Global Volunteers

Rating: 4.65 stars   26 reviews

Issues: International, Philanthropy, Economic Development, Microfinance, International Exchange

Location: 375 E Little Canada Rd St. Paul MN 55117 USA

Mission: Global Volunteers encourages and enables individuals and families to spend short periods of time working with and learning from local people in host communities throughout the world. Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers is a private, nonsectarian, apolitical nonprofit corporation, established to help promote justice and peace through mutual understanding. Each year, over 200 teams of volunteers work at the invitation and under the direction of local people and project directors on six continents
Geographic areas served: China, Costa Rica, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, USA, Vietnam
Programs: Projects include: Nurturing at-risk children (caring for children in orphanages, hospital wards, day care centers and childrens' homes); Education (tutoring students, teaching conversational English, assisting in high school sciences and math and elementary level summer school classrooms); community infrastructure (constructing school buildings, health clinics, community centers, building tables, chairs, desks, assembling playground equipment, and painting homes, etc); Health care (training rural health care providers in nutrition, hygiene and other public health issues, checking for high blood pressure and diabetes, extracting teeth, examining newborns, performing surgeries for physically disabled children, and providing prenatal care
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Rating: 3 stars  

I also volunteered with GV. Although the coordinator often called in "sick", they took excellent care of us. I will never forget the babies. HOWEVER, the price they charge is WAY TOO MUCH. They also charge an ungodly amount for a single room-there is no way the hotel gets that money. So it was an unforgetable experience, but I will donate my $$$ elsewhere.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Romania

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be honest about where the money goes and charge reasonable fees!

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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I enjoyed serving in Crete, and yes, I agree with the Volunteer who served in Romania, that the fees charged to the volunteers is far far far in excess of what should be charged. They must be 'lining their pockets' or having to support a huge overhead. I was greatly overcharged -- brought it to their attention, but it was never addressed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Crete

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop overcharging the volunteers!

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Rating: 4 stars  

I went to Romania for two weeks over the holidays and it was heart breaking and heart warming. GV took excellent care of us. My only concern is the very large fee charged. We are told much goes to the housing, but the amount we are charged is far far far above what is needed for that part. Why else is an extra week only $200. more? But I will never forget the babies.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Romania

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It has been a great way to help others, learn about a new culture, share your talents, make new friends, and much more.. Each experience is different yet somewhat the same. It is a good way for any person who is a little fearful of traveling to a foreign country, yet wants to travel to abroad. You have a built in support group. Try it; you'll like it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Tanzania, Mexico, Vietnam, Ecuador, Peru, Italy, India

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change very little.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How much you learn and enjoy working with the students and local people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very helpful, considerate, and kind.. you become like family

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do many more programs in other countries around the world

Ways to make it better...

Everyone stayed for the same length of time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Finding working partners, without corruption

One thing I'd also say is that...

I will continue to do it until I can't travel anymore.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

For the past twenty years, I have been spending two weeks of my vacation time volunteering with Global Volunteers in countries around the world. I have traveled with Global Volunteers because I believe in their philosophy of service, know that I will be safe and know that I am making a difference in someone's life. The feelings that I have in my heart when I return from one of these special trips sustains me throughout the rest of the year. Volunteer vacations is the perfect balance of exotic travel, intimate involvement with the communities you visit, making new friends and making the world a better place for all of us. I encourage others to consider this way of being of service. It will transform your life!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to do more of the exceptional work that they do around the world therefore making even more of a difference than they already do. There are unlimited opportunities to be of service as there are so many communities in need across the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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