Empowering Global Citizens

Learn. Serve. Lead.

Be our partner: Learn with curiosity. Serve with compassion. Lead with confidence.

Bright Light Volunteers is a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization, designed to empower program participants and community partners through education and service. Our programs adhere to global service-learning best practices, which combine community service with both experiential learning in the field and online coursework through our university partner. Our vision is to make the world a brighter place by creating a more peaceful, just, interconnected world where global challenges and opportunities are met by educated, compassionate, global citizens and leaders.

Earn College Credit

Global Service Learning for College Credit

Bright Light Volunteers and Bethel University have partnered to offer rising high school juniors and seniors college credit for participating in our programs. All current college students are also eligible to earn transferable credit.

We work closely with middle and high school educators, parents, and IB coordinators to ensure our participants gain the skills and experiences they need to become the global leaders of our  future.


All Bright Light Volunteers programs are designed for groups of at least 10 participants with the addition of at least one educator


Programs are available to volunteer for a total of 11 different countries

  • I have traveled and volunteered with BLV to Peru in 2017 and was extremely pleased with the entire experience! I was able to interact and teach local children while also helping with construction of a kitchen for their school. I highly recommend BLV to anyone who is looking to make a difference, and have an amazing time while doing it.

    Allison R.

    September 4, 2018
  • I volunteered in Cuba last October with Bright Light Volunteers! The program was a great way to get to see a part of the world that I normally wouldn’t have. The guides hired by BLV were top-notch. The work we did was meaningful. I would highly recommend BLV if you want to travel abroad and volunteer!

    Billy M.

    July 25, 2018
  • Had the incredible opportunity to serve with Bright Light Volunteers in Atenas, Costa Rica. It was truly a one of a kind experience that will stay with me for a lifetime!

    Prachi P.

    June 18, 2019
  • Great group trips to Cuba. Wonderful food, lodging with the people, and service projects. All in-country guides were wonderful. All in-country costs were included. Everything was well planned.

    J. Washburn

    October 29, 2017
  • I traveled with Bright Light to Cuba and this experience changed the way Inwill forever travel. It was a culturally impressive experience that really allowed me to connect with local people, understand their culture, and give back! It was a very rewarding, educational and fun experience. Because of this experience I now look for volunteer opportunities every time I travel.

    Sandy N.

    October 28, 2017
  • My friends and I volunteered with Brite Light in Cuba this year and it was a rewarding experience. Staying within the actual families in the community and sharing stories gave us a real connection. Giving back throughout the trip from Havana to Vinnales was rewarding & to grow those relationships was just a bonus.

    JG Color

    June 19, 2019