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.

Top Podcast Episodes of 2017

Have you listened to them all? Enjoy our top podcast episodes of 2017. Our Be the Change podcast tells the stories of seekers and humanitarians as they discover the joys, insights, and surprises of service. This podcast series is a conversation about the expected and the unexpected; the active and the passive; the exhilarating and the […]

Holy Week in Ecuador

Holy Week in Ecuador Holy Week in Ecuador is one of the most colorful times of the year. The processions on Good Friday are one of the greatest demonstrations of Catholic faith. The Good Friday procession in Quito is named Jesús del Gran Poder (Jesus of Great Power) and is said to be one of the largest […]

Take a chance

In an interview with Matt Mayes, Florida-based videographer, Global Volunteers Team Leader Cindy Murray talks about her experiences volunteering and leading teams. Her advice, take a chance and volunteer.  Background: Cindy served on her first Global Volunteers service program in 1997 in Mississippi. She trained to become a Volunteer Team Leader and has led teams […]

high school volunteering

In the first part of her essay excerpted here, Nilusha Jayasinghe, winner of Global Volunteers’ Bi-Annual Student Volunteer Abroad Scholarship, talks about the importance of high school volunteering and international service in shaping her career choices and worldview.  My International Service Beginnings In May of 2010, at the age of 19, I departed the United States […]

Travel in Ecuador

Meet Your Guide to Volunteering While You Travel in Ecuador Having joined the Global Volunteers team in 2011, Maggie Bjorklund is our Ecuador and Costa Rica Country Manager. She manages all aspects of those two programs and leads all teams in those countries. Maggie lives in Quito, Ecuador and travels to Costa Rica each time […]

Service in Beja - Global Volunteers

Ten-year anniversaries are cause for celebration! Marking 10 years of service in Beja, Portugal, Global Volunteers anniversary team (February 17-March 3, 2018) will be out of the ordinary in so many ways. Unique community events, stimulating conversations with community leaders, and exceptional meals are just the icing. Teachers, students, community partners, and returning Beja volunteers will […]

Join us this February in the idyllic South Pacific, where you will become one of more than 1,500 volunteers in the Cook Islands who've impacted the lives of children, families, and community leaders on the island so far. A warm welcome awaits! As a volunteer in the Cook Islands, you work alongside teachers, families, and community leaders we’ve been privileged to serve since 1998! Consistent one-on-one tutoring by Global Volunteers has positively influenced children and young adults' learning opportunities. gallery "The literacy level of our children has risen... due to the time and extra work of the Global Volunteers. We're very grateful."  Principal Engina Baxter, Takitumu School Through important, full-day volunteer assignments, cultural activities, and time for personal adventures, you’ll learn about the Cook Islands and remain forever invested. The program contribution and airfare are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Your contribution includes the costs for all meals, safe and comfortable updated lodging, emergency medical evacuation insurance, and transportation from the Rarotonga airport. A Global Volunteers staff member manages and leads your team throughout your stay. Everything, except airfare and free-time activities, is covered by your contribution. PHOTO Alumni, companion, student, and group discounts apply. For more information, call 651-407-6100 to visit with one of our Volunteer Coordinators now.

More than 1,400 volunteers have positively impacted the lives of children, families, and community leaders on the island since 1998! We’re anticipating the 1,500th volunteer to serve in the idyllic South Pacific island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands this February. Join us, and you can expect a special celebration of all our volunteers and […]

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Ken is one of those people who not only tries to live happily without harming anyone, but actually invests his time helping others. He has helped in his home city of Seattle building houses for low income families, teaching at a school for homeless children, and serving at the Board of his local Girl Scouts […]

Volunteer in Hanoi

Over the past 30+ years, Global Volunteers’ CEO and Co-founder Bud Philbrook has led dozens of Global Volunteers teams. In all his travels across the world, Vietnam sticks as one of his favorite places to volunteer. Why? Read on for Bud’s eight reasons to volunteer in Hanoi! 1. Vietnamese love Americans. I’ve been to Vietnam […]

National Volunteer Week 2017

Our volunteers are some of the most generous, compassionate and open-minded people in the world. For National Volunteer Week 2017 (April 23 – April 29), we want to express our appreciation for your time and service – as Global Volunteers. Since 1984, more than 33,000 of you have served around the world. Thank you for your effort in working […]