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Gleeful children

Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund writes about a very happy morning at the early childhood development center in Quito where Global Volunteers has partnered for almost two decades – when the gleeful children played at a water table the center was gifted.  Over the years, I have been lucky to witness many joyous […]

Mothers around the world

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to recognize how our volunteers celebrate and support mothers around the world. From Tanzania to Ecuador, Montana to Greece, volunteers support mothers in developing communities in so many ways: encouragement, time, nutrition, self-sufficiency, recognition, heart, helping hands, peace, mentoring, and camaraderie. Top 10 Ways […]

Melissa, an attorney and mother of four boys aged nine to twelve, from Austin, Texas, was seeking a volunteer opportunity for two of her sons to give them hands-on experience with children and increase their global awareness. She decided on Global Volunteers’ Ecuador service program, where her boys could help take care of very young […]

Hands on help

Volunteering gives you the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, find purpose, and use your civic responsibility for the greater good. On a Global Volunteers service program, you can provide hands on help to communities in need around the world. Without the help of volunteers, our partner communities would struggle to […]

Holy Week in Ecuador

Holy Week in Ecuador Holy Week in Ecuador is one of the most colorful times of the year. The processions on Good Friday are one of the greatest demonstrations of Catholic faith. The Good Friday procession in Quito is named Jesús del Gran Poder (Jesus of Great Power) and is said to be one of the largest […]

Travel in Ecuador

Meet Your Guide to Volunteering While You Travel in Ecuador Having joined the Global Volunteers team in 2011, Maggie Bjorklund is our Ecuador and Costa Rica Country Manager. She manages all aspects of those two programs and leads all teams in those countries. Maggie lives in Quito, Ecuador and travels to Costa Rica each time […]

Volunteering with children in Ecuador

Powerful reflections written by volunteers while serving at a daycare and after visiting a family in their home in Calderón, Ecuador. They write about the relationships they formed while volunteering with children in Ecuador.  Volunteering with Children in Ecuador I find that I am truly able to lose myself in the needs of the children […]

Children helping children in Ecuador

This story, relayed by Global Volunteers’ Ecuador Country Manager, is a beautiful example of children helping children in Ecuador.  Adam and Amy of Virginia were seeking to give their two young sons, Reed (age 9) and Clayton (age 7), the experience of serving others, exploring another part of the world, and learning about how other […]

Short-term service trip to Ecuador

While short-term volunteering has gotten a bad rap because of ill-conceived and DIY efforts, we know that a steady stream of short-term volunteers, simply put, can change lives and the world. Katie, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on her short-term service trip to Quito. I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in […]

Girl Scouts Volunteer Abroad - In Ecuador

Beyoncé sings about it; we know it’s true: Girls run the world when they work together with purpose and kindness. Redmond, WA Girl Scout troop demonstrated their influence can extend all the way to Quito, Ecuador! And, they earned mature new perspectives in return. Dedicating their spring break to service, the Scouts focused their energy caring for at-risk children […]