The 12 Essential Services for Development Projects Abroad

The power of volunteers changes everything. The needs in our host communities are vast, and so are the opportunities to make a genuine difference. United Nations agencies cooperate to address the fundamental obstacles preventing children worldwide from reaching their full potential. Global Volunteers responds to help where needed. To do this, we adapted the innovative work of the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to make development projects abroad accessible to short-term volunteers. Our model enables you to contribute directly and meaningfully in three broad categories: Hunger, Health and Cognition. Read our Essential Services Prospectus here.  These are the areas where you make the greatest impact.

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2022 Allen Foundation, Inc. Grant Results

The Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Nutrition Education and Technology Project has helped improve the nutrition practices of 100 families living in poverty in the Ukwega ward, Tanzania. Over 860 families are currently enrolled in Global…

39 Years of Volunteer Service Worldwide!

It started in Minnesota, by two people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . .  In the past 39 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 38,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities in 36 countries…

The Lasting Impact of Year-End Giving

Year-end giving is an effective way to close the year on a positive note by making a lasting contribution to Global Volunteers' work and mission. Donations are a vital source of support to Global Volunteers. They enable us to make a more significant…

English Helps Visually Impaired Adults Develop Careers in Massage Therapy

Relatively little research is available on the well-being of the large population of visually impaired or blind adults in Vietnam. Global Volunteers' partner, Blind-Link, a social entrepreneurship program, professionally trains blind young…
The economic crisis as a consequence of the pandemic poses a great threat to girls' safety and education.

Nepalese Children and Community Partners Await Volunteers’ Return

Global Volunteers’ Nepal service program launched in 2018 and suspended due to the pandemic, has resumed. Unfortunately, the needs of our community partners in Kathmandu have grown. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide meaningful volunteer…
The Impact of swimming lessons in St.Lucia

THE IMPACT OF SWIMMING LESSONS IN ST. LUCIA!

Because they live on a small island with many communities situated on the water, you might imagine that St Lucia children would be strong swimmers. Sadly, this is not the case; the number of childhood drownings has risen considerably over recent…
Students at Tenia's school, Crete Greece.

Building Local Capacity in Greece

In every case, volunteers are catalysts for lasting change on genuine development projects. Because our inspired community partners have the vision and local support to direct volunteer projects, individuals, families, and groups are the “helping…

Help Improve Health and Hygiene for Peruvian Children

In the dusty hills of the district of Ventanilla, north of Lima, Peru, the community of Sagrada Familia houses and educates some 250 children living away from their families. During the school year, Sagrada Familia also is a school for more…
One of the mothers in Tanzania who is encouraged by Global Volunteers to breastfeed
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Breastfeeding Workshop a Tenet of RCP Mothers Education

Decades of evidence indicates that there is nothing better for a mother and her baby's well-being than exclusive breastfeeding. But for several reasons, many parents make other choices, especially in struggling communities around the world.…

We enable you to work with local leaders on community-based projects – because mothers’ and children’s nutrition, health and cognition are fundamental to every community’s vitality. Research clearly demonstrates that children who have enough food, sufficient nutrition and adequate protection from infectious disease progress better, and develop normally, as compared to children without those essentials. By contributing to volunteer projects abroad that provide all 12 Essential Services, you invest in the entire community’s success.  Its an additive process that – over time – yields real, measurable and significant results.