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Travel Abroad

Give meaning to your adventures abroad by visiting GlobalGiving projects.

Opportunities Abroad

Getting Started

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Opportunities Abroad

Travel In-the-Field: With a backpack and an adventurous spirit you have the basic tools to visit one, two, or twenty GlobalGiving projects. GlobalGiving’s In-the-Field Program recruits, trains, and facilitates individual visits to GlobalGiving projects all over the world. We work with you to understand GlobalGiving, our partner organizations, and your role as an In-the-Field traveler. The rest of the details are up to you! You’ll get the chance to shape your own adventure including where you’ll go, where you’ll stay, and how you’ll get there. While you’re traveling, we ask that you write 'postcards' to GlobalGiving, which allows other GlobalGiving supporters to share your experience. We also encourage our visitors to complete evaluation forms about the organizations they visit, helping us get a better sense of the work our partners are doing in the field!

Recruit potential GlobalGiving partners: Do you share our passion for GlobalGiving and the work its partner organizations are doing around the world? Well, then spread the word by recruiting potential GlobalGiving partner organizations! We’ll work with you to identify and reach out to organizations that would be a good match for GlobalGiving by organizing recruitment site visits, meetings, and even workshops!

Volunteer: GlobalGiving partner organizations often need interns or volunteers. Check out our list of volunteer opportunities or browse our database of domestic and international projects. Let us know if there is a particular organization for which you are interested in volunteering! We're happy to reach out on your behalf. Don’t forget to write a postcard about the organization with which you work!

 

Getting Started

GlobalGiving is an online platform that offers individuals, like you, the opportunity to plug in to its vast network of organizations that are doing great work all over the world. By following a few simple steps, outlined below, you can take advantage of this network to find and visit projects that you are passionate about while you are abroad.

Step 1: Browse our site. Get familiar with the various projects that are currently posted on GlobalGiving.org. Pay particular attention to the projects that are in the country or region where you would like to travel.

Step 2: Brainstorm.  Start brainstorming ways that you could work directly with projects.

Step 3: Apply. Apply to visit GlobalGiving projects through the In-the-Field program using the Visitor Expression of Interest Form. Be specific. Let us know where you want to go and what you intend to do.  Create a list of projects that you would like to work with while traveling abroad, and be prepared to spend some time on this.  Do some research on our website and go through our projects by location.  For more information about where the  organization is located and how conducive they are to visitors, check out their home website. 

Step 4: Review. GlobalGiving will review your application and get back to you within 3 business days. We use the application process to assess your commitment to visiting our partner organizations, your experience traveling abroad, and your willingness to undergo necessary training.

Step 5: Introductions. Once your application is approved, GlobalGiving will contact the organizations in which you expressed interest with you copied to the email.  We will explain who you are, what your intentions are, and how you can help them during your visit.  After the introduction email, you are free to contact them about the details of your trip.   

Step 6: Training. Undergo GlobalGiving’s basic In-the-Field training, focusing primarily on information about GlobalGiving. We want to prepare you for any questions that our partner organizations will have about GlobalGiving during your visit.

Step 7:  Finalize the details. Work with project leaders to determine the specifics of your visit and independent study. Here are some of the items you should be considering:

  • How long will you be staying with their project?
  • Do you need housing? If so, would you prefer to stay in a hotel or with a family?
  • How will you get to the project?
  • How much money should you expect to spend during your visit?

Step 6: Share your story.  Write a postcard to GlobalGiving donors and use a blog to tell your family, friends, and colleagues about your experience! Use Facebook, Twitter and email to tell people about your blog. Keep it up-to-date while you’re in the field.  Not tech savvy? Check out Tumblr; they make it easy to get started.

 

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Backpacking with a GlobalGiving Twist

Brian, a college student with a passion for international development, traveled throughout East Africa visiting GlobalGiving   projects. He danced with members of RARUDO in Eastern Uganda, snacked on grasshoppers while visiting projects in Kampala, and cheered with the crowds at a soccer tournament hosted by AKWOS in Rwanda. In response to his two-month adventure, Brian said “through these experiences, I have learned and grown more than I thought possible. Most of all, I have been humbled by the amazing things I’ve seen and the inspiring people I’ve met along the way.” Check out his blog to learn more about his trip.

 

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