Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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First team to resume St. Lucia Program gives powerful testimonials

First Team to Resume St. Lucia Program Gives Powerful Testimonials

Just like other island countries, St. Lucia's economy basically rests under one single industry: tourism. Endowed with gorgeous beaches and other natural wonders, approximately 1.5 million tourists visit St. Lucia every year to enjoy a piece…
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Portuguese Students Pay Tribute to Volunteer Teacher Through Their Own Storybook

Six-time Portugal alumnus Donn Rance was eager to return to service in Beja last fall after not having been able to serve in 2020 due to the pandemic. During this service program, he worked with many students who had never had a Global Volunteer…

Welcoming the February RCP Newborns in Tanzania

What’s more fun than BABIES? In this series, we focus on the newest members of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania -- newborns. In this post, we welcome five babies born in February 2022! Their moms…
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Father-Daughter Pair Describe Montana Experience as “Culturally rich, Spiritually fulfilling and Emotionally gratifying”

When Don Nash and his daughter Cassidy first heard the term "volunteer vacation", it seemed like a contradiction to them. Then, they heard about Global Volunteers' service program with the Blackfeet Nation and thought it would be a good opportunity…
Ecuador: the fascinating uniqueness of zero latitude and high elevation

Experiencing the Fascinating Uniqueness of Zero Latitude in Ecuador

The equator -- the invisible line dividing the Earth in half north to south -- has been studied by scientists for centuries. And the infamous line is made even more famous by the proud Ecuadorians who boast about it -- and rightfully so --…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in February 2022!

The Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) of the Ukwega Ward in central Tanzania measures its success by the growth and development of the children in the program. Read about 44 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…

Meet Your Team Leader: Michael Harris

Volunteer Team Leader Michael Harris first served with Global Volunteers in 2016 with his daughter, Alyssa. He immediately sought out additional ways to stay involved with Global Volunteers and attended Team Leader Training that same year.…
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International Community Development Profile: Aneth Lukosi Family

In this series, families in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Tanzania explain how their participation improves their lives. Global Volunteers’ RCP Program engages short-term volunteers to help parents deliver…

Why I Give: Helping Kids Get on the Right Track

Kristie Thompson of Minneapolis says that working in an office with adults all day makes her appreciate the opportunities she has to work with children. "I enjoy the opportunity to support them when they’re little and get them on the right…
How to Volunteer Abroad as a Couple

Couples Volunteering Abroad Gain New, Mutual Insights

Young couples, mature couples, newlyweds, 50+ anniversary couples. Global Volunteers offers an adventure in service together. When you consider how to volunteer abroad on your first...or tenth service program, consider how serving as a…

Community Mental Health Education Advances in Global Volunteers Partner Communities

Worldwide, mental illness touches the lives of nearly everyone - often through family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers or community institutions. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 13 percent of the world’s population…

Global Volunteers’ Pioneering Team Cultivates Friendship and Respect along U.S. Border

Ten volunteers launched into action the fourth week of 2022 in south Texas to rejuvenate and expand Global Volunteer's development partnership in the Rio Grande Valley. Eager to demonstrate genuine compassion and acceptance through their service…