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Vietnam

Make a Genuine Difference in Vietnam as a Volunteer!

You're needed for one to two weeks as a volunteer English teacher in Hanoi! Teach lively classes of youth and young adults on University campuses and in a private secondary...

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Cook Islands

South Pacific Calling! Volunteering in the Cook Islands

We have a great volunteer place for you! Provide a genuine service while learning about this captivating South Pacific culture - for one to three weeks. Our NGO host partner...

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China

Experience the Real China – As a Volunteer Teacher

With Global Volunteers, you can see China through the eyes of the Chinese people, experience everyday life in Chinese schools, homes and communities, and develop friendships...

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Cuba

Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

Cuba is well-known for a lot of things - from sugar-white beaches to Spanish-colonial architecture. If you’re interested in experiencing everything the beautiful Caribbean...

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St. Lucia

Lift up Caribbean Kids & Moms in St. Lucia, West Indies

Be a caring mentor, teacher, guide, and champion as a Global Volunteer in St. Lucia - for one to two weeks. Global Volunteers began working with Anse la Raye's schools and...

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Portugal

Volunteer in Portugal. Incredible Chance to Teach English!

On the European continent's Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal ascended to the status of World Power during the "Age of Discovery," -- only to lose...

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Poland

A Dream Volunteer Vacation - Teach in Poland!

This is service-learning at its best. Teach conversational English for one to three weeks in rural elementary and high-school classrooms in the Siedlce region, east of Warsaw...

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India

Help India’ Youth Thrive & Succeed. Volunteer Now!

Work with Global Volunteers for one to two weeks to change the lives of children in India. Volunteers can truly make a significant, lifetime difference in one of the poorest...

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Peru

Teach. Nurture. Build. Learn. Choose Global Volunteers Peru!

Transform children's lives - mentor, teach, volunteer, and learn in Peru for one to two weeks! Read books in English, help them with art projects, assist teachers with recreational...

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Ecuador

Care for Children in Ecuador – Teach, Guide, Affirm & Play!

Play with and teach bright, happy children from impoverished families in Calderon, Ecuador - for one to two weeks. You're needed to assist teachers and help expand and maintain...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Premier Group Global Volunteering Adventure

Here's a place to roll up your sleeves and make a difference - in just one to two weeks! Couples, families and groups of students, alumni and employees are encouraged to

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Tanzania

Be The Change in Children’s Lives. Global Volunteer Tanzania

Volunteer in Africa for one to three weeks! Work on village development projects including classroom teaching, conversational English, health care and education, school gardening,...

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Romania

Be Significant. Be a Lifeline of Hope for Romanian Children

In the enchanting and picturesque nation of Romania, you can help feed and care for babies who arrive at the "failure-to-thrive ward" shortly after birth - for one to two...

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Mexico

Meet and Teach the Future Leaders of Mexico. Volunteer!

Experience Mexico as a "non-tourist" for one to two weeks. You'll practice English conversation and pronunciation skills in small groups with university students. The focus...

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Global Volunteers Reviews

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    6

My trip to Cuba

Overall I had a good experience, but I felt that my skills were totally under utilized. The so called "English tutoring" program involved people showing up at the Council of Churches and the volunteers standing around and in a basically helter skelter manner people connected. There were no lesson plans, grouping of people with similar skills - nothing. There were times that we had difficulty finding a place to work with our students. In my case it ended up with several volunteers to one or two students. I spent my mornings at a church were ladies gathered to do various types of needle work. Fortunately, that is something I do. I sat there and knitted and talked to the ladies and made a couple of things that hopefully they can sell to help the church. But other volunteers who had no skills in that area just sat and talked and I tried to teach them some needle work skills. But for an earlier group that had left yarn and needles we would have had no materials to work with. And it was not like we could go out and buy things. I felt that we should have been told what we were going to be doing so that we could have brought supplies. While I had a interesting experience with Global Volunteers and would not travel with them again. There were too many rules; I felt like I was in Jr. High School and not enough planning.

Program: Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

An experience of a lifetime

I have volunteered with Global Volunteers on eight service projects and, while it is hard to pick a favorite, Portugal is one near the top of the list. I taught English with two other adults to professors and college students who knew some English and wanted to become more confident in speaking. They were eager to learn from us and eager to share their culture with us as well. Not only did we spend two weeks together learning from one another, I am still in touch with several friends I made there. I can't say enough about the friendliness of the people of Portugal. Global Volunteers is a well run organization that works to provide a safe and enriching experience while helping others.

Program: Volunteer in Portugal. Incredible Chance to Teach English!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Share your native conversational English with Chinese English teachers

Working with Chinese English teachers is wonderful fun and deeply rewarding. No need to have teaching experience, just a desire to share your own interests and be open to new experiences. Far from the pollution of eastern China, Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province has a wonderful climate and a large variety of natural and cultural attractions. Part of the program is to explore some of them with your students and fellow volunteers. I've volunteered in Kunming seven times and hope to go back again.

Program: Experience the Real China – As a Volunteer Teacher

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Community Engagement

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

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St Lucia Earthboxes

I was a member of the 4th team to St Lucia. Myself and one other person worked on contacting sites, training locals on how to use Earthboxes and planting various vegetables with locals. We were driven to a nursery that supplied the plants, fertilizer and other gardening needs. It was very hot and humid and looked forward to cooling down in the swimming pool with other volunteers
Since this was relatively new to the locals it was hard to judge the effectiveness of this program I had heard some opposition from an element of the local population.

Program: Lift up Caribbean Kids & Moms in St. Lucia, West Indies

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    9

Wonderful Cook Islands

I have gone to the Cook Islands with Global Volunteers for eight years. There is a wonderful spirit on the Cook Islands that takes over your visit. It is relaxed and the people are warm and welcoming. I have been able to work in the same school every year and have watched the children grow and learn and benefit from the efforts of the volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and make a difference.

Program: South Pacific Calling! Volunteering in the Cook Islands

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