Volunteer Vacation in the Cook Islands


Volunteer to Teach Children in the idyllic Cook Islands
of the South Pacific. Unspoiled ancient mountains ringed by crystal-clear, turquoise water attracted a hearty and self-reliant Maori people. Today, the beauty remains, but local people are challenged by a declining population, a weakened economy, and lost social supports. Your "helping hands" provide essential resources to the island's youth and adults! Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds - including families - find important and enjoyable ways to help deliver essential services on the island of Rarotonga. A volunteering couple says this is "The Best Vacation You'll Ever Love."

Global Volunteers works through the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and Education along with the Cook Islands Civil Society Organizations (CICSO). Read news about Essential Services on Rarotonga. Nearly 100 local, regional and national organizations collaborate through CICSO to improve educational, health and social services on the islands. As a volunteer in the Cook Islands, you can contribute directly to local development efforts while enjoying the beauty and culture of the South Pacific. More reflections on volunteering in the Cook Islands:

"Volunteering in Paradise"

"The Colorful Cook Islands"


Essential Services in the Cook Islands

Global Volunteers works with local partners to identify projects needing volunteer assistance. As an essential link in a long chain of volunteers in the Cook Islands, you can help deliver essential services to local people in a number of ways:

  • tutoring elementary and middle school students
  • demonstrating study skills and assisting with homework
  • teaching health, nutrition and hygiene
  • promoting girls' education
  • demonstrating effective hand washing
  • starting and maintaining school gardens
  • organizing school libraries
  • assisting local heath care workers with public health campaigns