What’s more meaningful than a family volunteering together? Vacation together and help improve the world.  Work with other family volunteers on important community projects for one or two weeks.  See how meaningful your family vacation can be when you volunteer in another culture.

Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs

Now is the time to finalize your spring “alternative vacation.” Instead of beach hopping, visiting the predictable theme park, or binge-watching Netflix, imagine a life-changing break contributing to meaningful projects, developing unique friendships with people from another culture, and experiencing life in a new community. (Sounds great, right?!) Continue reading to learn about popular alternative spring break/vacation […]

volunteer in South Dakota

Lisa Godek and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Fargo, are committed to helping others outside of work and school respectively. Their latest service trip was this past summer, in which they spent a week on the Native American Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota lending a hand to the native Lakota people through everyday tasks and creating a […]

Appleby family Volunteers in Crete

The inter-generational Appleby family group – grand-daughter Megan, father Mike, and grandfather Robert – joined together to volunteer in Crete with Global Volunteers. Their assignment?  Helping elementary and middle school kids speak conversational English.  Although Global Volunteer Alumni Robert taught conversational English to High School kids and adults on previous programs, he said enjoyed working […]

Gleeful children

Global Volunteers Ecuador Country Manager Maggie Bjorklund writes about a very happy morning at the early childhood development center in Quito where Global Volunteers has partnered for almost two decades – when the gleeful children played at a water table the center was gifted.  Over the years, I have been lucky to witness many joyous […]

Melissa, an attorney and mother of four boys aged nine to twelve, from Austin, Texas, was seeking a volunteer opportunity for two of her sons to give them hands-on experience with children and increase their global awareness. She decided on Global Volunteers’ Ecuador service program, where her boys could help take care of very young […]

Take a chance

In an interview with Matt Mayes, Florida-based videographer, Global Volunteers Team Leader Cindy Murray talks about her experiences volunteering and leading teams. Her advice, take a chance and volunteer.  Background: Cindy served on her first Global Volunteers service program in 1997 in Mississippi. She trained to become a Volunteer Team Leader and has led teams […]

Volunteering with children in Ecuador

Powerful reflections written by volunteers while serving at a daycare and after visiting a family in their home in Calderón, Ecuador. They write about the relationships they formed while volunteering with children in Ecuador.  Volunteering with Children in Ecuador I find that I am truly able to lose myself in the needs of the children […]

Children helping children in Ecuador

This story, relayed by Global Volunteers’ Ecuador Country Manager, is a beautiful example of children helping children in Ecuador.  Adam and Amy of Virginia were seeking to give their two young sons, Reed (age 9) and Clayton (age 7), the experience of serving others, exploring another part of the world, and learning about how other […]

Teamwork – Why it’s Essential on Global Volunteers’ Service Programs You’ll quickly discover how serving on a Global Volunteers team can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.  A hallmark of teamwork on volunteer abroad programs is a cohesive group of volunteers who arrive together in the partner community and serve collaboratively.  Relying on […]

new volunteer opportunity for families

As we shared before, Global Volunteers has recently been invited by the Municipality of Miraflores to partner with them in various human development projects. We asked the Miller family about their experience to learn about this new volunteer opportunity for families. What led you to join in this new volunteer opportunity for families? Irene: I […]