Community Partner since 1994.

by Norman Baxter My experience with Global Volunteers spans several decades, beginning in 1992 when I went to Russia for three weeks as a business volunteer. Michele Gran (Global Volunteers’ Co-founder) was part of that team, which delivered two one-week seminars for Russian business people outside of Moscow. As a banker, I contributed a lecture […]

What’s life like as a Global Volunteer in Vietnam? Laura Merriam, committed encore volunteer, embarked on her first adventure to Vietnam as a Global Volunteer this past Spring with her husband, Peter Armstrong, alongside her. Laura explains beautifully and in detail what it is like to explore and volunteer in Vietnam. Enjoy! Highlights from Laura’s Journal Entry on […]

After the first week of teaching, I have familiarized myself with the living environment and working rhythm. A typical day would consist of the following: getting up at 6:30,  go for a short jog around the lake to kickstart the day; washing up and get dressed; have breakfast with fellow volunteers; cram into a taxi […]

Miss Ha Dao, Deputy Head at Foreign Trade University recently sent a very heartfelt thank you showing her appreciation for the recent volunteers efforts.

The Global Volunteers program was kicked off by a name game during breakfast in the hotel. I got to know all my team members:  Steve, John, Roger, Keith, Tom, Liz, Kay and Janice. To my surprise, some of them had served on over 10 Global Volunteers programs. Team Leader Pam is so experienced and efficient in organizing […]

teaching English to Vietnamese students

Jim, a Vietnam Veteran and Volunteer,  describes how teaching English to Vietnamese students has enabled him to “pay a debt” to the country’s people. Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, where I taught English, clearly does not have the resources of the average American university. The classrooms are bare, the technology is hit and miss, (or just […]

Global Volunteers Ha Noi Monday, 11 March 2014 The day started with the usual welcoming greetings from the staff and local volunteers at Omamori Spa. Tom, Keith and I, joined by our respective volunteer interpreters/helpers, took our stations with our normally assigned “students.” I could overhear Keith and Tom engaging their charges with ever more […]

With a mixture of excitement and trepidation, our Nguyen Binh Khiem high school team of Robert, Barbara and Marilyn lurched our way by taxi through the rainy, chaotic traffic of Hanoi trying to breathe calmly as the cars and motorbikes competed with us for space measured in millimeters. The whole scene was an Asian fusion […]

Pam Cromer, long-standing volunteer team leader and former member of the Global Volunteers Board of Directors, was instrumental in establishing our relationship with Huong Nguyen, founder of Blind-Link – our newest host partner in Hanoi.  In this interview, she describes what motivated her to spend many extra hours collaborating with Huong in preparing the November, […]

From Wikipedia: Tết or Vietnamese New Year, is the most important celebration of Vietnamese culture. The word is a shortened form of Tết Nguyên Đán “Feast of the First Morning of the First Day”. The current new year beginning January 31 is the year of the Horse. It celebrates the arrival of spring based […]