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China

Teach conversational English to enthusiastic learners in the fascinating cities of Xi’an and Kunming

2

Cook Islands

Tutor English & Math in the spectacular tropical island of Rarotonga

3

Costa Rica

Work with students and teachers in the the breathtaking Monteverde Cloud Forest region

4

Cuba

Build bridges of friendship through English conversation and community projects in Ciego de Avila, Sancti Spiritus or Havana

5

Ecuador

Nurture and educate young children on the margins of Quito in the Andes Mountains

6

Greece

Teach conversational English to students of all ages in a seaside town on the island of Crete

7

India

Elevate impoverished children’s futures through nutrition, healthcare and education projects in bustling Chennai

8

Italy

Teach conversational English to eager youth in a picturesque coastal community

9

Mexico

Teach conversational English to enthusiastic university students in Querétaro

10

Peru

Serve impoverished children and families, and teach English to adult students in the bustling city of Lima

11

Poland

Teach conversational English and immerse yourself in the Polish culture of Siedlce and the mountains of Zakopane.

12

Portugal

Teach conversational English to elementary, high school, and university students in historic Beja

13

Romania

Brighten abandoned children’s lives, and teach English to teens in Barlad and Transylvania

14

St Lucia

Help women and children reach their full potential in an impoverished seaside village

15

Tanzania

Support a community’s quest for development through nutrition, health and education projects

16

United States, Montana

Work on community projects alongside members of the Blackfeet Nation outside Glacier National Park

17

United States, West Virginia

Serve youth and elders through community empowerment projects in the verdant “hollers” of Appalacia

18

Vietnam

Wage peace through service with conversational English classes for students and professionals in historic Hanoi

Volunteer Abroad

“Volunteering abroad holds magic on so many fronts, and is the springboard for my global explorations . . . I cannot imagine one without the other anymore.”
Seija Webb, Frequent Global Volunteer

Volunteer abroad as a family, group, individual or couple.  Your unique skills, guided by our respected philosophy of service, are valuable resources on life-giving community projects. This is service. Seriously.  Reach out. Lend a hand in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, North America, South America or the South Pacific. We prepare you to serve.  Our community partners welcome you as family. You experience daily life as local people live it. And, you return home with deep, informed insights on your place in the world.

Over three decades, more than 32,000 Global Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life have served in 34 countries on six continents. The positive impact is enormous. Children are fed, clothed and cared for, health is improved, schools are built, cognition is enhanced, clean water is provided, dormitories are enlarged, teachers are supported, English, math and science are taught, household gardens are planted, libraries are equipped, pregnant women and mothers are counseled, homes are restored, students are sponsored, and so much more. Help provide  essential services enabling children to thrive. You can indeed make a significant difference when you volunteer abroad.

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Create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children and their families on community-led development projects. With Global Volunteers, local people are in charge. Work alongside community members under the direction of community leaders on projects requested and maintained by our partners.  Serve in homes, classrooms, clinics, community centers, hospitals, orphanages, childcare centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields and wherever service and learning occurs. Exceed your expectations.  Volunteer abroad for one, two or three weeks, and help others reach their highest potential.

Be the change.

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“A model that has been replicated worldwide.”

“Global Volunteers has what are regarded as the best programs in the field.”

“Bud and Michele established Global Volunteers to provide people with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children around the globe.”

“The work they accomplish meets needs in little-known areas that might not be on the radar of large-scale efforts.”

“Global Volunteers is at the leading edge of the surge in popularity of volunteer vacations.”

“Travel with a conscience and help people on a Global Volunteers journey.”

“In 1979 Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook helped people in a poor mountain village in Guatemala. That lead to Global Volunteers — spiritually fulfilling, intellectually stimulating and incidentally tax-deductible volunteer vacations.”

Global Volunteers is one of the oldest nonsectarian organizations to offer short-term “volunteer vacations.”

“Though the volunteers may be vacationers, the aid they bring is real.”

10 Best Volunteer Abroad Organizations:  “A pioneer of volunteer vacations organizations, Global Volunteers was founded in 1984 – that is, long before it was a trend.”

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