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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 You Can Support Mothers Around the World

 

1. Encouragement

Being a mother is perhaps the hardest job in the world. It’s a job full of joy, but one which also presents many challenges, especially when paired with providing for your family and being in charge of household tasks. Volunteers provide support and encouragement for mothers around the world by spending time with them, listening to their struggles and their hopes, and sharing their own stories.

Recently in Ecuador, a team of four volunteers had the chance to sit down with an Ecuadorian mother, Daniela, in her home. Daniela shared her experience of becoming a mother at the age of 18; her husband’s struggle to find employment where he is paid on time; and her difficulties in dividing her time between working, studying, and being home to take care of her children. Daniela shared with us the progress of her studies to complete her high school diploma and how she hopes to go on to study law, saying there are so many people in her community who need the help of a lawyer who is honest and who won’t steal from them. The volunteers listened intently while Daniela spoke about what she hopes to give back to her community and they offered encouragement and support to this determined mother of two young boys.

Mothers around the world

Volunteers with Ecuadorian mother Gloria with her children, nephews, and nieces

2. Time

One volunteer told the story of a mother and her children on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana, who lived on the far end of the tribal land, did not have a car, and had no real consistent access to anyone except each other. That volunteer shared the gift of time and companionship with this woman and both came away from that afternoon more hopeful and more connected.

3. Nutrition

In rural Tanzania where nutritious food is not always readily available, pregnancy can be a stressful time. Volunteers on short-term service programs help ease that stress by helping expectant moms embrace how important it is to get the nutrients their babies need to grow and thrive both through education and by helping distribute micro-nutrient packets to add to their food.

Mothers around the world

Tanzanian mothers drinking tea during a workshop on nutrition

4. Self-sufficiency

In the little village of Anse la Raye on the island of St. Lucia, mothers and their children live in houses that are built one next to the other with no land in between to grow fresh vegetables. Our volunteers work with mothers to establish and grow food in container gardens so that they and their children can get the nutrients they need from fresh vegetables they grow themselves.

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Volunteer Bill and community leader Marie-Louise planting an EarthBox in St. Lucia

5. Recognition

Team members help recognize and elevate mothers around the world in our partner communities, and many such mothers live in places where resources are scarce and support systems weak. Daycare centers for very disadvantaged families in Ecuador provide young mothers with a safe, nurturing environment where they can leave their children while they go to work each day to provide for their families. This also gives some mothers the opportunity to go back to school.

Because two-thirds of our volunteers are women, and the majority of our volunteers have taught in the classroom, Global Volunteers are natural role models for the equitable treatment of girls. Volunteers demonstrate that women and men can perform any job and be successful in any career.

6. Heart

Greece is in the middle of a refugee crisis, with more than 62,000 refugees in camps throughout the country, and the majority of those refugees are mothers and their children. Most of the refugees are from Syria, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A volunteer told the story of packing supplies, all donated by Cretan people, to distribute to refugees — primarily mothers and their children — in various camp sites throughout the country.

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Volunteers Vita and Kathy with Syrian family in Greece

7. Helping hands

Sometimes the most important thing volunteers can provide is more hands to feed and nurture little ones. The caretakers at the daycare centers where Global Volunteers partners in Calderón, Quito in Ecuador have a heavy work load of caring for ten one, two, or three-year-olds each. On top of caring for their charges, they are responsible for lesson planning and cleaning tasks. And most of the caretakers are single mothers themselves, who go home to cook, clean, and care for their own children after a full day’s work. Volunteers in Ecuador help to alleviate the caretakers’ workload a bit, and provide more one-on-one attention to the little ones.

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Caretaker Anita with volunteer Alyssa and her one-year-old charges in Ecuador

8. Peace

Global Volunteers’ mission is to wage peace and promote justice around the world. In Cuba, you can wage peace and represent the United States in a positive light while getting to know Cuban mothers. Volunteers serve at a sewing circle in Havana where mothers and grandmothers create table runners, bags, and decorations to sell, thereby giving them a source of additional income to provide for their families.

