Global Nomadic empowers positive change by connecting people with projects
We believe real change can happen when people find life-enhancing opportunities. By empowering people to travel & explore the world, they gain new skills, developing themselves whilst making a real contribution.
We provide access to vetted, worthwhile international internships in a wide range of professional fields.
By enabling young professionals to gain experience and further their career through international work placements, we are able to support NGOs around the world to carry out their community-building work.
Global Nomadic is a trusted community marketplace connecting people with NGO projects around the world.
We offer international internships, TEFL courses and volunteer abroad placements. Since our start in 2009, we have sent 1,000+ interns, volunteers and TEFL teachers on projects and courses in 40+ countries. Whether it’s Human Rights & Social Sustainability, Environmental Conservation or Wildlife Rehabilitation, we partner with organisations making a real difference in their field.
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Meet the founder
People often ask me how Global Nomadic got started and where the inspiration came from. The short answer is that it came from a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. The long answer goes something like this.
After studying Sociology at the University of Reading in the UK I was geared up to start a postgraduate degree in international development- except, as I found out, I had just missed the cut-off marks by a few percentage points. I was frustrated (with myself mostly) that my development dreams seemed to be at a standstill, but then I decided to go the ‘experiential route,’ i.e. impulsively buying a one-way ticket to Senegal.
I arrived in the country and started literally knocking on the doors of NGOs until through an unlikely chain of events I was taken in by an organization in the Gambia. Wide-eyed and believing I could save the world I started a project to build an agricultural school in a very isolated, rural part of the country. I worked with the local community to assess how the school should be designed, wrote a number of proposals for funding, met with village leaders and slowly saw the project get off the ground. But meanwhile I was running out of money and needed to return to the UK to work for a few months. My cousin offered me a job selling door entry systems, and slowly two months turned into two years doing a very unfulfilling job.
Stuck but not defeated, I went abroad again- this time to South America. And again, after knocking on a few more doors I found an NGO job in Bolivia where I stayed for a year, long enough to be able to speak Spanish fluently and to fall in love with the continent. But again, the money ran out. Back to London, and back to school- this time I was accepted into a Masters programme in Latin American development, a fantastic learning experience that introduced me to great people. But development jobs do not exactly grow on trees, and before I knew it I was back selling door entry systems.
‘It wasn’t meant to be like this!’ I thought. And then I thought harder and harder, and realised it doesn’t have to be. Now, armed with international volunteering experience, I could help people like me get a foot in the door or further their career with solid project placements around the world; not just in development but in medicine, journalism, human rights and a number of other fields. I set up the website, registered the company, and started growing a network of high-quality project providers, many of which I have visited personally.
Not only do I save people from knocking on a million doors and banging their heads against the wall trying to find the crucial next step in their careers, I provide guidance and support while they are abroad and ensure that that they get the most out of their experience. Now that I have a job that I am truly passionate about it really is easy (and true) to say that it was all worth it.
– Jeremy Freedman | Founder