Global Volunteers

Partners in Development

St. Paul, MN   |  https://globalvolunteers.org

Mission

Global Volunteers is an international development organization mobilizing teams of short-term volunteers on long-term development projects to help children reach their full potential abroad and in the U.S. We work with and under the direction of local leaders in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, North America, South America and the South Pacific to provide the essential services to families as prescribed by the United Nations. Founded in 1984, we are in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and cooperate with other U.N. agencies such as UNICEF.

Ruling year info

1985

President and CEO

Bud Philbrook

Co-Founder and Vice President

Michele Marie Gran

Main address

375 E Little Canada Rd

St. Paul, MN 55117 USA

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EIN

36-3352680

NTEE code info

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our development partnerships with community leaders worldwide focus on helping provide essential services prescribed by the UN to help children reach their full potential. Our volunteer service initiatives address the conditions identified in the sustainable development goals, ranging from promoting education by teaching in classrooms, language camps and other community-based programs; to providing interventions addressing maternal health, childhood stunting and other systemic impairments to children's physical and cognitive development. Development programs to halt childhood stunting, a preventable and devastating condition, is an example of the systemic problems we address in our Tanzania demonstration program. This condition affects 24% of children worldwide. This number rises to 80% in some communities, producing perpetual intergenerational poverty and a global economy denied of fully capable adults. Volunteers provide the needed resources to address this problem.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tanzania Service Program

Global Volunteers' Tanzania program was launched in 1984 to enable volunteers to provide direct assistance to impoverished villagers in the Iringa district. Under the broad community development focus of Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) volunteers work on projects to help end childhood stunting. Assignments include health, nutrition and hygiene education, parent workshops on early childhood education, and direct healthcare, diagnostics and prenatal care in Global Volunteers' new modern clinic. Additional volunteers are needed for English instruction, numeracy, computer literacy, and repair and maintenance of community buildings.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Global Volunteers teams assists more than 80 local organizations to improve educational, health and social services on the island of Rarotonga. Volunteers work alongside teachers, families and community leaders we’ve served since 1988. Service projects include classroom tutoring, library assistance, computer literacy, early childhood education, and labor and maintenance.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Volunteers assist local leaders with capacity building in areas of extreme poverty through classroom tutoring, home building and repair, family crisis support, substance abuse interventions, elder care and outreach, summer recreation programs, and labor projects. Programs are conducted on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, at the Hernandez Elementary School in Española, New Mexico, and in Fayette County, West Virginia.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Global Volunteers began its Cuban service partnership in 2012 in compliance with U.S. regulations. Volunteers help advance English competency, improve community buildings, support elders, help enhance economic vitality and contribute to Cuban civil society.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
People of Latin American descent

Global Volunteers has mobilized volunteer teams to care for children and support mothers in Ecuador since 1996. Volunteers contribute their skills and material resources to families living on the margins in Quito by teaching English and preschool skills to children and maintaining buildings and expanding safe learning spaces.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Infants and toddlers

Since 1996, Global Volunteers teams have worked in partnership with local leaders on the island of Crete to provide English language instruction to children of all ages in after-school programs, summer camps and small groups. Volunteers will often do one on one tutoring with local adults who want to advance their careers.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Global Volunteers teams teach conversational English to students, blind young adults and government researchers to help advance their school and professional capacities. At the Vietnam Institute for Development Strategy (VIDS), a research center on national socio-economic development strategies, volunteers are a resource to their English Communication Program. At Blind-Link, volunteers teach basic English skills to visually impaired youth who are in training for professional massage therapy careers. In Hanoi grade schools and universities, volunteers teach conversational English in classrooms and small groups - customized to the students' needs.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Launched in 2004, Global Volunteers' Peru Service Program currently works in partnership with La Comunidad de Niños Sagrada Familia– “Sagrada Familia” (Sacred Family) is a shelter for vulnerable children who otherwise have nowhere to go. The goal of this community is to care for and protect children who have been left homeless or neglected by giving them the love, care and individualized attention that all children need and deserve. Service program assignments include child care, English teaching, nutrition, health care and hygiene education, classroom assistance and labor projects. Healthcare professionals are also needed to assist in the on-site clinic.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Global Volunteers was invited to serve impoverished children and young adults by a number of locally based organizations in Kathmandu. Beginning in March of 2019 teams were serving at children's homes, doing light labor, teaching conversational English in K-12 schools, Universities, & women's groups whose members are marginalized & low income.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

