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“I found out what I want to do with my retirement…”

Retirement volunteer work in Costa Rica

International volunteer work is rewarding. It’s an opportunity to give back and help others. Plus, you make new friends, learn about a different culture and get out of the house through the process. Older adults who volunteer report higher levels of well-being. Some studies indicate those that volunteer live longer than those who lead more sedentary […]

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Volunteers’ Expectations Vs. Reality in Vietnam

Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations Vs. Reality in Vietnam: Fran, a volunteer serving in Vietnam, writes about her expectations and what she actually finds at a day serving with Global Volunteers.  Expectations: It is early and I am awake. I want desperately for this day to begin when I will meet and make new friends. In the short time […]

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How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans?

Sorting Five Kilos of Beans

How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans? Bob, a first time volunteer in Cuba, had such a rewarding experience that he actually came up with a verse.  Our task was to examine five kilos of black beans for foreign objects, then do the same with five kilos of white rice. I was so moved […]

Vietnam: Making Peace Lilies Flourish

Peace Lilies

Global Volunteers Vietnam Team Leader Jim Swiderski reflects on Peace in Vietnam, Peace Lilies, and how to make both of these flourish.  Goooood Mooorrnig Vietnaaam!!! A garden of “Peace Lilies” next to the lake and park in central Hanoi greets my morning walk. It’s hard to capture the rush of emotions I have today as […]

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Cuba Volunteer: “I really did not expect it would be like that.”

Cuba Volunteer in Havana

Reflections from Karin, Cuba Volunteer, about her service in Havana with Global Volunteers: I absolutely loved my week in Havana. I really did not expect it would be like that, since I knew no one and it was my first time going with Global Volunteers. My Teammates were wonderful. The Abuelitas at the Senior Center were so […]

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Volunteering in Cuba: More Than You Expect!

volunteering in Cuba is something you will not regret

This is the story of Steve, a first-time volunteer in Cuba. He decided to spend part of his retirement as an international volunteer – something that was new to him.  Cuba was his first experience with Global Volunteers, but not likely to be his last!    Steve said serving in Cuba is an experience he’ll […]

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Volunteer Joins a Dominoes Game in Cuba

Dominoes Game in Cuba

There are some people who can just walk up to a person and make conversation in the most kind and natural way. I’m definitely not one of those people. But Jerry is. His ability to quickly bond and make friends gave him the chance to be asked by total strangers to take part at an […]

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Teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba

Teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba

Judi has taught conversational English in three different Spanish-speaking countries. Here she shares her experience teaching conversational English in Mexico and Cuba. Querétaro, Mexico All of the fifteen volunteers spent each day and/or evening at the Universidad Tecnológica de Querétaro teaching conversational English. Most of the English Language instructors gave the volunteers topics for discussions. […]

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How to Make Your Golden Years Golden

Volunteering in your Golden Years

Volunteering in your Golden Years might just make your Golden Years – well – golden. Continue reading as Judy, Global Volunteer since 2005, beautifully explains why she has chosen to spend her retired life exploring and giving back to the world. The Golden Years What do these words suggest to me? When I looked them up online, […]

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How to Help Orphans

How to help orphans

Evan loves volunteering with Global Volunteers: she has done it 20 times. Twelve of those service programs were in Romania, where she has dedicated most of her time to helping children at an orphanage. Evan just finished a service program at PPA, a children’s home in Peru. While she was serving, she talked about her experience and […]