Entries by Sam Pinakoulaki

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“Uber Volunteer” Steve Fox Describes Volunteering in Retirement

20-time alumni Steve Fox is a retired teacher from Washington State who participated on his first Global Volunteers program in Minnesota in 2003. 15 years later, as a retiree and octogenarian, Steve has contributed 1360 hours of service on 20 service programs worldwide. Here he shares his reflections on volunteering in retirement. (pictured here with […]

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Free-Time Activities In Nepal on a Global Volunteers Service Program

Volunteering abroad doesn’t have to be all work!  With Global Volunteers programs, ample time on evenings and weekends are available to enjoy the cultural, educational and natural attractions in our partner communities. The free-time activities in Nepal are varied and numerous.  These opportunities to explore sites near Kathmandu and in the northern regions are recommended […]

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Three Generations Volunteer in Crete!

The inter-generational Appleby family group – grand-daughter Megan, father Mike, and grandfather Robert – joined together to volunteer in Crete with Global Volunteers. Their assignment?  Helping elementary and middle school kids speak conversational English.  Although Global Volunteer Alumni Robert taught conversational English to High School kids and adults on previous programs, he said enjoyed working […]

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My Students were Nothing short of Incredible in Vietnam!

First-time Global Volunteer Denise Nelson Nash has always had a passion for volunteering. In July, she served on a Global Volunteers service program in Hanoi, Vietnam – a goal for her – teaching conversational English at the Vietnamese Institute for Development Strategies (VIDS). She shares her story here: “As a young adult, I lived and […]

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Your Family May Just Need to Volunteer Abroad

On a previous post, Ken, a U.S. and international volunteer, explained why he’s dedicated much of his life to volunteering abroad. His wife Suzanne offers her take on the reasons behind her family’s volunteering abroad experience. Why do you volunteer abroad? I think it is really enriching to volunteer abroad. My husband is a geographer […]

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October 11: International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when humanitarians worldwide unite under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take […]

Special Memories of Poland Summer Language Camp

Recalling his memories of Poland as a volunteer,  one recent team member says he’s grateful for the meaning his service with Polish teens brought to his life. Winding down our individual English conversation lessons (but also speeding up our final preparations for the closing ceremony)  we reflect on our weeks at Reymontowka. Not only the teachers, but the dance […]

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A Day Teaching and Learning in Poland

Georgianna, a Poland Global Volunteer, talks about her first day teaching and learning in Poland. My beginner English class started by lining up outside the door, where the young students greeted one another, asked how each other were, and introduced the next person in line. The objective is to have them speak, speak, speak, in English. It’s not easy because these […]