The Best Volunteer Gig in the World

Best Volunteer Gig

Searching for the best volunteer gig in the world? Well, look no further! Make a lasting impact while discovering one of the most beautiful places on Earth – the Cook Islands. Four-time Global Volunteer Mary reflects on why she continues returning to this idyllic South Pacific island. “Where are the Cook Islands?” asks anyone with whom […]

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Top 4 Island Volunteer Vacations

Island Volunteer Vacations

With crystal-blue bays, soft sand beaches, breathtaking views, and a care-free island “beat, ” it’s easy to see why people choose to volunteer on our island volunteer vacations. Although these are some of the most beautiful places on Earth, the poverty on these islands is often hidden from the average tourist. As a volunteer, you provide […]


6 Creative Tips for Fundraising to Volunteer Abroad

Fundraising to Volunteer Abroad

Many of our volunteers have raised enough money to cover their entire volunteer program fee, and now we want to encourage you in your efforts towards fundraising to volunteer abroad. This post covers the basics of the great fundraising tool that Global Volunteers offers along with creative tips. 1. Use our fundraising tool We make […]

Commercial Flights to Cuba for Havana Volunteering

Experience Cuba as a Volunteer

Five Airlines – Seven U.S. Cities While tourism for U.S. citizens in Cuba is not yet permitted,  you can volunteer in Havana and experience the very best of this beautiful island nation! Recently, a few commercial flights have removed the hassles and added costs of charter flights and overnights in Miami. Flying direct to Havana from U.S. cities makes volunteering in Cuba […]


Global Volunteers on Oprah Show!

History of Global Volunteers on Oprah Show

When Bud Philbrook and Michele Gran opted out of a honeymoon cruise to take a more meaningful trip, they stumbled onto a rewarding way to enrich their own lives and help thousands of children around the worldInstead of their planned cruise, Bud and Michele spent a week in a rural village in Guatemala. After the local newspaper wrote a story about their unusual honeymoon, people started contacting them asking how they could plan a similar trip.

This unconventional honeymoon led to Global Volunteers’ founding in 1984. Since then, Global Volunteers has engaged more than 32, 000 volunteers in over 200 communities. Watch the full honeymoon story on the Oprah Show…

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The next step is to chat online with one of our Volunteer Coordinators. We’re ready to assist you with project descriptions, travel questions, registration guidance, and other program details.

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Volunteering in Havana Just Got a Whole Lot Cheaper

Commercial flights to Havana now available!

Commercial Flights To Havana from U.S. Are Now Available! Volunteering in Cuba just got even better! U.S. airlines now offer daily commercial flights to Havana from U.S. cities — such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Houston, and more. You can also fly from other major cities, such Fort Lauderdale and Miami, to Santa Clara in central […]

Thanksgiving Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

Thanksgiving Volunteer Abroad Opportunities

A simple way to give thanks for how fortunate we are is by recognizing the needs of others and responding to those needs. In collaboration with our community partners, we have designed service programs that will make this Thanksgiving one you will always remember and for which you’ll be especially grateful. Whether you are a student […]

Top Holiday Volunteer Abroad Programs

Holiday Volunteer Abroad Programs

Give the gift that keeps on giving! No shiny paper or fancy bow is required! Escape the commercialism and hustle and bustle of the holiday season this year. Take time to reflect and do something meaningful instead. Join us in promoting peace by gifting yourself a holiday volunteer abroad program — a gift that keeps on giving, you can […]

Volunteer Opportunity in Havana!

Volunteer Opportunity in Havana!

After offering programs in central Cuba for four years, we’ve added an exciting volunteer opportunity in Havana.  Join one of our early teams serving in Havana for one or two weeks and learn about this vibrant, legendary city in a decidedly non-tourist way! Havana Program Itinerary Volunteers are scheduled every month to tutor conversational English to […]

Top 10 Reasons for Volunteering in Poland

Volunteering in Poland

This list will open your eyes to a dream volunteer abroad opportunity. Poland’s extraordinary beauty, hospitality, history and meaningful service awaits! Add volunteering in Poland to your bucket list! Here’s why… 1. Eager, engaged students Polish students understand the importance of English to their career development.  They look forward to and greatly appreciate your help. […]