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Volunteers Susan and Ann at church sewing circle in Havana

9. Mentoring

When you share your own parenting skills and experience, you’re sharing your story by way of your own struggles and triumphs as a parent. For instance, a pregnant woman or new mother in Tanzania can be baffled and fascinated by knowing that a baby in her womb can hear it’s mother’s voice. Stories about the first time you sang to your unborn baby and when you first felt a kick immediately creates a common bond of trust. Volunteers have taught new mothers to sing to their bellies. That’s been a lot of laughs! Talk about the sound of the mother’s heartbeat in her fetus’ ears and how that sound comforts him/her immediately after birth. Even when the infant is in her mother’s sling carrier, the baby can feel her heartbeat at the same time.

Mothers around the world

Mothers and their children with two new hand-washing stations in Tanzania

10. Camaraderie

Through listening, sharing, teaching, and working together, volunteers offer mothers around the world their camaraderie. In singing songs, playing games, doing repairs, caring for children, volunteers and mothers around the world offer each other their camaraderie.

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Volunteers teaching mothers conversational English at daycare center in Ecuador

To learn more about how you can celebrate and support mothers around the world or volunteer with your own children, check out these blog posts:

Click here to learn more about these programs to support mothers:

Cuba | Ecuador | Greece | Montana | St. Lucia | Tanzania 

 

Hands on help

Volunteering gives you the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, find purpose, and use your civic responsibility for the greater good. On a Global Volunteers service program, you can provide hands on help to communities in need around the world. Without the help of volunteers, our partner communities would struggle to meet their basic needs. As a Global Volunteer, you won’t just be a bystander watching how local people are working for their communities – you’ll be an important part of that local development process. You’ll be right in there, working alongside local people who seek to better their community.

“I love rubbing elbows with young people of other cultures.”
– Dr. Bill Chase, 5-time Global Volunteer 

We have all kinds of projects around the world and so surely there is one that is the perfect match for your skills and interests. Join us. Take the leap to get your hands dirty, make a difference, learn about yourself and another culture, and help a community in need.

Here are the top 5 ways you can provide hands on help:

Top 5 Projects Providing Hands On Help

 

1) Paint and Repair Buildings

If you can wield a paintbrush or pound a hammer, we need your skills. Help preserve and maintain community facilities by renovating, repairing, and painting classrooms, community centers, health clinics, and childcare facilities. Brighten the lives of children by providing nicer facilities with a fresh coat of paint. Help with plumbing, electrical, and carpentry assistance. Teach young people to develop their trade skills. If you have experience in any of these areas, you can be of tremendous assistance in many communities.

Cook Islands | Cuba | Ecuador | Greece | Peru | Romania | St. Lucia | Tanzania | U.S.A. – Montana | U.S.A. – West Virginia

Hands on help

Volunteers Sue and Fran paint a mural in the Cook Islands

2) Tutoring and Classroom Teaching

Is math, chemistry, physics, geography, or biology among your passions? Tutor children at the primary or secondary school level. Work one-on-one and in small groups with students of all ages. In some communities, you will assist teachers and in others, you will plan your own lessons and activities. This may be the most fun you’ve ever had!

Cook IslandsPeru | St. Lucia | Tanzania

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Volunteer Don tutors students in Peru

3) Gardening

Do you have a green thumb? Help establish, plant, weed, and harvest household, school, and community gardens. Help community leaders, students, and parents raise bountiful crops of fruits and vegetables.

CubaPeru | Tanzania

Hands on help

Student volunteers gardening alongside Cubans

“This has reminded me how good it feels to connect with others and how rewarding it is to give to others.”
– Melissa Ferrell, attorney and mother who volunteered with two of her sons in Ecuador

4) Parent Workshops

If you have a background in healthcare, food, nutrition, education, or business, we need your skills in Tanzania where volunteer professionals conduct interactive workshops with pregnant women and parents. Parents thirst for knowledge and want the appropriate technology so they can ensure the health and well-being of their children. You can present on a variety of topics, such as staying healthy during pregnancy; caring for newborns; healthy diets; child brain development; growing fruits and vegetables; raising poultry; preparing nutritious meals; positive discipline; psychosocial support; stress management; disease prevention ;and using games and toys to stimulate babies’ physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development. In coordination with our staff and Reaching Children’s Advisory Committee Chair, you select your topic. Our Tanzania staff will translate your presentation. Use your expertise to give hands on help in Tanzania!

