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December 2009: New Volunteer Coordinators & More!!

As Global Volunteers looks to a busy and successful 2010, four new volunteer coordinators and many new international staff have joined the Global Volunteers’ staff.These additions have made December a hectic, yet exciting, month. Team…

Ode to Beja

To the castle, its tower a beacon of help as we loose our way along narrow, winding streets To the café’ next door with its sweet treats, my lattes each morning, and friendly conversation in the afternoon To the mandolin concert in…

Thank You, Global Volunteers

First let me thank you, Global Volunteers, for honoring me on your Changewagers Blog. I am deeply honored to be listed among such an impressive group of people, who have and continue to make the world a better place for those in need. I honor…

Ecuadorian Leaders Request Your Service

FUNDAC (Fundacion de Damas Calderonenses) is an organization legally constituted since 1993, is conformed by 20 voluntary women whose mission is offering social help to the needy classes of Calderón, specially worker women, poor children…

“I am happy”

    Quote of the Day: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by…

“Go with the flow”

    The day started off with a hearty breakfast, as usual. With the arrival of Laura from Lexington, MA, our motley 13-member volunteer team was complete! Edith, our ebullient host, briefed us on the protocols to follow…

“Getting to Know You”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: given by Tim (from Davenport, IA) (From Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson) Chp. 15 introduction: “Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” **Global Volunteers are part…

“We waged our own little act of peace today.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: given by Maureen (from Rhinebeck, NY) Advice from a lake: Be Clear…. Make Positive Ripples…. Look Beneath the Surface… Stay Calm… Shore Up Friendships… Take Time to Reflect… Be Full of Life… (Taken from…

Wednesday, May 27th

I don't even know where to start!! I guess I'll start with the most important part....the children!! Since my last post on Monday, we have gotten even more acquainted with the children. Most of them are not partial to people, but nonetheless…

Build Understanding of My Language and Culture

Travel is so educational, especially when it’s more than a tour as in “if it’s Tuesday it must be Poland”. Yesterday I was slightly lost in Beja. A couple from Winnipeg, Canada asked me directions to the castle. I flapped my arm in…

We Have Planted the Seeds for the Growth

Since I do not interact with many of you during my teaching day I will tell of some of my experiences working in the schools in Vidigueira. There is a Basic and a Professional school. Michelle and I are a team and board the school bus each morning…

Let’s Experience Portugal

Let's experience Portugal!   Beja is in Alentejo in southern Portugal. Alentejo is supposedly sun baked (but we've seen the unusual rain) and large – one third the size of Portugal. The guide book describes it as having vast rolling…