What To Expect When Volunteering in Rural Appalachia

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A guide on what to expect in rural Appalachian culture written by Global Volunteers’ community partners at Southern Appalachia Labor School (SALS). While on a volunteer service program, you will be immersed in Appalachian culture. Many things might come as a surprise to visitors, and so we’ve written this guide to help you better understand […]

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Do-Good Island Escapes Are Good for Others and Your Soul

Global Volunteers do-good island escapes

Looking to Do Good? Consider These Do-Good Island Escapes Some of us are drawn to beaches, others to mountain vistas.  But when we want to escape from the daily pressures of life, many of us choose service as a way to refocus our minds onto something larger than ourselves. So, can you combine a sincere […]

Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali festival in India - children with firecrackers

The Indian Festival of Lights Today marks the Indian festival of lights, called Diwali or Deepavali, which is celebrated throughout the country. The Diwali festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. There are many stories associated with this festival. The most common is […]

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Hearing the Heart of India

Hearing the Heart of India

Despite its incredible growth, India remains true to its historical essence. This is a brief account by Rita, a first time India volunteer, of her experience hearing the heart of India.  This is my fourth Global volunteers program. The first three were in Romania. In December of 2016, I took a Road Scholars trip to Northern […]

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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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Half of the World Is Celebrating and You May Not Even Know about It

Lunar New Year

Jenny Quach is a volunteer coordinator at Global Volunteers. She knows a thing or two about Vietnam. She was born there. Here she shares a little bit about the Lunar New Year. While January 28, 2017 is just another day for most Americans, on the other side of the world, many Asian countries (China, Taiwan, Vietnam, […]

Getting Ready for the Chinese Spring Festival

Chinese Spring Festival

China Country Manager Baoli Wang talks about the Chinese Spring Festival and all the preparations families have to do for this festivity.  Anticipation has been littering in the air for weeks as people frantically prepare for the Chinese Spring Festival. Now, the Festival is really around the corner! However, many people are not done with […]

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Cooking with Stones and Burying Your Food

Cooking with Stones and Burying Your Food

Last weekend I went to the Andes region in Peru, to the city of Huancayo. There I encountered many customs that you might have never heard of and you might find interesting. I will share them with you in a few blog-posts. First of all, allow me to share the custom that brings the sweetest memories: Pachamanca. […]

What Is Little New Year and Why Do the Chinese Celebrate It?

Little New Year

China Country Manager Bao Li Wang talks about the most important holiday for the Chinese,  the Spring Festival, and the Little New Year celebration on January 20.  The Lunar New Year, known as the Spring Festival in China, is the most important holiday for the Chinese. The celebration for the Spring Festival usually lasts for […]

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Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

India Volunteers Erich and Katie recently were recruited by local families to judge a kolam competition outside Global Volunteers’ guest house in Chennai, India.  This is their report: Today was a very special day as it started the Pongal celebration.  Today is the first day of the festivities and it’s called Bhogi, which is similar […]