Flexibility: High 

Social Engagement: High

What’s What: What if you could help create, nurture and sustain the well-being of the world’s children on a meaningful volunteering vacation? You can by joining a one, two, or three-week Global Volunteers program. If you’re committed to something bigger, consider a vacation from typical vacations and make an impact. 

Amava Take: Global Volunteers has been around for over 35 years, serving communities in need all over the world. Their projects are sustained by successive teams of volunteers, year after year, in partnership with community leaders. When children are able to reach their potential, they can become full contributing members of their societies. Every Global Volunteer participant can be part of the effort to nurture children and communities by working with inspirational community partners who have the vision and local support to direct volunteer abroad projects. Volunteers provide essential services by sharing skills and expertise that often are not otherwise available. Projects can include teaching conversational English, literacy and numeracy, caring for at-risk infants and toddlers, repairing community buildings, planting container gardens, providing prenatal support, health and hygiene education, and so much more.

From the Front Lines:

 What kinds of people tend to thrive with Global Volunteer experiences?

Couples, retirees, students, working professionals, families, individuals and groups all join Global Volunteers service programs. Teachers, artists, entrepreneurs, doctors, nurses, bankers, homemakers, lawyers, administrators and many others have much to share and they help form strong teams. Volunteers routinely report that the team dynamic is one of the most satisfying aspects of the program.

What are some current areas that Global Volunteers serves?

China, Cook Islands, Cuba, Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Peru, Poland, Portugal, St. Lucia,  Tanzania, Vietnam and within the USA Appalachia, Blackfeet Reservation and Rosebud Reservation. Some of the most pressing current needs are in Peru and Tanzania.

Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?

When you sign up for Global Volunteers you are given a Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ). It helps the Global Volunteers team match your skills and interests to specific project assignments. It’s definitely worth spending time on!

What’s a typical daily schedule like and is everything deductible? 

Volunteers serve on full-day projects, five days a week on projects where they’re most needed. The service program contribution, airfare and visa are all tax-deductible. There is  plenty of free time in the evenings for community activities, and on weekends to explore local attractions. 

From the Trenches:  

What was the most notable thing about this program?

No question, it was sharing my skills and knowledge, making new friends, exploring a new part of the world and make a difference. It’s so rewarding to help children, mothers, teachers and community leaders improve their futures.

Any ways to save some money?

Yep! Amava Members can save $200 when they sign up for a Global Volunteers program.

Does Global Volunteers take care of all the logistics?

Yes. And then some. They arrange for comfortable tourist-class hotels or guest-houses, three nutritious daily meals daily in restaurants or prepared by staff cooks. All team leaders and local staff are trained in CPR and first aid, and USA staff is available by phone 24/7. Emergency medical evacuation insurance is included in your service program contribution. Global Volunteers takes care of you, so you can serve others.

Special Requirements: For programs outside your country of citizenship, you will need a passport that is valid for six months after the conclusion of the service program. A visa may also be required, depending upon your country of citizenship.Your volunteer coordinator will explain the requirements to you, and provide you with resources for obtaining the required documents.

Setting it Up: Global Volunteers has people ready to answer you questions and get you set up.