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volunteer in youth

The benefits of volunteering are endless across the spectrum of life. Service to others helps us understand the world and ourselves, connect with people, impact events and make a difference. During her gap year, 18 – year – old Cassidy Richardson learned all these lessons and more in the Cook Islands with Global Volunteers.  She […]

Cook Islands culture

When Annie saw the description of Global Volunteers’ Cook Islands program, she suspected it might be precisely the type of “once-in-a-lifetime” destination for her wife, Toby’s, 70th birthday. Together, they decided that celebrating Toby’s milestone birthday in service to others would be unforgettable and rewarding. Read Toby’s story here! By Toby S., First-time Cook Islands […]

Kiwi volunteer

Juliet Cooke from Wellington New Zealand said teaching at St. Joseph’s School in Rarotonga was a unique way to learn about the Cook Islands culture from the “inside.” In the classrooms, she helped students improve their reading and literacy skills and supported their teachers. In an interview with Marketing Assistant Millie Pinakoulaki, Juliet describes the highlights […]

young volunteer

Throughout her childhood, Cassidy Richardson was interested in learning about different cultures and languages.  The more she learned, the more she felt drawn to help others while putting her growing understanding to work.  When Cassidy turned 18, she decided to get out of the comfort of her home and volunteer in the Cook Islands. In […]

Hands on help

Volunteering gives you the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, find purpose, and use your civic responsibility for the greater good. On a Global Volunteers service program, you can provide hands on help to communities in need around the world. Without the help of volunteers, our partner communities would struggle to […]

Drone Photos of the Cook Islands

Anyone who’s experienced the Cook Islands knows that the crystal-blue waters and beaches are simply off the charts. Global Volunteer Jedd Wasson enjoyed teaching at Apii Avarua primary school on Rarotonga by day, and captured these stunning drone photos of the island during his free time.  He said combining his love of travel and photography […]

Volunteer Trip to the Cook Islands with Global Volunteers

Reflections from Global Volunteer Jedd about his volunteer trip to the Cook Islands. My volunteer trip to the Cook Islands was incredible. I worked at a local school close to where we were staying, called Apii Avarua. It is a K-8 school and decently sized, about 30 per grade. Three of us 9 volunteers helped […]

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.

More than 1,400 volunteers have positively impacted the lives of children, families, and community leaders on the island since 1998! We’re anticipating the 1,500th volunteer to serve in the idyllic South Pacific island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands this February. Join us, and you can expect a special celebration of all our volunteers and […]

Some of the world’s most beautiful islands are also the greatest volunteering locations. If you choose service as a way to refocus your mind onto something larger than yourself, you can take a break in one of our partner communities and make a world of difference. These “do-good” programs engage you in genuine development projects […]

Volunteer Projects in the Cook Islands - After school program

An update from James Puati, Global Volunteers’ Cook Islands Country Manager, about two new volunteer projects in the Cook Islands: Announcing Two New Volunteer Projects in the Cook Islands Volunteers have started serving at a new school. Avarua School has requested support for their students in literacy and numeracy. Avarua Principal, Engia Baxter, is no […]