Volunteer in Be The Change


The five day Be the Change Conference is designed to train individuals how to become change agents in communities around the world. This is for you if you would like to:

  • Start a non-profit/charity organization
  • Start a social enterprise or project
  • Get a job with a non-profit/charity
  • Invent a product or service to change peoples' lives
  • Create a change within the organization you work
  • Learn more about the field of Social Entrepreneurship and /or International Development


So tell me more about Be The Change?


Colin in action The five day Be the Change Conference helps you transform your ideas into action. Whether you want a job where you are living your passion, or if you want to start something new, this program caters for people at both ends of the spectrum.

Be prepared for a week like nothing you have experienced before. You will discover a group of likeminded individuals equally passionate about unleashing their talents and abilities to the world.

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Be The Change was a privilege that will forever impact on my life. Growing up I was often called 'weak' for caring about the needs of underprivileged people. Be The Change brought me to the realization that some people are just ill-informed. The people that once discouraged me are now some of my biggest supporters.

Dana | Be The Change Participant


I suffered with my own mental health issues in my early twenties, in part due to taking drugs. It was only when I attended Be The Change that I reflected back on those years and realized I could channel that pain into a passion and help other people in similar situations. It was at Be The Change that my social enterprise MindFood was born.

Ciearan | Be The Change Participant



Kathmandu (Nepal) March 2015

Five Day Intensive Be The Change Conference

The five day Be The Change Conference has been carefully constructed over 6 years to combine the tools, resources, and inspiration needed for participants to achieve their vision of social change. The Be The Change Conference facilitators work with the participants throughout the week with additional guest speakers presenting on topics most relevant to the participants in a particular conference. The week is structured in 3 phases: identification of purpose, project implementation and future planning, with the final day culminating in a session where fellow participants and facilitators provide constructive feedback, encouragement and suggestions on how to continue forward.

The course cost is $990 for 5 days, and an early bird offer of $890 is available. This includes coordination, supervision, training, lunch, airport pick up and drop off, and excludes accommodation and other food.

Chicago - August 22 - 26 2016

Be The Change is coming to the Windy City! The 3rd largest city in the United States and home of President Barack Obama, Chicago has a lot to offer. With more than 200 art galleries, 26 miles of beautiful lakefront and 7,300 restaurants, Chicago is a city that brings people from all over the world to its doorstep. Participants will spend the week immersed in the field of social entrepreneurship learning from facilitators, participants and individuals in Chicago passionate about creating positive social change. You will have opportunities to delve deeper into your idea(s), receive constructive feedback and come away with new inspiration, skills and resources to motivate you towards the next level.

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How GVN works...


The first step is to fill out an application to see if we have a place for you. Then if your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.

GVN is a registered Charitable Trust, so participants finance themselves, or can fundraise online with our unique GVN platform, with US donors receiving tax receipts. The course fee provides you with all that is listed below, along with personalized support from our expert staff and the knowledge that you'll be working with a reputable and registered charity with over 14 years experience in the field.

The course cost is $990 for 5 days, and an early bird offer of $890 is available. This includes coordination, supervision, training, lunch, airport pick up and drop off, and excludes accommodation and other food.

Your program package includes:

What You Get: Pre-Conference

  • All the support you need from our experienced Be The Change coordinator to help you plan and prepare for this program. This include unlimited phone and email access!
  • An 'optional' pre-conference reading list of articles and books
  • A pre-conference survey formulated to provide the facilitators with insight into the group and workshops designed around participant objectives and projects.


What You Get: During Conference

  • Training: A range of inspirational and skill-development workshops to provide you with the focus and tools you need to develop your idea.
  • Interview: A one-on-one interview/brainstorming session with the Be The Change facilitators to help you formalize your idea and develop a plan of action.
  • Network: The opportunity to be in a supportive environment and connect with like-minded people.
  • Inspiration: Visits to local tourist attractions to provide you with space and inspiration to help shape your idea.
  • Facilitators: Learn from our experienced team of conference facilitators, specialized in areas such as marketing, fundraising and business.
  • Meals: Lunch is provided.
  • Airport pickup/drop-off: At beginning and end of conference.
  • USB filled with additional readings and resources.
  • One day highlighting the local area which may include excursions to local cultural locations and/or meeting with area social entrepreneurs or projects.


What You Get: Post-Conference

  • 3, 6 and 12 month follow up to check in and continue to support you.
  • An opportunity to debrief and provide feedback.
  • Free access to GVN Changemakers program which alerts you to future internship/job opportunities at GVN.
  • Access to the GVN Alumni group, a network of over 100 social entrepreneurs around the world.
  • A Certificate of Completion.
  • A personal reference letter on request.
  • Access to the Be The Change Database.
  • An opportunity to network with previous participants.

The program package does not include: Flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, airport departure tax, accommodation, or food.

We recommend you allow a weekly budget of US $50 for your other expenses such as personal items, beverages, and entertainment.





How will this week help me reach the next stage of my project/idea?

The five day Be the Change Conference is designed to be flexible and self-determined to allow participants to cater the program to their specific interests and goals. Each day we will have workshops that will provide you with specific skills that you can then directly apply to your project/idea or goal. Depending on location, we will venture into the local community to gain insight from entrepreneurs, community organizations and learn more about the culture in the region. By the end of the course you will have become friends with a diverse and interesting group of individuals from all over the world. Additionally, each day you will have time to discuss ideas and workshop your interests with Colin Salisbury, GVN's Founder and President. This program gives you one on one time with one of the top social entrepreneurs in the industry of international development.

Are we able to do any sightseeing during the program?

