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.

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 […]

Teamwork – Why it’s Essential on Global Volunteers’ Service Programs You’ll quickly discover how serving on a Global Volunteers team can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.  A hallmark of teamwork on volunteer abroad programs is a cohesive group of volunteers who arrive together in the partner community and serve collaboratively.  Relying on […]

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 […]

Popular volunteer location

When selecting a Global Volunteers location, you may consider community projects, airfare rates, and time of year. But what about another factor: Where you live? No matter which state you call home, we pulled together the most popular Global Volunteer location by state. Where do volunteer travelers in your state serve more than anywhere else? Check […]

Immediately following the fall of Romania’s Ceaușescu regime, the failure of the communist dogma that population growth would fuel economic growth was evident in tens of thousands of children abandoned to state care. The world was shocked by the images. Mihaela Cirjontu, then a schoolgirl, was moved to take personal interest in solutions to provide the […]

Tax-deductible Volunteer Programs

Did you know that when you serve with Global Volunteers – in any one of our 17 host countries worldwide – you quality for certain tax deductions? It’s true. You benefit by joining one of our tax-deductible volunteer programs if you’re a U.S. taxpayer, because your volunteer program fee and related costs, such as air fare and […]

Best Volunteer Programs in North America

You don’t have to jet-set across the world to be a Global Volunteer. Serve nearby and select a program from this list of the best volunteer programs in North America. Make a significant difference in the lives of your neighbors and volunteer for one, two or three weeks – as a family, group, individual or couple. Service […]

Volunteer in Italy

It’s understandable that many individuals choose to return to volunteer in Italy two, three, four, sometimes five times. This is the opportunity to teach conversational English to engaged middle school and high school students while enjoying the spell-binding Adriatic Sea coastlines and blue skies in Italy’s Puglia region. It’s magical, meaningful and memorable. Here are just three of the […]