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.

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.…
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FAST Blackfeet Mobilizes Global Volunteers on 2022 Return to Reservation

Each summer, since 2000 (except for 2020), Global Volunteers has worked in partnerships with the Blackfeet people on community priorities - focusing on labor, elder services and family health and recreation projects. The first volunteer team…
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The Ripple Effect of Short-Term Volunteers

Most volunteers are characteristically modest when estimating their personal impact in Global Volunteers' partner communities. But when measuring the cumulative outcomes of service programs over time, we've demonstrated that the transformative…

Update from Cuba: “We’re Waiting for You”

Cuba Program Host Pastor Eduardo González is eager to welcome many new and returning Global Volunteers to Ciego de Ávila, our original partner community in Cuba. "Your fingerprints have marked our hearts and communities, and we welcome you…
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Greece Summer School Program Lauded by Grateful Grandmother

In 2005, Global Volunteers launched the popular English summer school at the invitation of the Mayor's Office of Malevizi, Crete. Its purpose? To help improve students' conversational English skills and build up their confidence in using English…

Celebrate 2021 Global Handwashing Day With Us!

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This week,…

The Inspiring Women of FUNDAC, Caring for Children for Over Three Decades

The story of "the ladies of Calderón" is one of compassion and conviction, and the reason Global Volunteers works with them in partnership for children's health and growth. The dedicated and dynamic women who first invited us to help them,…
View of Heraklion, Greece

Students’ Futures Lie at the Center of Global Volunteers’ Greece Service Program

Few countries in the world can compete with the beauty, history, and cuisine of Greece. Yet, despite its endowments, Greece has been one of the European countries that have struggled the most in recent years. Global Volunteers Greece Country…

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.