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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 […]

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; […]

Two Romania volunteering scholarships will be offered to applicants for the March 2018 service program. 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 fund drive is underway to match the initial scholarship pledge, releasing the full […]

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 […]

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? […]

the concept of poverty

This is the first of a four-part series where Peru country manager Daniel Salazar, who has a Master’s Degree in Human Development, 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 […]

girls' education is critical

First Lady Michelle Obama’s mission is to help educate girls around the world, and is the expressed theme of CNN’s new original film:  “We Will Rise.” This documentary is a follow up to CNN Films’ 2013 “Girl Rising” which presented girls’ stories from around the world and explained how the power of education can change the world.  Education […]

International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when humanitarians worldwide unite under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take […]

ethical volunteer vacations

Ethical volunteer vacations combine purposeful service with cultural travel – to the ultimate benefit of local children and families.  Global Volunteers structures programs to respect and assist the people who invite volunteers into their communities.    The term “volunteer vacations” was coined by travel guide author Bill McMillan in 1993, in “Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will […]

Higher education in Peru

Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar describes higher education in Peru; providing a context for Global Volunteers’ service projects in Lima. We all know how expensive and demanding higher education can be in the U.S. Well, in Peru, college is as challenging, or maybe more so.  Read my story and then you can decide. My story […]