UPDATED: January 11, 2021

To all Global Volunteers supporters, volunteers, and donors:

We have canceled all service programs through April 2021 and will announce program re-launch dates once a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available. Our office remains open to respond to questions and to accept registrations for 2021 and 2022 service programs.

U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the US State Department Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on  https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/.  Additional information can be found on the the U.S. State Department, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and World Health Organization (WHO).

Volunteers affected by program cancellations have been informed by our staff. If, however, you register now for a program beginning after April, you will not be charged a transfer fee in the event you must transfer to a later program.

At Global Volunteers, our mission is to connect people worldwide to wage peace and promote justice through meaningful and impactful service to children and their community. Our work continues during this pandemic.  We continue to serve our partner communities through online consultations and with our U.S. and international staff – who will be in place when the pandemic recedes and our programs resume. Meanwhile, we’re:

  • fundraising to help ensure our long-term viability
  • continuing the RCP program in Tanzania
  • communicating with Global Volunteers alumni
  • updating and improving volunteer materials
  • We’re investing in staff training

Of course, our first priority is, and has always been, the health and safety of our volunteers, staff, and the people we serve worldwide.  As an organization, we’re committed to doing what we can to help contain the spread of the virus in all parts of the world, so as to optimize the outcome for those who are affected.  Our US staff, and many of our international staff, are working from home.

We need your continued support so we are able to help our community partners, many of whom are experiencing unprecedented stress along with rapidly diminishing resources, when this crisis is over.  As always, we’re very grateful for your continued commitment to our mission and goal.  Thank you!

Bud Philbrook, Global Volunteers Co-founder & CEO