Serving in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers

Experiencing “Firsts” While Serving in the Caribbean

There’s a first for everything. And you experience many of them while serving in the Caribbean as a Global Volunteer. Rechelle and her teenage daughter Kayla (pictured above) spent a week volunteering in Anse la Raye – on the island of St. Lucia. Read on as Rechelle reflects on the many firsts she experienced on […]

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University Students Teach and Learn Great Lessons

Global Volunteers’ service-learning program in Lima, Peru offers an incredible volunteer experience for students. Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar reflects on the service of a recent group of student volunteers from St. John Fisher College. It was a wonderful life experience for both the students and the children they served. A few days ago we […]

Short-term service trip to Ecuador
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My 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 […]

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Your Family May Just Need to Volunteer Abroad

On a previous post, Ken, a U.S. and international volunteer, explained why he’s dedicated much of his life to volunteering abroad. His wife Suzanne offers her take on the reasons behind her family’s volunteering abroad experience. Why do you volunteer abroad? I think it is really enriching to volunteer abroad. My husband is a geographer […]

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No Better Way to Know a Community than to Serve Them

Chenin is a candidate for the Physiology and Biophysics Master’s program at Georgetown University. She plans to go to medical school after she graduates and dedicate her career to serve Native American communities. But before doing so, she wanted to get to know their people and struggles better. So she served with Global Volunteers at the Blackfeet […]

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad
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One More Reason Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Ken is one of those people who not only tries to live happily without harming anyone, but actually invests his time helping others. He has helped in his home city of Seattle building houses for low income families, teaching at a school for homeless children, and serving at the Board of his local Girl Scouts […]

Build Bridges Between Borders
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Build Bridges Between Borders

Maria Maki, 20-time Global Volunteer and Country Manager, shares her thoughts and experiences about the importance to build bridges between borders: Build bridges, not walls. When you hear the words “build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico,” it seems sinister. One forgets that Mexico is a retirement community for many U.S. citizens, who find […]

Volunteer in Hanoi

There Are so Many Reasons to Volunteer in Hanoi!

Over the past 30+ years, Global Volunteers’ CEO and Co-founder Bud Philbrook has led dozens of Global Volunteers teams. In all his travels across the world, Vietnam sticks as one of his favorite places to volunteer. Why? Read on for Bud’s seven reasons to volunteer in Hanoi! 1. Vietnamese love Americans. I’ve been to Vietnam numerous […]

Male volunteer in Mexico

Bill Spencer, a 16-time Global Volunteer Makes Everyone Count!

Global Volunteers salutes Bill Spencer, who has served on 16 Global Volunteers service programs – starting with Turkey in 2000. Since then, Bill has gone on to serve as a Global Volunteer in Greece, the Cook Islands, Brazil, St. Lucia and Mexico. Thus far, his favorite Global Volunteers service program has been in Querétaro, Mexico, […]