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Fireworks on Christmas: A Crazy Peruvian Custom

Daniel Salazar, former Peru Country Manager, writes about "three crazy things Peruvians do to celebrate Christmas." This is #3: Fireworks on Christmas. #3 Fireworks on Christmas: Everyone loves fireworks - except for dogs. You might have…

Retiree Undaunted to Serve Amidst Pandemic

Minnesotan Penny Louise Flavin said that when she discovered Global Volunteers in 2019, she was looking for a way to volunteer, give back, and learn about other cultures after retiring from her career. That year, Penny Louise served in Peru…
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Simply Greek – Cultures and Traditions of Civilization’s Birthplace

When you think of Greece, what comes to mind? The rise of democracy? The Olympic Games, ancient history and philosophy, Minotaurs and mythology? Perhaps you think of magnificent temples, the clear waters of the Aegean Sea, sandy beaches, mountain…
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Aerial Lift in the Andes of Quito is One of World’s Highest

Quito, Global Volunteers' host community in Ecuador since 1996, boasts one of the highest aerial lifts in the world. Here, Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund describes a trip up the TelefériQo, which is a favorite attraction…

Welcoming the November 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 four babies born in November 2021. Their moms…

Seven-Year “Dream” Comes True in Crete’s House of Angels for Children

Since 2014, Global Volunteers has worked alongside the Union of Women Associations of Heraklion (UWAH) to improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in Crete. Our partnership has mobilized volunteers to help Association members learn…
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International Community Development Profile: Teulina Wihale 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…

“My Thanksgiving Wish: Go, See, Serve,” says Grateful Global Volunteer

Our Thanksgiving gift to you: First-time Global Volunteer Courtney Curran wrote she couldn't let the holiday season pass without acknowledging the transformative power of our Tanzania Service Program experience in her life in July, 2021. She…
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Best Volunteer Programs in Europe

The history, architecture, scenery, cuisine, safety, and climate of Europe make the continent a favorite travel destination. The bonus of getting to truly get to know local people through community projects - experiencing the fullness of their…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in November 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 41 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…

New Texas Partnership Begins With Previous Service Program History

From 1994 through 2000, Global Volunteers worked in partnership with Proyecto Azteca, a non-profit self-help home construction company in the US-Texas border town of San Juan. After federal and state funding declined and undercut the organization's…