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.

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…
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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…

Global Volunteers Named Finalist for 2021 .ORG Impact Awards

The 3rd annual .ORG Impact Awards (OIAs) named Global Volunteers as a finalist and "remarkable mission-driven organization" for building better communities in Tanzania. All awards, including .ORG of the Year, are hosted by the Public Interest…

Waging Peace in a Time of COVID – 2021

It seems unimaginable that today we observe another UN International Day of Peace during the global pandemic. Yet, we know peace has taken on enhanced meaning as we confront the realities of those who have had little peace amidst the destruction…
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 only a year and a half before the pandemic struck, had just reached a predictable rhythm before it was suspended in March 2020. Since then, the need and commitment from our community partners…
Sagrada Familia School Peru
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Building Student Capacity in Peru

Unlike in many Western nations, the most pressing issues students in Peru confront are not which career to pursue or lack of motivation. Rather, as in many struggling communities worldwide, a deficient basic education and lack of financial…

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.