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Volunteers Abroad Needed to Connect People with Communities in Need

Updated on August 29, 2013

The Global Volunteer Network

The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world.

We need you!!

Our vision is to support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the global community and gain experience, and also fosters personal growth. Whether you would like to take a short volunteer vacation or a prolonged gap year, GVN provides challenging and affordable international programs abroad.

We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in 21 countries.

About the Global Volunteer Network

GVN currently has volunteer positions available through our partner organisations in Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, South Dakota, USA, and Vietnam.

At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organisations in each country. We believe that local communities are in the best position to determine their needs, and we provide volunteers to help them achieve their goals.

GVN offers a variety of programs that volunteers can become involved in including teaching, childcare, orphanage programs, medical/health placements, HIV/AIDS education, environmental conservation, wildlife programs, maintenance and construction, and community development.

Non Profit

The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is a New Zealand Charitable Trust (non-profit NGO) based in Wellington, New Zealand.

7 Reasons To Choose GVN

1. Fundraising strategies

Resources to help you cover up to 100% of the cost of your trip.

2. All-inclusive pricing plus discounts

Transparent service, no hidden costs, a US$350 credit voucher with Full Cover service, and opportunities for humanitarian discounts on airfares.

3. Personal security

Tailored travel insurance and our 24hr/7day emergency hotline.

4. People power

Personalised support from our volunteer coordinators throughout.

5. Financial security

A free application process, secure payment options, and fully transferable.

6. Peace of mind

We have placed over 7000 volunteers since our inception in 2000. Read volunteer's journals and testimonials or speak to a returned volunteer directly about their experience abroad.

7. Personal growth

Join our Change Makers Program and continue to help communities in need, grow personally, and network with like-minded people.

Free Application Process

Think you might be interested in volunteering? Apply now!

You can find all our programs here with an application form on each program page.

Your application process is free and seamless and if you are successful we will provide you with a choice of Program Package payment options that include a secure online service.

Your application is flexible. If your circumstances change you can schedule a new start date, change how long you can go for or choose a different program.

Benefits of Joining GVN

Additional Benefits:

* A Quality Volunteer Placement Quality

Dedicated staff with the sole focus of facilitating the placement of volunteers, reviewing and improving programs and supporting the work of our partners.

* Program Guide Program Guide

Your online resource guide that covers topics such as country information, details on your placement, travel links, visa application process, and much more!

* Fundraising guide Fundraising Guide

Your Fundraising Guide and Software which provides you with proven fundraising strategies, letter generating software and other resources to help you raise up to 100% of the cost of your trip.

* Personal online journal Journal

Which help you to communicate effectively and easily with your family and friends back home.

* Access to a non-profit: 5 years

Contribute to the ongoing support of the charitable + educational work of community organisations.

Want to hear what past volunteers have said about our programs?

Visit Volunteer Testimonials to read about what past volunteers have said about GVN and its endeavors to make our volunteers' placements the best they can be.

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The GVN Story

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to the global community and gain experience.

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    • tom-macgregor profile image


      6 years ago

      Great page. In my experience volunteering is a life changing.

    • tom-macgregor profile image


      6 years ago

      Great page. In my experience volunteering is a life changing.

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      Donnette Davis 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      Hello. Thought I would stop by while updating my Outreach Africa Lens. Thank you for putting this lens together. I do think that education and awareness are key in the resolution of any of the problems facing particularly African countries today.

    • denetraharris profile image


      9 years ago

      Volunteering - there's nothing more encouraging & fulfilling.

      check out my volunteer project at


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