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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Development, International Economic Development, International Exchange, Microfinance, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

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

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 3

I had 2 very satisfying experiences volunteering with GV. They took good care of us. However, when I went on line to see what programs they had for this year i was surprised to fnd that GV had only a 2 star rating from Charity Navigators.
I agree that the fees GV charges are WAY too high! I also had the suspicion that the for-profit school we taught English in Hanoi used us English teachers as a marketing tool.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 3

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.

Review from Guidestar

3

Volunteer

Rating: 2

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Review from Guidestar

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!