Global Volunteers works in partnership with community leaders on genuine development programs, creating impact in the areas of health, nutrition and intellectual development.

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Build Bridges Between Borders

Build Bridges Between Borders

Maria Maki, 20-time Global Volunteer and Country Manager, shares her thoughts and experiences about the importance to build bridges between borders: Build bridges, not walls. When you hear the words “build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico,” it seems sinister. One forgets that Mexico is a retirement community for many U.S. citizens, who find […]

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Women and Children: Centerpiece of RCP Projects Worldwide

projects for mothers and children

Female volunteers of all ages have always been the foundation of Global Volunteers’ programs. Some 70% of our team members every year are women. Children, of course, are the focus of every service program. And, mothers are crucial for giving children a healthy start in life. So, it’s obvious why projects to help mothers and children form the […]

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Ipalamwa is Nexus for Ambitious Demonstration Program

Ipalamwa Tanzania

Ipalamwa, Tanzania is a small rural village of about 5,000 in the highest highlands of the Iringa District. It’s literally at the “end of the road.” And, what a road it is!  From here, it seems you can see all the way to the end of the Earth. Indeed, the clear, vast perspective from Ipalamwa reveals […]

Meaningful Travel for the Experience of a Lifetime

meaningful travel in Africa

To travel in a purposeful, meaningful way is to enrich your life and the lives of others. You dig deeper, stretch farther, give larger. You discover and learn new things about the world and yourself. You leave a positive mark on the communities you visit and the environments you explore. Meaningful travel is being aware of […]

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A Silent Tragedy

There is a silent tragedy striking families all over the world today. It is not covered on TV news and it is seldom written about in newspapers, magazines or social media. Yet, it is as serious as any major issue facing the world today. It’s called childhood stunting. The Costs: Stunting causes severe consequences that […]

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The Goal of Development

In the last article for our series on the concept of poverty, Peru Country Manager and development expert Daniel Salazar discusses the goal of development. In the past blogposts, we have seen that poverty is the inability to enjoy wellbeing in certain basic areas or dimensions according to what people value. But poverty is the negative; […]

Service Scholarships Aimed to Sustain Help to Romanian Children

Download Scholarship Application Here Up to nine winter Romania volunteering scholarships will be offered in July, 2017 to applicants for December 2017, and January and February 2018 service programs. For the fifth year, a Global Volunteers’ patron has pledged to help fund 2- week volunteers serving on winter teams, to nurture and encourage abandoned children at a time of great need.  A […]

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The Dimensions of Poverty

The Dimensions of Poverty

This is the third part to our series on the concept of poverty. Here Peru country manager and development expert Daniel Salazar discusses the dimensions of poverty. On our last discussion about poverty, we saw that poverty isn’t about the lack of one thing, but that is rather multidimensional. Also, we noticed that our understanding of poverty […]

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Four Approaches to Poverty

Four Approaches to Poverty

Continuing with our series discussing poverty, Peru country manager Daniel Salazar talks about four approaches to poverty. On the last blogpost about the concept of poverty, we briefly discussed the traditional conception of poverty as well as suggested an alternative and more comprehensive understanding of it. But are there other conceptions of poverty besides these two? […]

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What is Poverty? – The Concept of Poverty in Real Life

the concept of poverty

This is the first of a four-part series where Daniel Salazar, Peru country manager and development expert, discusses the concept of poverty.  We all know poverty is bad and try to avoid it and fight it, either for ourselves or for others. But have you ever stopped and thought about what poverty is? One thing that might […]