Global Volunteers

Partners in Development

Global Volunteers is a nonprofit, nonsectarian international voluntary service organization based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers strives to wage peace throughout the world by helping to establish mutual understanding between people of diverse cultures by facilitating volunteer community service programs. Global Volunteers is a NGO (non-governmental organization) in Special Consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Each year Global Volunteers coordinates more than 150 teams of volunteers who assist short-term human and economic development projects. Service-learning programs are led by Global Volunteers team leaders to China, the Cook Islands, Vietnam, Indonesia, Tanzania, Ghana, India, Romania, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, Mexico, Jamaica, Poland, Spain, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, and the United States.

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The work projects, which are one, two or three weeks in length, are determined by the host communities and directed by local leaders, include teaching conversational English, caring for children, assisting with health care, building community facilities such as schools and community centers, painting and repairing homes, assisting on natural resource projects, and business instruction and consultation.


Any open-minded, English-speaking, healthy adult of any age can contriibute. They also accept minors traveling with their parents for some programs.

Financial Arrangements

Volunteers pay a tax-deductible service program fee which helps support the local program and covers their on-site food, lodging, ground transportatioin, project materials, services of a team leader, and administrative costs.

Contact Information

Web Site:


Global Volunteers
375 East Little Canada Road
St. Paul, MN 55117

Phone: 800-487-1074

Fax: 651-482-0915

Registration / Application

Call 800-487-1074 or register on line at the Global Volunteers web site.


History: Founded in 1984 by Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook in St. Paul, MN.

Current age range of advisors: 12 to 93 years

Current average advisor age: 50 years

Volunteers registered: 50,000 (as of 9-Feb-02).

Field Projects executed: 165 in 2001.

Advisors sent on field projects: 2,000 in 2001.

Budget: $3,000,000 (fiscal 2001) - 75% international

Regional Activitiy: Global Volunteers currently has projects in 19 countries in 10 Regions (Africa: 2, Asia: 2, Australia-Oceania: 1, Central America: 1, Caribbean: 1, Eastern Europe: 3, North America: 2, South America: 1, Southeast Asia: 2, Western Europe: 4)

Mission Statement

To help create a foundation for peace by enabling volunteers to work with and learn from local people on development projects worldwide.

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