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The economic crisis as a consequence of the pandemic poses a great threat to girls' safety and education.

Nepalese Children and Community Partners Await Volunteers’ Return

Global Volunteers’ Nepal service program launched in 2018 and suspended due to the pandemic, has resumed. Unfortunately, the needs of our community partners in Kathmandu have grown. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide meaningful volunteer…
Hot Chocolate During Christmas

Favorite Peruvian Christmas Tradition: Hot Chocolate

 Daniel Salazar, former Peru Country Manager, writes about three unusual things Peruvians do during Christmas. This is #1: Hot Chocolate & During Christmas. #1. Hot Chocolate During Christmas Another Christmas tradition in…
Panettone on Christmas

Peruvians Exalt Seasonal Panettone During the Holidays

Daniel Salazar, former Peru Country Manager, offers the top three traditions in Peru on Christmas. This is #2: Panettone on Christmas. #2. Peruvians love their Panettone on Christmas: For some reason, Peruvians love to eat certain foods…
Fireworks on Christmas

Fireworks on Christmas: A Crazy Peruvian Custom

Daniel Salazar, former Peru Country Manager, writes about "three unusual things Peruvians do to celebrate Christmas." This is #3: Fireworks on Christmas. #3 Fireworks on Christmas: Everyone loves fireworks - except for dogs. You might…
The Impact of swimming lessons in St.Lucia


Because they live on a small island with many communities situated on the water, you might imagine that St Lucia children would be strong swimmers. Sadly, this is not the case; the number of childhood drownings has risen considerably over recent…
Volunteers, Students, and Teachers all reap the benefits of in Greece

Building Local Capacity in Greece

In every case, volunteers are catalysts for lasting change on genuine development projects. Because our inspired community partners have the vision and local support to direct volunteer projects, individuals, families, and groups are the “helping…

Help Improve Health and Hygiene for Peruvian Children

In the dusty hills of the district of Ventanilla, north of Lima, Peru, the community of Sagrada Familia houses and educates some 250 children living away from their families. During the school year, Sagrada Familia also is a school for more…

Why I Give: Helping Developing Communities Become Self-Sustaining

Hairston Foundation CEO Roosevelt Hairston and his daughter, Sophia, say Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential Program (RCP) in Tanzania reflects their commitment to advance self-determination for rural Tanzanian communities. As…

Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in Peru & Cuba

Diego Acosta was born in Arequipa, in the south of Peru. At age three, his family moved to Lima, where he was raised and attended school. After serving as our English translator for four years, he became Global Volunteers' team leader in…
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Cultivating Cross-Cultural Conversations in a Cuban Garden

Iowa Development Director and Global Volunteers Alumna Ann Sweeney has found a familiar second "home" in Ciego de Ávila, our partner community in Cuba, which will again host volunteers after a nearly three-year pandemic suspension. On her…

Students Discover Power in Partnership

Global Volunteers' Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Program benefits from a range of carefully nurtured partnerships in the USA and Tanzania. Two such partners are the University of Central Missouri (UCM), which facilitates scholarships…

Your Guide to Volunteer Travel in the Cook Islands

James Puati and his wife, Debi, both New Zealand-born-and-raised Cook Islanders, moved to their ancestral home of Rarotonga in 2003 with their two children, Samantha and Jordan, to immerse their family in their Cook Islands heritage. Now with…