Why Solo Volunteer Travel Is the Best Way to Travel

Solo Volunteer Travel Is the Best Way to Travel

You’re never truly alone on a Global Volunteers volunteer program. Joining like-minded and compassionate people from all over the world on important community development projects can be one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of your life. Two-time Global Volunteer Jennifer explains why she believes solo volunteer travel is the best way to travel. I […]


First Days of our Appalachian Adventure in Service


Journal entry by Alexandra, West Virginia Global Volunteer.  Our Appalachian Adventure in Service has resolved into a predictable rhythm.  The day started early with breakfast and coffee then the group split up: David, Hillary and Pam stayed in Beards Fork and Sandy, Stephanie, Lynne, Kim, Janet and Alexandra traveled to Oak Hill in the van […]


Brenda Pearson: Global Volunteer, Team Player and Friend


Global Volunteers salutes Brenda Pearson, who has served on 9 Global Volunteers service programs since 2008, beginning with Mexico. From there Brenda was “hooked” on Global Volunteers and went on to serve in China, Portugal, St. Lucia, Vietnam and Poland (4 times). Brenda is noted for her professionalism, easy going and gentle nature, optimism, flexibility, […]

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Thoughts from a 10-time Global Volunteer


Global Volunteers salutes Tom Medsger for his remarkable service making a difference on 10 Global Volunteers service programs since 2007, with nine in Mexico and one in Portugal. Mexico and its students have captured Tom’s heart. As English has become the language of commerce, technology, and opportunity worldwide, students greatly value the opportunity to practice with […]

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Transgender Global Volunteer Welcomed by Blackfeet Nation


by Linda Roberts I participated in Global Volunteers’ service program on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana last July (2015). It was not an LGBT-focused program but I am a transgender (MTF) woman. I believe my participation was breaking new ground for the transgender community in particular. There were 14 volunteers including myself. I was […]


What a Wonderful Day!

Marie Casseus (8)

Thought for the day:  “For one minute, walk outside, stand there in silence, look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing life is.” What a wonderful day meeting with Stephen, our wonderful, kind, compassionate leader, along with our fantastic team. Since there are only 4 of us on the team, we have our own […]

The Familiar and the New


by Cassidy Toner During the seven days our team has been at the hospital, some things have become very familiar — the sight of Ionut running out of the playroom, exclamations of “acolo” from Ema and Delia, Shrek 2, meows from Alina, and David dumping  out  every container of toys he can find. However, each […]

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Colorado Nurse Spends Her Vacation Time Volunteering Around the World


by Tracy Heaberlin Have you ever googled travel, service, and babies? I did about 10 years ago, and it led me to Global Volunteers. Working as a health-care provider, I was interested in spending some of my vacation time engaging in short-term volunteerism. Global Volunteers helps provide short-term volunteers on long-term service projects to create, […]

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“Volunteering Abroad Impacted My Career Path”

Norman with students in Cuba

by Norman Baxter My experience with Global Volunteers spans several decades, beginning in 1992 when I went to Russia for three weeks as a business volunteer. Michele Gran (Global Volunteers’ Co-founder) was part of that team, which delivered two one-week seminars for Russian business people outside of Moscow. As a banker, I contributed a lecture […]

Ipalamwa Adventure


My Third Annual 3-Week Volunteer Vacation with Global Volunteers Each year of volunteering with Global Volunteers in Ipalamwa, Tanzania is a new adventure and safari (is Kiswahili for journey). It’s not just the physical journey of getting and being there it’s more of a mental and spiritual journey; learning more about the Tanzanian people, resources, […]