Entries by Michele Gran

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EarthBox® Partnership Nourishes Mothers and Children in Tanzania

The arrival of 1,000 eagerly anticipated EarthBox container gardening systems from the United States marks the beginning of sustained nutrition for families in the Tanzania Reaching Children’s Potential Demonstration Program. Thanks to a formative partnership between Global Volunteers and EarthBox, more than 225 families in Ukwega Ward will soon learn how to grow the micronutrients […]

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Families, Couples, Groups Unite in Summer Volunteer Programs

Summer 2019 was a great season of service in Global Volunteers partner communities! We’re grateful for the summer volunteers who served up 77 unique program weeks in China, the Cook Islands, Cuba, Ecuador, Greece, Italy, Nepal, Peru, Poland, St. Lucia, Tanzania, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia. In addition to solo volunteers and couples, ten […]

“This is What Hope Looks Like on the Reservation.”

Warming hearts and homes. “Mother” Lauren Stanley points to towering pile of cord wood. “This is what hope looks like on the reservation,” she asserted. She’s overseeing a production line of volunteers in Mission, South Dakota who are splitting and stacking the wood for distribution to families in all reaches of the Rosebud Reservation. It’s […]

Nepal Volunteers Pave Way for Long-term Development Partnership

Twenty enthusiastic volunteers on our inaugural team to Kathmandu, Nepal united with community partners of intention, vision and compassion to establish a steadfast partnership for development.  “Global Volunteers’ Philosophy of Service is a bridge for peace and justice, so it’s paramount that we be aware of our actions as we interact with individuals – especially […]

The Global Role of Women – Caretakers, Conscience, Farmers, Educators and Entrepreneurs

Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and long-term development of nations. Globally, women comprise 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force – rising to 70 percent in some countries. For instance, across Africa, 80 percent of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, most of whom are rural women. […]

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Compassion, Curiosity and Conviction Motivate Women of all Ages to Volunteer Internationally

“Marvelous Maddy,” (above) is a student volunteer who raised over $6,000 worth of dental supplies for the RCP  (Reaching Children’s Potential) Clinic in Ipalamwa, Tanzania.“Seeing the children’s faces light up as they held on tightly to their new dental tools was so heartwarming.  At that moment, I was so proud of our fundraising efforts and […]

Global Volunteers’ 20-Year Partnership with The Blackfeet Nation of Montana

2019 marks the 20th anniversary of Global Volunteers’ service to children, elders and families on the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana.  We’re very proud of our long-standing relationship with the Blackfeet people, and look forward to 20 more years and more!  Initiated by Global Volunteers Co-Founder Michele Gran and Blackfeet elder Dorothy Still Smoking in 1999, […]

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Summer Service Programs for Kids

One International Truth About Children One thing that unites children the world over is their love of new experiences. On their journey to adulthood, kids learn life’s lessons through daily interactions with the people who surround them.  It’s where trust, generosity, strength, love, curiosity, and insight are formed.  Our community partners invite us each year […]