crowdsourcing to volunteer abroad

Many volunteers fund some or all of their service program by fundraising – through appeals to their friends and family members. New York teacher Kelly Malloy’s “crowdsourcing” covered her costs for two service programs – in addition to schoolbooks for students in Tanzania.  It started when she planned to celebrate her 50th birthday by volunteering […]

Male volunteer in Mexico

Global Volunteers salutes Bill Spencer, who has served on 16 Global Volunteers service programs – starting with Turkey in 2000. Since then, Bill has gone on to serve as a Global Volunteer in Greece, the Cook Islands, Brazil, St. Lucia and Mexico. Thus far, his favorite Global Volunteers service program has been in Querétaro, Mexico, […]

National Volunteer Week 2017

Our volunteers are some of the most generous, compassionate and open-minded people in the world. For National Volunteer Week 2017 (April 23 – April 29), we want to express our appreciation for your time and service – as Global Volunteers. Since 1984, more than 33,000 of you have served around the world. Thank you for your effort in working […]

Help build bridges and volunteer abroad

Every day, you choose how you impact the world. When you contribute your energy and knowledge on a Global Volunteers team, your efforts become part of others’ success. You can be exactly what local people need – by assisting them on projects that define their future. Are you up for this kind of impact? This […]

Volunteering in your Golden Years

Volunteering after retirement from daily work might just make your Golden Years, well, golden.  In this interview, Judy, a Global Volunteer since 2005, explains how she’s crafted her “life after paid work” to explore and give back to the world. How Has Retirement Changed Your Vision for the Future? “The Golden Years.” What do these […]

Volunteering in Crete

By Lynn Lotkowictz, 3-time Greece Global Volunteer. Volunteering in Crete Three times in Fours Years So I’m volunteering in Crete this week for my third Global Volunteers trip in four years. Same program, same location. Why? The country, though economically struggling with continued high unemployment, remains peaceful with a beautiful landscape and welcoming culture. One of the […]

Teaching and Learning in Poland

Georgianna, a Poland Global Volunteer, talks about her first day teaching and learning in Poland. My beginner English class started by lining up outside the door, where the young students greeted one another, asked how each other were, and introduced the next person in line. The objective is to have them speak, speak, speak, in English. It’s not easy because these […]

responsible volunteering

Global Volunteers’ Philosophy of Service guides team members on the principles of responsible volunteering. This alumni volunteer shares a practical example of how this works on site in Chennai, India and elsewhere around the world. By Fran, India Volunteer.   At Assisi Illam, the daycare center in Chennai where we’re serving,  we’ve just finished singing “Twinkle, Twinkle, […]

A journal by Norina, a Poland Global Volunteer.   I’ve served on the Global Volunteers summer camp teaching program in Poland several times.  I’ll continue to volunteer at Reymontowka, in a lovely pastoral setting in Siedlce, east of Warsaw, and at Zakopane, in the beautiful Tatra mountains south of Kraków. While the food and accommodations at both sites […]

Where are the Cook Islands?

This is a common question Global Volunteer Alumni hear when they return from a volunteer program in the Cook Islands. “Where even is Rarotonga? Where are the Cook Islands? Wasn’t Survivor filmed there? How do you get there?” To most alumni, the Cook Islands are a magical place. It has a piece of their heart. And they […]