Due to the recent major earthquake in Nepal, the Everest trek is now on hold.

Nepal Recovery and Rebuild Program Nepal has been devastated by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake on April 25th. There has been a huge loss of life and severe damage to vital infrastructure and buildings.

GVN is busy developing a recovery and rebuild program for when the immediate relief operations are over. We expect to take a group of volunteers (or multiple groups depending on demand and need) to Nepal as soon as is practical and possible to disburse funds and materials and to plan for further recovery operations.

While our goal is to help however we can, it is important to note that GVN is not a relief organisation. The immediate challenges of feeding, clothing and housing the victims will be met by an array of aid organisations such as the International Red Cross and the World Health Organisation, as well as the Nepal military and governmental organisations. GVN is primarily a long-term partner in community development, health, education, and environmental programs. We have been working with our partner organization in Nepal since 2002. GVN has provided rebuild and recovery relief in India following the 2004 tsunami, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and Typhoon Haiyan which hit the Philippines in 2013.

Nepal Recovery and Rebuild Program We understand the desire to help right now. We already have a fundraising appeal but the longer term work of recovery and rebuilding is just as important as the immediate relief work and we need committed, compassionate volunteers to help us help a community in need. Because that's what we do.

GVN is looking for volunteers committed to this humanitarian expedition. These volunteers will need to raise US$500 or more to be given priority placement on the expedition and to get the opportunity to give a genuine helping hand to the recovering communities of Nepal.

The next step is to launch your fundraiser to volunteer in Nepal via the button below.

Once launched, your first task will be to fundraise a minimum of US$500* to show your commitment to volunteering in the recovery and rebuild program.

You'll receive further program information from us shortly. We're sure you have lots of questions which we will seek to clarify over the coming weeks as the situation in Nepal settles.

*Please be aware that a 2 week program fee will be $1,500+ excluding flights. These costs can be included in your fundraising total. Please understand donations are non-refundable. If you decide not to go to Nepal, then the funds you raised can be allocated as a scholarship to other volunteers to Nepal at GVN's discretion.

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Please read this website legal information notice carefully before using this site.

By using this site, you signify you have read and accepted these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms of use, do not use the site.

GVN Charitable Trust - also referred to as Global Volunteer Network or GVN: a registered non-profit charitable Trust in New Zealand.
Global Volunteer Network Foundation - also referred to as GVN Foundation or GVNF: a registered 501(c)(3) organization in the United States.
Participant - the individual fundraiser who is participating in one of GVN's volunteer programs, GVNF Youth Ambassador, fundraising trek, Be The Change Conference, special tour or fundraising challenge.

The GVN Foundation and Global Volunteer Network are separate organizations and are not liable to each other.

The materials in this site are provided "as is" and without warranties of any kind either expressed or implied. To the fullest extent permissible and subject and pursuant to applicable law, GVNF and GVN disclaim all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose.

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GVN/GVNF reserves the right to update the Terms of Service at any time.

GVN/GVNF reserves the right to use feedback from fundraisers for website material.

GVN/GVNF is not liable for any errors or mistakes made by partner organizations. All disputes are governed by the laws of New Zealand.

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Disclaimers and Limitation of Liability

GVNF, its Board, Executive Director, staff or associates are not liable to the full extent of the law, for any and all funds raised on this platform or the content of the website/platform. This site is presented solely for the purpose of fundraising for GVN services.

a. Website/Fundraising Platform Liability
This site is controlled and operated by GVN from its offices in Wellington, New Zealand. GVN makes no representation that materials in the site are appropriate or available for use in other locations. Those who choose to access this site from other locations do so on their own initiative and are responsible for compliance with local laws, if and to the extent local laws are applicable.

The Participant is responsible for the content of their individual fundraising campaign/webpage. GVN reserves the right to block and close any fundraising campaign which contains objectionable and/or misleading content. Any funds raised through a blocked or closed campaign will be disbursed by GVN as GVN deems appropriate.

b. Financial Liability
All funds donated on this platform are transferred by GVNF directly to GVN for allocation and distribution as specified in Section 2 of the Legal Terms of Service. GVN, its Board, CEO, staff or associates are not liable to the full extent of the law, for any funds raised on this platform or the content of the website/platform.

c. Program Liability
All liability of the program you are participating in will be in accordance with the GVN CT Terms of Service (http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/legal.php)

We do not guarantee or warrant that our site or materials that may be downloaded from our site are free from such destructive features. We are not liable for any damages or harm attributable to such features. We are not liable for any claim, loss or injury based on errors, omissions, interruptions or other inaccuracies on our site, nor for any claim, loss or injury that results from your use of this site or your breach of any provision of these Terms of Service.

GVNF Youth Ambassador Program

Participants in the GVNF Youth Ambassador Program launching a fundraising campaign on the GVN Fundraising platform do so with the understanding, acknowledgement, and acceptance that all funds raised on this platform will be allocated in the following order:

  • i. USD 2,500 - Site and project visit abroad
  • ii. Donations received above USD $2,500 will be donated to GVNF partner projects (optional)

* There may be opportunities for Youth Ambassadors to visit a different project, however this may incure additional costs.)

Are donations refundable?

As I'm sure you are aware, donations by their very nature can't be refunded. Once they have been received by a registered non-profit we are bound by law to ensure they are used for charitable benefit: returning them to a private citizen is not allowed.

