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The Goal of Development

Volunteers working on projects that matter to the communities.

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; […]

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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 […]

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“We Will Rise” Documentary Spotlights Importance of Girls’ Education

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 […]

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October 11: International Day of the Girl

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 […]

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Ethical Volunteer Vacations: Choose Wisely to Ensure You Help, Not Hurt

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 […]

Helping Children in Ecuador

Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund describes opportunities to help children in Ecuador with Global Volunteers. In the gorgeous Andes Mountains of Ecuador, South America, Global Volunteers partners with the Foundation of Ladies of Calderón, a non-profit organization that runs two daycare centers on the margin of the city of Quito for disadvantaged families in the […]

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Veteran Global Volunteer Circles the Globe to Work With Teens

work with teens and youth

Global Volunteers salutes Ken Dubuque, a Global Volunteer who works with teens and has shared peace and love every year since 2013 in Montana, the Cook Islands, Poland, and Italy.  Ken said he still finds much to talk about, teach and learn from his teen students.  He reflects on his recent experience in working with teens […]

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Top Healthcare Volunteer Programs Abroad

Top Healthcare Volunteer Programs Abroad

The world over, your professional skills in early childhood education and healthcare volunteer programs abroad can be a lifeline for children and families living in poverty. We focus our development work on children in the first 1,000 days of life – from pregnancy to their second birthday – because this is when their brains are developing. […]