Entries by Millie Pinakoulaki

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Identical Twin Sisters Volunteering Together Savor Unique Experiences with Global Volunteers

Three-time volunteers and twin sisters, Kit Prendergast and Diane Clark, have identical perspectives on the value of service abroad. They share how they created lifetime memories on an adventure in volunteering together in Beja, Portugal recently. “My twin sister Kit and I joined service programs with Global Volunteers in Greece and Peru, and both our experiences […]

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Mother – Daughter Duo Say Exploring Cuba as Volunteers Surpassed Expectations

Geri says serving in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba for two weeks with her daughter Bridget was a journey of discovery. Together they acquired new skills, explored a new culture, and learned something new about each other. Bridget and Geri share a few highlights of  “volunteering as mother and daughter” with Marketing Assistant and Greece Country […]

Volunteering Enables “Kiwi” to Explore Cook Islands Culture

Juliet Cooke from Wellington New Zealand said teaching at St. Joseph’s School in Rarotonga was a unique way to learn about the Cook Islands culture from the “inside.” In the classrooms, she helped students improve their reading and literacy skills and supported their teachers. In an interview with Marketing Assistant Millie Pinakoulaki, Juliet describes the highlights […]

Volunteer in Vietnam Offers Compelling Take on “Goodness”

Vietnam Volunteer Diana Swansen notices the “simple things” in life that remind her of  humanity’s goodness. She offers her optimistic perspective with us, and her teammates, when teaching conversational English on a Vietnam Service Program in Hanoi. What is good taste? For most people, taste is simply a matter of flavor. But how do we experience goodness? For me, […]

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Reflections of a Youth Volunteer in the Cook Islands

Throughout her childhood, Cassidy Richardson was interested in learning about different cultures and languages.  The more she learned, the more she felt drawn to help others while putting her growing understanding to work.  When Cassidy turned 18, she decided to get out of the comfort of her home and volunteer in the Cook Islands. In […]

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Mother and Daughter Volunteer in South Dakota

Lisa Godek and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Fargo, are committed to helping others outside of work and school respectively. Their latest service trip was a week on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They lent a hand to the native Lakota people through everyday tasks and creating a children’s fair for the community. Here Lisa […]

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How I “fell in love” with students in Romania

With an interest in Eastern European countries and the will to contribute where help is needed Nancy Haga, volunteered in Barlad, Romania this past May. Nancy  taught at the middle school students of different ages using various techniques to keep them focused, interested and made all her classes worthy to attend. She was very energetic, […]

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Achieve an Active Retirement through Volunteering

“A healthy mind in a healthy body” was an ideal first advanced by the ancient Greeks as a prescription for living wisely. Staying active physically and mentally in retirement is mentioned by many of our volunteers as a reason for service. In an online interview, five-time Global Volunteer Elsa Boykin, says volunteering enhances her well-being […]

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Poland Summer English Language Camp is a Retired Teacher’s “Reward”

Linda Noonan says teaching English to children as a volunteer abroad was an opportunity to fulfill a long-time dream.  As a retired teacher from Illinois, she knew her knowledge and education were top-notch qualifications.  So she was eager to try teaching students in a foreign culture and test her creative skills in many different ways. […]