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Hands on help

Volunteer Ruth giving a presentation to Tanzanian women

5) Childcare

Offer the “extra” attention at-risk kids crave and deserve, while also mentoring them in social skills and hygiene. Stimulate their young minds and bodies. Work with children 1 to 5 years of age through co-creating arts and crafts, playing with toys, reading storybooks, teaching hand washing with soap and water, and more.

“I feel extremely fortunate to have spent the last week in Calderón with everyone at the daycare center. Although we did accomplish a lot in terms of SMART goals, it just doesn’t seem right to call it ‘work’. It truly is an opportunity.”
– John Fiegel, Cook Islands and Ecuador volunteer

Cook Islands | EcuadorPeruSt. Lucia | Tanzania

Hands on help

Volunteer John, Teacher Karina, and children giving thanks for their lunch in Ecuador

 

“I wish every American could do a Global Volunteers adventure. To get “into the trenches” in another culture is deeply humbling.”
– Suzanne Cochran, Ecuador volunteer

 

Be the change you wish to see in the world by providing real hands on help, as requested by communities around the world. Work under local leaders’ direction to improve their communities, and be a positive force for change. You can do this! 

Hands on help

Teachers Jorge and Karen with volunteers Lena, Jen, and Justin in Costa Rica

Chat online with a Volunteer Coordinator about which of our programs best suits your skills and interests. Chat online about volunteering abroad

Volunteer Travel in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers

In November 2017, Louise Kelly decided to take a trip to the Caribbean, but not for the crystal-blue bays or soft sand beaches. Louise was craving something different, something more. She wanted to meet, learn from, work with, and develop friendships with the local people. Louise chose volunteer travel in the Caribbean.

Read on for Louise’s journal entry from her last day of service in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia as well as what she does and how she feels after returning home…

In St. Lucia: Dated 14 November, 2017

Message: “What I believe, but cannot prove; has meaning for me. Letting go of the parts of life that no longer serve me; is my journey/pilgrimage.”

My reason for coming to St Lucia was simply to serve. I came without great expectations, except to learn what I could and to teach what I know.

I had never been to this part of the world. I’ve been involved with helping people all my life. When I retired, I indicated to my leaders that I wanted to serve in yet another capacity. This invitation from Global Volunteers, found on my FB page, was an answer to prayer and seemed a perfect fit.

Volunteer Travel in the Caribbean - Home away from home

Louise’s temporary island home in St. Lucia

I’ve always thought people around the world are more the same than different. Traveling has proven this fact over the years but, never more so than now, in St. Lucia on my final day of volunteering.

To describe this experience in a few lines and within the deadline provided feels artificial. Yet I must.

I’ve just spent two weeks in the development center which neither had a flushing toilet nor the associated necessities like toilet paper. The school is without air conditioning, in the intense heat and associated high humidity. The school is without fans of any sort. One day the children’s toilet flooded and I watched the teacher mop the floors without a complaint. When I asked what happened, she explained wearing her usual smile. The consequence of a flooding toilet was no water for the next day.

But while these issues are serious conditions, they seem of little importance to the children of St. Lucia who continued to sing, learn their letters, and play their games.

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Sweet, sweet children!

I leave St. Lucia with a heart filled with memories of the village, it’s school, and the children served. The people are loving and giving and they speak to the goodness in our world.  When I return to the comforts of my home I carry the love I experienced here.

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Back home: Dated 23 November, 2017, Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving. Had not wanted to attend festivities. Still feel tearful when thinking/talking of my experience. Yet friends are curious about my experience. Their first question. “How can we help?” What immediately comes to mind. “Soil for earthbox project.” Their response. “We are in.”

People agree to donate so that I can help out “mommies and daddies” in St. Lucia.

People are bringing me checks. I am humbled.

How you can help…

Follow in Louise’s footsteps and choose volunteer travel in the Caribbean. Global Volunteer in St. Lucia. Chat online with a Volunteer Coordinator to get started.

Or, donate to help the children and families in St. Lucia. Your donation is greatly appreciated.

