The World Endeavors Global Service Engagement (GSE) Volunteer Program is an integrative learning experience designed to promote global learning through community-based service. Participants are assigned to locally-prioritized projects which aim to address societal and environmental issues. Along the way, participants are exposed to diverse cultures and ideas and are given the opportunity to improve important skills such as critical thinking, adaptability, and intercultural communication. Through observation, reflection, application, and articulation of new knowledge, participants are encouraged to challenge old perceptions and cultivate new perspectives.
Key Priorities of the GSE Program:
The program is a direct hands-on learning experience outside of the classroom. Through immersion in a local volunteer project, participants learn about the unique challenges communities face and contribute to initiatives meant to benefit those communities. A guided learning process helps participants integrate new knowledge and expand their global perspective.
The program supports locally-driven initiatives created to achieve collective objectives. We engage with community leaders and local non-profit, governmental, and community organizations and employ local experts within the program.
The program offers opportunities which are financially accessible to a wide range of students while ensuring fair compensation for staff and adequate funding for essential program supports. Our goal is to provide the highest quality programs at the most affordable price.
The program is designed to promote global learning and develop intercultural skills. Training and reflection activities before, during, and after the program help participants manage cultural adjustment and increase their intercultural capabilities. Reflection exercises, videos, and discussion sessions help participants better understand the value of their volunteer experience within a larger global context.
The program is designed with the health and safety of our participants in mind. Our advisement process creates awareness about general travel risks as well as location-specific concerns, emphasizing personal health and safety and careful choices. The programs includes 24×7 on-call support, a comprehensive emergency response plan, and health, travel, and emergency medical insurance coverage for each participant.
World Endeavors currently offers GSE Volunteer Programs in the following countries:
- Argentina (Buenos Aires)
- Cambodia (Samarong)
- Ecuador (Quito)
- Ghana (Accra)
- India (Jaipur)
- Indonesia (Bali)
- Kenya (Gatanga Village)
- Madagascar (Nosy Be)
- Nepal (Katmandu)
- Peru (Cajamarca)
- Philippines (Palawan)
- Tanzania (Monduli)
- Thailand (Singburi)
- Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh)
Volunteers in this field engage children in activities like English lessons, health and nutrition education, arts, crafts, and games. Projects may take place at community centers, local non-profit organizations, or children’s homes.
Volunteers are engaged in a variety of local, ongoing initiatives to address some of the most pressing needs of the host communities. Projects may involve providing meals and services, building and improving local infrastructure, or promoting social justice for marginalized groups.
Volunteers support local staff at nursing homes or other eldercare facilities by assisting with day-to-day activities for senior citizens. Activities may include assisting with recreational programs, helping meal preparation, or helping to enhance living conditions for elders.
Volunteers work with local organizations whose missions support biodiversity and the protection of natural resources or with local or national parks. Projects can include hands-on conservation work such as tree planting, erosion or flood mitigation, or habitat restoration, community outreach and education initiatives, and research and data collection.
Volunteers support health clinics and hospitals in areas which lack access to adequate health services. Activities may include record-keeping, assisting patients to and from procedures, making beds, helping long-term pediatric patients stay engaged and active, or assisting local professionals with hippotherapy and hydrotherapy programs for children with special needs.
Volunteers support the work of local nonprofits, government agencies, or healthcare providers. Projects may involve public campaigns to prevent the spread of diseases such as malaria or HIV, efforts to increase awareness about risks related to drug use, and other initiatives to provide education about nutrition.
Volunteers in local schools and children’s group homes may assist teachers and staff in the classroom, providing one-on-one or small group tutoring, helping children with specific projects, or providing basic care. Volunteers may also organize extracurricular activities such as music, art, and gardening or provide life skills assistance to adults with special needs.
Volunteers aid local farmers, cooperatives, and communities who practice environmentally-friendly farming methods. Activities may involve assisting with skills training, caring and cultivating crops, or helping to prepare produce for the market.
