caring for children in Peru

Jack Bryan, Global Volunteers Digital Media Coordinator, said he learned a lesson on “mothering” in Peru he couldn’t have learned anywhere else. Read his compelling story here: “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” Abraham Lincoln A growing body of scientific evidence reveals the extent that a mother’s […]

First-time volunteer Kathy Lafond was motivated to expand her volunteering options once she retired. “It’is time for me to give back to those less fortunate,” said the former IT project manager from VA. She chose St. Lucia for the opportunity to tutor 6- year-olds for two weeks. There, she said she learned more than she […]

work on the reservation

Warming hearts and homes. “Mother” Lauren Stanley points to towering pile of cord wood. “This is what hope looks like on the reservation,” she asserted. She’s overseeing a production line of volunteers in Mission, South Dakota who are splitting and stacking the wood for distribution to families in all reaches of the Rosebud Reservation. It’s […]

Havana anniversary

Cuba’s capital city began as a Spanish port (San Cristóbal de la Habana) on the Gulf of Mexico in 1515; founded by the Spanish explorer Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. As it grew to become a busy trading post, a nearby harbor was recognized to have greater access to the Gulf Stream, and the city was […]

May 1st is celebrated in many countries worldwide, with two seemingly contradictory intentions. One dates back to ancient times – officially welcoming spring with flowers, festivities, and Maypoles. The other dates to the 19th century, when May 1st was chosen as the date to celebrate International Workers’ Day – a celebration of worker solidarity and […]

Thomasina and students in Peru

A dedicated volunteer, Thomasina Tafur, is once again getting ready to pack her bags – to serve in both Poland and Italy. She says she “loves to serve,” especially “helping young people maneuver through their life’s path.” She began her Global Volunteers journey in 2017, with a service program in Cuba, and followed it in […]

Mihali is a seven-year-old boy living in Malevizi on the island of Crete. Global Volunteers supports summer camps each year in Malevizi, from June through August, to help improve students’ conversational English. Volunteers first met Mihali in 2014. Some noticed that during classroom activities and play time, Mihali reacted to the smallest of conflicts with […]

Meet Rebecca, a young mother enrolled in Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential demonstration program (RCP) in Ipalamwa, Tanzania. In the fall of 2017, 28-year-old Rebecca was excited to enter the program when she became pregnant with her third child. She hoped that joining RCP would provide access to new resources and knowledge to improve the […]

By Maho Jordan This was my first experience with Global Volunteers. Being of service as part of a team taught me the importance of connecting with other cultures through education, service and friendships, and small acts of kindness. It just differs so much from being the “regular tourist.” I was able to learn about the […]

There cannot be a holiday in Ecuador without there being a specific food that goes along with it. For Holy Week, it is an elaborate, rich, creamy soup packed full of grains. This deliciousness is called fanesca. Fanesca can be found in restaurants several weeks before Holy Week, but families get together to prepare it […]