Global Volunteers offers student volunteers exceptional opportunities to obtain career and personal life skills, insight into cultures and global systems, and confidence as global citizens. Student volunteers can serve individually or as a group.

Volunteer in Santa Elena

Read about Fountain Hills High School group’s first service-learning day in Costa Rica Getting ready to volunteer in Santa Elena on our service assignments started today with a basic Spanish lesson and orientation to the Monteverde area. We learned about Costa Rica-specific words such as ‘mae’ (which means ‘dude’). We learned to introduce ourselves, our ages, our grades, […]

In August 2014 Matt and Anita Wells along with their four children Eliza, Madeleine, Nathaniel, and Lydia took part on a service program here in Malevizi, Greece. They, along with thirteen other volunteers ranging in age from ten years to 64  years, split up into small groups, chose their class assignments, and got to work helping […]

Message of the Day – Manam irundal Maarkun Undu,  “Where there is a will, there is a way.” Today we woke up fairly early. Some of us still getting over our jet lag had trouble sleeping. As Audrey pointed out, despite our difficulties, we are all in this together. I think this statement echoes for every aspect […]

As we settle into our daily routine with the tías and the children, we’re reminded of the importance of family, the sacrifices the mothers make to provide food and shelter for their children and grandchildren, and for all which we have to be grateful. So often in our lives, the most powerful experiences and images fade with the passage […]

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” Getting down and dirty. The mission begins, everyone is pumped and ready to go. Dr. Kostroff delivering instructions and taking names. We then met Vicky, the construction leader, introduced us to the residents. The residents told their stories of struggle with education, struggles with health and their accomplishments. […]

by Nikki Hauspurg Reflecting on her volunteer experience as a teen, Nikki said the Global Volunteers program with her mother widened her perspective on her place in the world. I had been nervous the first day in Costa Rica as a rising high school senior at 5’3” and 100 lbs. I was not only the youngest […]

Today was our last full work day at Colegio. We were assigned to work with Jorge. I woke up sore from the work we had done the day before, but looked forward to working with Jorge again. We went back up the hill and continued to shovel and rake the land to build a garden. […]

From a letter received in the Global Volunteers office: Almost ten years ago, I served on a team in India. I had just turned 18, barely graduated from high school, and headed overseas without a clue as to what I was doing. I still remember the day I heard about Global Volunteers on a morning […]

alternative spring break in Greece

Working at the St. Spiro’s Center for Special Youth and Adults, a team of University of Minnesota students used their alternative spring break in Greece to help with physical and occupational therapy through academic and recreational activities, including candle-making, woodworking, leather crafts and sports.  One student reviews a week of service and learning: The bus arrived […]

Last year, through the Global Volunteers website, I raised enough money for my trips to both Peru and Ecuador. The only thing I ended up paying for was my flight on both trips. How’d I do it? I put a letter in my church bulletin and received an overwhelming amount of supplies that I was […]