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Volunteering as a Family in Cuba

volunteering as a family in Cuba

On a previous post, Mari told us about her overall experience volunteering with adult children. Here she talks about her experience volunteering as a family in Cuba and overcoming the language barrier.  As only the second group to volunteer in Havana, the structure for our work developed over the weeks. We relied on our creativity for senior […]

Top Ten Family Volunteer Vacations for Summer 2017

Family Volunteer Vacations

Unplug from smart phones and video games and reach out to the world as a family. Many families tell us that spending a week or two serving in a developing community offers a level of bonding that is hard to come by at home amidst everyone’s busy schedules and technology distractions. In addition, this experience will expand […]

Super Summer Family Volunteering in Peru: The Hill Family

family volunteering in Peru

Summer Family Volunteering in Peru – Sydney Hill and her new friends in Alto Progreso. The teens shared an interest in soccer.  The children welcomed hugs and games just as kids everywhere do.  Neighbors worked together to build a stairway for safety and access on the steep cliff. At the conclusion of their two-week project, they […]

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My Experience Volunteering with Adult Children

volunteering with adult children

Mari had volunteered before, but never with her adult children. Here she tells us about her experience volunteering with adult children in Cuba.  My husband and I live in the same town as our two adult sons, who attend a state university. We told them we’d give them an out-of-state experience at in-state prices, so […]

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Family of Four Serve and Explore Greece!

Explore Greece as a family

Global Volunteers salutes Andy, Lucy, Anna and Alice Kligerman,  who have served twice as a family on the island of Crete, in Greece,  where they taught conversational English to summer camp students. It is obvious they made learning productive and fun for their students and each other! Andy writes: “We selected the teaching program in Crete, because […]

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Revisiting Blackfeet with a New Outlook

by Barbara Gironda Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” I thought of these words often as I looked at the beautiful Montana Mountains. It has been 27 years since I ventured to Glacier National Park as a recent college graduate, eager to start […]

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A Mother’s Perspective: “Volunteering in Cuba with My Daughter”

Journal entry by Rechelle, Cuba Global Volunteer, who served with her teenage daughter Kayla: Day three in Cuba, it’s Monday – our first day of service, and what an experience! My daughter Kayla and I spent the morning painting a door at Eduardo’s church. The warmth and welcoming we received from the keepers of the […]

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Helping at Peru’s Largest Children’s Home

FIRST DAY HELPING AT THE LARGEST CHILDREN’S HOME IN LIMA, PERU

Reflections by Jody, on volunteering at PPA, Peru’s largest children’s home. Today was our first official day on the job at PPA (Puericultorio Perez Aranibar) for my husband David and me – and the rest of our team. Personally, the enormity of the facility itself, coupled with the beautiful architecture and the state of disrepair was somewhat overwhelming. […]

Family of Five Lends a Hand in Ecuador

Jocelyn and Will Challas wanted to spend their children’s summer vacation experiencing something meaningful together rather than the traditional family cruise, so the two decided to embark on a journey of a lifetime with their three young daughters (aged seven, ten, and thirteen) to serve and lend a hand in Ecuador. For two weeks, they spent their time offering love […]

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Grandmother and Granddaughter Serve Together in Poland

by Fran Johansen (middle-right in the photo) and her granddaughter Betz Mayer (right in the photo) A day at Villa “Cztery Pory Roku” in Zakopane dawned like most days for us with wisps of mist wrapping around mountains and promises of another wonderful day of building English language skills for the delightful students at the summer English […]