Reflections in Tanzania
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Reflections from Team #1 in Ipalamwa

Reflections in Tanzania from Global Volunteers Team #1 to Ipalamwa by Ruth Curran, Team #1 volunteer, Global Volunteers board member, and Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) advisory committee member I know that journal entries are about creating a diary and chronicling the events of each day – that is important and that will give us all […]

Children helping children in Ecuador

This Act of Kindness from Two Young Boys Will Melt Your Heart

This story, relayed by Global Volunteers’ Ecuador Country Manager, is a beautiful example of children helping children in Ecuador.  Adam and Amy of Virginia were seeking to give their two young sons, Reed (age 9) and Clayton (age 7), the experience of serving others, exploring another part of the world, and learning about how other […]

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Do-Good Island Escapes Are Good for Others and Your Soul

Looking to Do Good? Consider These Do-Good Island Escapes Some of us are drawn to beaches, others to mountain vistas.  But when we want to escape from the daily pressures of life, many of us choose service as a way to refocus our minds onto something larger than ourselves. So, can you combine a sincere […]

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A Letter to Students Thinking about a Volunteer Program

A letter to students who are thinking about joining a Global Volunteers student volunteer program – from Jed Pettit, a Montana volunteer and recent University of Alberta graduate. Jed shares how his service experience has been beneficial to his future career. Why I feel my student volunteer program was beneficial to my future… Many young people […]

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Volunteers’ Role in Community Service

Helping communities to help children thrive is the volunteers’ primary role on Global Volunteers teams. Everyone, regardless of age, has skills and talents to help children and families reach their full potential.  Learn more about your, and other volunteers’ role in community service. Building a Solid Foundation for Children’s Futures Our community development projects worldwide […]

Rewards of volunteering in Mexico

The Rewards of Volunteering in Mexico

In Querétaro, right in the heart of Mexico, Global Volunteers have been teaching and tutoring conversational English at the Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro (UTEQ) or Technological University of Querétaro for almost 20 years. Here, students preparing for careers in middle management, interior design, mechanical engineering, automotive engineering, aviation repair and production, and a variety of […]

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The Value of Teamwork on Volunteer Abroad Programs

Teamwork – Why it’s Essential on Global Volunteers’ Service Programs You’ll quickly discover how serving on a Global Volunteers team can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.  A hallmark of teamwork on volunteer abroad programs is a cohesive group of volunteers who arrive together in the partner community and serve collaboratively.  Relying on […]

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Diwali Festival of Lights

The Indian Festival of Lights Today marks the Indian festival of lights, called Diwali or Deepavali, which is celebrated throughout the country. The Diwali festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. There are many stories associated with this festival. The most common is […]

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Reasons to Volunteer in Poland

Lori Wedeking has been serving in Poland since 2002 – on a total of 34 programs to date. She describes her main reasons for doing so, year after year, teaching youth conversational English. Her top four reasons to volunteer in Poland: #1 – The work of teaching English is both real and needed. Many young adults […]

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“Hey, Lori, can I use your phone to check the weather?”

By Lori Wedeking, Repeat Poland Volunteer. “Hey, Lori, can I use your phone to check the weather?” This request came from a boy who had been my student two years ago at a language camp in Poland. He made this request while the language camp students were enjoying a disco dance evening. I was just […]