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, our volunteers stay involved long after their experience ends, becoming lifelong global citizens and goodwill ambassadors.
The Places You’ll explore
On Volunteer Adventures Across the Globe
The impact you'll make
empowering local communities
Work on sustainable development projects that drive lasting change, such as 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 like hiking with elephants, sandboarding down volcanoes and meditating with monks, while volunteering abroad in unbelievable locations.
The world you'll change
As a lifelong global citizen
Help solve the world’s greatest challenges and ignite social development as a lifetime goodwill 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 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 ownership of our projects. Furthermore, through providing hands-on, eye-opening learning experiences that foster authentic connections between volunteers and host community members, we empower global citizens who will continue spreading GIVE’s values and igniting sustainable change worldwide. SEE MORE
GIVE's Promise: People, Projects & Principles Above Profit
GIVE was founded on the idea that volunteer travel has enormous potential to create positive impacts around the world, but it would require a fresh, focused approach to truly foster sustainable change. The real difference between GIVE and other volunteer travel organizations is multi-faceted, but it all stems from our lasting commitment to put people, projects and principles above profit. The fulfillment of this promise is clearly evident in the deep-rooted relationships we’ve formed with our host communities, the 30% return rate of volunteers traveling with us again, the innovative, eco-friendly and sustainable projects we’re implementing on the ground, and the substantive growth our volunteers experience during their trips. Accomplishments that are only surpassed by the meaningful action our volunteers have taken upon returning home! SEE MORE
GIVE's Family: Happy People Sail Fast
The GIVE family is a concept we’ve fostered since day one, establishing a clear pipeline for our 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 during GIVE’s WILD training, went on to increase their skill-sets 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 knowledge and transform your worldview with UNIV304: International Sustainable Development. All coursework is pre/post-trip!
We believe that finances should not hold you back from volunteering abroad. Most GIVE volunteers fundraise all or a portion of their trip costs. We'll provide you with a fundraising toolkit and connect you with successful past volunteers for support! You can also fundraise for your deposit!
Extend Your Trip
Our epic trip packages and add-ons allow you to extend your stay and launch further into each destination. Climb Kilimanjaro, get PADI SCUBA certified, or explore another country after your volunteer excursion!
Our dedicated flight agents will find you great deals on our preferred itineraries, allowing you to travel with fellow volunteers. They will also provide you with 24/7 flight support while traveling and allow you to put down a deposit and pay off your flight off over time!
We have established GIVE groups all over the country, founded and sustained by past GIVE volunteers! Join an inspired and motivated network of global citizens to ignite change at home and abroad!
Purchase with purpose and support communities abroad in style with GIVE Threads! GIVE's elephant pants are handmade by a women's co-op in Thailand and all t-shirts were designed by our past volunteers. Proceeds provide local job opportunities and fund community development initiatives!
What our volunteers are saying
real reviews from our past volunteers
"From the very first day of reaching the island of Zanzibar, I saw the world in a different light . . . 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 . . . 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 how to 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." - 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 Nicaraguan 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 . . ." - Carlos, SE Asia Package 2017