Few global events ever impact every country simultaneously as COVID-19 has. Besides its devastating consequences for the health and finances of millions of people around the world, the pandemic also disrupted their education. How have schools in our partner communities been affected? How have they’ve been able to cope with the challenges, and what does […]
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Global Volunteers co-founder Michele Gran talked with Global Volunteers’ Community Partner Camillus Laurencin along with Country Manager Chemida Popo-Cox in St. Lucia about the power of community in the face of adversity. Read on for lessons from the resilient people of Anse la Raye during our worldwide coronavirus crisis. First the churches closed; then the […]
St. Lucia, famous for its gorgeous beaches, bays, and friendly people, is experiencing a halt in tourism that will surely plunge a greater percentage of its citizens into poverty. This article explores the current situation and future scenario for St. Lucia as a consequence of the pandemic. The alluring Caribbean island of St. Lucia is […]
The lockdown order in St. Lucia creates the greatest hardship for the most impoverished residents, as is true around the world. While the country has reported only 18 COVID-19 cases to date, most people in our partner community can’t stay at home as required, because their homes lack indoor plumbing, and water for consumption and […]
Chemida Popo-Cox was born and raised in St. Lucia and joined Global Volunteers staff as Country Manager for St. Lucia in 2014. She leads teams working with our community partners of Anse La Raye and manages all aspects of those programs. When she’s not leading teams, Chemida works as a Volunteer Preparations Coordinator, preparing volunteers for their […]
Global Volunteer Linda Roberts has served six different partner communities since 2015, and has no plans to slow down. The Florida retiree, who says “volunteering adds purpose to her life,” last served in Anse la Raye, St. Lucia, helping the community plant 94 EarthBoxes in two weeks! She shares her journal entry describing how their […]
You would think that living on an island, St Lucians would be strong swimmers. Sadly, this isn’t the case, and the number of childhood drownings has risen considerably over the last five years. According to the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) over 360,000 people die from drowning every year worldwide; over 90% of those casualties are […]
Alumni Karen Isaac had just retired from 30 years of teaching elementary school when she saw “the most amazing photos” of Global Volunteers in St. Lucia posted on Facebook by her friend Gila Cohen-Shaw. A Global Volunteers alumna, Gila has advised other volunteers to “crowdsource” their service program. What has followed is a heart-centered commitment […]
One of Global Volunteers’ most successful projects on the island of St. Lucia is the installation of Earthboxes throughout the village of Anse La Raye, a small fishing village with approximately 3,000 residents. Since 2012, volunteers have ventured out to share a spade and a bit of sun with their new island neighbors, and planted nearly 150 Earthboxes for members of the community.
First-time volunteer Kathy Lafond was motivated to expand her volunteering options once she retired. “It’is time for me to give back to those less fortunate,” said the former IT project manager from VA. She chose St. Lucia for the opportunity to tutor 6- year-olds for two weeks. There, she said she learned more than she […]