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About Global Volunteers

Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers pioneered the concept of “volunteer vacations.” The organization offers short-term placements in ongoing development projects in more than 100 host communities in 19 different countries. Participants receive a unique cultural experience while providing assistance to an underserved rural community. Financial assistance to the host community is included as part of each volunteer’s service program fee.

Possible projects include teaching conversational English, child care, health care and environmentalism, and involve repairing homes, schools, clinics and other community buildings. Individuals with a particular interest in health care, education or the environment may also choose to participate in conservation projects, care for orphans and disabled children or provide medical services at small rural clinics.


Open to people of all ages and backgrounds. Minors may not travel unaccompanied.

Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers
375 East Little Canada Road
St. Paul, MN 55117-1628
Phone: (800) 487-1074


Number of Interns: 101 or more
Compensation/Benefits: Program Fee, Unpaid
Duration: N/A
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates, Graduate Students


Charleston, WV
Helena, MT
Saint Paul, MN