best volunteer programs in South America

The Four Best Volunteer Programs in South America

Have you wondered what are the best volunteer programs in South America. In the words of former volunteers, these are the best volunteer programs in South America: PPA – Largest Children’s Home in Lima On the penultimate day in Peru, it was time to reflect on our collective experience serving at PPA: * The warm […]

Peace Lilies

Vietnam: Making Peace Lilies Flourish

Global Volunteers Vietnam Team Leader Jim Swiderski reflects on Peace in Vietnam, Peace Lilies, and how to make both of these flourish.  Goooood Mooorrnig Vietnaaam!!! A garden of “Peace Lilies” next to the lake and park in central Hanoi greets my morning walk. It’s hard to capture the rush of emotions I have today as […]

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Meaningful Travel for the Experience of a Lifetime

To travel in a purposeful, meaningful way is to enrich your life and the lives of others. You dig deeper, stretch farther, give larger. You discover and learn new things about the world and yourself. You leave a positive mark on the communities you visit and the environments you explore. Meaningful travel is being aware of […]

Tax-deductible Volunteer Programs

Put 33% Back into Your Travel Budget

Did you know that when you serve with Global Volunteers – in any one of our 17 host countries worldwide – you quality for certain tax deductions? It’s true. You benefit by joining one of our tax-deductible volunteer programs if you’re a U.S. taxpayer, because your volunteer program fee and related costs, such as air fare and […]

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The Virtues and Dilemmas of the Cuban People

Ken, a volunteer from one of the Cuba teams in January, reflects on the virtues of the Cuban people as well as the challenges they face and their dilemma of whether to stay in Cuba or try to emigrate. After only 4 days here, I am already falling in love with Cuba and the Cuban […]

Cuba Volunteer in Havana
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Cuba Volunteer: “I really did not expect it would be like that.”

Reflections from Karin, Cuba Volunteer, about her service in Havana with Global Volunteers: I absolutely loved my week in Havana. I really did not expect it would be like that, since I knew no one and it was my first time going with Global Volunteers. My Teammates were wonderful. The Abuelitas at the Senior Center were so […]

Poverty in Lima Peru

The Tragedy of Poverty in Lima, Peru

Volunteers serving at Puericultorio  Perez Aranibar (PPA) typically accompany local partners on home visits. These journal excerpts depict such a day through the words of Global Volunteer, Mykaela.  After witnessing the areas of extreme poverty in Lima, Peru and the surrounding areas, she concluded that poverty must be the worst of all evils.  Most of the children living […]