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What To Expect When Volunteering in Rural Appalachia

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A guide on what to expect in rural Appalachian culture written by Global Volunteers’ community partners at Southern Appalachia Labor School (SALS). While on a volunteer service program, you will be immersed in Appalachian culture. Many things might come as a surprise to visitors, and so we’ve written this guide to help you better understand […]

Volunteer Journal: Meaningful Construction Projects in West Virginia

Since 1999, Global Volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life have worked on meaningful construction volunteer projects in West Virginia’s Fayette County – helping rehabilitate dilapidated and energy inefficient homes, classrooms and other buildings. West Virginia volunteer Joanna shares her journal entry about the meaningful relationships and memories she built while working on […]

Learn From Adults and Work With Children In Appalachia

West Virginia Global Volunteer, Janet, reflects on her work with children and youth in Appalachia. I can speak for all of us here at Global Volunteers on this week’s projects: We adore the kids we’ve gotten to know and admire the adults in this Appalachian community who work with SALS. Sunshine, morning dew and fog along […]

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First Days of our Appalachian Adventure in Service

Journal entry by Alexandra, West Virginia Global Volunteer.  Our Appalachian Adventure in Service has resolved into a predictable rhythm.  The day started early with breakfast and coffee then the group split up: David, Hillary and Pam stayed in Beards Fork and Sandy, Stephanie, Lynne, Kim, Janet and Alexandra traveled to Oak Hill in the van […]

How Volunteering in Your Own Backyard Can Be Life Changing

Do you yearn to make a difference in your own backyard – in a new culture in the USA?  Kristin, a West Virginia Global Volunteer, reflects on the value of serving in her home country: “Although I live only one state away from West Virginia, it seemed like another world visiting a place so culturally and geographically different from […]

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Volunteer Generation or Generational Volunteers?

Message from Artie Mullins, Global Volunteers’ West Virginia Community Coordinator. “Our partnership with Global Volunteers brings volunteers from all across the globe to travel the small towns of Kincaid and Beards Fork. Like the college students, these professionals from all walks of life inspire our youth and become mentors to them. Often times while serving […]

A Well-Spent Week Serving and Learning in Appalachia

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This glorious week of serving and learning in Appalachia has come to and end. We will forever share a bond with our team leaders and each other.  Thank you for letting me share this experience with you.     First, we learned about coal, the people who mined it, and then had the chance to get up close […]

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April 21 – An Enterprising Day in Appalachia!

“Delay is the deadliest form of denial.” Getting down and dirty. The mission begins, everyone is pumped and ready to go. Dr. Kostroff delivering instructions and taking names. We then met Vicky, the construction leader, introduced us to the residents. The residents told their stories of struggle with education, struggles with health and their accomplishments. […]

Global Volunteers Work and Learn in West Virginia

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  Today felt like a “big day” for volunteer work in Oak Hill, West Virginia. The community center work was productive. Most of us did a mixture of tasks – new ones, and ones that we did yesterday. Helen helped at the food bank, which packed and distributed food today. Fran and Kathy worked on […]

Global Volunteers in Appalachia

We all ended up going to Oak Hill School.  John and Arlin worked at framing with the rest of us sanding, stripping floors, mudding, and various other chores. Met some of the SALS guys as well as Barb from Vista. Finished around 4 pm and were treated on the way home to chocolate eggs made […]