Chat online about volunteering abroad

Global Volunteers do-good island escapes

Looking to Do Good? Consider These Do-Good Island Escapes

Some of us are drawn to beaches, others to mountain vistas.  But when we want to escape from the daily pressures of life, many of us choose service as a way to refocus our minds onto something larger than ourselves. So, can you combine a sincere desire to do good with “bucket list” travel? Yes!  And further, you can do it without guilt. Our do-good island escapes direct you to important work with cohesive communities – all while you enjoy the cultural and scenic allure that make these destinations internationally popular.

do-good island escapes

Every island has it’s own character. You can combine service with a do-good island escape every month of the year.

These do-good island escapes may be exactly right for you. Many tourist destinations keep their significant social problems out of public view. But, this self-defeating practice keeps their populations from thriving. Global Volunteers’ objective is to provide service opportunities on development projects wherever and whenever they’re requested.

For instance, in 1988, our partners in the Cook Islands asked for help on programs to discourage youth from emigrating to New Zealand, and taking their talents and potential with them. Read on:

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Savannah, volunteer in the Cook Islands, engages preschoolers in a reading lesson.

Cook Islands “Do-Good Island Escape”

The original Cook Islanders were a hearty and self-reliant Maori people, who traveled the seas to settle distant volcanic islands – and created a distinct, colorful culture reflecting the natural beauty of their homeland. But by the 1980s, the Cook Islands’ vitality was challenged by economic pressures – which drove the country’s youth abroad. Our work started at the very foundation of Cook Islands society – with the children, to ensure they have the sustained support and opportunities to keep them on the island when they mature. Today, you can tutor students in math and literacy, stimulate and encourage toddlers, help catalog library books, paint and repair buildings and more – all while escaping to one of the most beautiful places on Earth!

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Young volunteer Bailey explains card game rules in a St. Lucia primary school.

St. Lucia “Do-Good Island Escape”

One of the top do-good island escapes – St. Lucia in the West Indies. Carefree and unspoiled, the island boasts the famous Piton spires and dramatic bays adored by international celebrities. But, even the cruise ports struggle with pockets of abject poverty. We began working with Anse la Raye’s schools and community organizations in 2012 to support and enhance children’s growth and competency. You can tutor and teach students of all ages in sunny classrooms. You’ll discover that although you’re surrounded by the most captivating scenery in the Caribbean, the most beautiful visions are the smiling faces of St. Lucian children!

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A summer English language camp favorite for volunteers and students alike!

Crete “Do-Good Island Escape”

The do-good island escape on Crete is unlike any other. The craggy and romantic shoreline reminds you of the fishing villages and olive groves of a simpler time. Ancient ruins echo the throbs of civilization’s birth. However, families living on this Mediterranean jewel have not fared well in a decade of failed economic policies. Since 1996, we’ve worked in partnership with local people to help re-build capacity at every level – starting with the youngest students. Teaching English at lively coastal language camps combines the best of this do-good island escape – purpose and escape into beauty!

Cuba do-good island escapes

Where else but in Cuba can you catch a salsa beat with a farmer in a community garden?

Cuba “Do-Good Island Escape”

The iconic scenes of a Cuban do-good island escape – colorful salsa dancers, classic American automobiles, architecture of the Spanish and Moors – reverberate a complicated history. Traveling back in time is this island’s allure. The bonus of true community service and people-to-people exchange is hard to match anywhere else in the Western hemisphere. Since 2007, we’ve worked with our partners to support the Cuban people – their hopes, dreams, and goals. Enjoy this do-good island escape before the country’s character is changed by inevitable modernization!

Time to Enjoy the Best of Island Culture

Whether you long for a laid-back vibe or a high-intensity Cuban beat, you can combine service with a true do-good island escape. At the end of every work day, and on weekends, you and your teammates have time to explore cultural, historical and natural attractions throughout the island.  Contact a volunteer coordinator today to learn more!

See more scenes from these island volunteer vacations here.

memorable volunteer experience

Taaneil recently volunteered in the Caribbean for the first time. In his trip with Global Volunteers he served in St. Lucia helping build a library for a Primary School. It was an experience of many firsts and many learning opportunities. Here he gives an account of his experience, a most memorable volunteer experience.

