Discover a New Culture, Accomplish Something Unforgettable..

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-Multi-Country Locations: Africa Region, Asia Region, South America Region


“You are about to discover a new culture, accomplish something unforgettable, and explore the best our world has to offer!”

We are excited to get your volunteer placement under way where you will:

* Have the support of a non profit with 11 years experience in placing over 17000+ volunteers that will provide you with an affordable and rewarding placement
* Gain experience while making a personal contribution and connection with communities in need
* Have the comfort of knowing that GVN staff have collectively flown over 1 million miles to ensure you get a quality placement
* Make a long-term impact in your community of choice - it's not just a vacation
* Be a part of progressive non profit that has raised over USD 1.8 million to help women and children in need

Just choose a project and apply:

Become someone who makes a real difference in the lives of others! Put aside a few minutes now to discover the life changing benefits of volunteering overseas.

The Global Volunteer Network can set you up with short term projects in places throughout the world, where your skills will greatly benefit local communities on a various number of levels.

Over the past 11 years Global Volunteer Network have connected 17,000+ volunteers with our partner organizations throughout South America, Africa, and Asia. Volunteer projects include teaching English in Rwanda, turtle conservation in Costa Rica, working with orphans in Vietnam, and many more. Become known as someone who makes a real difference in the lives of others!

Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organisations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

GVN currently has volunteer positions available through our partner organisations in Argentina, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, USA and Vietnam. The network continues to expand with new programs currently being researched and assessed.

We offer projects in the following fields:
* Children's Homes/Orphanage
* Community Development
* Conservation
* Construction/Maintenance
* Healthcare
* Teaching
* Wildlife

And many more!

There are so many benefits to volunteering!
International volunteering is a great way to gain experience living in a developing country, learning about another culture and experiencing a different way of life. Volunteering shows an interest in international issues and commitment to contributing to the global community. It fosters personal growth and is very rewarding for both the volunteer as well as the community they work in. Further, if the volunteer work relates to your field of study this is a great way to gain valuable hands on practical experience in your field.

The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) 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.

At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organisations in each country. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

Of course, international volunteering requires you to invest a considerable amount of time, funds and trust in the organisation you are volunteering with. At GVN we feel that we provide you not only with the facilities, but also with the confidence to go ahead and help communities in need around the world.

With 11 years of service and 17,000+ volunteers under our belt, we strive to remain helpful, personable and professional in our relationship with our volunteers. We aim to provide you with all the resources, support and information you will need to take part in a successful and rewarding volunteer program with us.

Volunteers receive access to our online Program Guides which cover topics such as country information, details on your placement, travel links, visa application process and much more. You will also be put in touch with your Volunteer Coordinator who can answer any questions you have and provide you with guidance while you are preparing for your placement. We also have videos, photo galleries, volunteer journals and other resources to give you an idea of what you can expect during your volunteer program with us.

What do our past Volunteers' say about their experience with GVN?

"Teaching in Ghana was such a worthwhile experience, not only for me but for the kids I taught as well. The impact you make on the school is something that benefits the children massively, allowing them to experience fun and a different method of teaching. Volunteering is a great way to see the world, whilst benefiting others." - Richard McMahon, Ghana Volunteer

"I think GVN does great things, and I'm proud to have been a small part of it. I've gone from someone who's never left the country and never traveled alone, to someone who felt comfortable traveling 7,000 miles to a foreign country by myself." - Christopher DiMarco, New Zealand Volunteer.


* We have received a recommendation by Bill Gates "I'd love to see more young people taking action to help the poor and disadvantaged... Two places to get started are Network for Good and Global Volunteer Network." - Newsweek Web

* Choose placement lengths of 1 week up to 5 months to suit your availability.

* Immerse yourself in a new country and culture and get to know the local people.

* Expose yourself to new sights, new tastes and experiences whilst sharing your skills and personal experience to help those in need.

Program Duration

1-2 Week, 2-4 Week, 3-6 Month, 5-8 Week, 9-12 Week


Program Schedules can be found on each Program page.


* Be 18 years or older
* Have no major health problems
* Obtain a police check from your home country prior to volunteering


  • English

Cost in US$:

From 1,397

Cost Includes:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • In-country orientation/Training
  • In-country staff support
  • Language instruction
  • Pre-departure orientation/Training
  • Written materials pre-departure

Program Fees Include:

Volunteers can Join Us Free and program fees are from USD 1397.
By joining us we provide the following benefits: personal staff support (incl. 24hr/7 day in-country support during your placement); your details online Program Guide; your Fundraising Guide (incl software); your own personal online journal.

Your program/in-country fee inclusions vary slightly depending on the program you have chosen. Generally the fee covers your meals, accommodation, training and orientation, airport pick-up, project transportation, administrative charge and placement arrangement.

The other costs you will need to meet are your flights, tourist visa, vaccinations, travel insurance, and departure tax. You will also need to consider other expenses including snacks, bottled water, personal costs, beverages, and entertainment.

Experience Required


Volunteer Types

  • Animal Welfare
  • Childcare/children
  • Community Centers
  • Community Development
  • Community Health
  • Community Organizing
  • Conservation
  • Counseling
  • Disability Issues
  • Eco-tourism
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • English Teaching
  • Environment
  • Handicapped
  • Health Care
  • Health Education
  • Homelessness
  • Orphans
  • Planting
  • Street Kids
  • Teaching
  • Volunteer Management

Typical Volunteer

We welcome a range of volunteers from those finishing school or university, to those taking a break from work or between college semesters. We also welcome those who are retired and have a wealth of experience to share. You may join our programs as a solo volunteer, as a couple or family or as a group project.

Age Range

Over 18

This Program is open to

Worldwide Participants. This Program is also open to Families and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements

  • Dormitory
  • Group living
  • Home-stays
  • Independent living

Participants Travel


Application Process Involves

  • Online Application

Typically The Application Process Time is

2-3 days

Post Services Include

  • Alumni Network
  • Re-Entry Debriefing at Home