Global Volunteers is the leading non-profit volunteer abroad organization offering short-term volunteers the opportunity to contribute to development abroad or in the U.S. Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers works in 17 countries worldwide. All costs are tax-deductible.

On the plains of South Dakota, a summer Global Volunteers service team worked one-on-one with the Sicangu Rosebud Sioux people, helping to improve the community’s welfare while gaining unique, non-tourist insights on the history, culture, and struggles of the Lakota Nation. Follow their day-by-day journey of discovery here. Welcome to the Reservation! Welcome to the […]

caring for children in Ecuador

The story of “the mothers of Calderón” is one of compassion and conviction, and the reason Global Volunteers works with them in partnership for children’s health and growth. The dedicated and dynamic women who first invited us to help them, and the resourceful mothers we serve today, demonstrate that investing in children is a foundational […]

20 years on Blackfeet Reservation

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Global Volunteers’ service to children, elders and families on the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana.  We’re very proud of our long-standing relationship with the Blackfeet people, and look forward to 20 more years and more!  Initiated by Global Volunteers Co-Founder Michele Gran and Blackfeet elder Dorothy Still Smoking in 1999, […]

Additional USA service program dates and new work projects in 2019 provide families, couples, individuals and groups a wide range of choices for spring and summer volunteering.  Volunteers of all ages can help mentor children and teens, prepare meals, encourage elders, repair homes, chop and store firewood, paint fences and buildings and much more on […]

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 […]

Kathmandu volunteering

Online travel guides are brimming with opportunities to tour Nepal – recognizing the country’s popularity as a top travel destination.  Adored by hikers, climbers and mountaineers, the northern section of the country features the Nepalese Himalayas – with eight of the ten highest mountains in the world.  The tropical south features expansive jungle territory, and […]

Gleeful children

Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund writes about a very happy morning at the early childhood development center in Quito where Global Volunteers has partnered for almost two decades – when the gleeful children played at a water table the center was gifted.  Over the years, I have been lucky to witness many joyous […]

Mothers around the world

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to recognize how our volunteers celebrate and support mothers around the world. From Tanzania to Ecuador, Montana to Greece, volunteers support mothers in developing communities in so many ways: encouragement, time, nutrition, self-sufficiency, recognition, heart, helping hands, peace, mentoring, and camaraderie. Top 10 Ways […]

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 […]

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 […]