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Global Volunteers

Global Volunteer was founded to help advance peace, racial reconciliation and mutual international understanding between peoples of diverse cultures through volunteer service on long-term community development programs.

Children, Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, Poverty, Gender & Equality, Food & Agriculture

All 17 countries:
  Summary by region:

Date Founded: 1984
Number of Staff: 45

Description of Services:
Our service programs, which are determined by host partners, fall into four broad categories: teaching conversational English, nurturing and caring for children of all ages, providing assistance with infrastructure such as building and repairing homes, helping with ecological projects and providing professional services such as health care, business instruction and computer assistance.

We maintain long-term partnerships with indigenous development organizations worldwide and mobilize teams of volunteers to work alongside local people on humanitarian projects that have been identified as being important to their community's long-term development. In addition, we support the host communities through direct project donations and sponsorships
Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers grew from two service programs per year in one host community to over 150 service programs supporting more than 100 host communities annually through year-around volunteer service, on-going project funding and child sponsorships.

As an early pioneer in international volunteer service, Global Volunteers helped lay the foundation for what became known a decade later as "volunteer vacations." Our short-term volunteer service opportunities focused on providing "helping hands" to community development programs in host communities abroad. Global Volunteers has gained national and international recognition as a leader in the international volunteering field.
Accomplishments & Progress:
Global Volunteers has mobilized some 27,000 volunteers on community development projects worldwide since 1984, touching hearts and changing lives. Volunteers build on three decades of international development experience to maximize the benefit to the local people worldwide. Global Volunteers set the standard for international best practices, promising excellence in all aspects of program development and volunteer direction.

Nurturing long-term relationships is central to our worldwide success. We invest financial and human resources to provide continuous local program support and development.

For more accomplishments, please visit out website at http://www.globalvolunteers.org.

Financial Information   Verified
Year 2011 2010 2009
Total Revenue: $2,580,912 $3,062,084 $3,584,558
        Program Services Expenses: $2,350,148
(84% of total)
(83% of total)
(84% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $400,351
(14% of total)
(15% of total)
(14% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $49,438
(2% of total)
(2% of total)
(2% of total)
        Total Expenses: $2,799,937 $3,160,419 $3,328,457

Additional Background Information: Global Volunteers is led by experts in international micro-economic and human development who work with local leaders to translate long-term development goals into volunteer strategies.

We're privileged to work with exceptional host partners in all parts of the world. Now in our third decade, our investment in local communities has created an unmatched opportunity for volunteers and donors to truly make a difference. At the invitation of local leaders, we return to the same host community up to 18 times each year -- year after year. Our proprietary methods of engaging and preparing volunteers ensure mutually beneficial catalytic experiences between the team members and local people in the host community. Local Partners: See above. Additional Affiliations: Global Volunteers works in special consultative status with the United Nations ECOSOC and UNICEF, and maintains development partnerships with more than 100 local, regional and national organizations in host countries worldwide. Examples are the Cook Islands Association of Non-government Organizations, the Peruvian Ministry of Health, Siedlce Province in Poland, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania, The Fundacion de Damas Calderonenses in Ecudaor, The Cooperativa de Artesanas de Santa Elena y Monteverde in Costa Rica, The South East Asian Mission in India and the like.

Burnham Philbrook
President and CEO Phone: 651-407-6100
Development Director:
Linda Schlapp
Development Director
Phone: 651-407-6100
Volunteer Coordinator:
Michele Gran
Vice President
Phone: 651-407-6100
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Trustees: Bud Philbrook, Michele Gran, Sam Hanson, Sue Laxdal, Todd Lefko

In addition, 10 Directors serve a one-year renewable term.

373 E. Little Canada Rd.
St. Paul , MN 55117-1628
United States
Phone: 800-487-1074
Fax: 651-482-0915
Web: http://www.globalvolunteers.org

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