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Team Tries Fun Activities for Teaching Conversational English to Polish Students

Jim, a recent Poland Global Volunteer, describes his personal technique for teaching conversational English to Polish students.   This morning was a mixture of excitement and some anxiety.  Exciting because I would meet my class of Polish English students for the first time.  I’m a bit anxious because I didn’t know for sure if the activities I planned […]

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Waging Peace in a Conflicted World

A message on International Day of Peace by Peru Country Manager, Daniel Salazar. Just days after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet, the world got some hope for peace when the U.S. and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. But now that the ceasefire is in the brink of collapse and […]

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A Love Affair With China

 Journal entry by Barbara, a volunteer serving in China.  I am always proud to say I have been to Xi’an three times, returning after my first trip in 2007 when I chaperoned a high school trip. Upon retiring from my teaching career, I wanted to “give back to life, ” to “pay it forward” for […]

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Either They’re Getting Taller, or I’m Getting Shorter!

Some 35 percent of our 32, 000 alumni volunteers have served on previous programs. Lori is a particularly loyal Poland volunteer, and over her 30-plus service programs,  she’s  formed relationships with several of the same students year after year. Her reflections as a Global Volunteer alumnus are excerpted from the team journal. I’m fortunate to have met so many great […]

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Reflections on Teaching Program in Poland

A journal by Norina, a Poland Global Volunteer.   I’ve served on the Global Volunteers summer camp teaching program in Poland several times.  I’ll continue to volunteer at Reymontowka, in a lovely pastoral setting in Siedlce, east of Warsaw, and at Zakopane, in the beautiful Tatra mountains south of Kraków. While the food and accommodations at both sites […]

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Poland is First about the People

Long-time Poland alumni report that learning about the Polish people – Polish customs, dance, music, as well as their hopes and dreams is the highlight of volunteering in Poland.  This testimonial from Lori, a 30-time (!) Poland Global Volunteer exemplifies how the Polish people enrich the lives of all who come to know them.  Several years […]

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Awareness, Growth, and Friendship in Cuba

By Melinda, Cuba Global Volunteers Another day of awareness, growth and friendship. Here are my thoughts, abbreviated in this format. Awareness The interdependent Web: Chris, Guthrie, and the professional masons chisel off the old plaster and stucco; I shovel up the pieces and rake the small stones into a pile. Guthrie shovels it up and […]

Five Popular Volunteer Programs for Boomers

Volunteer Programs for Boomers

Comprising about 30 percent of our volunteers, the “Baby Boom” generation has been foundational to Global Volunteers’ growth over the past three decades. In 1984, forward-thinking Boomers helped Global Volunteers pioneer development partnerships worldwide. Here are some of our most popular volunteer programs for Boomers: Havana or rural Cuba The options are endless in Cuba… Teach conversational English, work […]

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Cuban Dream Realized

By Stevan, Cuba Global Volunteer It has been a dream of mine of over 30 years to visit Cuba. Even though there were ways to get there via Canada or Mexico, I was just afraid and didn’t want to be a poster child for the U.S. government as to what could happen to you if […]

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Global Volunteer on 18 Service Programs!

Global Volunteers salutes Hank Raichle, a Global Volunteer who has served on 18 service and people to people programs since 1994 in Jamaica (2 times), Texas, Mexico (2 times), Mississippi (3 times), Spain, the Cook Islands, North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Montana, Portugal and Cuba. Hank writes: “For over 20 years, I have had the […]