Teaching Conversational English in Vietnam

First-time Global Volunteer Denise Nelson Nash has always had a passion for volunteering. In Hanoi, Vietnam, she accomplished a long-held goal – teaching conversational English at the Vietnamese Institute for Development Strategies (VIDS). She shares her story here: “As a young adult, I lived and worked in Venezuela. Living in another country taught me the value […]

help Tanzanian children

Medical volunteers will soon help Tanzanian children and their families in a fully modern and functional Health Center, funded by a multi-year family foundation grant arranged by a Global Volunteer alumnus.  The Ipalamwa clinic will serve six rural communities in the Iringa District, and stands as the centerpiece of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project. Reaching […]

Rosebud Reservation sunset

Getting Into the (Axe) Swing of Things We woke up to another beautiful morning on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, SD.  After our morning walk/jogs, showers, breakfasts and coffees, we met for our group’s morning meeting, and Jane shared her quote of the day. At 8:30, Mama Lauren taught part of the group how to […]

Gleeful children

Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund writes about a very happy morning at the early childhood development center in Quito where Global Volunteers has partnered for almost two decades – when the gleeful children played at a water table the center was gifted.  Over the years, I have been lucky to witness many joyous […]

Cuba Global Volunteer

How to volunteer in Cuba? For Roberta, Cuba had long been on her bucket list, so she took the leap and became a Cuba Global Volunteer. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences. Read about her journey: I first learned about Global Volunteers on Facebook, and I’ve always wanted to go […]

Costa Rica Global Volunteer

By Jan, Costa Rica Global Volunteer. Quote of the Day: If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. -Confucius Reflections on our two weeks at Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Santa Elena, Costa Rica: Thinking about […]

Mothers around the world

In honor of Mother’s Day, we wanted to take a moment to recognize how our volunteers celebrate and support mothers around the world. From Tanzania to Ecuador, Montana to Greece, volunteers support mothers in developing communities in so many ways: encouragement, time, nutrition, self-sufficiency, recognition, heart, helping hands, peace, mentoring, and camaraderie. Top 10 Ways […]

West Virginia Global Volunteer

Zach, a Central Michigan University student, served as a West Virginia Global Volunteer over his summer break.  His reflections, and those of his teammates, are extracted from the team’s daily journal, and describe the typical work on a week-long service program in Appalachia. If you would have told me a year ago that I would […]