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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…

This is faith in the good of humanity…

Our last day is quickly slipping away. In a few hours we begin to go our separate ways. We were strangers at the beginning and now we are friends. We ventured from the East Coast and the West Coast and states in between but managed to find…

Our Three-week Adventure in Xi’an

In April, we spent three weeks in Xi’an, China, teaching conversational English. David and the rest of the group were at Goa Xin No. 2 School, a new (2006) facility with 1, 200 students in grades 1-9. English instruction begins in grade…

Chinese Teachers Say “Thanks”

Dear friends, Global Volunteers and my fellow teachers: Another team has ended and we must say good bye. First of all, I’d like to say that I’m very lucky to get the chance to represent my fellow teachers to express our heartfelt…

20 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MEXICO

When I agreed to lead a team of volunteers to Queretaro, Mexico, I had already traveled extensively to more “exotic” sites south of the USA border, mostly in Central and South America, and I relied on memories of an earlier trip to…
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