GIVE offers amazing, once-in-a-lifetime adventures that transform the lives of its volunteers, igniting new passions and inspiring incredible personal growth. Work and play side-by-side with welcoming locals. Immerse yourself in extraordinary new worlds. Break down cultural barriers and build up lifelong relationships.
Our sustainable development initiatives have a lasting impact on the communities we serve and the volunteers who engage with them. And unlike other programs, almost all our volunteers stay involved long after their experience ends, becoming lifelong global citizens and good-will ambassadors.
The Places You’ll explore
Our Volunteer Adventures Across the Globe
The impact you'll make
empowering local communities from the ground up
Work on sustainable development projects that drive lasting change — improving infrastructure, increasing educational opportunities, implementing fresh water systems and protecting endangered wildlife.
The stories you'll tell
of once in a lifetime adventures
Build lifelong friendships with our community-driven approach that immerses you in local cultures. Experience epic, eye-opening journeys — hiking with elephants, sandboarding down volcanoes, meditating with monks — while volunteering abroad in unbelievable locations.
The world you'll change
As a global citizen leader
Help solve the world’s greatest challenges and ignite social development as a lifetime good-will ambassador, inspiring generations by helping build meaningful and sustainable change.
Who we are
and why we do what we do
GIVE’s Mission: To inspire growth, empower global citizens, and ignite sustainable change worldwide.
We believe growth and substantive change comes from taking what communities already have and motivating them to achieve more. Our commitment to Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) ensures a sustainable community model that combines local resources and know-how with innovative, eco-friendly techniques. When identifying projects, we unite our communities around issues that inspire its members to act, and then work alongside local leaders to form a plan of action that empowers their people to take over responsibility for our projects. Furthermore, through providing hands-on, eye-opening learning experiences that foster authentic connections between volunteers and host community members, we are able to empower global citizens who will spread GIVE’s values and ultimately ignite sustainable change worldwide. SEE MORE
GIVE's Promise: People, Projects & Principles Above Profit
With over 10 million people volunteering abroad each year and more than a thousand different organizations offering volunteer trips, it’s no surprise that one of the most common questions we hear is, “What makes GIVE different?” In fact, it was this very question that inspired Jake Allison to found GIVE in 2011. After several years of witnessing the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the volunteer tourism industry, he ultimately determined that there is real potential for 'voluntourism' to have positive impacts in the developing world, but it would require a fresh, focused approach to truly foster sustainable change. This experience led Jake to establish The GIVE Promise; a lasting commitment to put people, projects and principles above profit. SEE MORE
GIVE's Family: Happy People Sail Fast
This principle is clearly manifested in our host community members and volunteers alike, and it all starts with our unrivaled team of staff. The GIVE family is a concept we’ve fostered since day one, as we’ve established a clear pipeline for international staff to learn and grow over several years of experience in the field. All of our international staff started as GIVE volunteers, gained necessary certifications and skill sets during GIVE’s WILD course, went on to increase their involvement as in-country interns, and are now facilitating an unparalleled volunteer experience as GIVE guides and project coordinators. We are also proud to employ local guides in each of our destinations, who act as a critical link between our volunteers and the communities we empower. These are truly some of the most passionate, responsible and inspiring human beings on the planet! SEE MORE.
We're here for you
before, during, and after your trip
Earn credit outside the classroom! Heighten your experience, deepen your learning, and transform your worldview by taking UNIV304: International Sustainable Development (coursework is before/after the trip!).
We believe that finances shouldn't hold you back from volunteering abroad. Most GIVE volunteers raise all or a portion of their trip costs! We'll provide you with a fundraising toolkit and connect you with past volunteers that fundraised to support your success.
Extend Your Trip
Our epic trip packages and add-ons will extend your stay and launch you further into immersive adventure. Climb Kilimanjaro, get PADI scuba certified, or explore another country after your core volunteer trip!
Our dedicated flight agents will find flight deals for you on our preferred itineraries so you'll arrive with other volunteers. You can also put down a deposit and pay your flight off over time! We also provide 24/7 flight support while your traveling.
We have GIVE groups all over the country, started and sustained by past GIVE volunteers! Join inspired and motivated global citizens to impact change at home and abroad on a growing scale!
Purchase with purpose and support communities abroad in style! Elephant pants are handmade by a women's co-op in Thailand and t-shirts are designed by past volunteers. Proceeds provide job opportunities and fund GIVE volunteer projects abroad.
What our volunteers are saying
real reviews from our volunteers
"GIVE changed my entire life. From the very first day of reaching the island of Zanzibar, I saw the world in a different light. The cliche expectations of serving others and volunteering were achieved but I had no idea that I would experience the best 2 weeks of my life. Giving is a lot more than monetary handouts. If you want to change the world, go and get your hands a little dirty. But trust me when I say that the locals will help you more than you could ever help them. Don't sit and wonder what it's like or ask others what it's like. Go. Go and give your time and effort with the best organization you could find." - Chase, Tanzania 2016
"GIVE in Laos is hands down the most life changing experience I have ever had. Every fiber of my being feels like it's on fire. I view the world in a brand new lens and I am empowered to be the change the world needs. This is all thanks to the experience I had in Laos with GIVE." -Tommy, Laos 2017
"I have never been so affected by a trip or a group of people in my life. Give has offered me the chance to grow as a person and help others who I believe are deserving of every possible opportunity I have, and they have given me more than I thought I would receive. They have given me a new family, a new home, and a new mission and passion in life. GIVE motivated me to change my major to sustainability, to educate all those in my life on ways in which we can be less harmful to our environment and to educate them on different cultures. I have learned more about myself and who I am. I now am part of a community that will forever be connected worldwide. The work itself was rewarding in various ways and that combined with really immersing ourselves in their culture multiplied that reward by thousands. I have been abroad before and have one volunteer work in the past but nothing compares to this trip and these people" - Alexandra, Nicaragua 2017
"I had an amazing two weeks in Sop Chem, Laos with my new family of global citizens! We were "small but mighty!" I learned so much while teaching English to local children, building sustainable classrooms with walls made of plastic bottles, playing volleyball and swimming in the river with the villagers, learning to fish, caving, zip lining, and much much more! I am proud to be a global citizen! Khoi Hak Jau Laos!" - Tashi, Thailand & Laos 2017
"This experience has completely changed my life. It taught me more about myself, what I value, and the world outside my comfort zone. My Nicaragua trip was more than just an adventure to a different country, but rather a trip that allowed me to fully immerse into the culture of the Nica people." - Joanna, Nicaragua 2017
"My trip with GIVE was the most life changing experience I've ever had. I've never been so immersed in a foreign culture and learned so much in so little time. I guess spending all day every day working, playing, and learning with these welcoming, friendly people gets to you. GIVE also really cares for their volunteers and strives to make a difference in the world. I was really impressed by GIVE and how well thought out their program is. Everything is carefully planned, from how the program supports the local economy to how much time is allotted for every activity." Carlos, SE Asia Package 2017