Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

Several times each week, we post stories about work we do in our host communities – through the voices of our partners, volunteers, and those we serve.  Subscribe using the form below to receive updates in your inbox when they’re published.  If you’re looking for deeper insight into service in a specific country, on a particular type of project, how you can share your unique skills or volunteering as a family or a group, you can find a wealth of information here.  Use the categories next to the posts here or on any page (below right column) to explore more stories that suit your interests.

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Why I Give: Because the Need is Obvious

Peru Alumni Volunteer Kurt Jaeger admits his relationship with kids in Peru is exceptional. On the campus of Global Volunteers' partner, Sagrada Familia, he's revered as an engaging volunteer teacher, a compassionate elder, and more - a talented…

Volunteering is Couple’s First Step Toward Retirement

Lee Park and Eric Tiffany have always wanted to give back through service and, for years, have been interested in the possibility of doing a long-term volunteer program abroad. With that in mind, they chose a two-week service program in Crete…

Resourcefulness is Invaluable Skill for Peruvian Partner

Willy Vera knows how to make things work.  At 67, he’s been creating and building with metal since he was 14. As a local volunteer at Sagrada Familia, Global Volunteers’ community partner in Peru, Willy has become not only the thrifty…
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Nepal Community Partners Celebrate Volunteers’ Return in 2023

In Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, Nepal, Global Volunteers' community partners urgently anticipated the first volunteer teams since the pandemic lockdown of 2020. After a protracted absence owing to international travel restrictions and volunteers'…
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Psychiatrist Promotes Medical and Mental Health on Tanzania RCP Program

Dr. Hannah Nguyen returned from Tanzania driven to inspire colleagues to contribute their skills to rural villagers through Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) Program. Some of the following is excerpted from her story in…

Lifelong Friends Cultivate their Roots in Greek Classrooms

Global Volunteers alumni and octogenarians, Wilma Bennett (above, left) and Popi Anastassatos (above, right), have been best friends since the late 60s. When in 2022 Wilma invited Popi to explore her Greek heritage on a service program, Popi…
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“Escape” to an Island to do good in 2024

Some of the world's most beautiful islands are also the greatest volunteering locations. If you choose service as a way to refocus your mind onto something larger than yourself, you can take a break in one of our partner communities and make…
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Volunteer/Team Leader-Turned-Employee Looks Back on 20 Years of Worldwide Service

Upon completing her 50th service program, Volunteer Coordinator Phyllis Thompson paused to consider what first motivated her in 2003 to join a Global Volunteers team, and what inspires her to enable others to serve. We asked her to share with…
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Mental Health Needs Assessment Points Way for Village Families in Tanzania

Pregnant and post-partum women along with fathers who are vulnerable to mental stress because of family conflict, physical illness or disability, food or economic insecurity, and many other threats are at the center of Global Volunteers' Reaching…

Common Philosophy Draws College Students to Global Volunteers in Greece

An interprofessional group of nursing and occupational therapy (OT) students led by Dr. Samantha Sasson from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, shared their skills and compassion with local youth and adults in Heraklion, Crete. Dr.…
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Retiree Volunteer Rediscovers Ancestral Roots Through Service in Sicily

Seeking purpose through service, and more than a bit curious about her Italian heritage, first-time volunteer Susanne DiBianca joined Global Volutneers in Castelvetrano, Sicily to give back, and get back to her roots. Her service adventure…

Transgender Woman Shares Advice for Service Travel

Nine-time Global Volunteers alumni Linda Roberts says from an early age, the concept of the Peace Corps inspired her. As she neared retirement, she sought out similar programs with a shorter time commitments. Global Volunteer's policy of inclusivity…