Entries by Millie Pinakoulaki

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Her Supporters Pay it Forward with Donations to St. Lucia Service Program

Alumni Karen Isaac had just retired from 30 years of teaching elementary school when she saw “the most amazing photos” of Global Volunteers in St. Lucia posted on Facebook by her friend Gila Cohen-Shaw. A Global Volunteers alumna, Gila has advised other volunteers to “crowdsource” their service program. What has followed is a heart-centered commitment […]

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Supporting Children and Their Families Abroad

Four-time Global Volunteer Gemma Lewis has always been passionate about supporting children and their families. As a Children’s Care Coordinator with the National Health Service in the UK, she works with families of children living with severe disabilities to ensure they receive appropriate physical and emotional interventions. It was with this focus on practical support […]

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Retired Physician Finds Satisfaction on Volunteer Service Program in Peru

Global Volunteers Alumna Maggi Gallaher said retirement has liberated her to indulge her appetite for volunteering. For her fourth service program, she served at Sagrada Familia, a community in Peru serving 1,400 at-risk children, from one month to 17 years. The community shelters about 600 homeless and abandoned children and provides nutrition, healthcare and education. […]

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Returning Volunteers Share Why They Chose Cuba Again

Returning from a service program can make you itch for more meaningful travel. Deciding where to volunteer next can be challenging, however. But maybe you don’t have to make the decision all over again. LeAnn Plinske and Jennifer O’Neill are alumni who chose to return to where they originally served. Here they share their experience […]

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One Retiree’s Take On Volunteering in Cuba

A recent retiree volunteering in Cuba describes the sights, sounds and inspiration she experienced while practicing English conversation with gracious elders and lively students. Mary Ann Fitzgerald says her life was enriched through this unique program, and shares how Global Volunteers enabled her to easily and safely explore Havana, Cuba through service. Florida retiree Mary […]

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Nursing Students Take on an Adventure In Service and Learning

The nine senior nursing students from St. John Fisher College arrived in Ipalamwa, Tanzania with a clear assignment: To leverage their clinical capstone project to assess the heath of RCP mothers and children, and support caregivers on home visits. By combining their emergent skills with a desire to serve, they had the opportunity to help […]

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Volunteer Team Reflects on a Journey of Discovery with the Lakota People

On the plains of South Dakota, the most recent Global Volunteers service team worked one-on-one with Sicangu Rosebud Sioux people, gaining unique, non-tourist insights on the history, culture, and struggles of the Lakota Nation. Follow their day-by-day journey of discovery here. Welcome to the Reservation! Welcome to the little town of Mission on the Rosebud […]

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Friend’s Referral Led Her on a Worldwide Journey of Discovery

Barb Holdridge was intrigued when her good friend recommended a new type of travel.  But, she didn’t know she’d also catch the volunteering abroad “bug” so quickly! Sixteen years and 10 trips later,  Barb says that international volunteer travel is “the” way to learn from local people, build long lasting friendships, and have fun while […]

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Global Volunteering Changed Their Perspective on Travel Abroad

Judy Marx, a three-time Global Volunteer alumna, said an ancient Judaism tradition, Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”), propelled her search for international volunteer opportunities. The world is imperfect, the lesson teaches, but is in our own hands to make it better every day. Judy and her husband John said they’ve since discovered that volunteerism […]