GVN Foundation is a registered tax-exempt non-profit organization in the United States (often referred to as a "501(c)(3)" organization).

As a registered non-profit, GVNF is required to meet and uphold the legislative regulations and federal tax requirements associated with 501(c)(3) registration. As a 501(c)(3), tax receipts are provided to all donors. For this reason, donations made through the GVNF fundraising platform are non-refundable and must be used for charitable purposes'. (Donors in the US are eligible to apply for a tax rebate on their donations; donors from other countries are recommended to check the rules and regulations of their country regarding the use of the tax receipt.)

As noted, the reason that donations are non-refundable is tied to the GVN Foundation meeting legislative requirements and using donations in line with our charitable mission. However, we understand that personal circumstances may change and should this happen, we can offer you two options:

  • 1. A Gift Certificate for the total net donation (excluding any Scholarship) towards any GVN program in the future (eg a volunteer placement in Vietnam, Thailand, or another program of choice - including the Youth Ambassador program.). The credit is valid for a 3-year period from the date the credit note is issued.
  • 2. To donate the funds on your YA fundraiser (excluding any Scholarship received) to the GVNF Youth Scholarship Fund to help other Youth Ambassadors.

Are Scholarships transferable?

Scholarships are non-transferable to a) other participants, or b) to other GVN programs (outside of the Youth Ambassador program).

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Participant Fundraising Campaign Page

This clause applies to Volunteer programs, Fundraising treks, Be The Change Conference, Special tours, or Fundraising Challenges:

The Participant launching a fundraising campaign on the GVN Fundraising platform does so with the understanding, acknowledgement, and acceptance that all funds raised on this platform will be allocated in the following order:

  1. GVN Program Package (ie program fee)
  2. Flights (optional)
  3. Travel Insurance (optional)
  4. GVN partner project donation (optional)

Once the Program Package target has been met, any further funds raised will be allocated in consultation with the Participant towards the following optional items for the Participant: travel insurance cover, flights, GVN partner project donation.

1. The Participant's program placement is NOT confirmed until the Program Package has been paid in full.
2. No funds raised on this platform can be transferred and/or paid out to the Participant. This is a legal requirement in line with the terms associated with providing tax receipts to donors.
3. All flights to be paid by donations raised on this fundraising platform must be booked through Gapyear.com (specialist adventure travel consultants operated by Flight Centre UK). The Participant will make travel arrangements directly with Gapyear.com. GVN will pay Gapyear.com from your donations the net amount available on receipt of the flight invoice. The Participant is required to pay any shortfall directly to Gapyear.com should the donations received not cover the full cost of flights.
4. Travel Insurance is booked through GVN with Accident Health International (AHI), an Australian based insurance provider. Policy details can be found here.

NOTE: GVN/GVNF cannot reimburse you if you pay your airfares or insurance yourself or book through another provider.

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Refund Policy

Donations processed through the GVN Foundation and/or GVN are not refundable.

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Charitable Donation Receipts

Donors will be emailed a receipt. The GVN Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization in the United States. Receipts can be used for tax purposes in the United States only. Donors from other countries will need to check the rules and regulations of their country. By proceeding you agree with the refund policy as stated above.

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Fundraising Target(s) Not Reached

a. Program Package:
In the event the Participant does not reach their Program Package target the Participant may request:

a. To extend your fundraising deadline and to postpone your placement date in consultation with GVN.
b. Request a GVN Gift Certificate to the value donated which can be applied towards a future GVN Program within a five-year period. The five-year period commences from the fundraiser start date.

All requests for an extension/postponement/GVN Gift Certificate must be made in writing within 21 days of the fundraiser deadline. Postponement requests are made in line with GVN's Legal Terms of Service.

The quoted program package/fee is valid for 12 months from the fundraiser start date. If transferring/postponing a placement beyond this 12 month period, current pricing will apply and the Participant will be required to pay any difference in fees. Program fee payments for treks or special tours are subject to change when a placement is transferred or postponed.

If no request is received within 21 days of the fundraiser deadline, the funds will be automatically donated to GVN Charitable Trust.

b. Optional Items (insurance, flights, partner project donation)
In the event the Participant does not reach their target for any of the optional items, the funds will be allocated in consultation with the Participant. Please refer to Section 6 Partner Project Donation for specific details on this item.

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Partner Project Donation

All Partner Project donations will be allocated and distributed by GVNF on behalf of the fundraiser.

Participants should be aware that GVNF is only able to distribute funds to certain GVN partner programs and GVNF reserves the right to determine the destination of funds. Grants are only made on a quarterly basis so may not be transferred during your placement.

Platform Fees

The GVN Fundraising Platform is hosted by Classy. In using this platform the Participant understands Classy charge a one percent (1%) fee on all donations paid to your fundraiser. Donations are also subject to relevant credit card fees deducted by the payment gateway WePay.


We reserve the right to terminate the Site and this User Agreement at any time without notice for any reason, including, in the case of the User Agreement, for your violation of any of its provisions. The Limitation of Liability Section of this User Agreement shall survive any such termination.

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This User Agreement will be governed by the laws of New Zealand applicable to contracts made and performed there without regard to its conflicts of law principles. You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts sitting in New Zealand and waive any jurisdictional, venue or inconvenient forum objections to such courts.

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