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The Value of Teamwork on Volunteer Abroad Programs

Teamwork – Why it’s Essential on Global Volunteers’ Service Programs You’ll quickly discover how serving on a Global Volunteers team can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.  A hallmark of teamwork on volunteer abroad programs is a cohesive group of volunteers who arrive together in the partner community and serve collaboratively.  Relying on […]

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“When we decided to visit Peru, my goal was adventure – not falling in love.”

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, […]

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Husband Tells of His First Experience Volunteering Abroad in India

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.  […]

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Woman Invites Husband on a Volunteer Trip. Man Falls in Love.

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 […]

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Best Programs to Volunteer for by Season

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 in Portugal

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 […]

Service Trips for Couples: Advice from Seven Couples

Service Trips for Couples

Young couples, mature couples, newlyweds, 50+ anniversary couples, LGBT couples… All different kinds of couples join Global Volunteers to experience an adventure in service together. This is an opportunity to learn about a new culture and do something meaningful with your better half – all while growing closer. We offer service trips for couples in […]

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“Where Are the Cook Islands??”

Where are the Cook Islands?

This is a common question Global Volunteer Alumni hear when they return from a volunteer program in the Cook Islands. “Where even is Rarotonga? Where are the Cook Islands? Wasn’t Survivor filmed there? How do you get there?” To most alumni, the Cook Islands are a magical place. It has a piece of their heart. And they […]

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A week of Teaching and Learning For All of us!

  Today was the end of a full week—a week of teaching and learning for all of us. The word “bittersweet” came up a few times this morning at breakfast for Meghan and me on our last day of teaching. Last walk by the blue morning glories, the black dog, and the fig trees on […]

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Motivated Couple Volunteering Worldwide Reflects on Impact of Service

Global Volunteers Bill and Barb Chase have served together in Ecuador, Tanzania, Montana, West Virginia, St. Lucia and Costa Rica since 2006. This couple volunteering worldwide exemplifies the opportunities to discover the world – and each other – together through service.  Bill, a retired physician/surgeon, and Barb, a retired teacher, are loved and respected by their team […]