Why volunteer with GVVN?
GVVN was set up to provide affordable, quality and flexible volunteering opportunities for people wishing to volunteer abroad. Through many months of research and traveling to different project locations we were able to find quality projects that allowed volunteers to get involved at much lower costs. Having been thought the process many times, our GVVN team understands concerns and needs of future international volunteers and will do everything in our power to ensure a great experience for all our volunteers.
Why pay to volunteer?
As a volunteer you are giving up your time and your skills to help those in need, therefore many people do not see why they should also have to pay to volunteer. The program fees you pay go directly to an organization in the country you will be volunteering in and are used to pay for expenses associated with your stay such as food, accommodation, transport, orientation and staff salaries to ensure your volunteering stay in the host country goes as smoothly as possible. Our partner organizations in developing countries are funded almost entirely by volunteer fees, therefore in order for the program to continue it is imperative we charge volunteers for their board, meals and transport. In a perfect world, these costs would be funded by a large NGO, but such organizations cannot fund all the programs that exist throughout the world.
Can we volunteer as a group?
Yes. Global Village Volunteer Network accepts group booking and can even organize special projects and discount rates, please email us to find out more about group projects.
Can people from outside of the United States volunteer with GVVN?
Yes, eventhough GVVN is based in the United States, we are an international volunteer placement organization and therefore accommodate people from all nationalities.
Can I take time out from volunteering to go sightseeing?
Yes! We believe it is extremely important to "soak up" as much of a country as you can while you are there. Volunteer travellers will often spend thousands of dollars on their airfares and while we believe our trips are the most authentic way to experience a country (living and working with local people), tourist activities and in-country travel will only enhance your experience. Our partner organizations are very flexible and often encourage you to take time out from volunteer work to travel and explore your host country. Our partner organizations also have partner tourist organizations and contacts to make this easier for you.
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