Group Volunteering with Globalteer
Volunteering with a group is a brilliant way for friends, classmates or colleagues to develop stronger relationships, to forge lifelong friendships, and to build motivated and loyal teams united by the shared experience of doing something meaningful to help others.
What is Group Volunteering?Group volunteering simply means that you work with your group on similar tasks as our individual volunteers as detailed on our project pages. If you are coming with your own group you will travel together and share the whole experience with the other members of your team, be they school mates, members of a club or work colleagues.
If you are joining one of our specially designed group tours (see below) then you will most likely meet your group when you arrive at your volunteering destination, but we will put you all in touch with each other before you leave so you can get to know each other a bit first.
Group volunteering suits many people better than volunteering alone or as a couple, particularly when it comes to travelling to new and different places or even just going out in the evenings or on sightseeing excursions!
Join one of our group volunteering trips
If you like the idea of volunteering with a group but don't have an obvious group of your own then you can join one of our special ready-made group volunteering trips. They are on set dates throughout the year at certain projects which are ideal for groups of volunteers.
These programmes include all the things you would get from our regular volunteer placements but you get to do share your amazing experience with a group of people who, like you want to help, but don't want to go it alone. Perfect for solo travellers and a great way to make new friends. Check out the latest group volunteer trips here
Tailor-made volunteering and cultural tripsIf you prefer, Globalteer can work closely with you and your group to design a tailor-made volunteering experience and cultural exchange that suits your preferences as well as genuinely providing worthwhile and much needed assistance to the projects you volunteer with.
A tailor made experience might include language classes, a trip to Machu Picchu, a guided tour of Angkor Wat, a weekend excursion, a night of traditional food and entertainment or even a religious blessing at a Buddhist temple. Wherever you are heading, our experienced team can recommend a host of activities for you.
"Our students have noticeably grown in confidence and their leadership skills have improved."UK school group teacher, Peru community Project.
Skills in demandFor our education-based projects we usually require that volunteers have a good knowledge of spoken and written English. For wildlife and conservation projects a good level of fitness is usually required as the work can be quite physical and the weather very hot! Other than that, a willingness to get stuck in and help with whatever the projects need help with while you are there are the most important quialities you could have!
Of course we are happy to discuss any special requirements and any special skills your group has and how they may be put to use. Our aim is always to find the best way of harnessing our volunteers’ enthusiasm and willingness to help!
"It was really great - we felt very welcome and supported and I would definitely come back."UK University group student, Cambodia Community Project.
Which Globalteer projects host groups?
All of our projects can host groups of varying sizes but depending on your requirements, your budget and what you want to get out of the trip, some projects will be better suited to your group than others. It is always best to talk to us so we can help you choose the best project for your group and to ensure your trip is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.
Just browse our projects on the main menu or check out the list here
to see which project you think your group would be best suited to.
What's included in a group volunteering package?All group packages can include anything that is included in our standard volunteer packages, as detailed on the individual project pages – all your pre-departure information, travel and health advice, airport pick-ups, transfers, accommodation, in country support and in some cases all your meals and language classes too!
If we are tailor-making a group experience for you then we are happy to build in additional elements such as excursions, private daily transportation to your project and so on. We will also put you in touch with our experienced group travel partners who can arrange competitively priced flights and insurance for you too, wherever you may be.
How much does it cost?
You can use the prices on our individual project pages
as a guide but bear in mind that any tailor-made trip may cost more - or less - depending on your requirements – for example if you want an upgrade hotel or excursions with guides.
Be a group leader and you could get a free place!If you think you can get together a group of ten or more adult (18+) friends or colleagues, then your placement could be free - you’d only have to pay for your flights. Contact us of you’d like to find out what’s involved in being a group leader and we’ll be happy to help you get started and guide you through the process of recruiting, fund raising and organising your trip!
What kind of groups do you host?Globalteer hosts corporate groups, university groups and school groups. We are happy to discuss trips with any kind of group provided you fit in with our ethos and can abide by our codes of conduct!
Occasionally we also host specialist groups who help us tackle specific challenges. Please contact us if your group has specialist skills to offer and we will try to match you with a suitable project.
Are there any age limits?We have no upper age limit on our volunteers but rely on everyone to realistic about what they can do, especially taking into account the hot and humid conditions at some of our projects.
Our lower age limit for individual volunteers is 18 although many of our projects are happy to work with under-18s and children who are accompanied by a responsible adult. For groups under the age of 18 we ask for a minimum adult-to-minor ratio of one adult for every five minors.
"Thank you so much for creating memories for us that we will never forget."Year 11 school group student, Peru Community Project.
“The trip opened our student’s eyes to the issues of development in a way that a textbook never could.”
In August 2016, 15 year 10 and 11 students and teachers from Pipers Corner school in the UK, volunteered at our Peru Community Project. We worked closely with the school to organize a trip that suited their needs. We created a tailor-made cultural and volunteering programme at the Peru Community project for 8 days – plus a tour of historical sights Machu Picchu and The Sacred Valley. Read more about their life-changing experience here: Emma
, Deputy Head Georgia
, student Sophia
, student Mia