The 12 Essential Services

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 direct assistance accessible to short-term volunteers. Our 12 Essential Services model enables you to contribute directly and meaningfully in three broad categories: Hunger, Health and Cognition. These are the areas where you make the greatest impact.