Tips for Responsible Volunteering

As our volunteer teams grow larger and more frequent, we offer these tips for maximizing your positive impact in the host community: First, confine your service to work projects based on local leaders’ vision, commitment and contributions. Such volunteer projects don’t cost local people more effort than the volunteer contribution merits. Second, be aware that […]

Partners in Development: A Message from Global Volunteers’ CEO Bud Philbrook

Global Volunteers facilitates human and economic development at the community level and engages volunteers to do much of the work. But as is stated in Global Volunteers “Philosophy of Service — Strategy for Development, ” only local people actually do development. An organization like Global Volunteers can help facilitate development and volunteers can help catalyze […]

Take the Opportunity to Come to Queretaro!

It is a pleasure to a on the team in Queretaro, especially in February and March. Central Colonial Mexico is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but is especially nice during late winter, when you can enjoy the beautiful flowers. The hotel where Global Volunteers stay in Queretaro is centrally located […]


Pam on Why She Leads Global Volunteers’ Teams

I am so lucky to be a volunteer team leader for Global Volunteers. The most extraordinary people decide to participate in our programs. It is a privilege for me to work with them. My friends ask why I continue to lead teams…the answer is so simple. I have an absolute belief in the philosophy of […]

People ask why I spend my annual vacation time volunteering abroad

“Challenge is not a curse or a punishment, but an opportunity to shine. If life were easy all the time, we would not deepen in love, compassion, and wisdom, or learn how to sink a pipeline into the well of true strength within us. Often we do not know how powerful we are until we […]

December 2009: New Volunteer Coordinators & More!!

As Global Volunteers looks to a busy and successful 2010, four new volunteer coordinators and many new international staff have joined the Global Volunteers’ staff. These additions have made December a hectic, yet exciting, month. Team Leader Training was conducted December 7 – 11 with Country Managers, Volunteer Team Leaders, and new staff taking part. […]

Thank You, Global Volunteers

First let me thank you, Global Volunteers, for honoring me on your Changewagers Blog. I am deeply honored to be listed among such an impressive group of people, who have and continue to make the world a better place for those in need. I honor each of you for the work that you are doing. […]

Because I have been given much, I too must give

Last Christmas break, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Puericultorio (P.P.A.) orphanage in Lima, Peru with Global Volunteers. During my time at P.P.A., I was thoroughly trounced by the orphans on the soccer field and learned, first hand, the challenges of holding the attention of 3rd graders for more than 3 seconds. […]

Reaching Out in Uncertain Times

Now more than ever, our host partners are looking to Global Volunteers for the kind of help we have been providing for 25 years. Our volunteers bring the face of kindness and compassion in person, through their hands-on service to organizations worldwide who have invited Global Volunteers into their communities. Yes, these are uncertain times, […]

In Gratitude for the Privilege and Value of Volunteering

Global Volunteer Rick Koniar in Chennai, India In Gratitude for the Privilege and Value of Volunteering As a volunteer to local efforts apart from my role with Global Volunteers, I personally experience the joy and satisfaction of making a difference to local efforts frequently each month. And, I know that were it not for my […]