People-to-people service where you excel. We engage people of every generation, ethnicity, and walks of life in a common vision of global possibility. You contribute to focused, stimulating and cohesive service programs in our partner community. Our teams are inclusive – boomers, seniors, gen-x’ers and millennials all unite in service. Further, we encourage members of the LGBT community and their family and supporters to volunteer as individuals or groups. Chances are good you’ll find kindred spirits on any of our programs!

You can be certain your help is needed and wanted, because we always work under the direction and at the invitation of local partners. Each service program engages you in important community development projects, such as teaching English, planting and maintaining community gardens, repairing clinics and classrooms, caring for at-risk children – and so much more.

Our volunteer coordinators help you select the service program that best suits your interests and skills. On site, our orientation, team-building sessions and educational presentations help you settle in with teammates and become comfortable in the host community. Our local hosts and community partners welcome you as an extension of their family. Mature volunteers discover their good health and wisdom enable them to give back in a fun and meaningful way. Extend the value of your knowledge many times over!

Travel With a Purpose

Serving with a friend, spouse or family member may also lead to new directions and interpersonal connections! Brush up on life and professional skills in exciting, unfamiliar settings. Pursue a new skill serving with new friends and teammates. Pursue a deeper understanding of yourself and others as you enable and affirm the promise of local youth. You’ll discover that the team dynamic is one of the most satisfying aspects of our programs. We take care to optimize team cohesion during orientation, at the work sites, and in team meetings. Joining like-minded, motivated and compassionate people from all over the world on community development projects can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.

We support and prepare you

  • Professional in-country staff and partners

  • On-site orientation and team-building sessions

  • 24-hour emergency phone contact

  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance

  • Language and cultural introductions

  • Professional skills and work project interest questionnaire

  • Program summary materials and reading lists

  • Conversational English Teaching Guide

  • Global Volunteering Manual

  • Essential Services Prospectus

  • Volunteering fundraising assistance

  • Hotel lodging in most partner communities

Depending on your appetite for challenge and adventure, you can choose a program close to home, or in a community remote and unseen by conventional tourists. And, you can choose between rugged, physically-challenging environments or the familiarity of a classroom and comfortable hotel in a small town or urban area. Each volunteer opportunity has its unique appeal, while our program logistics and procedures are standard from program to program to ease your “settling in” time.

Because of the need in our partner communities the world over, you can find programs to fulfill your volunteering goals year after year, knowing our processes are the same in every country. Each program deepens your perspective of the world and your place in it. Shared ideals on inter-cultural understanding, social justice and people-to-people service unites people of all generations, ethnicity, and walks of life in a common vision of global possibility.

“We fell in love with the people and the area of Pommern. The community, teachers, and students were so warm and welcoming to us, that we quickly felt a strong connection to them. We wanted to continue our work by helping in a project that would be long-term and sustainable. It became our main focus.”

Mimi GendreauTanzania volunteer

“It’s kind of a cliché, but I just gain so much more than I give. Volunteering in this ways gives you insight into the culture in a way you could never get as a tourist. You live with the people, you go to their homes and mingle with teachers. Your realize you have something in common with the people you’re working with. It really is waging peace through justice worldwide.”

Joan McGuinness10-time Global Volunteer

“Each time (I serve), I receive the positive feelings that are felt for Global Volunteers. There’re few places in life that I have received the confirmation of the importance of my role in such an obvious manner.”

Garry GullicksonRepeat Volunteer

“It’s very difficult to explain that this was not just a trip. It was a life-altering experience for both of us. We touched as many people as we could and made a difference in their lives. Sometimes we got so excited and charged up about our work, we couldn’t sleep at night.”

Stephan and Barbara BasemanItaly volunteers

“I thank everyone for their dedicated work, that allows for those in need to be touched by well-organized out-reach programs filled with love. It is a privilege to be a part of Global Volunteers, and I treasure each of my 5 trips.”

Lyn deGuzman Global Volunteer Alumnus