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Husband Tells of His First Experience Volunteering Abroad in India

On a previous post, Jake told the story of how his wife convinced him to join her on a service program. Now, Jake shares about his first time volunteering in India.  Why India? In my circles of academic/student recruitment, many of my comrades who worked the scene in China almost always were doing some work in India.  […]

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Woman Invites Husband on a Volunteer Trip. Man Falls in Love.

Wife Gets Husband to Come on a Volunteer Trip

With volunteering couples, it’s more likely that a wife invites her husband on a volunteer trip than the other way around. Some 70% of Global Volunteers team members are women. One recent example is Holly and Jake. Holly had volunteered five times with Global Volunteers, but Jake had never experienced a volunteer abroad program. In January, they served […]

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Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

India Volunteers Erich and Katie recently were recruited by local families to judge a kolam competition outside Global Volunteers’ guest house in Chennai, India.  This is their report: Today was a very special day as it started the Pongal celebration.  Today is the first day of the festivities and it’s called Bhogi, which is similar […]

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Not a “Regular” Weekend. It’s Pongal Weekend!

Pongal Weekend

There’s more heating up on Pongal weekend than just the weather. In India, where this holiday is celebrated, there is a lot going on. If you don’t know about it already, read on to learn about Pongal, one of the coolest celebrations in India. It’s Pongal weekend! Pongal is one of the most important celebrations for […]

Yoga, Happiness, and Prosperity

YOGA, HAPPINESS, AND PROSPERITY

As part of our series on Myths and Legends, India Country Manager Stephen Raja continues talking about Kolam, and explains its relationship to yoga, happiness, and prosperity. On a previous post Stephen explained the legend behind Kolam (beautiful drawings found in the streets of India.) Now Stephen explains why women really choose to make this drawings […]

Kolam: Beautiful Drawings in India

Beautiful Drawings in India

Continuing with our series on Myths and Legends,  India Country Manager Stephen Raja talks about Kolam, a  tradition of making beautiful drawings in India.  What does yoga have to do with drawing? And what does drawing have to with prosperity? According to the Hinduism, a lot. India Country Manager Stephen Raja explains this: If you walk through […]

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Volunteer Develops New English Teaching Method in India

Resourcefulness goes a long way on a Global Volunteers Program!  For instance, this volunteer approached English teaching in India with personal creativity that resulted in an innovation available to successive volunteers.  Devra explains what motivated her to inaugurate the Grammar Champion Program on a Global Volunteers India Program. I’m not a teacher, so when I volunteered in 2014 […]

“It’s Not A Sacrifice” to Celebrate Christmas in Chennai

Christmas in India

Happy Christmas to all! It is 1:17am and a fun and a full Christmas Eve Day has quickly turned into early Christmas morning… Our day began with a first visit for team members Riley and Barbara, and a return visit for Susan, Brookie, and Katie to Assisi Illam where we’ve been working all week.  The teen […]

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Childrens’ Christmas in the Orphanage – Volunteering in India

christmas in the orphanage

We work with a few Christian organizations in Chennai, India.  Country Manager Stephen Raja reports on a very merry Christmas Eve celebration with our holiday volunteer team. Read about a children’s Christmas in the orphanage: This year we’re celebrating Christmas with the children of Assisi Illam. Last evening, all the volunteers joined the children and […]

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Creative Teaching in India – Cow Girls and a Banana Phone

teaching in India

Global Volunteer, Michelle, reports on creative ways to engage students in learning English when teaching in India. After dropping Steve and Barbee at Assisi Illam, Jennifer and I headed back to Christ the King School for a second day with the 4th and 5th graders. We built on the animal teams and team slogans created on […]