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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 […]

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How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

In addition to individual volunteer work projects, Global Volunteers also provides groups genuine opportunities to contribute to long-term development projects. Over the years, we have mobilized hundreds of volunteers on organized group programs. We can customize for a range of group sizes starting at 6 and up – in 17 countries across 5 continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, […]

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We’re Drawn to the Children Every Day

teaching children in Peru

As with every other day this week, today began with a luxurious and elegant Morsi Sorsi breakfast.  Around 8:15, we were off to PPA.  Having finished our work project early, today was a day for spending time with our beloved friends of many ages at the orphanage.  I started off the day in Niños Jesús with […]

The Kleissler Family Serves in Tanzania

The Kleissler Family Serves in Tanzania

The Kleissler Family Serves in Tanzania: Amy Kleissler and her son Jack volunteered together in Tanzania. This was the second program for Amy, who has taken four sons to Tanzania during summer vacation. She talks about the “immeasurable value” of experiencing this culture with her children, and the gifts of knowledge and insight the villagers share […]

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The Kay Family in Romania: A High School Student’s Reflections

Family volunteering in Romani

When 14-year-old Cassi Kay volunteered in Romania with her grandmother, Shirley and Aunt Colleen, she wasn’t aware how that experience would impact her future education. Her essay, “My Epiphany, “ submitted with six college applications, helped secure six admissions. Here is Cassi’s story: “I was fourteen when I discovered what so many search for their […]

The Gaultieri Family in Kunming, China

“Returning to the Land of Their Birth” Fran and Tom Gualtieri are committed to exposing their three daughters – Nora, Geni and Dia – to all aspects of the country of their birth. In 2012, and again in 2013, the family volunteered together in Kunming, China to teach conversational skills to Chinese English teachers. They […]

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The Huff Family Worldwide

Global Volunteers’ partner communities have engaged families of all ages and sizes in community development projects on service programs since 1984. The Huff family is exceptional; sharing the world of service in Romania, Poland, Peru, Ecuador, Tanzania and Ghana with their four daughters. Lisa Huff tells their story: In the spring of 2007, my husband […]

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“Our family volunteer experience in Crete was one of the highlights of my life.”

Family volunteer experience in Crete

Reflections from Colleen Shannon, who volunteered with her daughter, Lauren, and two grandsons, Max and Darwin in Crete, Greece: Our family volunteer experience in Crete last month was one of the highlights of my life. Not only was it personally fulfilling, but watching my daughter and grandsons interact with the children, other volunteers and our hosts was […]