In 1984, Global Volunteers began serving local people in the developing world, and by the early 1990s, we also responded to requests from urban community leaders. In addition to caring for at-risk children and helping with labor projects, our service programs expanded to help teach conversational English and the basics of free enterprise in populous urban centers. To this day, several diverse urban volunteer opportunities worldwide await your exploration. If you seek the excitement of the city to satisfy your service cravings, consider one (or all!) of these adventures in service:
In the vibrant cities of Xi’an and Kunming, students and teachers guide you through a mash-up of ancient and modern-day culture. Landmarks such as the Terracotta Army and Golden Temple Park are accessible during your free time. Regional cuisine, distinctive music, engaging theater and expressive architecture reveal the depths and richness of the Chinese heritage.
Teaching and labor projects on this historic Greek island take you into the capital city of Heraklion. Home of the ancient Minoan society, the treasures evinced in mountains, gorges and craggy shores are displayed in the city’s museums, archaeological sites and galleries.
When volunteering in pulsating Havana or historic Ciego de Avila, you experience the glow and intrigue of the Cuban culture, music, dance, and art captured fully in the island’s urban centers. Our community partners proudly share renowned and obscure treasures throughout the program.
The capital city of Quito is esteemed for Old Town museums, churches, stores, cafes, parks and plazas. While caring for preschool children in the quieter suburb of Calderón, you’re drawn into the town’s distinctive markets and handicraft shops. Each day is a new day of discovery.
The distinctive colors, sounds, flavors and fragrances of Chennai surround you on the streets and in the airy classrooms where you teach and care for children. Become absorbed in the city’s music, dance, festivals, fervor and temple art inspired by descendants of the ancient Dravidian peoples.
Our partner community of Monopoli is less city, and more coastal town reminiscent of older, quainter times. Eager students draw you out of their English classrooms at the end of the day to showcase modern museums, spas, music venues and upscale restaurants.
The alluring street scene in Querétaro, one of the country’s finest cultural and historical centers, prepares you for engaging days with English students at Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro (UTEQ) and dynamic nights of music and great food. The city repeatedly is recognized for the highest urban quality of life and best greatest safety in all of Mexico.
The capital city of Lima is a magnet for historians, archaeologists, urban adventure-seekers, and foodies alike. One of the most cosmopolitan cities in South America, it has a preserved colonial center and modern, bustling neighborhoods. Projects teaching university students and orphaned children from the pueblos jóvenes immerses you in meaningful service.
Like Monopoli, Italy, Beja is a picturesque, pastel urban center of a primarily rural region. Stories of the Moorish castle dominating the city animates your elementary, secondary and adult English students on your stroll through the cobblestone streets. Climbing the hill after class to the castle gate, your student guides practice your day’s lessons.
Near the border of Moldovia, Bârlad boasts modest gifts of imposing Russian-inspired architecture and rural traditions. But the unforgettable attractions of Barlad are the children you nurture and guide at the Children’s Hospital and the area high school – embodiments of peace.
Legendary Old Town Hanoi is electric – day and night. Inside the dazzling shops, restaurant-lined streets, temples, pagodas and theaters, you discover the creative, resilient spirit of the Vietnamese people. Beaming students – youth and adults – introduce you to the pulse of the culture. You’re in the midst of the urban rhythm at work, play and learning.