Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India
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Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

This is the story of how volunteers become judges of a kolam competition in India, told by the protagonist themselves: Erich and Katie. Today was a very special day as it started the Pongal celebration.  Today is the first day of the festivities and it’s called Bhogi, which is similar to the new year.  We […]

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Best Programs to Volunteer For by Season

Global Volunteers is recognized for offering some of the best programs to volunteer for worldwide. This is largely because of our focus on sustainable development in all our partner communities. Many volunteering families, couples, students, groups and professionals plan their service by season – summer vacation, winter and spring breaks, and fall “shoulder” season up to a […]

Volunteer Abroad Parent Reviews with Global Volunteers

Volunteer Abroad Parent Reviews

Global Volunteers can assure you that when you volunteer as a family, your lives, in turn, will change in unimaginable ways. But don’t just take our word for it… Read on for reviews and tips from parents who recently volunteered with their families. Hear from the parents… Elizabeth’s Review “We had several multi-generational pairs in […]

volunteering as a family in Cuba
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Volunteering as a Family in Cuba

On a previous post, Mari told us about her overall experience volunteering with adult children. Here she talks about her experience volunteering as a family in Cuba and overcoming the language barrier.  As only the second group to volunteer in Havana, the structure for our work developed over the weeks. We relied on our creativity for senior […]

Couple volunteering opportunities in Beja, Portugal

Couple Volunteering in Portugal

Reflections from Bill, 3-time Global Volunteer, on couple volunteering in Portugal. My wife Karen and I joined a small team of seven Global Volunteers in Beja, Portugal for a 1-week volunteer service experience. This was our first service trip together, but not our first experience with Global Volunteers; I participated alone in a Global Volunteers service trip […]

Pongal Weekend
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Not a “Regular” Weekend. It’s Pongal Weekend!

There’s more heating up on Pongal weekend than just the weather. In India, where this holiday is celebrated, there is a lot going on. If you don’t know about it already, read on to learn about Pongal, one of the coolest celebrations in India. It’s Pongal weekend! Pongal is one of the most important celebrations for […]

Family Volunteer Vacations

Top Ten Family Volunteer Vacations for Summer 2017

Unplug from smart phones and video games and reach out to the world as a family. Many families tell us that spending a week or two serving in a developing community offers a level of bonding that is hard to come by at home amidst everyone’s busy schedules and technology distractions. In addition, this experience will expand […]

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Super Summer Family Volunteering in Peru: The Hill Family

Summer Family Volunteering in Peru – Sydney Hill and her new friends in Alto Progreso. The teens shared an interest in soccer.  The children welcomed hugs and games just as kids everywhere do.  Neighbors worked together to build a stairway for safety and access on the steep cliff. At the conclusion of their two-week project, they […]

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My Experience Volunteering with Adult Children

Mari had volunteered before, but never with her adult children. Here she tells us about her experience volunteering with adult children in Cuba.  My husband and I live in the same town as our two adult sons, who attend a state university. We told them we’d give them an out-of-state experience at in-state prices, so […]

Volunteer in 2017

Pledge to Volunteer in 2017

There are so many reasons to volunteer in 2017. Much has been written and studied about the value of volunteerism in the community and to the individual. Some claim that people who volunteer live longer, happier lives. Or, is it rather that happy, healthy people volunteer more? It may not matter which way is which. […]