Fed up with a harsh Minnesota winter, alumna Alan Maclin boarded a plane bound for sunny St. Lucia to volunteer and get his mind off snow drifts. In his own words, Alan reflects on his service experience, and explains how the warm and friendly primary school students he taught helped him forget the cold back […]

Celebrating Holi festival in Nepal.

The Holi festival, known as “Phagu Purnima” in Nepali, is one of the most anticipated annual celebrations in Nepal.  A three-day festival of color and joy, Holi is observed on the full moon day, which falls either late February or early March. This year, our first volunteer team to Nepal celebrated with the children and staff […]

Premier team to Nepal

Global Volunteers’ Team One shares their reflections on their first week of work on our inaugural Nepal service program in Kathmandu!   Saturday – Nepal Arrival Throughout the day, the team assembled, some coming from a trek out of Pokhara, some after long flights from the USA, and others having arrived early, from other parts of […]

Judy Marx, a three-time Global Volunteer alumna, said an ancient Judaism tradition, Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for “world repair”), propelled her search for international volunteer opportunities. The world is imperfect, the lesson teaches, but is in our own hands to make it better every day. Judy and her husband John said they’ve since discovered that volunteerism […]

Freedom from career demands led retired college professors Sharon and David Moore of Arizona to Cuba with Global Volunteers. In an interview with Volunteer Engagement Manager Maggie Bjorklund, Sharon and David explain how retirees can explore Cuba, experience an intriguing culture, connect and engage with people, build bridges of understanding and respect, and do something […]

retired

Forty years ago, Laura Tomlinson and Kim Berge worked together in Colorado Springs.  They parted ways soon after college to pursue their careers – Kim attended a Physician Assistant program in CT and Laura pursued a graduate degree in Education in CA. They never lived in the same town again. Each got married, raised their own families, established […]

caring for children in Ecuador

The story of “the mothers of Calderón” is one of compassion and conviction, and the reason Global Volunteers works with them in partnership for children’s health and growth. The dedicated and dynamic women who first invited us to help them, and the resourceful mothers we serve today, demonstrate that investing in children is a foundational […]

The first four months of our new partnership with Sagrada Familia in Ventanilla, Peru has enabled volunteers to integrate fully into the daily rhythms and activities of the children’s lives.  From a collection of team journal excerpts, a picture emerges of the opportunities for leaving your mark on this special part of the world. Message […]

Role of women Africa

Throughout history, the central role of women in society has ensured the stability, progress and long-term development of nations. Globally, women comprise 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force – rising to 70 percent in some countries. For instance, across Africa, 80 percent of the agricultural production comes from small farmers, most of whom are rural women. […]

Delia,like all children, having fun

 Allyson Olson said her service program in Romania made such an impact on her that she inevitably decided to complete her Master’s Degree in Child Development/Child life. It was the opportunity to truly make a difference, she said, that clarified her career choices. “It was time for me to stop being a bystander in my […]