Make a Positive Impact.

Every volunteer makes a difference in the arc of a child’s life.  And in the process of serving, their life is enriched as well.  Parents and community leaders do the heavy lifting.  But through the ongoing efforts of volunteers, remarkable change occurs!

  • Hand-washing stations are installed

  • Water harvesting systems are constructed

  • De-worming tablets are available

  • Health is improved

  • Children are mentored

  • School environments improve

  • More girls go to school

  • Students graduate

  • Cognitive ability is enhanced

  • Community buildings are repaired

  • Women’s cooperatives flourish

  • Self-sufficiency is enhanced

  • Poverty is reduced

  • Quality of life is improved

You make a positive impact by contributing both your time and your funds for the greatest benefit of local people through long-term development partnerships – sharing a common vision with local leaders, families, teachers, students and medical caregivers in every host community.

Are You Up For This Kind Of Impact?

• 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.

Invest in Sustainable Change.

You help catalyze local self-reliance by:

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

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Young Voices from Peru: “Manzana”

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Reaching Children’s Potential In Tanzania: Welcome to Atanasia Chuma

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International Community Development Profile: Sesiana Duma Family in Tanzania

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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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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…

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…

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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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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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…

International Community Development Profile: Young Mother Finds Hope in RCP Project

In this series, Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) program families in Tanzania explain how their involvement in this demonstration program is improving their lives. The RCP program engages short-term volunteers who help parents deliver…
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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…