Community Partners Guide Our Work

We're privileged to work with exceptional community partners in all parts of the world. Over three decades, Global Volunteers' long-term investment in local communities enables you to continue this important work and help deliver essential services to local people.

"Global Volunteers overwhelmingly bolstered my sense of compassion for humanity and fueled an insatiable desire to aid in the global pursuit of peace. My service helped establish the foundation for the rest of my life. I am forever indebted to Global Volunteers!"

~ Heath Kirby, Peru and Ghana Volunteer


At the invitation of local leaders, we return to the same host community up to 18 times each year -- year after year. Our unique methods of engaging and preparing volunteers ensure mutually beneficial catalytic experiences between the team members and local people in the host community. You are given the opportunity to become fully engaged immediately upon your arrival in the host community. Global Volunteers is led by experts grounded in development and intercultural administration. This means:

  • We translate local leaders' long-term development goals into volunteer strategies.
  • We preserve service program integrity by directing financial support to work projects undertaken by volunteer teams.
  • We carefully monitor volunteers' experiences and evaluate service program outcomes.
  • Our local staff and consultants work with hosts to adjust work projects for maximum benefit.

    Always working at the invitation and under the direction of local leaders, we celebrate people-to-people initiative. The underpinnings of Global Volunteers' Philosophy of Service lie in the certainty that volunteers, working alongside local people, and within a structured development partnership, can make a genuine, lasting contribution to the communities they serve. Learn more about partnership criteria and how to become a local partner.

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