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Globe Aware

The mission of Globe Aware is to promote cultural awareness and sustainability. This means learning about and understanding the real beauties and challenges of a culture without trying to change it. To us, promoting sustainability means helping people and communities prosper without becoming dependent on outside aid. We seek projects and solutions that will help others to live a happy, healthy, and independent life.

Children, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Poverty, Animals

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Date Founded: 2003
Number of Staff: 9

Description of Services:
Globe Aware® is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit charity that mobilizes short term volunteer programs around the world. These adventures in service focus on promoting cultural awareness and sustainability and are often compared to a mini "peace corps" experience. All volunteers are accompanied by a bilingual volunteer coordinator to assist the volunteer throughout their program. The program fee and the airfare to get there are fully tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
Globe Aware has been arranging cultural missions for 15 years in developing nations and organizing volunteer missions since 2000. The first programs were run in Peru and Costa Rica, with several in Asia to follow.

Locations are chosen based on a huge number of factors, but generally are communities that are safe, genuinely needy, organized (in terms of proper NGO status), with significant cultural differences from the typical North American lifestyle, and willing to accept our involvement. Our nonprofit status was recognized in 2003.

Accomplishments & Progress:
Globe Aware is a member of International Volunteer Programs Association, Volunteers for Prosperity, the Building Bridges Coalition, was recommended for United Nations Consultative Status for Social and Economic Council, and administers the President's Volunteer Service Awards. Additionally, Globe Aware offsets its carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, the country's leading carbon offset organization. Our carbon footprint is estimated at less than 70 tons annually, and we have chosen to support carbon-reducing projects in renewable energy to offset the CO2 that is produced in running our offices worldwide, from powering our offices to the transportation used to get to and from our work sites.

1 Group Affiliation
Group Verification Status
UN (United Nations) Waiting verification
Financial Information   Verified
Year 2012 2011 2010
Total Revenue: $477,180 $581,933 $614,645
        Program Services Expenses: $451,045
(95% of total)
(92% of total)
(91% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $14,167
(3% of total)
(6% of total)
(6% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $7,678
(2% of total)
(3% of total)
(3% of total)
        Total Expenses: $472,890 $565,298 $654,982

Additional Background Information: Globe Aware has been featured and profiled in numerous news outlets, among them: CNN, The New York Times, Business Week, NBC Today Show, NPR (National Public Radio), Newsweek, Budget Travel, Travel&Leisure Magazine, Men's Fitness, Toronto Globe and Mail, and many others. Globe Aware has also been the subject of several major documentaries, among them a 9 part series titled Journeys of the Heart shot in high definition chronicling a group's developments in our Care for Cusco program. This series, produced by Concrete Productions, runs on the Dish Network's Equator Channel. Another documentary on Globe Aware was produced by Asterisk Productions called Vacations from the Heart which aired several times coast to coast in Canada on the Global Network and in the UK. Asterisk is a world renown production company with a special interest in social and environmental issues, for more on their inspiring work, see http://www.asterisk.bc.ca/ . Additional Affiliations: In Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Travelocity Travel for Good
The President's Volunteer Service Awar
Building Bridges Coalition
International Volunteer Programs Association

Kimberly Haley-Coleman
Executive Director Phone: 214-823-0083
Development Director:
Shanti Shahani
Director of Communications
Phone: 214-824-4562
Volunteer Coordinator:
Melanie Olvera
Multimedia Director
Phone: 214-824-4562
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:

6500 E Mockingbird Ln
Suite 104
Dallas , Texas 75214
United States
Phone: 214-824-4562
Fax: 214-824-4563
Web: http://www.globeaware.org

Build wheel chairs for land mine victims in Cambodia
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The friendly people of Ghana make it a great trip for families.
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Experience the rainforest with a close knit community in Costa Rica
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English instruction in Vietnam
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Volunteer in South Africa
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Beautiful people and breathtaking surroundings in Cuzco, Peru
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Hands on work with the Elephants of Thailand
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