Why Globalteer?

Reasons to Volunteer with Globalteer!

Globalteer understands that people have different reasons to volunteer and that what makes a memorable volunteer experience differs between everyone. We have been placing volunteers at our projects since 2006; building up a wealth of knowledge in those years about what makes volunteering rewarding for volunteers as well as impactful for the fantastic projects we work with.

There are many organisations offering international volunteering placements and choosing who to volunteer with is not an easy decision. But not all volunteer organisations are the same. In fact some are ‘for-profit’ travel companies who pass on very little of your money, if any, to the communities they work with. Well, that's not us!

While there are countless reasons to volunteer with Globalteer, we have narrowed it down to our top 10 reasons! You can feel confident you are doing the right thing when you choose to volunteer with Globalteer.

Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer with Globalteer!

1. Globalteer is a UK Registered Charity:

We are not a business, we don’t have share-holders and we don’t make a profit. We’re not even a business with a charitable foundation as a side-line; we are all charity and our reasons for doing what we do are 100% charitable! Of course we have to run Globalteer as efficiently as possible to make sure that the money we raise is used wisely and our charitable work has maximum impact.

We have a dedicated team of just 8 full-time and a 2 part-time management, admin and support staff. In addition, more than 90% of our staff are based “in the field”; enabling us to keep are our overheads well below 'western' standards while also contributing to local economies all year round. As a registered charity our activities are audited once a year as are our accounts which are available to view on the Charities Commission Website; so you can see where your money goes!

2. Every penny we raise goes towards our charitable objectives:

As a registered charity we are governed by UK government rules and have a legal obligation to only use the money we raise to help us do our charitable work. Whilst that does include the unavoidable costs of running the charity, we keep those as low as we possibly can.

What’s more, as well as covering costs such as accommodation and transport when you are volunteering, a share of every volunteer placement fees goes directly to our partner projects. Since 2006 our partner projects have benefited from donations totaling almost £2.2 million thanks to Globalteer!

3. We are one of the pioneers of Responsible Volunteering:

Since day one we have focused on making all of our volunteer placements truly responsible so you can be sure you are contributing to a meaningful cause with long-term, sustainable impact.

We have introduced detailed and robust child protection policies into many overseas projects and are one of the few volunteer organisations that insist on background checks for all staff and volunteers working with children. We are also associate members of Keeping Children Safe.

4. We genuinely value and need volunteers:

We believe that your relationship with your volunteer project is a two-way thing where you and the project both benefit from your contribution. A crucial part of that two-way relationship is the existence of a real, community-driven need for the work that you will be doing.

We have been working with most of our partner projects for many years and also run our own projects; knowing them inside out. We know just how much they are helping their communities, we know their aims and we know their needs; which is where you, our volunteers come in. Your time will always be put to good use when you volunteer with us.

5. We really look after our volunteers:

From the moment your placement is confirmed, we start helping you to prepare for your trip; the better prepared you are, the more of an impact you can have at your project. The pre departure support gives you comprehensive, tailored travel and health advice and even a packing guide. Additonally we communicate with you regularly by email or Skype before you set off so that you know exactly what to expect when you arrive and what duties you will be taking on at your project.

We only place volunteers at projects that have been vetted by us and who we know personally. Even our remotest partner projects have been checked out by our own staff. All of the projects we work with have English-speaking staff in their teams of local employees to help your volunteering go as smoothly as possible. And for volunteers in Siem Reap, Cusco and Medellin; we have Globalteer staff ready to welcome you and help you during your stay. Volunteer training is an important of your orientation so things go smoothly and you can make a real difference at the project!

6. Our projects have a sustainable impact

At Globalteer we know the importance of a long-term sustainable impact and not just a quick fix to a problem. That is why we only work with projects that have long-term, sustainable goals. We have built this value into our mission, charitable goals and strategies. We work closely with our partners and local communities to ensure that the projects are fulfilling genuine needs and that volunteer placements are of true value to the project & communities and keep in line with their short term & long-term objectives. Volunteer placements with our projects are a part of long term plans, with a sustainable solutions to real problems; so rest assured that your time spent volunteering is making a real difference to sustainable projects.

7. Something for Everyone - Groups, Individuals, Couples and even Families!

Individuals, Couples, Families, Student Volunteers and Groups – all are welcome! While travelling and volunteering on your own can be an exciting adventure, we understand that it isn’t for everyone! Some people want to share the experience with their significant other, family or friends. Additionally some people want to share the experience with a group; whether a work group, school group, university group or just a friends group, we have options to suit all. Furthermore, we cater to all age ranges. Those under 18 have the option to volunteer with their parents; or as part of a school group as a student volunteer. And we do not have an upper age limit! Very often people ask what is the upper cut-off age and we are happy to tell you we don’t have one; in fact we actually get a large number of volunteers to all of our projects that are over 40.

8. Affordable and Flexible Volunteer Options

We understand that not everyone has huge budgets to spend on volunteer trips. That is why we aim to provide affordable volunteer trips to suit a range of people. We keep our fees low to ensure that volunteer opportunities are available to as many as possible.  Additionally, not everyone has the chance to take huge chunks of time off work. Which is why we have options to volunteer for just 1 week, for those with limited time still wanting to help. And for those able to invest more time into volunteering you have the option to volunteer for up to 12 weeks; or to combine volunteer placements at multiple projects. Additionally our projects run year-round; so you are not restricted if you are only able to take time off work during holiday periods.

9. Cultural Immersion, Fun and an Unforgettable Experience all in One

Not only will you be helping to make a sustainable impact, you will also get the trip of a lifetime. Learn new skills while volunteering, enjoy some adventure travel and meet new people all at once! You become immersed in the local culture; seeing, learning and experiencing things that most tourists never do; as a true global citizen. Both Globalteer and project staff have a wealth of knowledge about the country. They can share many tips on all the best spots that only locals may know about. Additionally, due to the location of the projects, you really get off the regular 'tourist path' and see a side of the city and country you may otherwise not get to experience.

10. A Great Addition to your CV

Leadership, teamwork, cultural immersion, volunteer overseas, international development, foreign language, charitable; these are just some of the things that employers or academia look for when viewing an application or CV. How to show you are a great leader? Voluntary service overseas on projects overseas where you are responsible for completing tasks as part of a team. How to learn a foreign language and gain a cultural experience outside of the classroom? Volunteer abroad where you will be fully immersed in the local culture.

Additionally volunteers can become a Charity Champion through Globalteer; volunteers or those that conduct fundraisers are able to achieve a certificate showcasing their skills and achievements as volunteers. Yet another great reason to volunteer with us!

Now seeing some great reasons to volunteer with Globalteer, why not browse our volunteer projects to find something most suitable for you. If you would like to know more about the Charities Commission and view our audited accounts and annual reports, please visit the Charities Commission website. For a full account of where your money goes, please click on the button below: