Community Partner since 1995.

Thursday – The Goodbyes Begin

Today started the usual way a real yearning to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep. But what would the Galileo Galilei students do without us or, more to the point, how could I think of missing a day and not see all those smiling eager faces? So, off to breakfast, our morning […]

Tuesday – A Rainbow Day – After The Rain

The volunteers got off to a good start on a brisk, sunny morning. The Galileo School had become a familiar and comfortable environment for us now.  We relax in the teachers lounge; share teaching ideas and strategies; walk the halls with smiles; and make new friends with teachers and the hall monitors.    We lunched […]

Monday – Our Second Week Begins With Rain

Finally some cool weather!  Week two began today with rain and a cooling trend.  Could it be that fall has arrived in Monopoli?  All volunteers are in a routine and since the heat has finally abated, classes have moved back indoors. Over the previous week each of us has settled into his or her own […]

Thursday – 99 Degrees ! First Week Almost Over

Aahh yes, the morning breakfast routine has been established.  The excessive heat of the day has already been assessed and the school administration has slightly shortened our day and we will now end at noon. Peter and I first worked with second year/sophomore students.  A sense of open conversation increased by a sequence of questions […]

Mid Week – We Are Together In Mind & Spirit

After beginning the day with our morning breakfast of cappuccinos, cafe lattes, fresh fruit, and an  assortment of pastries, we took the bus to Gallileo Gallilei for class. My first class went smoothly, working with my mom, Joanna, and Peter with a group of shy second year students. For my second hour, I was taken […]


Today we were launched on the first day of high school. We each met the teachers we would work with. My wife, Margaret and I are working with Annamaria  in the scientifico concentration.  We met several other teachers in the teachers  lounge, as well as Annamaria’s daughter, Mara, who is attending the high school for […]


Celebrating 20 Years Of Service In Monopoli Italy

I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary service program in Monopoli Italy. As a team leader for Global Volunteers, I have made new friends, renewed friendships and I am kept young at heart with my time spent with the Italian high school students at Polo Liceale “Galileo […]

Monday – Imagine School & Caves – Very Busy Day

The morning started with our usual breakfast and short meeting.  Upon arriving at the school, we proceeded to our various assignments.  My first two hours were spent with teacher, Anna Maria. One student presented her power point on Chaucer with a brief biography and a short summary of two of the Canterbury Tales. I was […]

Thursday – A Day Of Unity, Joy & Tears

Today exchange students Granada, Spain and Munich, Germany partied and   shared tearful goodbyes with their Italian counterparts.  They return home after a whirlwind week of visiting Puglia. We were for fortunate to meet some of them and were impressed with the spirit of love and cooperation between students and teachers.  But this festa ended our […]

Wednesday – We Are Blessed!

Our school in Italy, “Polo Liceale “Galileo Galilei” is filled with wonderful works of art. It is a genuine privilege to walk the halls and experience the mastery of Italian artists.   We are truly blessed. What a joy it is to walk the hallways of our school.  Everywhere you look – first you see […]