In 1984, Global Volunteers helped lay the foundation for what became known a decade later as "volunteer vacations." Our short-term volunteer service opportunities focused on providing "helping hands" to community development programs in host communities abroad. Today, as a non-governmental organization (NGO) in special consultative status with the United Nations and UNICEF, Global Volunteers mobilizes up to 300 service-learning teams year-around to work in more than 100 host communities worldwide, and has gained national and international recognition as a leader in this field. Global Volunteers is fully committed to delivering the Essential Services to partner communities serving vulnerable children.
"I just wanted to thank you for starting such an organization which has enabled me -- and so many others -- to become part of a group of people who change lives."
~Jane Prochazka, Australia and Costa Rica Volunteer
As a private, apolitical, nonsectarian organization, Global Volunteers demonstrated how sustained, comprehensive "people-to-people" initiatives can succeed. Read former Peace Corps volunteer Jon Kohl's feature on Global Volunteers.
We chose our host partners thoughtfully, and prepared our volunteers carefully. We requested projects that could be directed by local leaders, evaluated frequently, and sustained over the long term. We slowly built a reliable process for nurturing partnerships and delivering assistance consistently year after year. Our early lessons helped establish best practices to ensure you can contribute your skills in a meaningful way... and Leave Your Mark on the World.