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

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 […]

Team #172 to Ecuador had the opportunity to visit the home of a child served at an early childhood development center in Calderón, on the northeastern-most border of the sprawling capital city of Quito nestled high in the Andes Mountains. The two centers where Global Volunteers partners in Calderón are for disadvantaged families, and mainly […]

Learn about our partnership with Sagrada Familia and your opportunity to help children in Peru here. Support a True Model Community in Peru by Daniel  Salazar, Global Volunteers Peru Country Manager and Team Leader Come to Lima and be inspired!  Come and make a real difference!  Come contribute to a true model of compassionate leadership […]

help Tanzanian children

Tanzania medical volunteers help children and their families in a fully modern and functional clinic, funded by a multi-year family foundation grant arranged by a Global Volunteer alumnus.  The Ipalamwa Health Center serves five rural communities in the Ukwega Ward, and stands as the centerpiece of the Ukwega 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 […]