Current News, Field Reports and Volunteer Voices

Several times each week, we post stories about work we do in our host communities – through the voices of our partners, volunteers, and those we serve.  Subscribe using the form below to receive updates in your inbox when they’re published.  If you’re looking for deeper insight into service in a specific country, on a particular type of project, how you can share your unique skills or volunteering as a family or a group, you can find a wealth of information here.  Use the categories next to the posts here or on any page (below right column) to explore more stories that suit your interests.

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“Reluctant Teacher” Says Cuban Teens Inspired Her Confidence

When first-time Global Volunteer and Ameriprise Financial Director, Cindy Hanson, prepared for her Cuba Service Program in 2022, she "overlooked" the expectation she'd be teaching basic English skills for part of every day. Once onsite, she…
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Care for Women and Heal the World

Women of the world are an overlooked, dismissed resource for unimaginable change. Over generations, societies which tolerate or promote gender bias and deny girls and women full participation in development squander and repress the contributions…
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Girls’ Contribution to the World – Nurturers, Laborers, Leaders, Our Future

Girls study, perform domestic chores, work on farms and in stores, carry on traditions, care for elders and siblings, and prepare themselves to take on the responsibilities of adulthood. They’re a fundamental source of transformational change…
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Most Significant Summer Break Ever

Spend a week (or more) this summer with Global Volunteers - choose your country. Our international service programs offer the opportunity to do something new, intriguing, and fun that will enable you to have a lasting effect on the lives of…

Former Fendi Executive Leads Volunteers in the Rio Grande Valley 

In this interview Tenley Zinkey, a Former Fendi Executive, explains what motivated her to become a Volunteer Team Leader, and shares her experience and lessons from leading her first team in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. By Mindy Lull When…
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Go Where the Need is Great: Volunteer Teaching in Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, a relatively small, landlocked nation with over 27 million people between India and China. In this part of the world, the need is great, but the resiliency of the local people is very strong. If you are…
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Meet the Director of Domestic Programs and RCP Research, Dr. Mindy Lull

This January, Dr. Mindy Lull joined Global Volunteers as the Director of Domestic Programs and RCP Research. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our team that will enhance our ability to achieve our goal to help children reach…
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Oceans of Experience Benefit Youth Stars in the Cook Islands

Global Volunteers’ 177th volunteer team in the Cook Islands was the first to return after COVID. The team included a teacher, military veteran, former World Bank employee, birdwatcher, three-time Cook Islands volunteer, and a college librarian…
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Armanino LLP Employee Groups are First Post-Covid Volunteers in Vietnam

Twenty-five employees and guests from Armanino LLP, a top 25 US accounting and consulting firm, joined Global Volunteers co-founder Michele Gran serving in Hanoi, Vietnam as the first team back since the beginning of the pandemic. Having been…
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2022 Allen Foundation, Inc. Grant Results

The Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Nutrition Education and Technology Project has helped improve the nutrition practices of 100 families living in poverty in the Ukwega ward, Tanzania. Over 860 families are currently enrolled in Global…
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Village Families Promote New Dimensions of Mental Wellness in Tanzania

Since 2018, Global Volunteers staff and volunteers have assisted local people in the five villages of the Ukwega Ward of Tanzania in visualizing a model of optimal, community-wide mental wellness to integrate into the primary care system. Beginning…
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Top Six Island Volunteer Vacations

Crystal blue bays and soft sandy beaches. Breathtaking views with a carefree "beat." Island volunteer vacations provide an opportunity to escape the cold weather while helping to change the arc of a child's life. Global Volunteers' service…