Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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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…

Because I have been given much, I too must give

Last Christmas break, I was given the opportunity to volunteer at the Puericultorio (P.P.A.) orphanage in Lima, Peru with Global Volunteers. During my time at P.P.A., I was thoroughly trounced by the orphans on the soccer field and learned,…

Reaching Out in Uncertain Times

Now more than ever, our host partners are looking to Global Volunteers for the kind of help we have been providing for 25 years. Our volunteers bring the face of kindness and compassion in person, through their hands-on service to organizations…

Kunming-A Place for a Cool Summer and a Warm Heart

(with pictures from the summer programs in 2008) This is going to be Global Volunteers’s 5th summer in the City of Eternal Spring (Chinese nickname for Kunming). Our hosts are getting excited and prepared to welcome three teams of our volunteers…

In Gratitude for the Privilege and Value of Volunteering

Global Volunteer Rick Koniar in Chennai, India In Gratitude for the Privilege and Value of Volunteering As a volunteer to local efforts apart from my role with Global Volunteers, I personally experience the joy and satisfaction of making…

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…