Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

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Top Seven Places to Visit in Peru

Peru, a land of staggering beauty and rich history, has captured the hearts of travelers for centuries. Nestled in South America, this enchanting country is a treasure trove of diverse landscapes, from the lush Amazon rainforest to the towering…
Beth, Fred, and team leader Giovanni share a meal together.
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Bridging Borders: A Journey of Education and Connection in Sicily

Dive into the inspiring chronicle of Beth Capek's remarkable journey—a story that blends education, exploration, and the joy of making global connections. In Sicily, she shared her passion for teaching English and discovered a world of camaraderie,…
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Best Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs for 2024

Students and their families have traveled the world with Global Volunteers making a difference since the mid-1980s. Service Programs to expand your boundaries, change your perspective and make a significant contribution are numerous in 2024.…

Program Milestone: Celebrating 200 Teams in Montana

On a warm July day, two vehicles emptied into the Blackfeet United Methodist Church parking lot in Browning, Montana. Luggage was unloaded and carried into the bunkrooms in the basement. The excitement and anticipation for the week ahead was…
Volunteer impact in Cuba.

G77 Summit Draws World Attention to Realities, Hopes of “Average Cubans”

By hosting the G77 Summit this month, Cuba renewed discussions about its contribution to technological innovations on the world stage at a time when diplomacy and international cooperation hold the keys to solving pressing global challenges,.…

Blackfeet Reservation Montana Program Updates from Summer 2023 

Summer in Montana is bliss. The temperatures are warm, but not too warm. The air lacks humidity, so the warmth feels pleasant and not oppressive. The Big Sky State lives up to its nickname, with many days of beautiful blue skies. These elements,…

Global Messages Offered for International Day of Peace 2023

The United Nations designates September 21 every year as the "International Day of Peace" to focus the world's attention on unity and reconciliation by observing 24 hours of non-violence and cease-fire. United Nations Secretary-General António…

Why I Give: Because the Need is Obvious

Peru Alumni Volunteer Kurt Jaeger admits his relationship with kids in Peru is exceptional. On the campus of Global Volunteers' partner, Sagrada Familia, he's revered as an engaging volunteer teacher, a compassionate elder, and more - a talented…

Volunteering is Couple’s First Step Toward Retirement

Lee Park and Eric Tiffany have always wanted to give back through service and, for years, have been interested in the possibility of doing a long-term volunteer program abroad. With that in mind, they chose a two-week service program in Crete…

Resourcefulness is Invaluable Skill for Peruvian Partner

Willy Vera knows how to make things work.  At 67, he’s been creating and building with metal since he was 14. As a local volunteer at Sagrada Familia, Global Volunteers’ community partner in Peru, Willy has become not only the thrifty…
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Nepal Community Partners Celebrate Volunteers’ Return in 2023

In Kathmandu and Bhaktapur, Nepal, Global Volunteers' community partners urgently anticipated the first volunteer teams since the pandemic lockdown of 2020. After a protracted absence owing to international travel restrictions and volunteers'…
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Psychiatrist Promotes Medical and Mental Health on Tanzania RCP Program

Dr. Hannah Nguyen returned from Tanzania driven to inspire colleagues to contribute their skills to rural villagers through Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential (RCP) Program. Some of the following is excerpted from her story in…