Global Volunteers is Waging peace and promoting justice. Travel that feeds the soul. Raising children’s potential. Service. Seriously. An Adventure in Service

Our Mission: To Help Every Child Reach Their Potential

Since 1984, Global Volunteers has been featured on major national and international media, including CNN, CNBC, The Oprah Show, NPR, CBS Early Show, NBC Today Show, CBS Morning with Jane Clayson, CBC Around the World, CBC Travel, BBC World News, the Travel Channel, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, USA Today, Parade Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Travel & Leisure, TV Guide, Ode Magazine, Caribbean Travel & Life, Woman’s Day, The China Daily, MSNBC online,, AARP Bulletin, and travel and service blogs across the internet.

Bloggers and reporters: We would be pleased to arrange interviews with past volunteers in your market, or in your area of interest. Please contact Michele Gran at 800-487-1074 or use the form below to send an email. High-quality photos are available upon request for all our service programs.


“Granddaddy of the volunteer vacation movement.”

“A model that has been replicated worldwide.”

“Global Volunteers has what are regarded as the best programs in the field.”

“Bud and Michele established Global Volunteers to provide people with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children around the globe.”

“The work they accomplish meets needs in little-known areas that might not be on the radar of large-scale efforts.”

“Global Volunteers is at the leading edge of the surge in popularity of volunteer vacations.”

“Travel with a conscience and help people on a Global Volunteers journey.”

“It started with a honeymoon in 1979: Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook, two young baby boomers soaked in the idealism of their age, decided to forgo a romantic Caribbean cruise and…help people in a poor mountain village in Guatemala. That lead to them jointly founding Global Volunteers, which (provides) spiritually fulfilling, intellectually stimulating and incidentally tax-deductible volunteer vacations.”

Global Volunteers is one of the oldest nonsectarian organizations to offer short-term “volunteer vacations.”

“Though the volunteers may be vacationers, the aid they bring is real”