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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…

Interested in becoming a Global Volunteer?

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. […]

Acknowledgment to Global Volunteers from a Cuban Student

March 15, 2016 Poem written by: Gerardo,  Cuban student who works with Global Volunteers   Since November of last year we’ve been lucky to receive every month a happy team of the Global Volunteers   Ever since, we have been blessed to have these people around. to have their love so profound and also to […]

Thank You from our Cuba Program Partner

Dear brothers and sisters, You might wonder what kind of work you come to Cuba to do. Indeed, you do not come to build schools, because we have schools and education, available for everyone. You do not come to do medical work, because we have excellent free medical service, and we don’t need evangelism because […]

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The Joys of Being a Global Volunteer in Cuba

by Frank Baudino I’m so glad I went on this Global Volunteers mission. I lucked out in many ways–one of which being on the painting team. I love painting and the time we spent in peoples’ houses was time spent to form relationships. The residents of the houses we painted were so very appreciative of […]

Top Ten Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

Ever feel like you need a new direction? Want to refocus your practice, priorities, or life? Feeling under-appreciated? Want to make a difference outside of your community? Consider becoming a Global Volunteer.  This top 10 list was created by Tracy Heaberlin, a nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado and a Global Volunteer alumni (since 2006). Thanks, […]