UPDATED: September 12, 2020
To all Global Volunteers supporters, volunteers, and donors:
We have canceled all service programs through October 31, 2020. Further, due to the current situation, we have suspended all in-community volunteer efforts and do not expect to conduct a full schedule of service programs until a reliable vaccine is widely available. Our office remains open to respond to your questions and so you can register for 2021 and 2022 service programs.
The US State Department has lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory for Americans. The Department employs a system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on Travel.State.gov. A full list of recent updates to Travel Advisories can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/
As advisories are updated, we will determine how to respond regarding future service programs and will post updates here. Until the situation sufficiently improves, suspended international service programs will be cancelled not less than 30 days from scheduled departure. We will notify volunteers affected by our program cancellations. Anyone who registers now will not be charged a transfer fee in the event they must transfer to a later program.
Read updates from our community partners and staff worldwide:
- School Openings Begin Abroad
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Saves Lives
- COVID-19 Complicates Poverty Relief in Cuba
- The Cost of COVID-19 in the Cook Islands
- COVID-19 Impacts on St. Lucian Life
- Ecuador Community Partner Struggles in Pandemic Hot Zone
- Peruvian Children Feed Others During Pandemic
- Tanzania Staff Respond Quickly With Infection Prevention
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. Our current priority is fundraising to sustain our programs in 14 countries. 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. We regularly assess our capability to continue service programs when it is safe to do so.
We received loans through the US Small Business Administration enabling us to keep most of our staff employed while we work with community partners to protect and provide essential services to local families while volunteers are unable to serve.
- We’re fundraising to help ensure our long-term viability
- We’re maintaining support for children
- We’re continuing the RCP program in Tanzania
- We’re communicating with Global Volunteers alumni
- We’re updating and improving volunteer materials
- We’re expanding and improving all RCP workshops
- 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. Most of our US staff, and many of our international staff, are working from home.
We’re extremely grateful to those who have been activated during this pandemic to skillfully care for others in hospitals and special medical units throughout the world. If we all act responsibly – with global health in mind – we can prevent COVID-19 from generating greater devastation.
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