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“There’s No Way to Describe the Joy”

The faded and peeling murals and empty classrooms at Sagrada Familia bear witness to the punishing lockdown during the pandemic. But the children's cheery demeanor and spring blooms on trees and stems belie the stress of 19 continuous months…
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Why I Give: Helping to Keep Programs Vital

Since 2007, Cora Thompson has served with Global Volunteers annually, first in Peru with her husband Verlon, and then individually in Romania and Ecuador. Drawn to service since her youth, Cora says she "strives to give to others physically,…
Beja, Portugal

Portugal Volunteers Visit Sites in Beja on Resumed Service Program

After a stimulating week back in English-language classrooms in Beja, Global Volunteers' Portugal volunteers have a variety of options for weekend and evening free time. For those who love history, architecture, culture, and great food, the…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in October 2021!

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 50 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…

Learning and Growing Through Service with the Blackfeet

Having wanted to join the Peace Corps when she was younger, as a retiree Chriss Hayden was still looking for a meaningful way to volunteer. She found serving on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana was the perfect way to immerse herself in…
International community development

International Community Development Profile: Olesta Chuma 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…

Celebrate 2021 Global Handwashing Day With Us!

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. This week,…

Make Sure You Never Miss An Email From Global Volunteers. Here’s How.

Because email services have taken very strong measures to fight spam, some emails from Global Volunteers might be mistakenly routed to your spam filter, or otherwise sent to subordinate folders (such as “promotions” or “other” in Gmail…

The Inspiring Women of FUNDAC, Caring for Children for Over Three Decades

The story of "the ladies of Calderón" is one of compassion and conviction, and the reason Global Volunteers works with them in partnership for children's health and growth. The dedicated and dynamic women who first invited us to help them,…

Welcoming the September 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 three babies born in September 2021. Their moms…

Reaching Children’s Potential in Tanzania: Welcoming New Moms to the Program in September

Every month, Global Volunteers’ caregivers in the Ukwega Ward of Tanzania meet with families who wish to participate in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program. The goal of RCP is to eliminate childhood stunting…

Meet Your Team Leader: Phil Dittman

Volunteer Team Leader Philip Dittman began volunteering with Global Volunteers in 2017 and has since served as a team member or Volunteer Team Leader on six programs: four times in Montana and twice in West Virginia. Philip volunteers in his…