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Why I Give: Putting Service at the Center of My Life

A decade ago, California marketing manager Erin Woody was building her career and working excessive hours each week. She loved her job, but was missing a central element of her life: Community service. Determining that "weekend volunteering"…
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Students’ Futures Lie at the Center of Global Volunteers’ Greece Service Program

Few countries in the world can compete with the beauty, history, and cuisine of Greece. Yet, despite its endowments, Greece has been one of the European countries that have struggled the most in recent years. Global Volunteers Greece Country…

Global Volunteers Named Finalist for 2021 .ORG Impact Awards

The 3rd annual .ORG Impact Awards (OIAs) named Global Volunteers as a finalist and "remarkable mission-driven organization" for building better communities in Tanzania. All awards, including .ORG of the Year, are hosted by the Public Interest…
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International Community Development Profile: Husia Kisese 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…

Waging Peace in a Time of COVID – 2021

It seems unimaginable that today we observe another UN International Day of Peace during the global pandemic. Yet, we know peace has taken on enhanced meaning as we confront the realities of those who have had little peace amidst the destruction…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in September 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 52 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…
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New Mom Inspired by Experience In Tanzania Chooses Swahili Name for Her New Daughter

Global Volunteers Alumna Lilly Cook says her passion for teaching and serving others united in Tanzania in 2019 on a University of Northern Colorado student group. This year she and her husband, Collin, welcomed a baby girl into their family,…
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Multi-time Portugal Alumnus Eager to Return to Service This Fall

Portugal alumnus Donn Rance has returned to Portugal to teach English to youth with Global Volunteers nearly every year since 2013 - the most of any other volunteer. Now as he prepares for his seventh Portugal service program in October 2021,…
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Why I Give: “The Women’s Strength Inspires Me”

Board member and seven-time volunteer Pam Griffin looks to support Global Volunteers’ Reaching Children’s Potential Program (RCP) in any way she can. For the last few years, Pam has organized two Facebook fundraisers annually – one for…

Integrating Physical and Mental Health in Tanzania Village Wellness Programs

On the first service program back to Tanzania following the pandemic lockdown, the Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) launched a mental wellness program aimed to extend care, education and support through workshops, home visits, group…

Meet Your Team Leader: Mindy Lull

Volunteer Team Leader Dr. Mindy Lull (top left above) participated in her first service program in 2014 and has served every summer since. She first traveled with a group of pharmacy students to the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. She later…

Welcoming the August 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 six babies born in August 2021. Their moms joined…