"I encourage all who want to make a difference in this world to serve with Global Volunteers. I began in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica in 1992. My ninth program was last summer with my son at an orphanage in Lima, Peru. On all these trips, I truly felt we were waging peace by making friends with the ordinary people of another nation. Perhaps they now have a better opinion of Americans. I have a deeper understanding of how their country works, the values that are important to them, and the miraculous similarity of us all. Besides, these programs are FUN!! I treasure the team experience. I wholeheartedly endorse Global Volunteers and its unarrogant approach to helping people in other nations.
~ Mary Ann Novotny, repeat Global Volunteer
Global Volunteers' unique philosophy of service requires volunteers to work at the invitation and under the direction of local community partners, and one-on-one with local people. By remaining faithful to this philosophy for three decades, we've created significant opportunities for you to provide a genuine service to others all over the globe.
When you embrace this guiding philosophy, you will personally enjoy the richness of the people you serve, truly wage peace and promote justice in the most direct manner possible. There are six basic elements of Global Volunteers' philosophy of service. We serve:
- At the invitation of community partners
- Under the direction of local leaders
- On sustainable community-based projects
- Doing only what we're asked to do
- Hand-and-hand with local people
- While providing financial assistance where appropriate
Volunteers are engaged in three types service of projects:
- You can help deliver the United Nations prescribed 12 Essential Services to local people through appropriate, sustained volunteer assistance on comprehensive community-led development projects that focus on children.
- Native English speakers can teach conversational English in elementary through university classrooms, at government and business offices, and during intensive English language “Summer Camps.” English is the international language of commerce, technology and opportunity.
- Serving in a rural community in the United States offers new insights to America and our multifaceted culture. On the Blackfeet and Crow Indian reservations in Montana, and in the mining towns of Appalachia in West Virginia, you can help resourceful communities create a better life.
We invest in continuous improvement in our volunteer management, ensuring team productivity and new volunteer learning opportunities. Above all, we're committed to integrity in all our operations, striving for program excellence and transparency in our U.S. offices and abroad."Links of a Chain" describes Global Volunteers' development focus.