Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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Report from Vaka 102

Rarotonga continues to be a beautiful and meaningful service location for Global Volunteers! Team (Vaka) 102 made a significant impact on the island in addressing Millennium Development Goal #3: Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere,…

100th Team Celebration in the Cook Islands!

Kia Orana! With over 100 teams of volunteers supporting the Cook Islands over the last ten years, we can truly say we've had something to celebrate. Over 100 people joined together at Takitumu School last Friday evening to celebrate this wonderful…

A conversation in Calderón

BY MARIA DE LOURDES (“MARUJITA”), President of FUNDAC, Calderon, Ecuador Welcome to all the wonderful volunteers in our town! Our organization has been in existence for 20 years, 13 of those as a government-recognized non-profit foundation.…

Bricks in the foundations of a Growing Child

Thought of the Day: "One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade." --Chinese Proverb The quote is perfect. It so conveys a begger picture of the collective purpose of Global Volunteers. When I first explored the possibility…

Team Highlights

Highlights of the first week: Our team members have traveled all over the world which makes for wonderful conversations. Several team members have served Global Volunteers two or more times. We range from age 16-76. We live all…

Team 161, Kunming June 21-22

by Martin Thoughts for the day: (1) Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (2) It’s not about how to achieve your dreams. It’s about how to lead your life Photo for…
Peru high school volunteer abroad program

Volunteer Struggles to Say Good-Bye to Orphaned Toddler

    By Amy G., Peru Volunteer   Our last day is quickly slipping away. In a few hours, we begin to go our separate ways. We were strangers at the beginning and now we are friends. We ventured from the East Coast…

20 YEARS OF SERVICE IN MEXICO

When I agreed to lead a team of volunteers to Queretaro, Mexico, I had already traveled extensively to more “exotic” sites south of the USA border, mostly in Central and South America, and I relied on memories of an earlier trip to…
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The Value of Volunteerism

A simple accident of birth has given me a life which has included all the opportunities available to male Caucasions in the U.S. to improve our station in life, to enjoy good health, obtain good education and acquire a satisfactory standard…

Glorious Past – The Dynamic Present

QUERETARO, MEXICO: The glorious past – the dynamic present! By Francoise Yohalem Volunteer Team Leader When I agreed to lead a team of volunteers to Queretaro, Mexico, I had already traveled extensively to more “exotic” sites south…

Recipes from Ronni & Sheeba

Okra Poriyal (serves 6) 1 tablespoon cooking oil ½ teaspoon mustard seed ¼ cup chopped red onion 1-2 tablespoons fresh whole curry leaves 4 cups sliced okra 2 teaspoons kosher salt 2 tablespoons masala ½ teaspoon turmeric Heat…