Global Volunteers works in partnership with community leaders on genuine development programs, creating impact in the areas of health, nutrition and intellectual development.

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Global Awareness for My Sons

Melissa, an attorney and mother of four boys aged nine to twelve, from Austin, Texas, was seeking a volunteer opportunity for two of her sons to give them hands-on experience with children and increase their global awareness. She decided on Global Volunteers’ Ecuador service program, where her boys could help take care of very young […]

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Provide Hands On Help While Volunteering

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 […]

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If You Ask Me About Being a Volunteer in Africa…

Volunteer in Africa

Volunteer Ruth Curran reflects on sharing her experiences as a volunteer in Africa with her friends and family at home, and how difficult it can be to do justice to the depth of those experiences. As A Volunteer in Africa After serving as a Global Volunteer in Africa, Ruth writes about how to tell that […]

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Special Volunteer Program over Holy Week in Ecuador

Holy Week in Ecuador

Holy Week in Ecuador Holy Week in Ecuador is one of the most colorful times of the year. The processions on Good Friday are one of the greatest demonstrations of Catholic faith. The Good Friday procession in Quito is named Jesús del Gran Poder (Jesus of Great Power) and is said to be one of the largest […]

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High School Volunteering Expands Students’ Education and Worldview

high school volunteering

In the first part of her essay excerpted here, Nilusha Jayasinghe, winner of Global Volunteers’ Bi-Annual Student Volunteer Abroad Scholarship, talks about the importance of high school volunteering and international service in shaping her career choices and worldview.  My International Service Beginnings In May of 2010, at the age of 19, I departed the United States […]

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Declare This A Very Fine Day In The Life, Work, And Experience of Team 2


Team Journal Entry for September 6, 2017 from Team #2 to Ipalamwa, Tanzania Each volunteer team of Global Volunteers prepares a team journal for the service program. Each entry assumes the personality of the author, and many are greatly entertaining. We find this entry by team member Beverly, an attorney, especially creative! See if you […]


Reflections from Team #1 in Ipalamwa

Reflections in Tanzania

Reflections in Tanzania from Global Volunteers Team #1 to Ipalamwa by Ruth Curran, Team #1 volunteer, Global Volunteers board member, and Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) advisory committee member I know that journal entries are about creating a diary and chronicling the events of each day – that is important and that will give us all […]

Volunteers’ Role in Community Service

volunteer in community service with toddler

Helping communities to help children thrive is the volunteers’ primary role on Global Volunteers teams. Everyone, regardless of age, has skills and talents to help children and families reach their full potential.  Learn more about your, and other volunteers’ role in community service. Building a Solid Foundation for Children’s Futures Our community development projects worldwide […]


What Kunming Teachers Are Saying about Volunteers in China…

Volunteers in China

In the summer, Kunming University runs a 2- to 3- week “staff development” English program for an intact group of Chinese English teachers from elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Global Volunteers is invited to assist every year with the program. Volunteers lead Chinese English teachers in conversations to help improve their English […]

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Crowdsourcing to Volunteer Abroad

crowdsourcing to volunteer abroad

Read about how one Global Volunteer used crowdsourcing to volunteer abroad – raising enough funds to cover both the program fees and to buy schoolbooks for students in Tanzania. “Kelly is one of those full of life, bursting at the seams with joy and laughter people who feels the world on a deeper level than […]