Global Citizens Network

Mission/Vision

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Working side by side with my husband and children, helping, reaching out, and learning from people in a culture vastly different from our own together as a family was one of the most valuable experiences of my life. We are already planning our next volunteer vacation.

- Karen

Mission

In partnership with people of diverse cultures, GCN promotes cross-cultural understanding and interconnectedness through authentic immersion experiences.

Vision

Global Citizens Network seeks to create a network of people committed to:

  • The shared values of peace, justice, respect, cross-cultural understanding and global cooperation
  • The preservation of indigenous cultures, traditions and ecologies
  • The enhancement of the quality of life around the world

Our Approach

Global Citizens Network, a 501(c)(3) organization, strives to develop creative and effective local solutions to global problems by providing opportunities for individuals to interact with people of diverse cultures who share common global values.  GCN recognizes the interdependence of people around the world. Social and economic injustice, racial and ethnic inequality, and ecological loss affect all people. But through cooperative effort, individuals of all cultures can enhance their ability to make a difference locally and globally.

To foster that cooperation, Global Citizens Network sends teams of volunteers to communities in indigenous cultures throughout the world. Participants immerse themselves in the culture and daily life of the community. Each volunteer team partners with a local grassroots organization active in meeting local needs. Global Citizens Network creates a worldwide network of people and organizations committed to addressing global issues.

By providing participants the opportunity to learn about the society, knowledge, art and livelihood of other cultures, Global Citizens Network seeks to honor and help preserve those cultures. By providing volunteers and project grants to partner communities, Global Citizens Network fosters human and community development in those cultures. By creating a network of people and organizations, Global Citizens Network seeks to enhance participants' impact on issues of local and global concern.

Our Logo

The three sides of the GCN logo represent mind, body and spirit.  The spiral depicts the action of throwing a pebble into a lake and its rippling effect in the water.  Like water spiraling out, GCN hopes that trip participants will go out and make connections that ripple and spiral out all over the world.