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There Is No Darkness in Cuba

There Is No Darkness in Cuba

A blackout seemed to frustrate a volunteer’s English classes one night. But soon our volunteer, Jennifer, would learn that there is no darkness in Cuba. I am going to remember Monday as a collection of sounds, lights, and … darkness! Breakfast at hotel: The slurps of coffee and leche, the undertones of Deutsche – sprechen […]

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How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans?

Sorting Five Kilos of Beans

How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans? Bob, a first time volunteer in Cuba, had such a rewarding experience that he actually came up with a verse.  Our task was to examine five kilos of black beans for foreign objects, then do the same with five kilos of white rice. I was so moved […]

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The Virtues and Dilemmas of the Cuban People

the Cuban people

Ken, a volunteer from one of the Cuba teams in January, reflects on the virtues of the Cuban people as well as the challenges they face and their dilemma of whether to stay in Cuba or try to emigrate. After only 4 days here, I am already falling in love with Cuba and the Cuban […]

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Cuba Volunteer: “I really did not expect it would be like that.”

Cuba Volunteer in Havana

Reflections from Karin, Cuba Volunteer, about her service in Havana with Global Volunteers: I absolutely loved my week in Havana. I really did not expect it would be like that, since I knew no one and it was my first time going with Global Volunteers. My Teammates were wonderful. The Abuelitas at the Senior Center were so […]

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Volunteering in Cuba: You Will Not Regret It!

volunteering in Cuba is something you will not regret

This is the story of Steve, a first-time volunteer in Cuba. His experience shows that volunteering in Cuba is something you will not regret.  Steve was just walking through life minding his business. One day, he saw on a friend’s computer a beautiful background photo that captured his attention. He asked about it. It wasn’t […]

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Volunteer Joins a Dominoes Game in Cuba

Dominoes Game in Cuba

There are some people who can just walk up to a person and make conversation in the most kind and natural way. I’m definitely not one of those people. But Jerry is. His ability to quickly bond and make friends gave him the chance to be asked by total strangers to take part at an […]

Another Reason to Love Cuba: The Cubans

The Cubans

Eugenie recently volunteered for the first time with Global Volunteers. She went to Cuba, and the thing she loved most about it was the Cubans.  As with every day I have spent volunteering here, my day began with a walk.  Sue, another member of the team, and I walked to the community center where we […]

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Volunteering as a Family in Cuba

volunteering as a family in Cuba

On a previous post, Mari told us about her overall experience volunteering with adult children. Here she talks about her experience volunteering as a family in Cuba and overcoming the language barrier.  As only the second group to volunteer in Havana, the structure for our work developed over the weeks. We relied on our creativity for senior […]

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My Experience Volunteering with Adult Children

volunteering with adult children

Mari had volunteered before, but never with her adult children. Here she tells us about her experience volunteering with adult children in Cuba.  My husband and I live in the same town as our two adult sons, who attend a state university. We told them we’d give them an out-of-state experience at in-state prices, so […]

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Teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba

Teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba

Judi has taught conversational English in three different Spanish-speaking countries. Here she shares her experience teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba. Queretaro, Mexico All of the fifteen volunteers spent each day and/or evening at the Universidad Tecnológica de Queretaro teaching conversational English. Most of the English Language instructors gave the volunteers topics for discussions. […]