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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 […]

Island Volunteer Vacations

With crystal-blue bays, soft sand beaches, breathtaking views, and a care-free island “beat, ” it’s easy to see why people choose to volunteer on our island volunteer vacations. Although these are some of the most beautiful places on Earth, the poverty on these islands is often hidden from the average tourist. As a volunteer, you provide […]

Cultural Exchange in Cuba

Tom, a Boy Scout Leader who served with his troop in Ciego de Avila, writes about their people-to-people cultural exchange in Cuba: No alarm clock rang as the sun streamed through the curtains. Did we oversleep? After waking early for the past 5 days we all slept in late today. Breakfast was at a slower Cuban pace as […]

team of volunteers in Cuba

Barbara Morris, a Volunteer Team Leader, provides a glimpse into her work supporting and enabling her team of volunteers in Cuba. Bright and early, our gardeners, clad in hats, sunscreen, and gloves headed out with their host to work in the garden. Kind of like sending kids off to their first day of school!  Next the “maintenance” crew, […]

Experience Cuba as a Volunteer

Five Airlines – Seven U.S. Cities While tourism for U.S. citizens in Cuba is not yet permitted,  you can volunteer in Havana and experience the very best of this beautiful island nation! Recently, a few commercial flights have removed the hassles and added costs of charter flights and overnights in Miami. Flying direct to Havana from U.S. cities makes volunteering in Cuba […]