Entries by Michele Gran

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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This Isn’t the Summer Camp of Your Childhood!

Whoever thought summer camp could be this fun and educational?  Global Volunteers first experimented with the concept of summer English language “camps” at the request of our Poland community partner in 1991.  At the bucolic setting of Reymontowka, the itinerary was designed with equal measures of learning and adventure. Children from the Siedlce district (many […]

35 Years of Volunteer Service Worldwide!

It started in Minnesota, by two people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . . In the past 35 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 35,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities worldwide. We know that direct, hands-on service cultivates mutual understanding and respect, and helps build a foundation for […]

Experience Kathmandu as a Volunteering Destination

Online travel guides are brimming with opportunities to tour Nepal – recognizing the country’s popularity as a top travel destination.  Adored by hikers, climbers and mountaineers, the northern section of the country features the Nepalese Himalayas – with eight of the ten highest mountains in the world.  The tropical south features expansive jungle territory, and […]

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Volunteers Working Hand-in-Hand on the Blackfeet Reservation

Monday, September 3:  We Spread Out on Community Projects by Sarah A titch, a scoatch, a smidge, a squizzle.  We all pitch in.  Working hand-in-hand as volunteers on the Blackfeet Reservation. We started our week on the Memorial Day holiday – so many of the “standard” Global Volunteers project sites are closed for the day.  […]

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Volunteers Help Tanzanian Children in New Health Center

Medical volunteers will soon help Tanzanian children and their families in a fully modern and functional Health Center, funded by a multi-year family foundation grant arranged by a Global Volunteer alumnus.  The Ipalamwa clinic will serve six rural communities in the Iringa District, and stands as the centerpiece of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project. Reaching […]

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Experiencing the Rosebud Reservation: Seeing the World Through Informed Eyes

Getting Into the (Axe) Swing of Things We woke up to another beautiful morning on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, SD.  After our morning walk/jogs, showers, breakfasts and coffees, we met for our group’s morning meeting, and Jane shared her quote of the day. At 8:30, Mama Lauren taught part of the group how to […]