Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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40 Years of Service: Global Volunteers’ Guiding Principle – We Serve Only Where We Are Invited

Global Volunteers relies on ten guiding principles. These principles have proven essential to the success of our partnerships with communities around the world. We share them with all our volunteers as they prepare for their service program…
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Students Volunteering Abroad Gain Résumé-Enhancing Experience

International service, when properly administered, has the potential for mutual benefit to those who serve and those who are served. When this is achieved, a deeper understanding between cultures produces greater and more long-term outcomes.…

Sicily Volunteer Lodgings Boast Historical Roots

We always strive to provide secure, comfortable lodging in all partner communities; a bonus is sometimes, the building where we stay also is culturally and historically significant to the area. Such is the case in Castelvetrano, Sicily, where…

Building a Better Future: The Importance of Volunteering as Teenagers and Young Adults

The teenage and young adult years are often full of challenges as children move toward adulthood and make increasingly important decisions about their futures. During this time, teens are finding their niche in their communities, forming relationships,…
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Beyond Tourist Trails: A Volunteer’s Journey of Cultural Immersion in Sicily

The curiosity of meeting new people and sharing knowledge with young minds, combined with her desire to visit the land that her paternal grandparents were born led Gail Licciardello, a retired Occupational Therapy Professor from Maine to serve…

40 YEARS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE WORLDWIDE! 

It started by four people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . .   In the past 40 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 39,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities in 36 countries on…

Loyola Students’ Embrace of Service Learning Offers Model of Effective Volunteering

High school students from Loyola Blakefield School in Towson, Maryland partnered with Global Volunteers on the Blackfeet Reservation of Montana in 2022 and 2023 to apply their school's values to people's real-life needs. Read on to learn how…

Christmas & New Years’ Traditions In Greece!

Christmas (Xristouyenna- Christouyenna), meaning "the birth of Christ," is one of the most important celebrations within the Greek Orthodox church. Traditions vary depending on which region or Island one is from. Here are a few of the popular…
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Work With Us For Children’s Sake, Says St. Lucia Educator

Flavian Isembert, Anse la Raye Elementary School Principal and Global Volunteers Community Partner, sat down with our November volunteer team to answer questions about the challenges of leading an under-resourced school, and volunteers'…
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Six Reasons to Contribute to Mental Wellness in Tanzania

Volunteering is a powerful and fulfilling way to impact the world, and the Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in Tanzania offers a unique and transformative setting for contributing to meaningful change. Tanzania Mental Wellness…
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Providing Abundant CARE in St. Lucia

As post-pandemic household incomes continue to decline in St. Lucia, the country's youth know they'll shoulder much of the long-term economic and social recovery. At the same time, however, their career options may well be co-opted by the government's…

5 Reasons Why Gen Z Should Volunteer Abroad in College

College is a time when young people are told that they are supposed to find themselves or a deeper purpose in life. For many Gen Z, it can be a harrowing task to discover the "real world, " especially when the real world isn't much more than…