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Be The Change. Be a Global Volunteer Abroad.



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



Build bridges of friendship through conversational English classes and other support of the Cuban people 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


United States, South Dakota

Help Lakota people improve their quality of life on the plains near the nation’s prominent tourist destinations.



Teach conversational English to eager youth in a picturesque coastal community



Teach conversational English, engage in light labor and care for children in Kathmandu.



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


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

Highest-rated volunteer abroad programs since 1984.

One-, two- and three-week opportunities to create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children and their families. You’re welcomed into homes, classrooms, clinics, community centers, hospitals, orphanages, childcare centers, libraries, government offices, farm fields and more on exceptional international service and learning programs. Safe, meaningful work projects. Best accommodations and logistics.  Exceed your expectations as a Global Volunteer Abroad.

Be a Lifeline for Children in Need.  Give Monthly.

We exceeded our $150,000 matching grant goal in September! Thank you for your generosity. Thank you for your faith in us to help children reach their full potential.

You can still help children worldwide.  Can’t travel across the oceans to leave your mark on the world? Help purchase material resources to give a child a healthy start. Your donation goes to restoring classrooms, providing clean water, planting gardens, supplying books, stocking pharmacies, and more.  Contribute now to immediate needs.  All donations are tax-deductible. 


“Volunteering abroad holds magic on so many fronts.  It’s the springboard for my global explorations.  I can’t imagine one without the other anymore.”
Seija Webb, 8-time Global Volunteer

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“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.