Two interesting things have happened in recent years:
People seeking to volunteer abroad often get lost in an avalanche of overwhelming information, much of it peddled by middlemen and placement agencies. In an industry heavily dominated by corporate matchmakers, it has become difficult and expensive - to find needy and reputable local organizations seeking volunteers.
We want to level the playing field and make volunteering abroad accessible to all. We believe everyone should be able to find the cause they want to support and that doing so should be simple and free.
We also believe that enabling direct dialogue between volunteers and local organizations increases the chances of a better match, leading to a better experience for both organizations and volunteers.
We want to return volunteering to its roots - before all the noise, financial interests and disinformation took over people and causes - connecting and solving problems together.
To be clear: we are a social impact tech company. This means we are a for-profit company with a strong social agenda that runs through everything we do here at GivingWay. All search services are free because we don't believe in paid matchmaking when it comes to volunteering. We do however intend to stick around for the long run and will be deriving our income from optional travel-related services offered through our platform.
So that's us. We truly hope you enjoy our services - we for sure enjoy providing them!