Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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International community development

International Community Development Profile: Teulina Wihale 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…

“My Thanksgiving Wish: Go, See, Serve,” says Grateful Global Volunteer

Our Thanksgiving gift to you: First-time Global Volunteer Courtney Curran wrote she couldn't let the holiday season pass without acknowledging the transformative power of our Tanzania Service Program experience in her life in July, 2021. She…
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Best Volunteer Programs in Europe

The history, architecture, scenery, cuisine, safety, and climate of Europe make the continent a favorite travel destination. The bonus of getting to truly get to know local people through community projects - experiencing the fullness of their…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in November 2021!

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 41 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…

New Texas Partnership Begins With Previous Service Program History

Early in the 2000s, Global Volunteers worked in partnership with Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit self-help home construction company in the US-Texas border town of San Juan. After federal and state funding declined and undercut the organization's…
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Medtronic Women’s Volunteer Group Among First to Return to Service

Nine determined Medtronic employees joined together for a week in service and bonding in Poland in September. Working at a preschool, four elementary schools, and one high school in Siedlce in rural Poland, the nine Medtronic volunteers shared…

Taking Hand Sanitizer “the Extra Mile” to Enhance Health in Tanzanian Villages

A central component of Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) is proper handwashing with soap and water. It's proven that cleaning hands this way reduces diarrhea by half and is than 300 times more effective than a…
Cassidy with her students in Greece.

“A High I Can’t Even Describe;” Service Experience Launches Teaching Career

When Cassidy Matz was an early childhood education student, she anticipated teaching pre-schoolers once she graduated. A Global Volunteers service program in Greece was the impetus she needed to expand her career perspective. Looking back…
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New Community Partner Invites Global Volunteers to Teach Conversational English to Youth in Ecuador

Since 1996, Global Volunteers has partnered with local organizations leading community development efforts in their communities in Ecuador. Now, we are pleased to accept an invitation from a school in Calderón in northern Quito to help teach…

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

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…

Take a Winter Break and Help us Serve Welcoming Communities

It's time to join a Global Volunteers Service Program! More than 200 international and domestic volunteers returned this summer and fall with heart-rending stories of reunion with children and families, and confidence in our COVID-19 best practices.…

Welcoming the October RCP Newborns in Tanzania

What’s more fun than BABIES? In this series, we focus on the newest members of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania -- newborns. In this post, we welcome ten babies born in October 2021. Their moms joined…