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The Good Life in Queretaro – La Buena Vida

1. Plazas....large, small, pockets... families, dancing, fountains, music, balloons, and people watching 2 Shopping...treasures found behind doors in beautiful courtyards, kiosks on Liberdad, shops on Cinco de Mayo - and don't…

How Do I Love Queretaro, Let Me Count the Ways

I have been asked why I like to lead Global Volunteer teams to Queretaro. It is a very easy question for me to answer. I would like to borrow from Elizabeth Barrett Browning in her "Sonnets from the Portuguese" where she writes "How do I love…

Take the Opportunity to Come to Queretaro!

It is a pleasure to a on the team in Queretaro, especially in February and March. Central Colonial Mexico is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but is especially nice during late winter, when you can enjoy the beautiful flowers. The…

Poland Sponsors Invest in Learning

Through the generosity of Global Volunteers' Poland classroom sponsors, the students of a small village elementary school are enjoying field trips, new teaching materials, school supplies and books to learn English this school year. We're…
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Pam on Why She Leads Global Volunteers’ Teams

I am so lucky to be a volunteer team leader for Global Volunteers. The most extraordinary people decide to participate in our programs. It is a privilege for me to work with them. My friends ask why I continue to lead teams...the answer is…

Why I Volunteer…..

A few years back I was going through a rough period in my life. I had just finalized a divorce, albeit an amicable one, it is still somethingthat impacts a person emotionally and physically. I was at a crossroadsin my life as I had moved…

The Joy of Volunteering in Peru

Thank you so much for all the work that you do! What an exciting adventure my husband, Tim, and I had as members of the 92nd Global Volunteers team to Lima, Peru! We worked at the orphanage - PPA (Puericultorio Perez Aranibar)! It is…
Celebrating 2500 volunteers in Poland

Celebrating 2500 volunteers in Poland

We are proud to have taught conversational English in Siedlce, Poland since 1990. We are now celebrating 2500 volunteers in Poland!  Global Volunteers has worked in Poland since 1990. Next year we will celebrate our 20th anniversary in…

People ask why I spend my annual vacation time volunteering abroad

“Challenge is not a curse or a punishment, but an opportunity to shine. If life were easy all the time, we would not deepen in love, compassion, and wisdom, or learn how to sink a pipeline into the well of true strength within us. Often…
Volunteering at La Molina
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Reflections on Volunteering in Peru

If you are thinking about volunteering in Peru and teaching conversational English, here are two testimonies about volunteering at La Molina University. By Rick Coger: I volunteered to come to Peru in order to participate in the facilitating…

Greek Orthodox Epiphany Celebration

The Greek Festival of Epiphany, or 'The Blessing of the Waters', is held every year on January 6 throughout all of Greece. At midnight, the "twelve days" of Christmas officially come to an end. This day takes on a special meaning when…

The Three Bottles of Water in my Life

by Christina, a Chinese English teacher in Kunming   These days are cold in Kunming, so I always need some more hot water to warm my body. When I was pouring water, suddenly I thought that I was this red empty bottle. I’m…