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Be The Change in the World. Be a Global Volunteer.



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


Cook Islands

Tutor English & Math in the spectacular tropical island of Rarotonga


Costa Rica

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



Build bridges of friendship through English conversation and community projects in Ciego de Ávila or Havana.



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



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



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



Teach conversational English to eager youth in a picturesque coastal community



Teach conversational English to enthusiastic university students in Querétaro



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



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



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



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


St Lucia

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



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


United States, Montana

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


United States, West Virginia

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



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

This is service. Seriously. Volunteer abroad as a family, group, individual or couple with an internationally respected non-profit organization.  We apply your unique skills, guided by our ethical philosophy of service, to life-giving community development projects. Reach out in compassion worldwide: 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 33,000 Global Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life have served in 34 countries on six continents. The positive impact is enormous. Through volunteer opportunities abroad, children are fed, clothed, taught and cared for. Their health and cognition is improved.  Schools are built, clean water is provided, dormitories are enlarged, teachers are supported, household gardens are planted, libraries are equipped, pregnant women and mothers are counseled, homes are restored, and so much more. All through the work of short-term volunteers!  You can help provide these essential services to children and families.  Choose your program – and make a significant difference as a volunteer abroad.




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Join us this February in the idyllic South Pacific, where you will become one of more than 1,500 volunteers in the Cook Islands who've impacted the lives of children, families, and community leaders on the island so far. A warm welcome awaits! As a volunteer in the Cook Islands, you work alongside teachers, families, and community leaders we’ve been privileged to serve since 1998! Consistent one-on-one tutoring by Global Volunteers has positively influenced children and young adults' learning opportunities. gallery "The literacy level of our children has risen... due to the time and extra work of the Global Volunteers. We're very grateful."  Principal Engina Baxter, Takitumu School Through important, full-day volunteer assignments, cultural activities, and time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about the Cook Islands and remain forever invested. The program contribution and airfare are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Your contribution includes the costs for all meals, safe and comfortable updated lodging, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and transportation from the Rarotonga airport. A Global Volunteers staff member manages and leads your team throughout your stay. Everything, except airfare and free-time activities, is covered by your contribution. PHOTO Alumni, companion, student, and group discounts apply. For more information, call 651-407-6100 to visit with one of our Volunteer Coordinators now.
Children helping children in Ecuador
Global Volunteers do-good island escapes

Create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children and their families on international volunteer programs. 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.  Volunteer around the world in homes, classrooms, clinics, community centers, hospitals, orphanages, childcare centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields and wherever service and learning occurs. Exceed your expectations.  On one-, two-, or three-week volunteer abroad programs, you help others reach their highest potential.

Be the change.

“Granddaddy of the volunteer vacation movement.”

“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.”

Request a volunteer abroad catalog here or call 800-487-1074.

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