GIVE offers meaningful volunteer abroad programs that transform the lives of its volunteers, igniting new passions and inspiring incredible personal growth. Work hard, play hard alongside our host community members. Immerse yourself in extraordinary new worlds. Break down cultural barriers and build up lifelong relationships.
Our sustainable projects have a lasting impact on the communities we work with and the volunteers who travel with us. And unlike other volunteer abroad organizations, almost all of our volunteers choose to stay involved long after their experience ends, becoming lifelong global citizens and good-will ambassadors.
The Places You’ll explore
On our Volunteer Abroad Programs
The impact you'll make
empowering 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 off-the-beaten-path adventures
Build lifelong friendships with our community-driven approach that immerses you in local cultures and takes you on epic, eye-opening adventures like hiking with elephants, sand-boarding down volcanoes, going on wildlife safaris and so much more, 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 sustainable development as a lifetime good-will ambassador, inspiring future generations by helping to build meaningful and lasting 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.
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 programs abroad, 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 GIVE's founding in 2011. After witnessing the good, the bad and the downright ugly sides of the volunteer tourism industry, we ultimately determined that there is real potential for international volunteers to have positive impacts in lower-income countries, but it would require a fresh, focused approach to truly foster sustainable change. That's why we've made 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 both our host community members and volunteers, 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 and Project Coordinators 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 volunteer abroad program
Earn credit outside the classroom! Heighten your experience, deepen your understanding, and transform your worldview by taking the SUNY Course: International Sustainable Development (Learn more).
We believe that finances shouldn't hold you back from volunteering abroad. Most GIVE volunteers choose fundraising to help raise all or a portion of their trip costs! We'll provide you with a fundraising toolkit and connect you with past volunteers to support your success. (Learn more)
Extend Your Trip
Our trip packages and add-ons will extend your stay and allow you to dive deeper into the adventure. Climb Kilimanjaro, get PADI scuba certified, or spend a week with elephants to create a GIVE experience up to 7 weeks!
Our dedicated flight agents will find flight deals for you on our preferred itineraries so you'll arrive with other volunteers. We also provide 24/7 flight support while you're traveling to your destination! (Learn more)
We have GIVE groups all over the United States, started and sustained by past GIVE volunteers! Join a group of active global citizens working to enact change at home and abroad! Think global, Act Local.
Purchase with purpose and support communities abroad in style! Elephant pants and Graduation Stoles are handmade by women's co-ops in Thailand & Laos and t-shirts are designed by past volunteers. All proceeds fund GIVE's projects year-round through the GIVE Foundation!
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