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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    Having chosen to spend three-weeks volunteering on a Cambodia Community Project in Siem Reap, a perfect school placement was found,... read more

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    One of the best experiences I've ever had! The Globalteer staff was extremely friendly, helpful, and made me feel right... read more

    Anna Von Foerster 6/30/2017
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    What an amazing experience!

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    I have volunteered with the Globalteer Cambodia Community Project in 2014 and twice in 2017 and will be returning this... read more

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    Mid-life crisis? Mid-life adventure? It could have been either.....or even a break from the husband! Following retirement from... read more

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    Volunteering with Globalteer at Picaflor House was an incredible experience - everything was well organised from day one and any... read more

    Hannah Verity Stone 6/30/2017
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    I volunteered for a month with Globalteer in Peru and absolutely loved it! Great program, great volunteer opportunities, would recommend... read more

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    I spent a couple of weeks volunteering at the Helping Hands School just outside Siem Reap. The whole experience was... read more

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    Learnt so much in an authentic and safe environment. Accomdation was also perfectly chosen and I made friends for... read more

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    I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Cambodia with Globalteer! I worked at Helping Hands School in a rural... read more

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    Great organisation making a real difference in Peru.

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    I had a great experience with Globalteer in Peru. The staff really made me feel welcome and Cusco is such... read more

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    My time spent volunteering in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with Globalteer was one of the most eye-opening and inspiring experiences I've... read more

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    Late last year I was able to spend a month in Peru to volunteer at two of the Globalteer programs-... read more

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    I had the pleasure of volunteering with Globalteer at Picaflor House. From the

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    Spent 2 weeks at a dog rescue in Cusco, Peru. Such a rewarding experience. Candice and Globalteer were there every... read more

    Peter DiFrancesca 7/10/2017
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    I volunteered with the Peru Community Project out of Cuzco for 5 weeks. I was so impressed with the amazing... read more

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

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    Coming from a country with very few organisations that offer international volunteering jobs (Austria), I had to trust online reviews... read more

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    I volunteered with Picaflor House in November 2018 for couple of weeks

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    Amazing! They matched me with the perfect project and went out of their way to make sure I had everything... read more

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    I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with Globalteer at the Northern Thailand Elephant Sanctuary! It was amazing being at... read more

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    Working with Globalteer and Picaflor house is amazing. They're great in every way. I've worked with them during two extended... read more

    Jeff Bartlett 6/30/2017
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    I first volunteered at Picaflor House Children's Community Project in Peru in 2014, as a solo traveller, staying in Cusco... read more

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    My experience with Globalteer was amazing and I've volunteered with them two years in a row now in Siem Reap.... read more

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    I had an AMAZING experience volunteering on two different projects with Globalteer. You really get to experience life in... read more

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