Engage the world in ways you’ve never imagined! As a Global Volunteer, your skills and energy can make all the difference to children and families in need. Friendly and accepting communities welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people to work alongside local people on significant development projects. Volunteer independently on any of our standard teams in 17 countries, or arrange an LGBT service team for your school, youth, arts or professional group in these fascinating and open-minded cultures:
Teach English, paint and plant. Learn from farmers, students, artists and community leaders - and share your own experience of daily American life.
Register for our upcomming Cuba team
Tutor students in English, numeracy and computer skills. Play with preschoolers, update a library and more while sharing the colorful island culture.
Assist this vibrant community with labor projects such as renovating buildings, landscaping public spaces, painting classrooms, and improving eco-tourism.
Enjoy the spectacle of ancient Andean culture and geography while working at lively preschools; teaching English skills or upgrading the facilities.
Teach in summer English camps or school classrooms on Crete – the Minoan capital and site of Knossos, the Samaria Gorge and endless memories.
English teaching by day in breezy classrooms with high-energy students, and sumptuous cuisine, coastlands, art, and conversation at day’s end.
Learn about Mexico's colorful customs, strong family traditions and proud national identity while teaching English to grateful college students striving to improve their futures.
Channel your “inner teacher” through games, songs and lessons in secondary and university classrooms – all in the land of Machu Piccu, the Nazca Lines and legendary cuisine.
Work with students of all ages as well as blind career-seekers to provide a passport out of poverty - English language skills. Explore Hanoi and leave a legacy of meaningful service.
Register for our upcomming Vietnam team
You'll assist with labor, office and recreation projects, and experience real "rez" life - the rhythms, traditions and spirit uniting Indian Country across the nation.
As laws evolve to promote LGBT acceptance worldwide, we know that uniting LGBT people in service or on educational exchanges globally encourages a culture of understanding and mutual respect. The awareness of different sexual orientations and gender identities arising from community-level people-to-people efforts promotes enlightened interactions on local, national and international levels.
Additionally, LGBT cultural activities scheduled during the program provides opportunities to learn about the successes and challenges the local LGBT community faces each day. Program participants and the local community can incorporate what they learn into their everyday lives - leading to long-term friendships and partnerships within the global LGBT movement.
We encourage mutual international understanding and respect through people-to-people service – affirming that respect is the ultimate doorway to peace. Furthermore, a steady stream of short-term volunteers ensures long-term development support and local self-reliance. Volunteers rely on our field expertise to ensure they’re fully engaged in the work projects, and consistently rate the program (preparations, logistics, work project) above 4.0 on a 5-point scale. Plus, our goal is inclusivity on all service programs – enabling you to feel comfortable to contribute fully and freely.
What is a “day in the life” of a Global Volunteer like? You'll primarily work on service projects each weekday, with evenings and weekends available for free time. Your assignment(s) may be in one or several locations. However, you’ll be engaged, on average, eight hours a day in work preparations and at the work site to provide maximum value to the host community. We strictly adhere to IRS requirements for eight hours per day of work, five days out of seven, to ensure you can claim this tax benefit. When combining federal and state income tax savings, you'll recover about 33 percent of the total service program cost. Most community projects are conducted between 8AM and 5PM daily. However, climate or resource conditions in some communities may require some volunteers to begin work earlier, or to split their workday into morning and evening periods, with afternoons free. In general, your daily schedule is:
"I have great respect for Global Volunteers' philosophy and policies. With each trip, I'm touched and humbled by the possibility of helping local people. Global Volunteers enables me to not just be a passive world traveler - but to be an active participant; a "citizen diplomat."
~ Norina Vaira, volunteer on 19 service programs
The needs in the host communities are vast, and so are the opportunities to make a genuine difference. All development projects are organized to help deliver essential services identified by local leaders. While our host's priorities might vary throughout the year and work projects may be different from community to community, most of the work falls into one of the following categories:
Every program immerses you in full-day itineraries (8 hours) with evenings and the weekend for free time to enjoy local color and cultural events. On select LGBT programs prominent local LGBT activists and allies from the arts, politics and academia will be invited to discuss issues relevant to the LGBT community.
Each work day follows this general itinerary:
Global Volunteers is a non-profit international development organization and is the sole provider of such short-term volunteer vacation programs dedicated to LGBT volunteers, their families, friends and colleagues.
Service Program fees include three meals per day, lodging in tourist-class accommodations, ground transportation, emergency evacuation insurance, a trained team leader, project materials and administrative costs.
Alumni, group, family and student discounts are available. Contact Linda at 651-407-6125 to learn more!
Service program fees for volunteer vacations and all your program-related expenses (including travel, visas and the like) are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers.