www.globalvolunteernetwork.org – Global Volunteer Network

Where do you want to go?

Founder and Executive Director Colin Salisbury launched the Global Volunteer Network (GVN) after spending time in Ghana, West Africa as a volunteer. He recognized the need to provide “local solutions to local problems,” and his background in community development and international volunteerism enabled him to provide volunteer opportunities around the globe. GVN (a private, Non Government Organization (NGO) based in Wellington, New Zealand) connects international volunteers to local community organizations. Since its inception, GVN and the GVN Foundation has raised $1.2 million for communities in need around the world.

Ready to get involved? Go online and search for projects by location or project type featuring nature, children, teaching, refugee camps, medical, construction, treks, and community. With 5 continents, 23 countries, and 63 projects to choose from, boomers will want to take advantage of a personalized program service that will match your background and expertise to the perfect program. GVN currently has volunteer positions available through partner organizations in Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatamala, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam.

Margaret Holding said of her adventure, “Great programme. Worked hard and played hard! Volunteering does make a difference- slowly but surely. Volunteering has made a huge impact on my life. I should have done it years ago! Just go for it. You will make great friends, see new places, learn different cultures, have a sense of achievement and make a difference.”

Fundraising hikes allow boomers to take an active part in raising funds for communities in need. Current hikes are planned to Mt. Everest Base Camp, Machu Picchu, Mt. Kilimanjaro and a Vietnam Cycling Challenge. The Elephant Refuge and Education Centre in Thailand needs volunteers to assist the local staff to ensure elephants have a better quality of life in their natural environment. The Vietnam Youth Tour 2011 is designed with 15-17 year olds in mind. GVN’s Media Centre produces videos and articles about volunteer experiences, socially-conscious travel, and the issues that affect people in disadvantaged communities.

Looking for another way to get involved? Host a dinner party for the “Eat So They Can” fundraiser. Invite family and friends, collect donations, and send those donations to the GVN Foundation who will use them to help women and children across Asia, Africa, and South America. What could be better? You have a great time and effect positive change in people’s lives at the same time!

Boomers can “be that change.” This is a superb website for everyone wanting to make a difference. Remember we have written a ton about keeping physically fit and mentally agile, such an excursion can assist with both!