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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…

Update from Cuba: “We’re Waiting for You”

Cuba Program Host Pastor Eduardo González is eager to welcome many new and returning Global Volunteers to Ciego de Ávila, our original partner community in Cuba. "Your fingerprints have marked our hearts and communities, and we welcome you…

Welcoming the January 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 January 2022! Their moms…

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

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…

Global Volunteers CEO Recommends Vietnam Service Program for All

Global Volunteers CEO and Co-founder Bud Philbrook claims that in all his travels across the world, Vietnam remains one of his favorite places to volunteer. Why? Read on for Bud's eight reasons to volunteer in Hanoi! 1. Americans are welcomed…

Montana Volunteer Describes a Week of Discovery Working with the Blackfeet

In this moving story of her experience in service with the Blackfeet in Montana, Jessica Kohn of Philadelphia describes a "life-changing experience" learning about the talents and roles of the Blackfeet people and the welfare of their community. by…

Explore Quito Through These Fabulous Photos: You’ll Fall in Love

With its gorgeous mountainous landscapes, the city of Quito offers tons of beautiful places to explore. Its juxtaposition of colonial architecture and outdoor markets with modern buildings, classy dining, and exciting nightlife have something…

Happy Healthy Birthdays for These RCP Children in January 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 53 girls and boys who reached their first, second, third,…
International community development

International Community Development Profile: Estida Mlengela 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…