Bob teaching in Xi'an, China

Before Bob departed for a three-week service program teaching English to Chinese students in Xi’an, he did a self-check. He wasn’t a teacher, didn’t speak Chinese, but he had coached individuals and small groups on using English as a second language. Global Volunteers staff assured him he was positioned to make a difference. With only […]

Whoever thought summer camp could be this fun and educational?  Global Volunteers first experimented with the concept of summer English language “camps” at the request of our Poland community partner in 1991.  At the bucolic setting of Reymontowka, the itinerary was designed with equal measures of learning and adventure. Children from the Siedlce district (many […]

Kiwi volunteer

Juliet Cooke from Wellington New Zealand said teaching at St. Joseph’s School in Rarotonga was a unique way to learn about the Cook Islands culture from the “inside.” In the classrooms, she helped students improve their reading and literacy skills and supported their teachers. In an interview with Marketing Assistant Millie Pinakoulaki, Juliet describes the highlights […]

experienced goodness

Vietnam Volunteer Diana Swansen notices the “simple things” in life that remind her of  humanity’s goodness. She offers her optimistic perspective with us, and her teammates, when teaching conversational English on a Vietnam Service Program in Hanoi. What is good taste? For most people, taste is simply a matter of flavor. But how do we experience goodness? For me, […]

Donated tooth brushes

A mention of  Global Volunteers on our partner’s website moved an aspiring dental student and her dentist father to help meet the needs of families and children in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project in Ipalamwa, Tanzania. What followed her first call to our office was an impassioned appeal to her family, friends and […]

It started in Minnesota, by two people who had a simple idea, about waging peace . . . In the past 35 years, Global Volunteers has mobilized over 35,000 volunteers to serve children and families in partner communities worldwide. We know that direct, hands-on service cultivates mutual understanding and respect, and helps build a foundation for […]

Additional USA service program dates and new work projects in 2019 provide families, couples, individuals and groups a wide range of choices for spring and summer volunteering.  Volunteers of all ages can help mentor children and teens, prepare meals, encourage elders, repair homes, chop and store firewood, paint fences and buildings and much more on […]

Gila Cohen-Shaw marked her mid-century birthday with a “Gift of Service” to herself through Global Volunteers in St. Lucia (pictured above receiving a hug from a teammate). She followed it up with two service programs in  Tanzania shortly afterward. A speech pathologist and therapist by profession, she’s found great reward in the work of our Reaching […]

young volunteer

Throughout her childhood, Cassidy Richardson was interested in learning about different cultures and languages.  The more she learned, the more she felt drawn to help others while putting her growing understanding to work.  When Cassidy turned 18, she decided to get out of the comfort of her home and volunteer in the Cook Islands. In […]

Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs

Now is the time to finalize your spring “alternative vacation.” Instead of beach hopping, visiting the predictable theme park, or binge-watching Netflix, imagine a life-changing break contributing to meaningful projects, developing unique friendships with people from another culture, and experiencing life in a new community. (Sounds great, right?!) Continue reading to learn about popular alternative spring break/vacation […]