Volunteers provide classroom instruction in English and other subjects or tutor individuals or small groups outside of class. Activities may include developing and delivering creative lesson plans in a primary or secondary school, leading after-school activities involving art, music, theater, sports, or gardening, or assisting with educational programs for adults.
Volunteers assist with projects that support and preserve populations of wildlife which may be threatened due to habitat loss, hunting, or other issues. Projects may involve both direct care for animals and habitat preservation work. Volunteers may help with activities such as building hatcheries, operating nighttime beach patrols for sea turtle conservation, or may work at conservation centers for tropical birds or small mammals.
Volunteers contribute their efforts to the work of local women’s shelters, social work agencies, nonprofit organizations, and women’s cooperatives. The focus of projects vary but could involve job skills training or other educational services, support services for victims of trauma, or logistical and financial support of initiatives led by women’s cooperatives.
Volunteers work in local schools, nonprofits, and community groups to empower and educate youth through sports. Activities may include running drills, teaching strategies and tactics, and providing encouragement and modeling healthy behavior.
The World Endeavors GSE Volunteer Program is flexible in duration, and can be tailored to last between 3 to 12 weeks.
The World Endeavors GSE Volunteer Program begins well before participants board a plane or arrive at the volunteer project. Once participants are enrolled, a dedicated program advisor is assigned and our program readiness process begins. The process is designed to help participants prepare for the trip and the volunteer project experience. Using a combination of coaching, interactive learning modules, and resource materials, the advisor sets realistic expectations and helps participants paint a mental picture of what to expect. An interactive learning module encourages participants to examine their preconceptions, identify concerns and anxieties, and formulate possible coping strategies.
Upon arrival, local staff receive participants at the airport and help them to settle into their accommodations. A full-day welcome orientation kicks off a five day Cultural Learning Week program and covers site-specific information about schedules, health and safety, transportation, housing, and communication procedures. Participants are introduced to aspects of the culture and community through a variety of organized activities, events, and classes. Along with other volunteers, participants may visit places of local significance, meet with community members, or learn the basics of the local language, art, or cuisine.
The following week, participants are introduced to the host organizations and project sites and the volunteer project begins. Additional interactive learning modules are used at this stage to help participants process their experiences and gain new understanding. Both the US-based program advisor and local staff continue to check in with participants throughout
After the GSE program ends and participants return home, the program advisor begins our re-entry readiness process. Participants are encouraged to complete the final interactive learning modules, review previous reflections, and inventory changes in their own knowledge and skills. The program advisor is available at this stage to assist participants as they articulate the significance of this learning experience in their own lives and career narratives. After the program is done and the final module is complete, participants receive a Certificate of Completion to mark their accomplishment. From our perspective, this also signifies the beginning of a new journey of growth and learning for our alumni made possible because of the initiative they took to put themselves out there. To commemorate this milestone, we make a donation which will enable our partner non-profit organization to plant one tree for each week the participants volunteered abroad.
|Program Name||3 Week Program||Each Additional Week|
|Global Service Engagement||$2390||$300|
- Dedicated Program Advisor
- Pre-departure orientation and trip preparation
- Interactive learning modules
- Airport reception
- Welcome orientation
- Cultural Learning Week
- Interactive mental health resources
- Shared accommodations with meals included
- Local program staff with 24/7 availability
- Comprehensive travel medical insurance with 24/7 emergency travel assistance
- Access to re-entry resources
- Career guidance support
When you travel with World Endeavors, health and safety are always our top priority.
We maintain a regularly updated Health and Safety checklist for every country where we run programs. We also are signed up for US Department of State STEP notifications and an action plan exists for what to do if a major event occurs in any of our program destinations. We gather emergency contact information from each participant at the beginning of the application process and cover health and safety in depth throughout the enrollment process.
During the program, our ICC will be available 24/7 to assist with any unexpected events that may arise. We can also arrange for students to be covered under comprehensive travel medical insurance, with a US-based 24/7 number.