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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

In addition to individual volunteer work projects, Global Volunteers also provides genuine opportunities to volunteer abroad as a group and 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 […]

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: 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 […]

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 […]