In Part Two of their blog post about their service program in Crete, Greece Volunteers Tom and Rondi Olson talk about Cretan history, hospitality, cuisine and free-time activities available to volunteers serving in Greece!   Read Part One. Part Two: Discovering Crete’s “Backstory.” We came to Crete without a mental picture, and really had no idea […]

Free time activities, Volunteering in Nepal

Volunteering abroad doesn’t have to be all work!  With Global Volunteers programs, ample time on evenings and weekends are available to enjoy the cultural, educational and natural attractions in our partner communities. The free-time activities in Nepal are varied and numerous.  These opportunities to explore sites near Kathmandu and in the northern regions are recommended […]

While it’s never cited as the major motivation for joining a Global Volunteers Tanzania service program, a weekend trip to Ruaha National Park and Game Reserve can’t be topped.  This Tanzania safari destination is East Africa’s largest park and game reserve, about 40 miles from Iringa. It’s home to 10,000 elephants and over 500 species of birds, […]

Drone Photos of the Cook Islands

Anyone who’s experienced the Cook Islands knows that the crystal-blue waters and beaches are simply off the charts. Global Volunteer Jedd Wasson enjoyed teaching at Apii Avarua primary school on Rarotonga by day, and captured these stunning drone photos of the island during his free time.  He said combining his love of travel and photography […]

Holy Week in Ecuador

Holy Week in Ecuador Holy Week in Ecuador is one of the most colorful times of the year. The processions on Good Friday are one of the greatest demonstrations of Catholic faith. The Good Friday procession in Quito is named Jesús del Gran Poder (Jesus of Great Power) and is said to be one of the largest […]

Dominoes Game in Cuba

There are some people who can just walk up to a person and make conversation in the most kind and natural way. I’m definitely not one of those people. But Jerry is. His ability to quickly bond and make friends gave him the chance to be asked by total strangers to take part at an […]

Cooking with Stones and Burying Your Food

Last weekend I went to the Andes region in Peru, to the city of Huancayo. There I encountered many customs that you might have never heard of and you might find interesting. I will share them with you in a few blog-posts. First of all, allow me to share the custom that brings the sweetest memories: Pachamanca. […]

Pongal Weekend

There’s more heating up on Pongal weekend than just the weather. In India, where this holiday is celebrated, there is a lot going on. If you don’t know about it already, read on to learn about Pongal, one of the coolest celebrations in India. It’s Pongal weekend! Pongal is one of the most important celebrations for […]

Most Underrated City

 Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar talks about a recent BBC article that highlights Lima as the most underrated city in South America.  If you question American news, you might conclude the BBC News is pretty reliable. So if their travel experts recommend to visit Lima, there must be a reason for it. In my opinion, there are […]

New Year's Eve celebrations in Peru.

Peru country Manager Daniel Salazar talks about the different ways people celebrate New Year’s Eve in Peru as well as some local traditions.  That is actually a difficult question to answer as there are many regions with completely different cultures and so various ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Peru. But most people in […]