Entries by Dana Faust

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My Short-term Service Trip to Ecuador

While short-term volunteering has gotten a bad rap because of ill-conceived and DIY efforts, we know that a steady stream of short-term volunteers, simply put, can change lives and the world. Katie, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on her short-term service trip to Quito. I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in […]

Building Bridges on Borders

Maria Maki, 20-time Global Volunteer and Country Manager, shares her thoughts and experiences about the importance to build bridges between countries: We sometimes forget what we have to learn from others just outside our own borders – as well as half-way around the world.  What you find is more often than not what you expected […]

Exactly What to Expect When Volunteering in Italy During Fall

Each September, a dedicated group of Global Volunteers pack their bags to volunteer in Italy and help engaged students with their conversational English skills. Global Volunteers’ Italy Volunteer Team Leader, Phyllis Thompson, put together a list of things you can expect to experience when volunteering in Italy during fall. Let’s get started! The students are excited […]

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Teaching Abroad Opportunities for Educators

Working and retired teachers tell us frequently how much they enjoy engaging students and teachers in new cultures and schools on a service program abroad. As an educator, you can leverage the skills you’ve honed over decades to benefit children who might have been exposed to only one style of instruction. To see eyes light […]

Student Volunteer Abroad Projects

The world is waiting for you. Don’t just travel, travel with meaning. Imagine spending a week during your spring break, J-term, or summer vacation as an international volunteer – experiencing the world and making new friends all while helping others. Hundreds of students choose to volunteer abroad with Global Volunteers every year. Why? Global Volunteers […]