Since 1990, Global Volunteers teams have worked in partnership with local government leaders in both Siedlce and Zakopane, Poland to provide English language instruction to children of all ages in schools, after-school programs, summer camps and small groups.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Indigenous peoples

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In the Cook Islands the number of computer tutoring sessions varies by each school year. Generally, volunteers conduct training for all grade levels four times/year.

Hours of tutoring administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every child needing tutoring in English, science, math and social science receives, on average, 4 hours per week of one-and-one tutoring, in small groups of students of similar ability.

Number of health/hygiene product and/or tools of care (mosquito nets, soap, etc.) administered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Caregivers, Families, Non-adult children

Related Program

Tanzania Service Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Health and hygiene products and tools of care such as mosquito nets, hand-washing stations, soap and toothbrushes are supplied in healthcare workshops and classroom instruction.

Number of students who demonstrate improved overall literacy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Cook Islands Service Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At Takitumu School, the number of students reading below average decreased over three years with our volunteer interventions. Numbers indicate students who now read at or above average in grades 3/4.

Hours of expertise provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

English, Math, & Science instruction are provided to children to enhance future college or career advancement. Medical professionals provide direct care and instruction to children & parents.

Number of children with a source of ongoing care

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of children nurtured, given direct care, fed & provided nutritional supplements in childcare centers, residential facilities and clinics in Ecuador, Peru, Nepal, Tanzania & St. Lucia

Hours of childcare and support provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers work in childcare centers, residential facilities and clinics providing psycho-social support and stimulation and direct care with feeding, dressing, learning and self-care.

Number of local people instructed in prevention and care of infectious disease

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Parents

Related Program

Tanzania Service Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Disease prevention, proper nutrition and appropriate health care support cognitive development in children. Volunteers conduct workshops for villagers on preventing and treating infectious disease.

Hours worked on community infrastructure projects

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers help repair, maintain, renovate and improve homes and community buildings including schools, clinics, libraries, childcare centers, dormitories and gardens.

Number of health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We focus on teaching pregnant women and new mothers as well as school children basic health, nutrition and hygiene practices to improve their general health, primarily in rural communities abroad.

Number of students receiving homework help

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Every year, volunteers work in classrooms and small groups as a resource to special education students and others requiring help to keep up with school assignment and to meet academic requirements.

Number of students receiving information on HIV/AIDS and STDs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteer healthcare professionals provide parent workshops on HIV-AIDs prevention and protection, utilizing standard texts and courses to advance understanding.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We aim to provide 12 essential services, as prescribed by the United Nations, to every partner community who requests volunteer assistance in the areas of hygiene education, nutrition, and conversational English teaching/classroom tutoring.

Teaching and modeling hand washing with soap: Of the approximately 120 million children born in the developing world each year, half will live in households without access to improved sanitation, at grave risk to their survival and development. Poor hygiene and lack of access to sanitation together contribute to about 88% of deaths from diarrheal diseases, accounting for 1.5 million diarrhea-related under-five deaths each year. Hand washing with soap is the single most effective – and accessible – intervention to reduce and prevent disease and death. From a cost-benefit perspective, washing with soap is three times more effective than building latrines, nearly 60 times as effective as providing clean running water, and more than 300 times as effective as any single immunization. Global Volunteers' direct access to at-risk children and families in host communities worldwide is instrumental in advancing the practice of hand washing.

