Caitlin Sturms-Salyer, a University of Iowa scholarship recipient who is studying Social Work, just returned from a two-week service program in Calderón, Ecuador. Here is what she has to say about her experience: “Words cannot describe my experience serving the sweet children of Ecuador. Global Volunteers was the best thing I have ever done. I […]

Global Volunteers helps care the children at Xi’an La La Shou Special Education Center. The school is an amazing place. It was founded in 2002 by two remarkable women, who decided that their handicapped youngsters were not going to be served by anything available in Xi’an.  They planned a program, gathered some other mothers, lined up a […]

Vietnam Volunteer Brett D. was eager to share a slice of his service program experience: Today we had a special breakfast. Don had asked about the meal, the name of which I can’t recall. Mr. Cuoung, the hotel manager made special preparations to provide us with the meal. I loved it. The Vietnamese food seems […]

I recently returned from Global Volunteers’ Cook Islands Service Program and want to ask you to consider joining a team in the near future. It’s a personally rewarding volunteer opportunity to use your skills in a way and with people who truly need your help. My husband, Joe, and I assisted school children with their […]

Repeat Romania Volunteer Diane F. was kind enough to share her thoughts and reflections with individuals seeking volunteer opportunities on Read on to enjoy Diane’s inspiring words and FEEL her passion! You can also use the link below view all Global Volunteers Testimonials on Go Abroad OR add your own! Diane’s Romania Testimonial ~ […]

Last year, through the Global Volunteers website, I raised enough money for my trips to both Peru and Ecuador. The only thing I ended up paying for was my flight on both trips. How’d I do it? I put a letter in my church bulletin and received an overwhelming amount of supplies that I was […]

Poland Volunteer Featured in Community Magazine

Poland Volunteer Featured in Community Magazine: Judy of Woodbury, Minnesota was recently featured in her community’s magazine, highlighting her several Global Volunteers service program including two in Poland! Woodbury Magazine Article Retired science teacher Judy T. of Woodbury decided to try a volunteer trip in 1997 for the opportunity to travel, use her teaching skills […]

Ready for the “Adventure of a Lifetime?” I recommend Kunming, China with Global Volunteers! Working with the English teachers in the Kunming Global Volunteers program last year reminded me of the time very many years ago when I was a student teacher and a first and second year teacher. My teaching partner, Dr. Martin Choy, […]

The protagonists in “The Ugly American” were early examples of “generalized Global Volunteer types”. I just re-read the book and this is only partly true. The book, as you probably know, was written 50 years ago in the early anti-communist era when West threw money at the corrupt third world governments to build vast projects […]