Global Volunteers Program Itinerary

Full-Day Service Assignments

What is a “day in the life” of a Global Volunteer like? You’ll primarily work on service projects each weekday, with evenings and weekends available for free time.  Your assignment(s) may be in one or several locations. However, you’ll be engaged, on average, eight hours a day in work preparations and at the work site to provide maximum value to the host community.  We strictly adhere to IRS requirements for eight hours per day of work, five days out of seven, to ensure you can claim this tax benefit. When combining federal and state income tax savings, you’ll recover about 33 percent of the total service program cost.

Preparing for Work

A “working vacation” you’ll never forget.
A Global Volunteers service program is not just about immersing yourself in a foreign culture.  Most important, it’s an opportunity to get on the ground floor of long-term development.  Every day, you employ your unique skills and interests in meaningful ways to help children.  You do real work on this vacation; good work that will change your worldview. Even your life.

On-site team preparation.
Structured activities begin immediately upon arrival to help volunteers form a cohesive team.  Your team leader, local staff, community partners, project leaders and consultants gather to orient you to the community and describe work projects.  Proprietary team-building and goal-setting sessions prepare you to “hit the ground running” at the project site.

Typical Volunteer Morning Schedule

Most community projects are conducted between 8AM and 5PM daily. However, climate or resource conditions in some communities may require some volunteers to begin work earlier, or to split their workday into morning and evening periods, with afternoons free.  In general, your daily schedule is:

7:00 – 7:30AM: Breakfast at hotel/guesthouse

7:30 – 8:00AM: Morning Meeting – Review the day’s schedule and any team concerns. The team journal is read and announcements are made. The country manager reviews the specific project assignments for each volunteer and the general schedule for the day. Several times a week, other activities, such as free-time options, lectures, special events, etc. are presented. This is the time for updates on project priorities, community news and service program developments.

8:00 – 8:30 AM:  Transportation to the work site

8:30 – 12:00 AM: Work on project assignments

12:00 – 1:00 PM:  Lunch break

Typical Volunteer Evening Schedule

1:00 – 4:00 PM:    Work project – (if teaching, the afternoon may be used for class preparations)

4:00 – 5:00 PM:    Transportation to lodging

5:00 – 6:00 PM:    Private time

6:00 – 7:00 PM:    Team dinner and evening meeting– Review the day’s work and report on progress.  Address any concerns or questions.  Presentations or speakers may be scheduled during this time.

7:00 –                      Free time

Volunteers are encouraged to participate in free-time activities as a group or independently. Oftentimes, team members are invited by local people to join them at community events – weddings, parties, community celebrations, etc.

“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.”

David MinichDirector of Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village work camp program

“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.

Judi LeesSt. Lucia, Peru and India Volunteer

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