|Welcome to GISCorps!|
At the heart of volunteerism are the ideals of service and solidarity and the belief that together we can make the world a better place. But far away from the spotlight, there are millions of generous individuals who, around the clock and around the world, roll up their sleeves and volunteer to help in any way they can. Volunteers do not ask, "why volunteer?", but rather "when?", "where?" and "how?". These dedicated and courageous individuals are important partners in the quest for a better, fairer and safer world.
Kofi A. Annan: International Volunteer Day, 05.12.2003
Missions Launched = 198
Interested in giving back or paying forward the generosity of mentors and teachers? Interested in helping bridge the digital divide that separates communities and hemispheres?
A program of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), GISCorps coordinates short term, volunteer GIS services to underprivileged communities worldwide. Our services support humanitarian relief, community development, local capacity building, health and education.
GISCorps is run by a Core Committee who e-meet monthly but e-communicate daily. Since its inception in October 2003, the Corps has attracted over 4,400 volunteers from 98 countries. To date, GISCorps has deployed 1,055 volunteers (from 50 countries) to 198 missions in 66 countries around the globe. These volunteers have contributed over 35,000 working hours towards those missions.