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FAST Blackfeet Mobilizes Global Volunteers on 2022 Return to Reservation

Each summer, since 2000 (except for 2020), Global Volunteers has worked in partnerships with the Blackfeet people on community priorities - focusing on labor, elder services and family health and recreation projects. The first volunteer team…

Meet Your Team Leader: Lucy Heegaard

Volunteer Team Leader Lucy Heegaard (left) began volunteering with Global Volunteers in 2015 in St. Lucia. She then served in Poland in 2017 and went through Team Leader Training later that same year. She has also updated her training twice…

Poland Volunteer Returns to Different “Story” Amidst Refugee Surge

Denver public health retiree Joanie Jones said joining the people of Siedlce, Poland to care for Ukrainian mothers and children evacuated from their devastated homeland was both life-affirming and heart-breaking. As a six-time Global Volunteer…

Why I Give: Ukrainians Need Our Help

In many ways, Michael Woodley is a typical teen. He loves playing guitar, listening to music and hanging out with friends. But, he took an unusual step in April when Russia invaded Ukraine. Having just received a gift of $1,000 from his…

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

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…

Welcoming the April & May 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 three babies born in April and May 2022! Their…
Medical and Health Volunteer Abroad Programs

Medical Professionals and Students Sought for Health and Wellness Service Projects

Global Volunteers' community service in the areas of children's and families' physical and mental health centers around education, disease prevention and hands-on care. We work to address the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goal #3,…
working with Ukrainian mothers and children

Poland Volunteer Describes Working with Ukrainian Women and Children

In this first-person volunteer story, alumna Penny Louise Flavin describes her experience working with Ukrainian women and children in Poland in April. Penny Louise first served with Global Volunteers in Peru in 2019. Following the pandemic,…

Rio Grande Valley community partner says, “We’re trying to build a better world.”

Global Volunteers works in developing communities inside the U.S. as well as around the world. Volunteers are drawn to opportunities to help upgrade the daily lives of average people living in under-resourced communities. Texas Community Partner…

Ecuador: Four Worlds, One Country – Explore Them Through Videos

Covering just under 100,000 square miles, Ecuador is about the size of the state of Colorado. Yet, it is home to four major geographical regions: the Andes, the Amazon, the Pacific Coast, and the Galapágos Islands. That is pretty incredible…
International community development

International Community Development Profile: Robina Mbata 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…

Meet Your Team Leader: LaVerne Lewis

Volunteer Team Leader LaVerne Lewis first served with Global Volunteers in 2012 in Tanzania and then went on to serve in China and in Greece. She attended Team Leader Training in 2018 and then led her first team to Cuba in 2019. She attended…