Engage Your Skills on Meaningful Community Projects

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Community Projects To Help Children.

You’re needed around the world to help children thrive! 

Help create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children and their community, that they might realize the full promise of their human potential. Supporting pregnant women, and their infants, toddlers, and children through the 18th birthday changes everything. When children are able to reach their potential, they can become full contributing members of their society. Each of these volunteer abroad projects are sustained by successive teams of volunteers, year after year, in partnership with community leaders. You provide essential services by sharing your skills and expertise that often are not otherwise available. Volunteer abroad alongside parents, caregivers, teachers, medical professionals, and local leaders to improve the cognitive and physical development of our world’s future leaders – its youth. Contributing to volunteer abroad projects for just one or two weeks, you will change the arc of a child’s life.  And you’ll add meaning to your own life as well. View a full project grid.

Community Projects to Change Lives.

You work at the community level, where vegetables are planted, children are taught, and health care is delivered. Assignments are structured to engage you at a place and pace appropriate to your personal experience and energy. Together with your teammates, you build on the efforts of previous volunteers, enhancing the community’s capacity and long-term knowledge base. This is how you maximize your impact. You dedicate your professional expertise, life experience, and long-held interests to an individual assignment that ripples through the entire community.

“We’ve known each other since last Saturday, and I’m amazed at the talent and achievement on this volunteer abroad team. We have a fighter pilot, a journalist, students, entrepreneurs, a biologist, an artist, and master teachers – many of whom have also mastered life’s most difficult task of parenting. I’ve been places, done some things; am perhaps a bit smug about it. But I asked my wife, ‘can you believe what this group has done?’ I gotta go home and get a life.”

“This is my first Global Volunteers program, but I am a veteran of a dozen volunteer abroad projects around the world. Without a doubt, this is the best team environment… Some different teams have conflict, some have outliers, and some types of teams fall apart, but our Global Volunteers team was almost perfect — the best.”

Community Projects Directed By Community Leaders.

You’re a catalyst for lasting change. Every volunteer contributes to their greatest potential, because our inspirational community partners have the vision and local support to direct volunteer projects. Individuals, families, and groups provide “helping hands” – whether teaching English, planting container gardens, providing health care, teaching in the classroom, painting a classroom, or counseling pregnant women. Our community partners represent large and small local organizations, such as:

  • Sagrada Familia, a community-based organization dedicated to improving the lives of displaced and at-risk children in Peru.
  • The Baptist Workers and Students Coordination of Cuba (COEBAC)
  • The Governor’s Office of Siedlce, Poland
  • Soroptimist Kathmandu, a women’s economic and social development NGO in Nepal
  • The St. Lucia Catholic Archdiocese
  • The Iringa diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
  • The Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Education, and the Cook Islands Civil Society Organizations (CICSO)
  • The Blackfeet Indian Tribe in Montana
  • Fundación de Damas Calderonenses, a local women’s cooperative in Ecuador
  • Instituto Di Instruzione Secondaria Superiore Polo Liceale Galileo Galilei in Italy
  • The Vietnam Institute for Development Strategy (VIDS)

Fill the form below for more volunteer abroad information, or call: (800) 487-1074


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Global Volunteers is a U.S. based NGO in the central time zone (UTC -6). Because tax-deductibility, visa requirements, and language proficiencies vary, please choose the country you’re inquiring from to enable us to provide you the most appropriate information.



Thank you for your interest in a development partnership with Global Volunteers. We're unable to expand our programs at this time. As our website portrays, our current service programs center around providing the 12 Essential Services for our Reaching Children's Potential Program. But for future reference, please send any information to: partnershiprequest@globalvolunteers.org


As a private, non-profit organization independent from government and religious funding, Global Volunteers’ programs are financed almost entirely by volunteer contributions. This is important because our community partners cannot afford the “open market” costs of the services and materials we provide. Your tax-deductible service program contribution pays your expenses in the partner community. These include your food, lodging, work site transportation, program materials, team leadership, emergency evacuation insurance, and administrative costs. In addition, we provide supplemental financing to help meet our host’s many, on-going and special needs.


While English fluency does not disqualify you from participating on any of our programs, Global Volunteers is a U.S based NGO with your teammates, training materials and other communications being conduced primarily in English.

We’re unable to provide any assistance in obtaining your passport or visa. You'll need a passport to travel abroad and for some countries, you’ll need a visa.  Please keep this in mind when planning your travel schedule. If you live outside the U.S., you may have additional restrictions for participating on U.S. programs.

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Our volunteer coordinators are available from 8:30AM to 4:30PM Central Time and will email you during that time on the next business day. If you prefer, you may chat now, or call 651-407-6100 if you’re inquiring during office hours.

Please choose up to 4 program locations and projects that interest you.