pay your good fortune forward

A valued and resourceful volunteer, Esther Schak, shared with us this creative tip for “paying it forward” each year. She enthusiastically shares it here with you: “Dear fellow volunteers: I was curious about the true value of my Global Volunteers tax deduction, so I prepared my individual taxes this year both with the Global Volunteers […]

Update on Safety in Mexico

In recent months, certain areas of Mexico have been subject to increased levels of violence leading the U.S. to issue travel warnings for a few states in the nation of Mexico. Our website currently states that the states where our service programs are located are not included in the travel warning – which is still […]

India Staff Praised by Recent Volunteers

Volunteers in India help care for orphaned and abandoned children, teach in the classroom, and paint, repair and construct facilities for impoverished children. Four Indian staff facilitate the volunteers’ work. The following quote from Asha Phillips is representative of what volunteers say about our India Country Manager, Stephen Raja Chinnappan: “ I cannot say enough […]

Fundraise Your Fee and Serve This Year!

Don’t allow a meager bank account to deprive you of a volunteer vacation this summer! Take the lead from our creative volunteer fundraisers, and engage your social network in your service with Global Volunteers. Many volunteers — students as well as mature adults — have raised their full service program fees and all travel costs […]


Repeat Poland Volunteer Featured in Community Magazine!

Poland Volunteer Featured in Community Magazine

Poland Volunteer Featured in Community Magazine: Judy of Woodbury, Minnesota was recently featured in her community’s magazine, highlighting her several Global Volunteers service program including two in Poland! Woodbury Magazine Article Retired science teacher Judy T. of Woodbury decided to try a volunteer trip in 1997 for the opportunity to travel, use her teaching skills […]

Portugal Volunteer Team Leader: Meet Joe Testa!

Considering a volunteer service program in Portugal? Chances are, your Portugal volunteer team leader will be Mr. Joe Testa! Joe Testa has over 50 volunteer team leader experiences under his belt. He says he really enjoys doing what he does for a lot of reasons. He likes that it provides him the opportunity to experience […]

“Spring into Service” with Global Volunteers!

“Spring into Service” with Global Volunteers to receive a special limited discount offer for our March and April teams! Four or more volunteers who apply by January 31 for any of these 28 teams in 16 countries will receive a discount of $200 off our standard service program fee, per volunteer, for one-, two- or […]

“Safety Trumps Everything” is our Motto!

At Global Volunteers’ 2010 Annual Staff Training in St. Paul, Minnesota, country managers and volunteer team leaders were certified by the American Red Cross to administer CPR in emergencies. Because “safety trumps everything” is our motto in providing service opportunities worldwide, this training is required of all team leaders annually. You can feel certain you’re […]

Exceptional Staff Recognized and Thanked

Today’s all staff meeting — within our two-week training sessions in St. Paul, Minnesota — was highlighted by naming three outstanding staff members for special recognition. Regional Manager Dorota Wierzbicka(right in photo) was presented with Global Volunteers’ first Staff Person of the Decade Award in appreciation for her long-term, consistent leadership in Global Volunteers’ field […]

Annual Staff Training Begins in St. Paul

“Welcome to snowy Minnesota!” Global Volunteers CEO Bud Philbrook welcomed back 11 of our country managers to St. Paul, Minnesota, where they joined USA staff at our annual staff training, beginning today. After a morning review of our 27-year history of service worldwide, the conversation evolved into a lively discussion about responding to our host […]