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Chennai Sangamam

Chennai Sangamam The only Festival of India that belongs to people of all religions, as well as to the non-believers. The harvest fest of Tamil antiquity - The Pongal re-discovering itself as urban thanksgiving. It's Chennai Sangamam. More…

2008 in Review

A year ago, I lead my first team of Global Volunteers. During this year, I have had the privilege of working with 7 teams of truly committed and generous volunteers. I have come to realize to what extent the quality of the volunteers is what…

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Submitted by Susan Jensen “A Person needs a little madness, or else they never dare to cut the rope and be free.” - Nikos Kazardzakis After an exhilarating (and a bit exhausting) first day, the team rallied after breakfast to plan…

Thank you for my India Trips of a Lifetime

Thank you all at Global Volunteers so very much. I had a wonderful time serving in Chennai again this year. I have Stephen and Sheeba and the Hosts to thank for my experience. Stephen is a most remarkable, patient, generous, kind and wise…

Volunteer Team Four: Report From Portugal

Monday, Sept. 29 Bom Dia! We had our first breakfast at the hotel before we set out for our various assignments. Scott and I had a walk of ten minutes or so to our school. In our first class, three girls were selected to show us around…

Week Three in the Cook Islands

Millennium Development Goals Achieved by this Team: 1, 980 students and 30 teachers taught English language skills, 390 hours of English language instruction The KiiKii Hotel, with the continual sound of the surf, is a peaceful, restful…

Report from Vaka 102

Rarotonga continues to be a beautiful and meaningful service location for Global Volunteers! Team (Vaka) 102 made a significant impact on the island in addressing Millennium Development Goal #3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere,…

100th Team Celebration in the Cook Islands!

Kia Orana! With over 100 teams of volunteers supporting the Cook Islands over the last ten years, we can truly say we've had something to celebrate. Over 100 people joined together at Takitumu School last Friday evening to celebrate this wonderful…

A conversation in Calderón

BY MARIA DE LOURDES (“MARUJITA”), President of FUNDAC, Calderon, Ecuador Welcome to all the wonderful volunteers in our town! Our organization has been in existence for 20 years, 13 of those as a government-recognized non-profit foundation.…

Bricks in the foundations of a Growing Child

Thought of the Day: "One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade." --Chinese Proverb The quote is perfect. It so conveys a begger picture of the collective purpose of Global Volunteers. When I first explored the possibility…

Team Highlights

Highlights of the first week: Our team members have traveled all over the world which makes for wonderful conversations. Several team members have served Global Volunteers two or more times. We range from age 16-76. We live all…

Team 161, Kunming June 21-22

by Martin Thoughts for the day: (1) Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (2) It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life Photo for…