Volunteering together as a couple is a life-changing experience that challenges you, and strengthens your relationship. Global Volunteers started in 1984 with a young couple, motivated by service, wanting to share their experience with other couples, families and individuals. Give back on a unique adventure & grow together.

Global Volunteers' Honeymoon

Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook’s unconventional honeymoon led to Global Volunteers’ founding in 1984. That year, the Jamaica Service Program began with two teams. Since 1984, we’ve worked in more than 200 other communities worldwide. Global Volunteers’ honeymoon story is told here by Co-founder Michele Gran, who is pictured below holding a child in Jamaica: Occasionally […]

Why you should volunteer in Portiugal

Global Volunteers Jim and Mary Diel share their top 5 reasons for volunteering in Portugal. 1. The local people Working with the children and adults on their English studies is certainly a highlight of volunteering in Portugal (Beja). Eager, enthusiastic and respectful are just a few of the words that describe our interactions with these students. You’ll love […]

Volunteering abroad with a partner may lead to new directions and interpersonal connections. It can be one of the most significant experiences of your life!  Gail and Bill O’Neal are a couple volunteering in Cuba who truly enjoy service together, as recorded in their program journal: We have been fortunate to be able to travel. It has […]

Today was our 1st full day in Monopoli. All of us were eager to begin our work in the high school, as we are the 186th team teaching in Italy. We began our orientation right after breakfast and Rita Marzano, the Italian professor who is our liaison in Monopoli, came to welcome us and to […]

teaching English to Vietnamese students

Jim Gorski, a Vietnam veteran and volunteer from St. Paul, MN,  describes how teaching English to Vietnamese students with his wife Mary Lou enabled him to “pay a debt” to the country’s people. After serving with Global Volunteers in 2014, he and his wife volunteered in Ipalamwa, Tanzania, teaching English and supporting our Reaching Children’s […]