Global Volunteer Network


Global Volunteer Network is a private, NGO (Non-governmental organization) that connects volunteers to communities in need all over the world. You can volunteer in countries like Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ghana, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, USA, and Vietnam.

Founded in December 2000 by Colin Salisbury after returning from his own journey through Ghana. He realized that there was a lack of affordable volunteer opportunities so he decided to start his own. Last year, 2000 volunteers were placed throughout the world with GVN. What a success! He saw a problem, found an answer, and is moving forward to help children and their families around the globe.

I decided last year that I was going to make the difference that my heart has been telling me for years. I called Global Volunteer Network to help me make that dream a reality. I will be landing in Kenya September 30, 2007. I have asked to work in the orphanage program. I have never been so excited. The only way I can describe what is going on inside is,

“My heart is in Africa. It has been there for quite some time. I can’t wait to arrive and have my heart and my feet in the same place. I can’t wait to meet it!

I found this on YouTube today. This is what I have to look forward to.
I just can’t wait!

If you are interested in looking into volunteering with GVN, you can contact them at:

Global Volunteer Network Ltd,
PO Box 30-968
Lower Hutt
New Zealand.

Physical Address:
Level 2
105 High Street
Lower Hutt

You can email them also at

Phone: +64 4 569 9080
Call Free UK: 0800 032 5035
Call Free USA/Canada: 1800 963 1198
Call Free Australia: 1800 203 012

I know it can be scary to even think about leaving the country, leaving the family. Trust me, I know. On my computer screen I have this on a post it note, and I read it daily.

“I don’t want to wait. I want to live my life fully and make my dreams come true. I must take the steps to get there.”

I hope you do to.

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2 Responses to “Global Volunteer Network”

  1. Taryn August 10, 2007 at 8:10 pm #

    i am so excited for you rocky..i hope to find myself in a similar position someday very soon.

  2. thirdmom August 10, 2007 at 11:47 pm #

    Rocky, this is great – you don’t just talk the talk, you walk the walk. Best of luck to you as you get ready to go to Kenya.

    Passing on a link to an organization you might want to check out and share here – Give2Asia. They make it possible for Americans to donate to a variety of support programs in Asia. The link is

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