my best experience.

I have many words to say, but to save our time, I prefer you can directly check my daily life record in my instagram account. @miss.fang66. So you can know I’m a real person, and my real experiences.

I traveled alone, I attended other volunteer program to Philippines before, 2024/2/25-3/8 I went to Nepal with the help from global crossroad organization.

I joined for one week English teaching and one week medical program. Those are great experiences for me.

Besides, I am a 31 years old female, have formal job (I took 2 weeks off for this), just want you to know never too late to do this. And I hope I can help people who want to join but still concerns.

What was your funniest moment?
Too many to say….
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Yes, I recommend this program

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This was one of the best trips of my life if you need thorough info on Nepal and how the project was u can just send me a massage on Instagram (@aryannaghavi) or write me in WhatsApp and I’ll be more than happy to give you all the useful information (003670357698)
You are gonna sleep with a local family and they provide you with a breakfast and dinner. The food is delicious the place has easy access to everywhere. I took bus every day and paid 20 cents each time. Every morning you work at hospital from 9 to 2-3 pm (nobody will tell you when to come when to go it’s up to you I ditched half of the days :))) overall it was an awesome experience

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An enriching and fulfilling experience for the whole family

I wanted to take a trip that would be adventurous and fulfilling for the whole family. My kids are 15 and 12 years old. We have been so privileged to have what we do in the United States and I wanted to share what we could of our time and donations to those that don't.

What better way to open your heart than to see experience it with young children at an orphanage? It was the perfect balance of volunteering and free time for adventures. My son did get sick and Global Crossroads was so helpful in helping us navigate our way around the health system and to translate for us when we really needed it.

This type of experience you can only learn from doing it and not reading about it or hoping someday you will get to go when the time is right. It is not easy but if you are thinking even a little bit about it just apply and go! There is no way you will regret it and GC is there to answer all your questions.

  • Cusco is an amazing city and I never got bored walking around town and exploring. The Peruvians are kind and helpful.
  • It is a great place to practice your Spanish. There are so many adventures just outside of Cusco. It feels safe and is easy to get around town.
  • The orphanage was welcoming and the hours are flexible to accommodate your schedule. the weather in August was incredible!
  • I didn't know a lot of Spanish so that made it hard (this is my fault though) but it was still manageable for sure and I learned a lot while I was there.
  • The host family was a wee bit away from the city so would have liked to have stayed a bit closer.
  • It was a bit chilly in the house at night an something to get used to.
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A Heartwarming Experience: Working with Children and Moms in an Orphanage

My family and I went volunteering at an orphanage, and I can confidently say that the experience has been nothing short of heartwarming and transformative. Working with children in need has opened my eyes to the strength and resilience that these young souls possess, making my time spent at the orphanage an unforgettable journey of love and compassion.

From the moment I stepped through the orphanage's doors, I was greeted with the warmest smiles and heartfelt gratitude. The children, despite their challenging circumstances, radiated an innocence and spirit that was infectious. Their enthusiasm for life and their ability to find joy in the simplest of things were truly humbling.

One of the most rewarding aspects of working in an orphanage was the opportunity to build meaningful connections with the children. Each child had a unique personality, and we felt privileged to be a part of their lives, even if only for a short period. My interactions with them ranged from playtime and educational activities to providing emotional support and guidance. Witnessing their smiles and calmness over time was immensely gratifying.

The orphanage staff was an incredible team of dedicated individuals who shared a genuine passion for the well-being of the children. Their tireless efforts to create a nurturing environment and provide essential resources were commendable. They were always ready to lend a helping hand, ensuring that both the children and us volunteers received the support needed to thrive.

Throughout my volunteer journey, I learned valuable life lessons that have left a lasting impact on me. Patience, empathy, and resilience were just a few of the virtues that the children unknowingly imparted to me. Additionally, working in an orphanage highlighted the importance of community and reminded me of the positive impact that simple acts of kindness can have on someone's life.

It is important to acknowledge that working with children in an orphanage can also be emotionally challenging. Witnessing the hardships that some of these children faced and their longing for a stable family environment tugged at my heartstrings. However, the strength and resilience they displayed in the face of adversity inspired me to do my best to contribute positively to their lives.

In conclusion, working with children in an orphanage has been a life-changing experience that I would highly recommend to anyone seeking a meaningful and rewarding volunteer opportunity. The joy of making a difference in these children's lives, even in small ways, is unparalleled. The love and gratitude you receive in return is immeasurable. My time spent at the orphanage has taught me the true essence of compassion, and I will forever cherish the memories of the precious souls who touched my heart.

  • life changing experience
  • Hands on time with Moms and their kids
  • Practice your spanish language skills
  • Emotionally challenging
  • Physical environment is not child proof


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Amy Lynn Jones

I'm a wife and a mom of 2, 15 and 12-year-old children. I am a Physician Assistant in dermatology and certified in Lifestyle Medicine. I have a passion for health and connection with others. I have always wanted to do a global volunteer trip and finally got the courage to go later in life with the support of my family. After a solo trip I was privileged to take my family to do another one. Now I don't want to stop!
Amy Lynn Jones


Why did you choose this program?

I had a great experience with Global Crossroads the year prior in Tanzania and my husband said he had Peru on his bucket list so I out what GC had to offer in Peru. The orphanage program was something the four of us could do together and I thought my 15-year-old could use a little perspective shift, if I am being honest. :)

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program provider assisted in making arrangements with excursions, pairing us with the orphanage, buying things for the orphanage, and shopping while we were there with donation money. We collected money on our own before going there as well as donations. They helped us navigate the health system since my son was sick while we were there. It is clean safe and great so do not get discouraged by him becoming sick.
We did change our lodging and found restaurants by our own choice to be much closer to the city and we decided where to go to eat and smaller tours to take in our free time.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I have 4 pieces.
It is not essential but learning Spanish, even the basics before you go can be beneficial and appreciated. There are definitely ways to connect without words with the children you are helping but it is also fun to practice getting better at the language and I think the people appreciate it.

Definitely get traveler's insurance (Which you have to with GC anyway) and check your regular insurance and how it is covered. Learn to go with the flow. There is no way to know what your experience will be like but that is part of the fun too.

Bringing a few donations if you can is much appreciated or collecting a few dollars to get diapers etc for the children heightens the experience.

If you are going with a group or family keep things in perspective, make sure you have connection over expectations. I wanted to do EVERYTHING and my family need downtime so we had to compromise a little bit.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day was getting up and having breakfast and heading to the orphanage to work from 9-1 then having the rest of the afternoon free to explore or take a bus tour. At the orphanage, we helped the kids eat snacks, played lots of games, helped them for a nap, and went outside on the playground or around the block for a walk.

You can either eat at your host house or out in Cusco. Engaging with the Peruvians in the stores or getting an Incan massage was really fun. You can even walk to one area of ruins to explore. The views all around the city are spectacular. We did an excursion with the planetarium that took us up on a bus to learn about the stars and the Incan history. There is plenty to city and do close by to enrich your heart.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was altitude sickness. I took the medication and didn't need it. Everyone experiences this differently but the worst was a little out of breath walking up stairs. I feel 95% of the time you worry about something you don't need to worry about. My son got sick and was not expecting this but the coordinator and host and program was incredible at helping us navigate this and by our side when we needed them. I thought their docs and nurses were top notch and cared so well for Ben that it changed by view about the healthcare in a third world country and some of the things we can learn from them.