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
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
Web Site: www.globalvolunteers.org
375 East Little Canada Road
St. Paul, MN 55117
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
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)
To help create a foundation for peace by enabling volunteers to work with and learn from local people on development projects worldwide.