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volunteering as a family in Cuba

On a previous post, Mari described how volunteering with adult children can enhance the service experience. Here she talks about the highlights of volunteering as a family in Cuba – Mari, her sons Sy and Kole, and girlfriend Mary.  As only the second group to volunteer in Havana, the structure for our work developed over the […]

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 […]

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. Querétaro, Mexico All of the fifteen volunteers spent each day and/or evening at the Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro teaching conversational English. Most of the English Language instructors gave the volunteers topics for discussions. […]

ENGLISH CLASSES IN SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES

If someone knows about teaching English classes in Spanish speaking countries, that’s Judi. She has taught conversational English in three different Spanish-speaking countries. Here she shares her experience in each of these communities. In the last two years I have been fortunate enough to engage in conversational English classes with Spanish speaking persons in three countries: […]

Global Volunteer Teaching Projects

Four-time Global Volunteer Connie reflects back on her volunteer teaching projects and experiences from Vietnam, Cuba and Portugal – comparing and contrasting them… These words “rigid, fluid, and tech” describe three Global Volunteers tutoring experiences in Vietnam, Cuba, and most recently Portugal. “Rigid” curriculum and teaching structure in Vietnam contrasted to the “fluid” evening conversation sessions […]

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A Boy Scout troop recently went on a great adventure to Cuba. Michael, one of the leaders, tells us how Boy Scouts explore, serve, and learn in Cuba. How do you end up in Cuba? Boy Scouts are known for their commitment to service and their love for adventure. But Boy Scout Troop 845, from […]

Student serving in Cuba

Brandy was part of a University of Central Missouri summer student volunteer group in Cuba. After two weeks of teaching conversational English to Cuban children and people and supporting the community of Sancti Spíritus in other ways, she wanted to share a message with anyone considering serving in Cuba. Brandy hopes you will pick up where she […]

Internet access in Cuba

Internet access in Cuba is relatively new, and it’s limited in several ways. There is only one telecommunications service provider, ETECSA, which is government owned, like most things in Cuba. ETECSA sells Wi-Fi cards which can be used in Wi-Fi hotspot areas in the city. They cost two dollars per hour, which is what an […]

healing ethnic divisions in Cuba

Of the many similarities between the U.S. and Cuba, one of the more serious social problems we share is the historical racial divide between black and white citizens.  The Creole, African, and Spanish descendants who have, over six centuries, built a rich and soulful Cuban culture, don’t share the same economic and educational opportunities on the island equally. […]

Cuban People

Reflections from Linda, a recent Cuba Global Volunteer, on serving alongside the Cuban people: I recently had the privilege of participating in a two-week humanitarian trip to Cuba through the auspices of Global Volunteers. The trip more than met my expectations and was educational, fulfilling and gratifying. I felt that as a group we made […]