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Volunteering with communities in need.

Volunteering with communities in need.

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  • 1. Connecting people with communities in need
  • 2. Global Volunteer Network?
    • GVN is a non-governmental
    • organization (NGO) whose
    • goal is to:
    • Connect volunteers to communities in need
    • Provide financially feasible volunteer opportunities
    What is the
  • 3. Global Volunteer Network?
    • Colin Salisbury is the
    • Founder and President.
    • After spending time volunteering in Ghana, West Africa, Colin noticed the tremendous difference volunteers could make in helping local organizations achieve their goals.
    Who created the
  • 4. When was GVN launched?
    • GVN was launched in 2002.
    • Five years later the number of participants continues to increase:
      • 2002: 240 volunteers
      • 2003: 700 volunteers
      • 2004: 1400 volunteers
      • 2006: 2000 volunteers
      • … and growing!
  • 5.
    • Romania
    Where Does GVN Offer Programs? Cambodia China Philippines Thailand Vietnam Ethiopia Ghana Kenya South Africa Rwanda Uganda Costa Rica Honduras IndiaNepal South Dakota New Zealand Ecuador Peru
  • 6. What types of programs do we offer?
    • Children’s Homes/Orphanage
    • Community Development
    • Conservation
    • Construction/Maintenance
    • Healthcare
    • HIV/AIDS
    • Teaching
    • Wildlife
    • And many more!
  • 7. The GVN Vision
    • “ To support the work of local community organizations in developing countries through the placement of international volunteers.”
  • 8. “ The act of volunteering, of taking on a responsibility for humankind, of declaring that a person whom you have never met has the basic and fundamental right to a life free of suffering, is incomparable to any other gesture.” - GVN Staff Ghana
  • 9. “ The Western world forgets that we’re the minority. Most of the world survives with no banks, no credit cards, no TVs and no running water.” - GVN Staff Nepal
  • 10. “ Yes, it’s tough. But after the first few days, when you get over the jetlag and the change, I can’t see how you would ever regret it. I just can’t.” - Volunteer Peru
  • 11. “ We’re all people at the end of the day. There are no differences when you strip away everything else. That’s one thing that I’ve found through volunteering. At the end of the day, we were all sitting there drinking tea, being women, having that bond.” - Volunteer Kenya
  • 12. Vietnam “ There have always been people in need, and unfortunately, I think there always will be. All throughout the history of the world there have always been people who have nothing and people who have something to give.” - GVN Staff
  • 13. “ Quite often you hear that the developed countries take advantage of the developing countries. But volunteerism allows developing countries to see that there’s another side of people, and how people want to be in the world.” - GVN Staff India
  • 14. “ And in the passing of a brick, in the chalk-dusted writing of a word, in the gentle rocking of a lonely child, a new world is forged where the universal truths are love, compassion and generosity.” - GVN staff Costa Rica
  • 15. How Can I Participate?
    • You can apply to our programs over the internet: www.volunteer.org.nz
    • Our coordinators will assess your qualifications
    • and respond within five working days.
  • 16. Global Volunteer Network Foundation
    • Don’t have time to volunteer?
    • The GVN Foundation is the nonprofit branch of GVN.
    • It works with local community organizations to implement sustainable development projects.
  • 17. Global Volunteer Network Foundation
    • The GVN Foundation allows
    • visitors to contribute
    • financially to the work of the
    • Global Volunteer Network
    • and its partners, for example:
      • Building and supporting Springs of Hope High School in Uganda
      • Helping build a 2 nd orphanage in Nepal
  • 18. Global Volunteer Network Foundation
    • The GVN Foundation supports GVN partners through:
      • Eat So They Can
      • Fundraising treks
      • Orphanage scholarships
      • International fundraisers
      • Gift certificates
      • General project donations
      • … and more!
  • 19. Orphanage Sponsorships
    • GVNF provides Orphan
    • Sponsorships for children in
    • orphanages/schools in:
      • Nepal
      • Uganda
      • Kenya
      • Vietnam
      • Peru
  • 20. Orphanage Sponsorships
    • For $30 a month you
    • can sponsor a child’s:
      • Education
      • Food
      • Housing
      • Clothing
      • Medical Care
  • 21. GVN Fundraising Treks
    • Test your mental and
    • physical strength,
    • while raising money for
    • projects to benefit
    • disadvantaged communities .
    • Machu Picchu Climb
    • Everest Base Camp Climb
    • Mt. Kilimanjaro Climb
    • Vietnam Bike Tour
  • 22. Eat So They Can
    • An international fundraiser that invites citizens of the world to participate in what is collectively one huge dinner party: www.eatsotheycan.org
    • Get your friends and family together, share a meal and raise funds for children around Africa. One meal, one weekend can help change lives and help end child poverty.
    • Funds raised will be used to provide food, beds, clothing, education, medicines and contribute to sustainability projects our partners have.
    Get Involved October 16-17 2010
  • 23. Eat So They Can – The Funds
    • In 2007 ESTC raised $37,000 for the Kenyan Children’s Fund. Visit:
    • www.eatsotheycan.org/about/distribution.php
    • In 2008, $60,000 was raised for the African Children’s Fund. This money will be distributed between our partners in: Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda, with fund distribution beginning in March 2009.
    • In 2009 we raised over $190,000.
    • This year we hope to raise $500,000!
    • We can’t reach this goal alone- Join US : www.eatsotheycan.org
  • 24.
    • “ You must be the change
    • you wish to see in the world.”
    • MAHATMA GANDHI
  • 25. www.volunteer.org.nz www.gvnfoundation.org www.eatsotheycan.org
  • 26.
    • GVN credits Lonely Planet for
    • the use of their maps.
    • All other photos are property of
    • the Global Volunteer Network and
    • Global Volunteer Network Foundation .
    Credits