Entries by Sam Pinakoulaki

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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 […]

Family Home Visit Leaves an Impression on Peru Volunteer

A family home visit in a shanty town outside Lima and a conversation with a displaced child’s grandfather raises conflicting questions for Peru volunteers Jody and David. Our final day of volunteering has come WAY too quickly! I’m honestly conflicted, feeling we’ve experienced so much in such a short time, but at the same time have barely scratched […]

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Sunday in the Sweat Lodge – A Blackfeet Cultural Experience

Global Volunteers Lauren and Jayce describe Blackfeet cultural experiences on their service program. After a productive day of service, a couple of us headed off to the sweat lodge offered by a local family.  It was sure to be a unique and educational cultural experience with our new Blackfeet friends. Everyone gathers in a small […]

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Team Tries Fun Activities for Teaching Conversational English to Polish Students

Jim, a recent Poland Global Volunteer, describes his personal technique for teaching conversational English to Polish students.   This morning was a mixture of excitement and some anxiety.  Exciting because I would meet my class of Polish English students for the first time.  I’m a bit anxious because I didn’t know for sure if the activities I planned […]