Looking back two weeks ago I came to St. Lucia knowing that my service trip will involve many new “first experiences.” This was certainly the case from attending my first mass at a Catholic Church and walking through a quaint seaside Caribbean village to putting smiles on the students’ faces during lunch/free time at the primary school when playing educational games and doing arts and crafts. However, there was one experience that I least expected of having which ended up being a most memorable volunteer experience: carpentry work to build a new library for Anse La Raye Primary School.

Today, another beautiful hot and sunny day, I headed back to the school to continue on the work where Johan, a fellow volunteer, and I left off on our long, continuous efforts of completing the library from scratch by the end of the second week. Both 20-foot long bookshelves received their final coat of red and blue paint, respectively, with the help of two helpful sixth grade students: William and Christian, who had the eagerness to engage in our project each step of the way.

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Taaneil paints the Literacy Center at a Primary School Library in St. Lucia.

During lunch many precious students came up to me asking for clay that I brought previously for an art activity. Rather than being let down for not from me not bring the clay again, the students did not seem to mind and insisted on playing a game with me. So I decided to take the letter pieces from the game Bananagrams found in the volunteer cabinet and had them practice their spelling to keep the game educational. Afterwards, Johan and I continued work on the library where we now started painting the walls a very faint orange – essentially a peach shade – to give the library a cozier, inviting aesthetic than the existing plain white.

Although I do not expect to have the library completed by my last day here, what matters more is the time spent working on it. I learned new skills on carpentry and painting that otherwise I would not have been given the opportunity to learn. I value the time spent working with the village as it provided me with a cultural immersion of St. Lucia and specifically, Anse La Raye.

“I am honored and humbled to know that when I leave Anse La Raye to attend to other earthly matters, I left a positive impact on the village.”

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St. Lucia volunteer team.

Serving in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers

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 their service program – focusing specifically on the one that impacted her the most: working with the children in the preschool.

Although I’ve been to the Caribbean more times than I can remember, I’m certain I will never forget my experience in Anse La Raye, because here, I experienced many firsts.

  • First Catholic mass.
  • First taste of bread fruit.
  • First view of a mangrove.
  • My first mud bath.
  • First swim under a waterfall.
  • First time working in a preschool.

Needless to say, the last of these firsts was the most significant, and thus it will leave an indelible mark on my memory.

The Kid Step preschool, where my daughter Kayla and I worked, was a lively, colorful, quaint little schoolhouse, with 50 students spread across three classrooms — the Tiny Tots, the Tweenies, and the Rising 5s.

Kayla with some of the sweet children at Kid Step Preschool

On day one I was introduced as “Auntie” Rechelle, which indicated that I was not officially a teacher, but rather a teacher’s helper, equally deserving of the children’s respect.

Within 20 minutes, I knew the names of all 17 of my Tweenies. Yes, soon after I arrived I did consider them mine.  Their smiles warmed my heart. Their sing-songy voices were a delight to hear. The way they called me Auntie made me feel like I was at home with my own nieces and nephews. And I loved the way Alejandro, called me Sharelle instead of Rechelle.

Rechelle at Kid Step singing with the children

Rechelle helping the children identify shapes

I got to spend the week with an amazing group of Tweenies, 3 and 4 year olds, working hard to advance to the Rising 5s. To get there, my Tweenies needed to know their colors, the letters of the alphabet, and the sounds each letter makes. They had to identify not just basic shapes like a square or a triangle, but also a trapezoid, a parallelogram, and an octagon. Wow!

Teacher Sameeta prepared them well, and I’m glad I got to be the Auntie / Helper for a week in the summer of 2017. Come the fall, I have no doubt my Tweenies will have Risen to the 5s.

Experience your own firsts in St. Lucia!

Learn about serving in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers on our St. Lucia volunteer page. Or, read about Rechelle and Kayla’s experience volunteering in Cuba together: A Mother’s Perspective: “Volunteering in Cuba with My Daughter”

mother and daughter travel

Andrea and Tea, mother and daughter, recently went to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to serve together. Tea is just 14 years old, but what she saw, did, and learned in St. Lucia with her mother is a great testimony of how awesome a mother and daughter travel experience can be.  

