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Liz and Jacob Turnage: A Mother-Son Volunteer Duo

In the summer of 2014, Liz Turnage and her son, Jacob, decided to take some time out of their busy schedule to make a difference in a rural village in Tanzania, Pommern. This was a difficult task given that Liz is a full-time and hardworking physician and Jacob is an active 16-year-old boy and an […]

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Volunteering with the Pollards

  In the winter of 2014, Deborah Pollard (middle above) and her two children, Meghan (right above) and Aidan (left above), embarked on a volunteer experience of a lifetime to Pommern, a rural village in Tanzania, with Global Volunteers. They lived and volunteered in Pommern for 6 weeks, providing a variety of different services throughout […]

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Reflections From Madeleine!

In August 2014 Matt and Anita Wells along with their four children Eliza, Madeleine, Nathaniel, and Lydia took part on a service program here in Malevizi, Greece. They, along with thirteen other volunteers ranging in age from ten years to 64  years, split up into small groups, chose their class assignments, and got to work helping […]

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Meaningful Work on the Reservation

This is simply an amazing experience for my daughter and for me.  I’m profoundly appreciative that I had the opportunity to do some work related to psychiatry (although I still would have been happy to paint fences!). The treatment program where I did an in-service with the staff on debriefing is really pretty amazing.  They were remarkably receptive, […]

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A Family’s Service Adventure in Tanzania

The Ford Family of Great Falls, Montana (all nine of them) served together in Pommern in June 2013.  This is their journal of their Adventure in Service. 8/6/13 – Lovely seaside dinner with Edward. The food is delicious and the view of the water amazing, but we realize this is the tourist “Disneyland” part of […]

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Father and Daughter Serve Others on the Blackfeet Reservation

serving others Blackfeet Reservation

Global Volunteer and father, Mark, describes serving others on the Blackfeet Reservation with his daughter. This morning when the daily volunteer projects were assigned, we got the word that our help was needed in the town of Babb. Tai asked me to get her lunch together while she gathered her work clothes. I hastily packed two […]

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“People Just Like You”

by Melissa My children have a book about the kids around the world. The message of the book is that “there are kids all around the world just like you.” Seattle, WA and Browning, MT are not a world apart in distance; they may seem like a world apart in other ways. In fact, what […]

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Team 209 : Global Volunteers Costa Rica at local highschool

Our team starts the day by digging posts to replace at the new greenhouse site. This new construction will house growth of the reforestation trees (planted at Colegio site and the Santa Elena Reserve) and hydroponic vegetable garden. Here Ella , Igor and agricultural teacher Daniel measure the plastic ceiling on the basketball court. Tomorrow […]

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Summer English Language Camp in Zakopane, Poland

volunteer in Poland

The months of June and July blossoms with the beginning of the summer English language camps in Poland. Teams of volunteers who arrive in Siedlce and Zakopane eager to work with elementary school and high school students play a very crucial role in educating the future leaders of Poland. The conversational English exercises take the form […]

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Reflections from a Grandmother-Grandson Duo

Thoughts of a Grandmother: Most parents want their children to be happy and successful throughout their lives. Unfortunately, the mainstream culture in western society has defined happiness and success by the amount of material goods an individual possesses, or is capable of purchasing. Parents’ buy the latest video games, I-Pods, and cell phones to create […]