Havana anniversary

Cuba’s capital city began as a Spanish port (San Cristóbal de la Habana) on the Gulf of Mexico in 1515; founded by the Spanish explorer Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar. As it grew to become a busy trading post, a nearby harbor was recognized to have greater access to the Gulf Stream, and the city was […]

May 1st is celebrated in many countries worldwide, with two seemingly contradictory intentions. One dates back to ancient times – officially welcoming spring with flowers, festivities, and Maypoles. The other dates to the 19th century, when May 1st was chosen as the date to celebrate International Workers’ Day – a celebration of worker solidarity and […]

There cannot be a holiday in Ecuador without there being a specific food that goes along with it. For Holy Week, it is an elaborate, rich, creamy soup packed full of grains. This deliciousness is called fanesca. Fanesca can be found in restaurants several weeks before Holy Week, but families get together to prepare it […]

Celebrating Holi festival in Nepal.

The Holi festival, known as “Phagu Purnima” in Nepali, is one of the most anticipated annual celebrations in Nepal.  A three-day festival of color and joy, Holi is observed on the full moon day, which falls either late February or early March. This year, our first volunteer team to Nepal celebrated with the children and staff […]

In Part Two of their blog post about their service program in Crete, Greece Volunteers Tom and Rondi Olson talk about Cretan history, hospitality, cuisine and free-time activities available to volunteers serving in Greece!   Read Part One. Part Two: A brief history of Crete During our Free-Time Adventures We came to Crete without a mental […]

Matt Blythe and Chris discussing the work ahead on the Rosebud reservation

“Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations”. – Black Elk A nice cleansing rain delayed work to prepare and prime Chris’s house. […]

Free time activities, Volunteering in Nepal

Volunteering abroad doesn’t have to be all work!  With Global Volunteers programs, ample time on evenings and weekends are available to enjoy the cultural, educational and natural attractions in our partner communities. The free-time activities in Nepal are varied and numerous.  These opportunities to explore sites near Kathmandu and in the northern regions are recommended […]

Rosebud Reservation sunset

Getting Into the (Axe) Swing of Things We woke up to another beautiful morning on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in Mission, SD.  After our morning walk/jogs, showers, breakfasts and coffees, we met for our group’s morning meeting, and Jane shared her quote of the day. At 8:30, Mama Lauren taught part of the group how to […]

Travel in China

A native of China, Bao Li Wang is our China Country Manager. Bao Li joined the Global Volunteers team in 2005 and manages and leads all teams in Xi’an and Kunming, China. While on a service program in China, Bao Li is your guide on everything – volunteering, culture, development, and travel in China. Bao […]

While it’s never cited as the major motivation for joining a Global Volunteers Tanzania service program, a weekend trip to Ruaha National Park and Game Reserve can’t be topped.  This Tanzania safari destination is East Africa’s largest park and game reserve, about 40 miles from Iringa. It’s home to 10,000 elephants and over 500 species of birds, […]