Our small but mighty group spent another day exploring and working with the people of St. Lucia. When my mom and I arrived here, we felt nothing but welcomed, allowing us to better enjoy and experience our work here.

The day started with a drive down to Anse La Raye where everybody parted their own ways to start their day. My mom and I were greeted with big hugs and SCREAMS, when we entered into our second day at the preschool. Now that they have remembered our names in just a short day, it seems as though the word “Auntie Téa” has been coming from every direction of the classroom. Especially since they’re learning how to spell, I get a sudden pull on my name tag every five minutes so they can spell out my name.

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Tea playing ball with toddlers in St. Lucia.

As per usual routine, or at least the last two days we’ve been here, the rising fives class went out for their Daily run, or rather sprint for some kids. When we arrived at the primary school we saw Anita and Karen, also part of the team, along with all the other students.

The preschoolers were cheered on by their older schoolmates as they lined up for their sprint. Here, I was able to see the sense of community and encouragement that is instilled in all of the students.

At around lunch time my mother and I, under the leadership of the Chem, the Country Manager, set out to see the town of Anse La Raye. We first walked over to the primary school where we witnessed their prayer time and explored the school. After this, we headed into the town to receive the proper tour. Here we saw the house Chem was born in, the RCP program where other volunteers work at, the infant school, the church and many more places! Having Chem as our wonderful tour guide, we were able to further expand our knowledge of the Saint Lucia community and their history.

The day ended with a lovely dinner overlooking the bay and the magnificent sunset where we all discussed about our days playing with the little ones, visiting the homes of young ones and their mothers, and teaching math to the students. This was certainly an unforgettable meal…

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Andrea gets a toddler to hand-paint.

 

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Using your professional skills as a volunteer can be very satisfying, says Sara, first-time St. Lucia volunteer.  It might be the best way to experience the Caribbean!  She reflects on a two weeks of teaching and health care projects – on the captivating island of St. Lucia.

It is with bittersweet emotions that we take our leave of St. Lucia today. For the past two weeks, four of us have volunteered our services for Global Volunteers in Anse La Raye.

Bob has tutored children in grades 3-5 enriching their math and reading skills. Bob also constructed a weather station and gave a meteorology lesson to all the children. Bob them left the weather station with the children for future learning.

The children in grade 6 were not in need of a volunteer’s services as for the first time ever all 6 graders can read!  An accomplishment Global Volunteers can feel proud of!

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Volunteer tutors a St. Lucia primary school child in reading.

Marianne has worked for two weeks in the same 3rd grade classroom teaching the children and a novice, young teacher. Marianne, a veteran teacher with many years’ experience, set examples and gave the young teacher pointers to help the new teacher be more effective.  Additionally, Marianne instructed the children as well in their daily lessons.  Marianne organized a reading center in the room to encourage the children to read and make books more accessible.

Molly worked in the Reaching Children’s Potential program with the caregivers already in place as well as visiting mothers and infants.  Molly taught the caregivers and mothers to make beads which were strung into bracelets and necklaces to be sold for income.  Yesterday, our last day in Anse La Raye, the caregivers walked through the village selling the completed beads and necklaces to locals and tourists alike. A sense of accomplishment and success was evident on the faces of the caregivers, Chem and Molly.

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Family volunteering in St Lucia with preschoolers.

I worked for two weeks with the children aged 1-4 at the Adalyn Leonce Early Childhood Development Center. Mainly, I worked individually with the 3-4 year olds to introduce phonics to them and help them prepare for the Infant School. Additionally, I played games, sang and laughed with all the children. I felt I had the easiest and most fun job as I spent my day hugging and loving these dear children. I hope they not only learned phonics but that they are special, talented children loved not only by their families and the village of Anse La Raye but by us as well.

I think I can speak for all of us when I say this was a learning experience for us as well as them.

It is humbling to see what these people accomplish with so few resources. They support each other wholeheartedly and work together to survive. Despite their impoverished environment, they are happy, loving people eager to give to others.  They set a shining example for all of us. Hopefully, we can take home what we learned here and use it to improve our own lives.

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Volunteer helps a St. Lucia primary school child wash her hands.