Our History

Globalteer’s History

Globalteer's founder, Jim Elliott, was an active volunteer in the UK and had previously volunteered through an international company placing volunteers and also independently through a local NGO. Both overseas placements had serious issues that made him think that there must be a better way.

Jim Elliott, Globalteer Founder

The commercial company was expensive and none of the money that was paid went to support the local project where he worked. Volunteering with the local NGO was free but he felt unprepared, unsupported and ultimately did not achieve much in his time there. This was simply because the project did not have the resources to support and make use of volunteers.

Both projects were doing great work so he thought there must be a better way for them to utilise volunteers. He considered the concept of charging volunteers in a similar way to the commercial companies and he quickly realised that in return the volunteers deserved better services and support and that the projects could benefit enormously from a portion of the fee as a donation to the project so to help them continue and expand their work.

Jim presented the idea to the Charities Commission in the UK who advised that Globalteer operate as a non-profit for six months to test the concept and then apply to become a fully registered charity.

The concept was very popular with volunteers and even more so with our partner projects who would now receive well-prepared volunteers as well as financial assistance to help them support the volunteers and provide resources for their work. Within one year, the Charities Commission in the UK accepted Globalteer as a registered charity and we have been operating under their guidelines ever since.

Jim Elliott, Founder, at Cambodia Projects

Globalteer was founded as a UK non-profit organisation in June 2006 and achieved full charity status by June 2007. We are fully accredited by the Charities Commission of England and Wales (1119706).

Founder Jim Elliott at Machu Picchu
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    Everything was well organised from day one and any special requirements were met with ease. Volunteering with Globalteer at Picaflor House was an incredible experience... read more

    Hannah Verity Stone 6/30/2017
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    I think it speaks volumes for the quality and impact of the experience, that I returned for a second trip! I first volunteered at Picaflor House Children's Community Project in... read more

    Katharine Hughes 2/28/2018
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    Globalteer employ members of staff who themselves have a passion for travelling. Having chosen to spend three-weeks volunteering on a Cambodia Community... read more

    Nathan Crook 1/25/2018
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    This trip was very well organized by Globalteer. I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Globalteer at... read more

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    The staff working there are dedicated but also good fun. What an amazing experience! We spent a week with this... read more

    Hercules Moriarty 9/22/2018
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    Accommodation was perfectly chosen and I made friends for life during my month working there. Learnt so much in an authentic and safe environment. Accomdation... read more

    Crystal Moniz 2/13/2018
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    It was organised so well and I felt so comfortable throughout the whole process. Late last year I was able to spend a month... read more

    Tiarne Biviano 2/02/2019
    Lauren Franklin Avatar

    I had an amazing time and look forward to volunteering with Globalteer again in the future! I volunteered with the Peru Community Project out of Cuzco... read more

    Lauren Franklin 6/30/2017
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    Could not fault the hard work these people put in to support people less fortunate than myself. Great experience in Peru, couldn't fault the hard work these... read more

    Mark Catling 6/30/2017
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    Accommodation was perfectly chosen and I made friends for life during my month working there. Perfect mix of authenticity and safety. Stayed with the best... read more

    Crystal Moniz 2/13/2018
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    They are great in every way. I have worked with them twice and I am counting down the days until I return next. Working with Globalteer and Picaflor house is amazing. They're great... read more

    Jeff Bartlett 6/30/2017
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    All the Globalteer staff I have worked with have become friends and I value their support and encouragement. I have volunteered with the Globalteer Cambodia Community Project in... read more

    Sally Bateman 1/17/2018
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    The trip has changed my outlook on life and I believe that this is only the start of my volunteering career! Mid-life crisis? Mid-life adventure? It could have been either.....or even... read more

    Geraldine Parkin 2/06/2018
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    All the staff and volunteers I worked with were very friendly and supportive. My time spent volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with Globalteer... read more

    Colin Elkington 1/13/2018
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    Well organised, really helpful and welcoming staff. I had an amazing experience volunteering with Globalteer earlier this... read more

    Jessica Robinson 1/12/2018
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    The staff really made me feel welcome. I had a great experience with Globalteer in Peru. The... read more

    AJ Rodney 11/05/2017
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    Great program, great volunteer opportunities, would recommend to anyone. I volunteered for a month with Globalteer in Peru and... read more

    Eli Joshua Echt-Wilson 3/15/2019
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    Wish others would also be as lucky as I am to have such an amazing experience! I can’t stop talking & thinking about this amazing experience... read more

    burcu eren 1/10/2019
    Hope Wilson Avatar

    I met a fab group of people and they made the trip even better! I had the best time volunteering, especially with a background... read more

    Hope Wilson 1/16/2018
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    Amy Barry 12/14/2017
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    The Globalteer staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and made me feel right at home. One of the best experiences I've ever had! The Globalteer... read more

    Anna Von Foerster 6/30/2017
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    It was a life-changing experience for me, one that I will never forget. I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Cambodia with Globalteer!... read more

    Ann Quinlivan 5/31/2018
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    Each morning I woke up excited and full of energy to meet the other amazing volunteers and start our work! This experience was one of the most rewarding things I... read more

    Robert Bisson 1/12/2018
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    Great organisation making a real difference. Great organisation making a real difference in Peru.

    Nick James 12/20/2017
    Jessica Robinson Avatar

    If you’re considering getting involved, just do it! I guarantee you won’t regret it. I had an AMAZING experience volunteering on two different projects... read more

    Jessica Robinson 1/12/2018
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    It was a huge eye opener and I would do it again in a heartbeat! I volunteered with Globalteer in Cambodia last year and I... read more

    Fiona Mehmet 1/16/2018
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    Anyone wanting to volunteer I would 100 percent recommend Globalteer!!!! I had the pleasure of volunteering with Globalteer at Picaflor... read more

    Katrina Baxter 7/04/2017
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    The whole experience was fantastic from start to finish. All the Globalteer staff made me feel really welcome. I spent a couple of weeks volunteering at the Helping... read more

    Holly Bygrave 7/26/2018
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    I felt very much taken care of and I met amazing people who worked on other Globalteer projects. Coming from a country with very few organisations that offer... read more

    Eva Deix 1/14/2018
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    I would most definitely recommend Globalteer to anyone who is interested in volunteering. My experience with Globalteer was amazing and I've volunteered with... read more

    A.N. Barry 1/14/2018
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    Globalteer were there every step of the way to help facilitate everything. Such a rewarding experience. Candice and Globalteer were there every... read more

    Peter DiFrancesca 7/10/2017
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    Would absolutely do it all over again! Amazing! They matched me with the perfect project and went... read more

    Casey Scholl 1/12/2018