How do we measure impact? Through the stories people tell us. Through time spent in community. Through projects supported on site. Through overall efforts.

What happens when you share your time and your money?

Make a Positive Impact.

You can make a positive impact by contributing both your time and your funds for the greatest benefit of local people. But not all volunteering programs are created equal. The most important question you can ask when seeking the most ethical volunteer opportunity is: How are my time and my financial contributions in the community leveraged? When you contribute your energy and knowledge on a Global Volunteers team, you become one of the community’s greatest assets. When you give money to support the work, you become a part of a long-term effort to support local people. But most important, your contributions of all kinds become part of the community’s story – directly contributing to sustained projects that define their future. Simply stated, you’re a most valuable link in an endlessly renewable chain of volunteers focused on creating, nurturing and sustaining the well-being and human potential of children worldwide.

Are you up for this kind of impact?

Our impact is measured by the outcomes of long-term development partnerships. This means we share a common vision with local leaders, families, teachers, students and medical caregivers in every host community.

We strive to:

• Engage in genuine, comprehensive development projects.
• Work under the direction and at the invitation of local leaders.
• Provide essential services, hand-in-hand with local people.

Your Contributions Make an Impact!

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Nepal Community Partner Prepares Children for Productive Future

Buddhi Man Seresta, founder of Papa's House orphanage and pastor of Fresh Fire Church in Kathmandu, had a difficult time growing up without his father. Yet, the love and care he received from his mother impressed on him his advantages - which…
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COVID-19’s Toughest Blow to The Cook Islands: The Economy

Cook Islands Team Leader Sam Ellison reported to the Global Volunteers office on how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted Rarotonga, and why volunteers' help will be an integral part of their recovery. Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar looks…

Peruvian Children Feed Others with Bread of Love

Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar shares the exemplary actions of children at Sagrada Familia children's home in Peru. As food has become scarce during the COVID-19 lock-down, they support their community willingly with the little they have…

Nepali Community Partner and Family Struggle During Emergency Lock-down

Dipesh Khadka (second from right) and his family with Global Volunteer George Hayes (third from left). When the nation-wide lock-down was abruptly declared in the early hours of March 24 to combat COVID-19, Dipesh Khadka and his family…

RCP Staff Respond Quickly With Infection Prevention Workshops

Soon after COVID-19 was detected outside of China, Global Volunteers began checking in with partner communities around the world. The first case in Tanzania was reported on March 16 in the north. There have been no cases found in the remote…

An Inspiration From Youth During a Time of Crisis

Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar offers a stirring reflection on displaced children's action against a seemingly indomitable enemy - COVID-19. We're reminded by Sagrada Familia's community that in the face of fear and confusion, we all…
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Once Surviving on the Street, Sagrada Familia Teacher Now Pays it Forward

Liz Díaz was 10 when Miguel Rodríguez found her selling candy on the street. He asked about her family and learned that conflicts with her mother had made it very difficult for Liz to live at home. Further, her parents were unable to provide…
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Rural Caregiver’s “Model” Pregnancy Instructive for Village Mothers

Regina Mhagama, Global Volunteers' Tanzania Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) Caregiver Supervisor, said her second pregnancy in 2019 was an opportunity to demonstrate recommended prenatal practices to the 518 pregnant women and mothers in…

Massage Therapy: An Escape from Poverty for Visually Impaired Adults in Vietnam

Relatively little research is available on the wellbeing 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 Vietnamese…
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THE IMPACT OF SWIMMING LESSONS IN ST. LUCIA!

You would think that living on an island, St Lucians would be strong swimmers. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and the number of childhood drownings has risen considerably over the last five years. According to the W.H.O. (World Health Organization)…

Celebrating Impact Through Partnerships

Today, we are sharing a guest post by one of our long-time volunteers, Robi Kronberg. As she explains below, Robi has served on multiple service programs as a volunteer and now participates as a member of the Reaching Children’s Potential program Advisory Committee. Her professional experience in Higher Education has helped build out the program offerings and dedication to delivering effective services to our community partners. In her blog post, Robi discusses a new partner that she has brought to the table, Days for Girls, and how that partnership has benefited the women enrolled in the RCP program.
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What is stunting and why is it a big deal?

Stunting, a condition that can indicate physical and cognitive underdevelopment in a child, is a wide-spread, global problem. The fact that nearly one quarter – 22 percent – of the world’s children are stunted1, is difficult to conceptualize.

Celebrating International Indigenous People’s Day

The UN reports that there are approximately 370 million indigenous people living globally. In communities across more than 90 countries, indigenous peoples play an important role in sustaining culture and heritage, but they continue to…

Alumni Fundraising for Change: A Story of Two Committed Volunteers

When Rene Moquin and Annie Weissman thought about how they could further their global impact this spring, the answer seemed clear: reach out to family and friends to conduct fundraisers in support of Global Volunteers’ programs.

Food Insecurity & Seniors in Montana

Ensuring every household has enough to eat is an important part of Global Volunteers’ programming. Food insecurity, or family’s inability to access the right food at the right time to be happy and healthy, can be found in many of the communities…

St. Lucia’s EarthBoxes Boost Children’s Physical and Educational Development

One of Global Volunteers’ most successful projects on the island of St. Lucia is the installation of Earthboxes throughout the village of Anse La Raye, a small fishing village with approximately 3,000 residents. Since 2012, volunteers have ventured out to share a spade and a bit of sun with their new island neighbors, and planted nearly 150 Earthboxes for members of the community.

Improving Health and Happiness in Peru

Paula is a 13-year-old young woman living at Sagrada Familia, a Global Volunteers’ community partner, in Ventanilla, one of Peru’s poorest urban communities near the capital city of Lima. During the summer months (December through February), Sagrada…

Changing Lives in Greece – Impact in Action

Mihali is a seven-year-old boy living in Malevizi on the island of Crete. Global Volunteers supports summer camps each year in Malevizi, from June through August, to help improve students’ conversational English. Volunteers first met…
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Young Mother Finds Hope and Health in RCP Program

When 28-year-old Rebecca became pregnant with her third child in 2017, she hoped that joining the Reaching Children’s Potential Demonstration (RCP) program would improve the health of all her children. The program focuses on preventing…
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Chinese Teachers Talk About Volunteer Impact

In the summer, Kunming University runs a 2- to 3- week "staff development" English program for an intact group of Chinese English teachers from elementary, middle and high schools in the area. Global Volunteers is invited to assist every…

Invest in Sustainable Change.

Global Volunteers enables you to help catalyze local self-reliance by:

• Protecting the partner community’s independence and autonomy.
• Honoring local people’s wisdom and self-determination.
• Employing experts in economic and human development.
• Guarding against exploitation of local children, women and men.
• Rigorously monitoring our cultural impact.
• Earning the respect of others in the field.

“Global Volunteers always does a good job preparing their people before they go out, so that they are well-organized and well-focused when they are out in the field. They are definitely an organization that we look up to.”

“Global Volunteers was one of about a dozen NGOs I researched. We chose Global Volunteers because they supplied excellent information, and we liked the fact that all projects are in partnership with local people.”

“I volunteered in Russia, Indonesia, Tanzania and Mississippi with Global Volunteers. They were life-changing experiences. It’s a great organization that does a ‘world’ of good.”

“Worth all of my 20 years of service programs – which changed my life forever. Thank you, Global Volunteers!!”

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