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

Team #183 to Ecuador helped the Foundation of Ladies of Calderón carry out an extremely important renovation project in July 2019. Read here about the history of this project and the struggle to provide a clean and safe place for disadvantaged children on the outskirts of Quito. Global Volunteers’ community partner in Ecuador – Foundation […]

short-term volunteers

Can one or two weeks on a service program truly make a difference to people in need? Our answer is yes! Short-term volunteers can bring a long-term impact to the communities that we serve, and we have numerous alumni stories to underline this point. But, stories from our community partners and international staff are especially […]

Judy with Maria (the nurse) service experience in Greece.

Global Volunteers professes that every volunteer helps wage peace and promote justice in partner communities worldwide But, you might wonder: “Can I really make a difference in my two weeks of service? Can I truly impact at least one person’s life?” If you have doubts, this story may just convince you how important you can […]

caring for children in Peru

Jack Bryan, Global Volunteers Digital Media Coordinator, said he learned a lesson on “mothering” in Peru he couldn’t have learned anywhere else. Read his compelling story here: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln A growing body of scientific evidence reveals the extent that a mother’s […]

work on the reservation

Warming hearts and homes. “Mother” Lauren Stanley points to towering pile of cord wood. “This is what hope looks like on the reservation,” she asserted. She’s overseeing a production line of volunteers in Mission, South Dakota who are splitting and stacking the wood for distribution to families in all reaches of the Rosebud Reservation. It’s […]

Thomasina and students in Peru

A dedicated volunteer, Thomasina Tafur, is once again getting ready to pack her bags – to serve in both Poland and Italy. She says she “loves to serve,” especially “helping young people maneuver through their life’s path.” She began her Global Volunteers journey in 2017, with a service program in Cuba, and followed it in […]

Twenty enthusiastic volunteers on our inaugural team to Kathmandu, Nepal united with community partners of intention, vision and compassion to establish a steadfast partnership for development.  “Global Volunteers’ Philosophy of Service is a bridge for peace and justice, so it’s paramount that we be aware of our actions as we interact with individuals – especially […]

The first four months of our new partnership with Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru has enabled volunteers to integrate fully into the daily rhythms and activities of the children’s lives.  From a collection of team journal excerpts, a picture emerges of the opportunities for leaving your mark on this special part of the world. Message […]

Kindergarten, Tanzania

“Seeing the children’s faces light up as they held on tightly to their new dental tools was so heartwarming. At that moment I was so proud of our fundraising efforts and the people who helped my dream become a reality!” This was the first testimonial from “Marvelous Maddy,” a student volunteer who raised over $6,000 […]

It started in Minnesota, by two people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . . In the past 35 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 35,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities worldwide. We know that direct, hands-on service cultivates mutual understanding and respect, and helps build a foundation for […]