Teaching and supporting container gardening: Hundreds of millions of children may not have eaten today, and have no idea where their meal might come from tomorrow. Hunger is debilitating in every sense: physically, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. But hunger is not inevitable. We have all the tools and agricultural technology necessary to ensure that nearly every hungry family can grow their own food to feed themselves and their children. Many of these tools and technologies are appropriate for those who farm on extremely small plots and may have limited education. School and household gardens in raised containers are an effective means for transferring agricultural technology and skills. Global Volunteers helps supply and maintain small gardens to help meet the essential nutritional needs of school-aged children.

Teaching conversational English and other classroom subjects: Increasingly, English language skills have become crucial to success in virtually any profession, as it is regarded the international language of commerce, technology and opportunity. Global Volunteers is committed to helping host communities advance in their understanding of, appreciation for, and fluency in English. Children living in poverty typically have access to only inadequate educational resources. As they progress through each grade, they lose greater capability if instruction and material resources are insufficient to advance their intellectual development. We provide classroom and after-school tutoring at all levels in science, math, geography, and life skills, and provide special education support.

Through a sustained, year-round, long-term stream of volunteer assistance, professional expertise and material resources, we directly address childhood stunting and other conditions which cause cognitive delays and restrict children's ability to reach their full potential.

Teaching and modeling hand washing with soap
1. Modeling proper hand washing in schools, kitchens and at work sites
2. Focusing on children – the most susceptible to disease, and also the most open to change
3. Providing soap – the critical ingredient missing in current village hand washing habits
4. Teaching hygiene education in classrooms and assisting with hand washing events
5. Supporting a sustained, year-around targeted hand washing campaign
6. Engaging and encouraging community leaders, teachers and administrators to model proper hand washing

Providing school and household gardens
1. Helping demonstrate the use of raised container gardens and how they provide critical micronutrients for pregnant women, new mothers and children.
2. Teaching horticulture, ecology, biology, basic garden management, nutrition
3. Helping install and maintain school and household gardens as community demonstrations
4. Helping communicate demonstration garden techniques to community farmers
5. Providing support and year-around resources to the host community garden manager(s)
6. Conducting gardening sessions and competitions

Conducting classroom, small group and camp projects
1. Providing in-classroom instruction and support for English language classes
2. Conducting small-group conversational English classes
3. Assisting at intensive English-language “camps"
4. Tutoring students who have trouble reading and writing in English
5. Teaching English language skills and techniques to foreign English teachers
6. Providing classroom resources for improved English comprehension

Conducting parent workshops on nutrition, health, pregnancy and the like
1. Starting and maintaining household and school gardens
2. Health, nutrition and hygiene education
3. HIV Aids, malaria, Zika and dengue fever prevention
4. Parenting and early childhood milestones and development

Home visits with local caregivers to reinforce workshop lessons and technology

1. Supporting mothers with newborn stimulation and
2. Modeling appropriate child behavior modification and discipline
3. Providing educational toys and demonstrating their use
Providing direct patient health care
1. Pre-natal exams
2. Well baby check ups
3. Dental exams
4. Deworming


Assist with basic labor projects to improve community capacity
1. Build/renovate schools, health clinics and community centers
2. Construct potable water systems, fuel efficient stoves, sanitary latrines and water catchment systems
3. Manufacture container gardens on site with locally resourced materials

Global Volunteers has the experience, know-how and commitment to carry out each of our stated community service strategies. Our legacy of service is demonstrated in more than 36,000 short-term volunteers of all ages and backgrounds over 36 years contributing to long-term development programs in more than 200 partner communities in 34 countries on six continents.
We're led by experts in human and economic development with profound service credentials:
• Country managers who are highly educated local nationals and fluent in English.
• Senior executives with advanced degrees in in International Development, Law, International Communications, Public Affairs, English, and Business Administration.
• Management team embodying 100+ years of international living, academic and career expertise.
• Global staff sharing a broad vision of comprehensive community service.
• Co-founders with five decades of executive expertise in business, non-profits, and federal and state governments.
• Devoted hosts and community partners in all parts of the world; from pre-schools, crisis centers and orphanages to colleges, universities and health clinics.
• Providing essential services in special consultative status with the United Nations – Economic and Social Council

