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Provide Hands On Help While Volunteering

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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 […]

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Cindy Murray: Making Personal Connections Through Global Volunteers

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We’re grateful for all that Cindy Murray has contributed as a Global Volunteer, Team Leader, and supporter to help children and families worldwide since 1997. We’ve excerpted her story from her local paper to inspire and inform.  Enjoy! Cindy Murray’s curiosity and passion to help others has led her to one of her most rewarding […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]