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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 […]

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Thoughts from a 10-time Global Volunteer

Global Volunteers salutes Tom Medsger for his remarkable service making a difference on 10 Global Volunteers service programs since 2007, with nine in Mexico and one in Portugal. Mexico and its students have captured Tom’s heart. As English has become the language of commerce, technology, and opportunity worldwide, students greatly value the opportunity to practice with […]

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Committed Global Volunteers Jim and Carla La Rochelle

Global Volunteers salutes Jim and Carla La Rochelle for their exceptional service as Global Volunteers since 2005. Jim has served on 8 service programs in Cuba, St. Lucia, Montana, Costa Rica, Poland and Mexico and Carla, his wife,  has joined him on 6 of these. Jim and Carla, who are both retired teachers, have participated on […]

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Donald and Mickey Marshall: Dedicated Global Volunteers Couple

Global Volunteers salutes Donald (Don) and Mickey Marshall for their loyalty, dedication, and service.  Since 2006, Don has volunteered on 10 Global Volunteers service programs, and together, he and Mickey have served on 9 of them in the Cook Islands, Peru, Tanzania, Costa Rica, China and St. Lucia. Don writes, As a retired chemistry professor […]

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Reflections of Global Volunteer Don Maher III

Global Volunteers salutes Don Maher III, who has served with us in Mexico, Romania, Italy, China, Tanzania, Costa Rica, India, Vietnam and Poland on 10 service programs since 2006! Don writes, “One Man’s View Participating on Global Volunteer’s Programs Do you want to be a traveler or a tourist in life? That is, do you […]

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Volunteering Unboxed: We Help Meet Needs of Syrian Refugees in Greece

Since early 2016, Global Volunteers Crete teams have been called upon by local authorities to help meet the needs of Syrian refugees in Greece.  To date, volunteers work packaging and sorting donated clothing at the port of Heraklion,  and preparing filled boxes for shipping to Athens. One team’s story: More than a million refugees and migrants have traveled across […]