We offer year-round volunteer assistance to help deliver 12 Essential Services to every partner community. We extracted the 12 Essential Services model from the innovative work of the World Food Program (WFP), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Our landmark work organized these essential services into three broad categories: Hunger, Health and Cognition. These are the areas where volunteers have the greatest impact. In over three decades, we've proven the efficacy of this model, as measured by volunteers, community partners and outside evaluators.

Through volunteer opportunities abroad, children are fed, clothed, taught and cared for. Their health and cognition is improved. Schools are built, clean water is provided, dormitories are enlarged, teachers are supported, household gardens are planted, libraries are equipped, pregnant women and mothers are counseled, homes are restored – all with rippling effects throughout each community.

In every partner community, our strength is our long-term relationship with community decision makers. An obvious example of this intention is our most ambitious program to date: In Ipalamwa, Tanzania. Working alongside local people to define a long-term vision for the district, we've completed an RCP Center/Guesthouse with a $200,000 volunteer donation, and have secured a $5.6M grant enabling us to have built a state-of-the-art rural health clinic to serve five communities and beyond. We've assembled a wide cross-section of professionals for our Reaching Children's Potential Advisory Committee, which assesses and evaluates every element of our program delivery.

In partner communities where we've primarily offered conversational English language instruction, we've taught up to 200 students per day, five days per week for every week we have volunteers on site. We've provided this classroom assistance for over 25 years in China, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Vietnam, Peru, Poland and Romania.

We have offered broader capacity building in partnership with local leaders to provide essential services in the Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania, St. Lucia, Tanzania and the USA. These programs employ these interrelated elements:
A. Local Staff
1. Country and Regional Directors
2. Community Team Leaders
3. Facilities Staff
B. Focused educational components to transfer knowledge:
1. Parent workshops
2. Home visits
3. Handwashing with soap and general hygiene campaigns
4. Classroom training
5. After school tutoring
C. Introducing appropriate technologies:
1. Household container gardens to produce bountiful fresh fruits and vegetables
2. Fuel efficient stoves to eliminate in-house smoke
3. School gardens to improve feeding programs
4. Micronutrient supplements and bio fortified foods to ensure sufficient iron, zinc, folic acid, vitamins, etc.
5. Chicken coops for protein
6. Water catchment and purification systems for better health
7. Handwashing stations
8. Deworming tablets to ensure children benefit from the nutritious foods
9. Bed nets for malaria protection
10. Quality preschools to establish the foundation for life-long learning
11. School bathrooms to encourage teenage girls' school attendance and improve health.
D. Delivering Essential Services
1. Eradicating Hunger
• Household and School Container Gardens
• Nutrition Education
• School Gardens
• Micronutrient Supplementation
• Fuel Efficient Stoves

2. Improving Health
• Pregnant Women Care and Counseling
• Home Visits
• Interactive Parent Workshops
• Mother's Social Activity Clubs
• Public Health Education
• Handwashing with Soap and Water Campaigns
• Malaria, Dengue Fever, Zika Prevention
• HIV-AIDS Education
• Pre-Pregnancy Counseling


3. Enhancing Cognition
• Community-wide Kindergartens
• Primary and Secondary School Enrichment
• Sanitary Systems
• Potable Water Systems
• Girls Education Promotion
• Home and School Child Psychosocial Support

Financials

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Global Volunteers

Board of directors
as of 11/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Burnham (Bud) Philbrook

Global Volunteers

Term: 1984 -

Samuel Hanson

Todd Lefko

Burnham Philbrook

Michele Gran

Sue Laxdahl

Keith Kresge

Pamela Griffen

Barbara Morris

James Gorski

Deborah Pollard

John Taylor

Mindy Lull

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/26/2020

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