"Volunteering was magical on so many levels. The partner is inspiring, well organised, passionate and a privilege to be aligned with. The opportunities available to impact directly on the lives of those in need are incredibly special, and the rewards are felt by the children, their communities and the volunteers themselves."—Rebecca Ramsay, Nepal Volunteer
The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is a dynamic organization who's primary vision is to connect people with communities in need. They do this by supporting the work of local community organisations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
The Global Volunteer Network was launched in December 2000 by Colin Salisbury, its Founder and Executive Director, after spending time volunteering in Ghana, West Africa. While he was there he saw the tremendous difference volunteers could make in helping local organisations achieve their goals. Upon returning to New Zealand he spent some time researching the different volunteer organisations around the world and was amazed at how expensive and limiting many programs were in terms of volunteer opportunities
In the past eight years The Global Volunteer Network has placed 14,000+ volunteers worldwide, and remains dedicated to partnering with local organizations around the globe to evoke change in underserved communities.
The Global Volunteer Network has placed volunteers in:
AFRICA: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda
Programs in Africa include: Caring for street children, Teaching primary education, Community development projects, Assisting on HIV/AIDS education and awareness programs, Help families achieve economic independence, and Assisting on medical projects.
Read more on individual volunteer programs in Africa.
ASIA: Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam
Programs in Asia include: Teaching conversational English, Volunteering in Women's Empowerment programs, Assisting in a wildlife rescue centre, Volunteering in child care facilities, and Helping on community construction projects.
Read more on individual programs in Asia.
THE AMERICAS: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, South Dakota
Programs in The Americas include: Volunteering in biological reserves, Serving in child care and health care centres, Assisting on community outreach projects, Teaching primary education, and Working on turtle conservation.
Read more on individual programs in The Americas.
In addition, check out GVN's Youtube Channel, to learn about programs all around the world.
Dates & Prices
The Global Volunteer Network offers volunteer program placement throughout the year. If a program has specific dates they will be listed on the page for that particular program. The costs related to each program vary, however, there is $350 application. Program fees typically start at $797 for a 2 week program, and then increase in price from there.
For more information visit The Global Volunteer website or contact them with any of your questions.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” —Howard Thurman
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Last updated on Monday, April 9, 2012.
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