"I'm sure when I ponder my life experiences, during the twilight of my years, I will regard my six weeks in Thailand as six of the most sensational weeks of my life... I traveled to Thailand hoping for an enriching experience. What I found exceeded my wildest expectations."
Chris Cox, International Health Program, Thailand
As GSC’s primary source of funding, these critical contributions from our volunteers support our in-country coordinators and other staff, as well as in-country partners in Cambodia and Cuba. GSC participant contributions cover airport pickup, project transportation, hotel, hostel and/or homestay accommodations, all meals, language and cultural orientation, counterpart support, project administration, and for service-learning programs, technical and Training of Trainers (TOT) training, and a weekend excursion. The contributions also help offset the cost of administrative overhead, participant recruitment and preparation, pre-trip planning and in-country project coordination. As staff, we ensure that you and your fellow participants are well informed and prepared for your GSC program work.

Volunteer contributions and international airfare may be claimed as tax deductions for US taxpayers. Other countries vary in tax laws.  Please consult your tax advisor for full details.

As shown below, Global Service Corps operates with low overhead costs. GSC expense budget allocations generally break down as follows:
  • Field Expenses (42%): Pre-trip preparation, hotels and homestays, participant support, excursions, food, transportation, communication and partner contributions
  • Participant Coordination (19%): Staff costs for processing applications, organizing short- and long-term programs, training materials, international communications
  • Program Development (17%): Staff costs of expanding and improving GSC programs
  • Participant Recruitment (12%): Marketing, advertising, outreach, inquiry response
  • Administrative Overhead (10%): Accounting, insurance, utilities, equipment, facility rent