Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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International Community Development Profile: Fatness Kikoti 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…

Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in Nepal

Stephen Raja Chinnappan was born and raised in Bangalore, India. He joined Global Volunteers in 2001 after serving as a free-time tour guide for volunteers in Chennai. After being promoted to Country Manager, Stephen led volunteer…

New Puerto Rico Service Program Supports Country’s Future Leaders

As a commonwealth of the United States, Puerto Rico is a popular destination for Americans seeking an "international" vacation close to home. As an island in the Caribbean Sea, Puerto Rico is also an unfortunate target for destructive…

Family Volunteers Say: “Ukrainians Ask Only That We Don’t Look Away”

When the war broke out in Ukraine, Adam and Amy Robinson of Virginia knew they wanted to do something to help Ukrainians. Having served in Ecuador in 2017 with their two sons, Reed (now age 14) and Clayton (age 12), they say they knew that…
One of the mothers in Tanzania who is encouraged by Global Volunteers to breastfeed
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Breastfeeding Workshop a Tenet of RCP Mothers Education

Decades of evidence indicates that there is nothing better for a mother and her baby's well-being than exclusive breastfeeding. But for several reasons, many parents make other choices, especially in struggling communities around the world.…
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Ripples Far and Wide: Family’s Service Program was “Just What they Needed” after COVID

In the fifth of a series of "Ripple Effect" stories, a volunteer referral led physician and mother of two, Laura Lee Swan, to a needed change for her family from their "Covid funk." Following a Google link and social media search, she found…

Peru RCP Program Begins in Target Communities with Child Measurements

In early 2022, Global Volunteers' Peru staff began outreach in the sandy, hilly district of Ventanilla to assess the needs of families and children to lay the foundation for the Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) in Peru. This is an…

Mother and Daughter Bond on Greece “Service Adventure”

University student Emmanuelle Dulac was born with the "volunteer bug." For as long as she can remember, she's been an active volunteer in her home town of Québec, Canada. But she began looking for more; a chance to help others while experiencing…

Texas Volunteer Pens Poignant Reflections on Border Program

Laurie Sunderland volunteered in San Juan, Texas on the U.S.-Mexico border on her first service program with Global Volunteers in April this year after having met Global Volunteers while traveling and volunteering abroad. In her blog post,…
Thalassa of Solidarity- Refugee project & Community partner, Greece

New Refugee Program Engages Global Volunteers in Crete

In early 2016, Global Volunteers Crete teams were called upon by local authorities to help meet the needs of the sudden large influx of Syrian refugees to Greece. Volunteers worked packaging and sorting donated clothing and preparing boxes…

International Community Development Profile: Tobadina Kahemela 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…

“Peace is a Luxury;” Volunteer’s Lessons From Ukrainian Refugees in Poland

First-time Global Volunteer Pam Ballard said she couldn't have correctly anticipated the impact of working one-on-one with Ukrainian refugee families in Poland. And now, she's not certain she can adequately describe the impact the experience…