Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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Annual Staff Training Begins in St. Paul

"Welcome to snowy Minnesota!" Global Volunteers CEO Bud Philbrook welcomed back 11 of our country managers to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they joined USA staff at our annual staff training, beginning today.After a morning review of our 27-year…

We Need You Now! Continue to Vote for Global Volunteers!!!

Good morning Global Volunteers! We've hit the final stretch and we must keep voting in the Star Tribune Full Page Project! Please do everything you can today to keep voting each hour and engaging those around you. Thank you, again, for your…

Global Volunteers celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Foreign Trade University in Hanoi on Nov. 17, 2010 during the capital city’s millennial year

Global Volunteers' team in Hanoi celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Foreign Trade University. FTU is a public university; considered to be one of the top institutions of higher learning in Vietnam. Volunteers teach conversational English…

Vote for Global Volunteers in the Star Tribune Full Page Project!

From November 15 - November 21 the Star Tribune newspaper is holding a contest entitled 'Full Page Project' amongst MN non-profits and the winner will receive a free full page ad in the Sunday paper! Please vote for us this week ~ you can vote…

Xin Chao from Hanoi!

Thank you to all the volunteers who have participated in our Global Volunteers Vietnam Program. From September 2009 through September 2010, a total of 47 volunteers served on five teams. For each one, this was a most memorable service experience. Hanoi…

Twentieth Anniversary of Global Volunteers in Poland!

Dear Volunteers, Our partnership started together with the democratic changes in Poland. After many years of studying Russian we needed to have a well qualified English speaking Polish cadre that could lead us into the…

Team Journal ~ First Day of Teaching in Poland!

Journal Entry for October 5, 2010 I went in to today, Tuesday, a bit apprehensive and sleep deprived – it would seem that for me, it does not matter which side of the desk I am on when it comes to ‘first day jitters!’ But, …

Thank You Speech by a Chinese teacher in Kunming

Today is a special day for me. Standing here, I have so many thanks to say to all of you. I have taught for 15 years, teaching becomes boring and tiring for me although my students sometimes give me a surprise, happiness and the sense…

Volunteer in Greece – August 12

Thursday, August 12 Created by: Mary Rizzolo Quote for the day: I dwell in possibility (Marcy Berlin) After a fun and food filled last night it was difficult to get out of bed this morning. Fortunately there were many incentives –…

little by little, a difference is being made

Thought for the day: If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much. - Hesiod It’s the second week with our students from Pu’er City, and little by little they are sharing stories using the…

Into each life a little rain must fall

Thought for the Day: Into each life a little rain must fall. And each summer day in Kunming, it usually will – likely a warm and gentle rain, creating a good market for the ubiquitous umbrellas for the pedestrians and ponchos for the…

Tuesday June 22, 2010

Thought for the Day: The wise person controls his ear and eye by means of his mind; the petty person controls his mind by means of his ear and eye. (From the Shuo Yuan, a compilation of sundries from the 1st century BCE.) When I read this…