Volunteer Journals: About the Global Volunteer Network


The GVN Charitable Trust is a New Zealand registered charity. Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.

Over the past 10 years the Global Volunteer Network have built up strong ties with grassroots organizations throughout the world, and placed 15,000 volunteers.

The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) was launched in December 2000 by Colin Salisbury, its Founder and Executive Director, after spending time volunteering in Ghana, West Africa. While he was there he saw the tremendous difference volunteers could make in helping local organizations achieve their goals. Upon returning to New Zealand he spent some time researching the different volunteer organizations around the world and was amazed at how expensive and limiting many programs were in terms of volunteer opportunities.

GVN launched with three programs (Nepal, Ghana and Ecuador), and currently provides volunteer programs through our partner organizations in Cambodia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, South Dakota, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam. The network continues to expand with new programs currently being researched and assessed.

Please visit the Global Volunteer Network website for more information.


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