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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

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