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

help Tanzanian children

Medical volunteers will soon help Tanzanian children and their families in a fully modern and functional Health Center, funded by a multi-year family foundation grant arranged by a Global Volunteer alumnus.  The Ipalamwa clinic will serve six rural communities in the Iringa District, and stands as the centerpiece of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project. Reaching […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

projects for mothers and children

Female volunteers of all ages have always been the foundation of Global Volunteers’ programs. Some 70% of our team members every year are women. Children, of course, are the focus of every service program. And, mothers are crucial for giving children a healthy start in life. So, it’s obvious why projects to help mothers and children form the […]

Ipalamwa Tanzania

Ipalamwa, Tanzania is a small rural village of about 5,000 in the highest highlands of the Iringa District. It’s literally at the “end of the road.” And, what a road it is!  From here, it seems you can see all the way to the end of the Earth. Indeed, the clear, vast perspective from Ipalamwa reveals […]

meaningful travel in Africa

To travel in a purposeful, meaningful way is to enrich your life and the lives of others. You dig deeper, stretch farther, give larger. You discover and learn new things about the world and yourself. You leave a positive mark on the communities you visit and the environments you explore. Meaningful travel is being aware of […]