Our mission is to position young people across the globe to become changemakers through education, service, travel and cross-cultural connections.
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At Dream Volunteers, we believe that educated and globally connected youth are the key to creating a more just world. Dream Volunteers provides access to transformational learning opportunities for young people around the world. In developing countries, where many kids are forced to stop going to school for financial reasons, we provide academic scholarships. In all of our countries, Guatemala, Vietnam, India, Ghana Costa Rica and the US, we partner with communities to empower their youth to become interconnected changemakers. We extend students’ learning beyond the classroom by engaging them in programs involving service, global citizenship and cross-cultural connections, which brings them together across borders. Collectively, our students form a global network of peers ready to step into the active role of changing their communities…changing our world.
We will challenge and engage you deeply. Dream Volunteers programs involve service (work) and reflection (thought). By focusing on our core global citizenship competencies, we ask participants to step outside their comfort zones, to consider alternate perspectives, to listen and learn from each other. We connect students from very different backgrounds and geographies, and we travel to communities in the world not often visited.
For those that are willing to take that leap — to open their hearts, arms and minds — we promise a transformative experience!
what others are saying
“This trip was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was amazing to be immersed in the culture and meet such wonderful people. Everyone was so kind and welcoming. It was also great to know that I was making an impact on something important.”
“The trip satisfied and surprised on many levels. I appreciated the concentrated time with my own family, and yet the reflections as part of the group were equally as valuable. The work in the village was meaningful and personal.There was a real opportunity to learn, meet and interact with those we there there to help. I intended this for a growth experience for my young sons, but I came away changed as well.”
“My work at the school is the highlight for me. I love working with the kids. I never thought that I would have this responsibility of teaching and helping shape their education. I think I have grown a lot. I know when I first got [to India], I didn’t think I could do it (teach and take charge) and now, now I can’t imagine doing anything else!”
Dream Volunteers was established in 2007 by Executive Director Brian Buntz, a former Peace Corps Volunteer and classroom teacher, and Eric Lochtefeld, a Bay Area entrepreneur. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization currently operating in the US, Guatemala, India, Ghana, Vietnam, and Costa Rica providing scholarships, hands-on training, and project support for teens in developing communities, and global travel and service programs for students and young people seeking to learn more about the world.
Our vision stems from a deep-rooted commitment to the communities where our volunteers serve and the belief that by supporting a rising global generation of young and passionate “dreamers,” we will empower positive change throughout the world. These young people are the future, and it is in their hands that new solutions will arise. We intend to continue to expand our network of young dreamers and dream volunteers to create a global web of dreamers transforming their communities and the world.
“Honestly every decision I have made — from which school to go to [for college] to which major and which internships and which career options I am looking at — everything has been dictated by my experiences with this program.” – Allegra, Student, United States
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
“When I first started hearing about all the problems around the world and the issues facing our planet, I thought, ”Someone really needs to do something.’ Now I realize that someone is us.”
– Kelly, Student, United States