Assist people of diverse cultures on human and economic development projects worldwide. Gain a “non-tourist perspective” of life in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Pacific, and the United States. Global Volunteers, a private non-profit, non-sectarian development organization, was founded in 1984 with the goal of helping to establish a foundation for peace through mutual international understanding. At the request of local leaders and indigenous host organizations, Global Volunteers sends teams of volunteers to live and work with local people on human and economic development projects identified by the community as important to its long-term development. In this way, the volunteers’ energy, creativity and labor are put to use at the same time that they gain a genuine, firsthand understanding of how other people live day-to-day.