Global Volunteer Network GVN

connecting people with communities in need

The Global Volunteer Network GVN offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world. We currently provide volunteer programs through our partner organizations in 21 countries. The network continues to expand with new programs currently being researched and assessed … (full text Homepage).

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Address: Global Volunteer Network Ltd, Level 2, 105 High Street, PO Box 30-968, Lower Hutt, New Zealand;

About /Our Vision: Our vision is to connect people with communities in need. We do this by supporting the work of local community organisations through the placement of international volunteers.  

Our Beginnings:

  • The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) was launched in December 2000 by Colin Salisbury, its Founder and Executive Director, after spending time volunteering in Ghana, West Africa. While he was there he saw the tremendous difference volunteers could make in helping local organisations achieve their goals. Upon returning to New Zealand he spent some time researching the different volunteer organisations around the world and was amazed at how expensive and limiting many programs were in terms of volunteer opportunities.
  • Colin has extensive volunteer experience both locally and internationally with time spent in Ecuador, Ghana, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Thailand. His background in Community Development and his Masters in International Development have enabled him to provide challenging and affordable volunteer opportunities around the globe.
  • Click here to get the inside scoop about daily life in the GVN office, staff opinions about volunteering and how GVN went from a small operation in a spare bedroom to a proper office that helps hundreds of people volunteer each year.

Our Network:

  • The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) is a private, Non Government Organization (NGO) based in Wellington, New Zealand. Our incorporation number is: WN/1194442.
  • GVN currently has volunteer positions available through our partner organisations in Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam. The network continues to expand with new programs currently being researched and assessed. Click here for detailed information on our programs.
  • The number of people volunteering through GVN continues to grow. Since 2002 we have placed over 10,000 volunteers.
  • We also offer fundraising hikes which offer you the oppotunity to help communities in need, and have the adventure of a lifetime. We currently have hikes planned to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Our Partners:

  • 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.

Our Media Centre:

  • GVN’s Media Centre produces videos and articles about volunteer experiences, socially-conscious travel, the issues that affect people in disadvantaged communities and the fight for a more just and equitable world. It is our belief that through raising awareness about the plight of others, we can slowly turn the tide and empower individuals and communities to work toward a better world. Click here to visit our Media Centre.

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