Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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Meet Your Team Leader: LaVerne Lewis

Volunteer Team Leader LaVerne Lewis first served with Global Volunteers in 2012 in Tanzania and then went on to serve in China and in Greece. She attended Team Leader Training in 2018 and then led her first team to Cuba in 2019. She attended…

Music and Movement Teacher Fundraises to Support Ukrainian Mothers Through Service

Karen Hogan knows firsthand how important it is to have someone to take care of your child so that a grieving mother can work through a difficult situation. In Jackson, Wyoming, Karen teaches music, movement, and art, and knows the healing…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in May 2022!

The Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) of the Ukwega Ward in central Tanzania measures its success by the growth and development of the children in the program. Read about 50 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…

“Their Light Brightened Darkness Above our Heads,” says Ukrainian Refugee

One month after Olga arrived in Siedlce, Poland, she felt "at home" among the Polish people who took her in after her country was attacked in March. Since then, she's become a translator for Global Volunteers, and looks forward to many new…

Special Needs Teacher Describes Serving at Summer Camp for Blackfeet Children

Special education teacher Lynn O'Brien of Indiana volunteered on her first service program last summer on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana. Her mother had worked with indigenous populations in Montana as a young woman in the 1950s, and…

We Left “My Best, Free, Beautiful Country.”

As Ukrainian refugees headed to our Polish partner community of Siedlce in March, 2022, we quickly mobilized short-term volunteers to help provide humanitarian services. At the exquisite rural manor house, Reymontowka, Global Volunteers team…

Reaching Children’s Potential in Tanzania: Welcoming New Moms to the Program in April

Every month, Global Volunteers’ caregivers in the Ukwega Ward of Tanzania meet with families who wish to participate in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program. The goal of RCP is to eliminate childhood stunting…

Meet Your Team Leader: Ginny Giffin

Volunteer Team Leader Virginia (Ginny) Giffin began volunteering with Global Volunteers in 2008 in Ecuador and then in Poland in 2009. She went through Team Leader Training with Global Volunteers in 2009 and has since led eight teams: one in…

The Ripple Effect of Short-Term Volunteers

Most volunteers are characteristically modest when estimating their personal impact in Global Volunteers' partner communities. But when measuring the cumulative outcomes of service programs over time, we've demonstrated that the transformative…
International community development

International Community Development Profile: Faunista Mhadisa Family

In this series, families in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania explain how their participation improves their lives. Global Volunteers’ RCP Program engages short-term volunteers to help parents deliver…

Her Supporters Pay it Forward with Donations to St. Lucia Service Program

Alumni Karen Isaac had just retired from 30 years of teaching elementary school when she saw "the most amazing photos" of Global Volunteers in St. Lucia posted on Facebook by her friend Gila Cohen-Shaw. An enthusiastic Global Volunteers alumna,…

Volunteer Friends Celebrate Their Long-Awaited Return to Service in Greece

A friendship that includes a shared dedication to service is one that is sure to last. Californians Linn Joanis and Melody Covay have volunteered on four service programs together since 2015, and they have no intention of stopping. They first…