We offer our five day Be the Change Conference in beautiful locations around the world. During the Be the Change program we will visit sites around the area but there will not be time for individual travel. Many of our participants choose to arrive early or leave late so they may do their own traveling before or after the course.

Are there more expenses once I arrive?

The course fee covers transport costs while working. If you arrive early or intend to stay in the country beyond the course dates you will need to have additional money for this time. Other expenses not covered by your fees include: your flights, entry visa (if applicable), travel insurance, departure tax (if applicable), and any personal spending.

How many participants are there at the Be The Change program at the same time?

The five day Be the Change Conference is limited to under 15 participants at any time to allow for maximum individual attention and productivity.

Can I bring my family, including children, to this program with me?

Because of the nature of the accommodation, and the work that you will be involved with, it is not appropriate to bring children with you for this project. However, it is fine to participate as a couple.

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The five day Be the Change Conference helps you transform your ideas into action. Whether you want a job where you are living your passion, or if you want to start something new, this conference caters for people at both ends of the spectrum.

Be prepared for a time like nothing you have experienced before. You will discover a group of likeminded individuals who will all be in your corner willing you to win. The exciting thing for me is seeing the potential in each person and guiding them towards unleashing their passion on the world.


Colin Salisbury - Master in Development Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, NZ. Founder and President of Global Volunteer Network.

Colin Salisbury Colin - Colin’s passion for social change and redefining education probably comes from his background as an "underacheiver." Leaving high school with remarks on his reports cards such as, "Colin is best suited to practical subjects," Colin initially went on to do just that, until an opportunity to work with family in Papua New Guinea broadened his worldview and challenged him to assess his own potential.

Colin "the underachiever" Salisbury has a Master in International Development and he is the President and Founder of Global Volunteer Network (GVN), endorsed by both Bill Gates and CNN as an organization that serves as, "a first port of call for young people who want to make a difference in the world." To date, GVN has placed over 19,000 volunteers in 19 countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America with the goal of supporting and empowering local communities. Colin is also the Producer for ‘Undercover,’ an award winning humanitarian documentary (an official selection of the Pan African Film Festival 2013 and the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in 2014) and will soon release ‘Stomp it Out,’ the story of a group of young adults from Soweto and their experience as musical artists who travel to China to perform for thousands of students. Colin is also a proud family man with a beautiful wife and two daughters.

Along with his day job(s), Colin is an online marketing consultant who has raised over 50 million dollars for organizations in New Zealand and Australia. He has extensive experience in fundraising, organizational management and leadership development.


Caitie Goddard - BS University of Detroit-Mercy

Caitie Goddard Caitie has lived and worked in the United States, Spain, Uganda, New Zealand and India. Caitie received a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Detroit-Mercy while on a full scholarship as a Division I women's basketball player (Go Titans!) and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan.

Caitie's background with fundraising, leadership development and international entrepreneurship are skills she brings to her role with IC3 Academy. She has organized and lead a fundraising cycling trip to Vietnam raising USD$20,000 for charity and mentored International Ambassadors who then raised USD$45,000 for the Eat So They Can Campaign through the GVN Foundation. Caitie is also a cofounder of GOOD Travel, an ethical, sustainable travel company with the mission to transform the travel industry into a a force for good.

While in graduate school, Caitie was selected to work on a fellowship in Kampala, Uganda with Global Alliance for Legal Aid. Most recently, Caitie worked with the University of Michigan and the National Institute for Speech and Hearing in Kerala, India to create a national website for the Indian disability community.

Caitie has helped to organize and lead international trips including traveling to Cusco, Peru through the GVN Foundation's Eat So They Can Distribution trip and lead 18 graduate students to Yangon, Myanmar to study international economic development with the International Economic Development Program through the University of Michigan.

Caitie served for 2 years on the Board of Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit non-profit. She is also a fierce advocate for the great work of Detroit Cristo Rey High School, a phenomenal school creatively educating some of Detroit's brightest yet underprivileged youth.


Courtney Montague

Courtney Montague Courtney is a graduate of American University of Paris and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Courtney began her career as a social entrepreneur when she accepted an internship in New Zealand working for the Global Volunteer Network (GVN). Identifying a need to support GVN projects with additional funding, she co-founded the Global Volunteer Network Foundation (GVNF) which has raised over USD$1 million dollars to help disadvantaged women and children around the world. Courtney raised thousands in additional funds by leading teams of volunteers on hiking expeditions to Machu Picchu, Kilimanjaro and Mount Everest Base Camp. Courtney and GVNF were recognized by the UN and she served as the GVNF representative to the United Nations' Economic and Social Council (UNECSOC). While at GVN, Courtney developed the precursor to IC3 Academy, GVNF's ‘Be the Change' program – seven day workshops held around the world for social entrepreneurs to learn how to affect social change.

Following graduate school, Courtney gained experience in the digital media field before partnering with her sister to start Nikita & Vesper, an online socially responsible marketplace based on the belief that women should have the ability to visit one online source that delivers ethically produced gorgeous clothing and accessories.

When Courtney isn't running operations for Nikita & Vesper she manages Kelsey Montague Art, most recently made famous when Taylor Swift posed in front of the large #whatliftsyou interactive mural in downtown New York City. Courtney's passion for supporting women social entrepreneurs is evidenced in her newest project, Access Circles II. Access Circles is a by invitation global network designed to enrich the health and wellness, financial expertise and life balance of women. The Access Circles II initiative seeks to specifically provide community, mentorship and networking opportunities to outstanding, female social entrepreneurs.

Courtney brings her social media, start-up and local to international market expertise to IC3 Academy when she consults and teaches at the IC3 Academy courses.


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