question. After all, if you are already willing to volunteer your time, why
should you have to ‘volunteer’ your money as well? While the concept of paying
to volunteer may sound counter-intuitive, when you choose a Global Service
Corps program you are not paying only to volunteer – you are paying for an
entire volunteer service-learning, cultural immersion experience.
All GSC program fees may be 100% tax deductible in the
Much of the work to support volunteer participants is actually done prior to your departure. Your participant fees offset the cost of participant recruitment and preparation, pre-trip planning, in-country project coordination and program development. The individual program you select will be well prepared before you arrive. Your program contribution also provides for the assistance of U.S.-based staff, in-country coordinators, and other staff members in
Your GSC Program will also provide unique in-country services seldom found in other volunteer programs. One of these unique services is the one-week or more orientation and training you receive in-country. As a professional development organization, GSC insures that all volunteer program participants are properly oriented and trained to carry out the community service work of GSC. Another unique aspect of the GSC program is the local counterpart program. All volunteers will be working with local counterparts during their projects, including Tanzanian health care professionals and prospective college students, or teachers and novice monks in
In addition, your GSC volunteer participant fees help ensure that the project you worked on will be sustained long after you leave. GSC maintains and supports both full- and part-time in-country staff to continue its community service work throughout the year. Many past volunteers have chosen to stay in touch with GSC and these projects to keep informed of and offer support to this ongoing work.
Participating in a GSC program is more than just an exchange of money for room and board. It is an enriching cross-cultural service-learning experience for both participants and hosts. It promotes international understanding and fosters a mutual sense of compassion and consideration. By volunteering, we give and receive, and together we learn!