Volunteering together as a couple is a life-changing experience that challenges you, and strengthens your relationship. Global Volunteers started in 1984 with a young couple, motivated by service, wanting to share their experience with other couples, families and individuals. Give back on a unique adventure & grow together.

Global Volunteers Tom and Kathy Kromroy had already served together in the Cook Islands, India and St. Lucia when they decided their “gift” to each other would be to mark their 40th wedding anniversary volunteering in West Virginia. They said the opportunity to reflect on important moments together while they helped youth and adults brought […]

Freedom from career demands led retired college professors Sharon and David Moore of Arizona to Cuba with Global Volunteers. In an interview with Volunteer Engagement Manager Maggie Bjorklund, Sharon and David explain how retirees can explore Cuba, experience an intriguing culture, connect and engage with people, build bridges of understanding and respect, and do something […]

Why volunteer in Greece

Global Volunteers alumni Tom and Rondi Olson were eager for their service program in Crete, Greece. After serving in Peru and Cuba, they said the island’s craggy beauty and friendly culture drew them to their next volunteer adventure. In a two-part blog post, Rondi and Tom report on the students, teachers and volunteers they worked […]

Cook Islands culture

When Annie saw the description of Global Volunteers’ Cook Islands program, she suspected it might be precisely the type of “once-in-a-lifetime” destination for her wife, Toby’s, 70th birthday. Together, they decided that celebrating Toby’s milestone birthday in service to others would be unforgettable and rewarding. Read Toby’s story here! By Toby S., First-time Cook Islands […]

“It’s another winters day in Ipalamwa or as I like to think of it, ‘Christmas Village in Tanzania.’

Retired professor and avid amateur photographer Dr. Candice Francis and her husband Mike like to combine service work with their travels for pleasure. To celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary this year they traveled to Ipalamwa, Tanzania to take part in the RCP (Reaching Children’s Potential) project. Here Candice shares her thoughts with her excerpt from […]

Service Vacations with Global Volunteers

Here’s one couple’s story of how they fell in love on one of their service vacations with Global Volunteers – and not fell in love with each other, but instead with three little Peruvian sisters. Told by Jim, two-time Global Volunteer. Let me be honest. When my wife Connie and I decided to visit Peru, […]

On a previous post, Jake told the story of how his wife convinced him to join her on a service program. Now, Jake shares about his first time volunteering in India.  Why India? In my circles of academic/student recruitment, many of my comrades who worked the scene in China almost always were doing some work in India.  […]

Wife Gets Husband to Come on a Volunteer Trip

With volunteering couples, it’s more likely that a wife invites her husband on a volunteer trip than the other way around. Some 70% of Global Volunteers team members are women. One recent example is Holly and Jake. Holly had volunteered five times with Global Volunteers, but Jake had never experienced a volunteer abroad program. In January, they served […]

Best Programs to Volunteer for

Global Volunteers is recognized for offering some of the best programs to volunteer for worldwide. This is largely because of our focus on sustainable development in all our partner communities. Many volunteering families, couples, students, groups and professionals plan their service by season – summer vacation, winter and spring breaks, and fall “shoulder” season up to a […]

Couple volunteering opportunities in Beja, Portugal

Reflections from Bill, 3-time Global Volunteer, on couple volunteering in Portugal. My wife Karen and I joined a small team of seven Global Volunteers in Beja, Portugal for a 1-week volunteer service experience. This was our first service trip together, but not our first experience with Global Volunteers; I participated alone in a Global Volunteers service trip […]