Our Mission

The Give Something Back International Foundation (GSBI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. The purpose of the Foundation is to provide life-changing, quality education to children, young adults, and teachers around the world that will have a lasting impact on their future and that of their families. Our overarching vision is “Education to Change Lives”.

The GSBI Foundation was established in 2002 to directly fund and support the K-12 education of disadvantaged children and young adults throughout the world. We also build and renovate schools, classrooms and libraries in poor rural areas. We strive to accomplish our goals in the most cost effective and efficient way possible. We are an all-volunteer organization.

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GSBI also manages the Global Virtual Classroom Project (GVC)–a free, online educational program for primary and secondary school students from around the world. This project fosters cross-cultural understanding, collaborative learning, and giving back to others while providing an opportunity to learn 21st century information technology and website design skills.

Where We Work

We are dedicated to helping children in need in developing countries and underserved communities. We help children attend school, and, in doing so, help them build a foundation for a better, more hopeful future.

We have historically focused our resources on sponsoring children in Thailand, Vietnam, and Haiti and continue to expand our geographic scope. We provide support for children whose families do not have the financial means to support their education. In 2013, we began sponsoring girls in Afghanistan.

Our Global Virtual Classroom Project is a worldwide program for any primary or secondary school that chooses to participate. Approximately 33,500 students and 1,980 teachers from over 600 schools in 62 countries have participated in this program over the years.

Geographic Areas of Impact
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Afghanistan

Australia

Bangladesh

Belgium

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

China

Colombia

Cote d'Ivoire

Croatia

Czech Republic

Ecuador

Egypt

Finland

France

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Hong Kong

Hungary

India

Indonesia

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan

Kenya

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Lebanon

Lithuania

Malaysia

Mali

Mauritius

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Pakistan

Paraguay

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Qatar

Russia

Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Slovakia

South Africa

Spain

Taiwan

Tajikistan

Thailand

Turkmenistan

UAE

Uganda

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States

Uzbekistan

Venezuela

 

 

 

 

What's in a Name

The name for the Give Something Back International Foundation appeared in a dream to one of our co-founders. Soon after relocation to Hong Kong in 1994 for a work assignment, he had a dream in which he was reminded that it was time in his life to “give something back”. As Andy reflected on what he could do to make a difference, he thought about his strong belief that every child deserves a quality education.

In his travels throughout Asia, he encountered children begging for money on the street. He came to realize that the best gift he could provide them would be an education–recognizing that education is a gift that can last a lifetime. He was also moved by the advice he received from a priest in Vietnam to help the poorest of the poor. He also wanted to provide young people with practical skills and knowledge to earn a living, be able to help their family, and lead healthier and more productive lives.

After repatriating back to the US in 2001, he translated his vision, “Education to Change Lives” by establishing the Give Something Back International Foundation and spends his post-retirement years to helping children.

Build the foundation for a better future – Education to Change Lives!

Tax Exempt

Give Something Back International Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in the USA under the laws of the State of Florida in November 2002. It is a tax-exempt qualified public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the US-IRS Code with a Federal Tax ID# 30-0125384. All contributions are tax-deductible.