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Taking Hand Sanitizer “the Extra Mile” to Enhance Health in Tanzanian Villages

A central component of Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) is proper handwashing with soap and water. It's proven that cleaning hands this way reduces diarrhea by half and is than 300 times more effective than a…
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Student’s Service in Greece Launches Teaching Career Back Home

When Cassidy Matz arrived as a volunteer in Crete in 2019, she was an early childhood education student, and anticipated teaching preschool after graduation. But, she admitted her focus was lacking. After teaching teens English for two…
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New Community Partner Invites Global Volunteers to Teach Conversational English to Youth in Ecuador

Since 1996, Global Volunteers has partnered with local organizations leading community development efforts in their communities in Ecuador. Now, we are pleased to accept an invitation from a school in Calderón in northern Quito to help teach…

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

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…

Take a Winter Break and Help us Serve Welcoming Communities

It's time to join a Global Volunteers Service Program! More than 200 international and domestic volunteers returned this summer and fall with heart-rending stories of reunion with children and families, and confidence in our COVID-19 best practices.…

Welcoming the October 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 ten babies born in October 2021. Their moms joined…

Ecuador Volunteers Explore Quito, the Highest Capital City in the World, While Serving in the Andes

After days filled with meaningful work with children who need extra care and attention, in the evenings and on weekends Global Volunteers in Ecuador have the chance to explore the highest capital city in the world - Quito, where Global Volunteers…

Siedlce County & Reymontówka Manor House Honor 30 Years of Partnership With Global Volunteers

Global Volunteers' service program in Siedlce, eastern Poland, celebrated its 30th Anniversary on October 10 with a special gala at the Reymontówka Manor House. The service program in Siedlce, Poland is Global Volunteers' oldest European partnership;…

“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,…