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“Take A Chance. Do It. Unplug. Volunteer And Travel.”

Take a chance

In an interview with Matt Mayes, Florida-based videographer, Global Volunteers Team Leader Cindy Murray talks about her experiences volunteering and leading teams. Her advice, take a chance and volunteer.  Background: Cindy served on her first Global Volunteers service program in 1997 in Mississippi. She trained to become a Volunteer Team Leader and has led teams […]

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Reverse Culture Shock After Spending a Week in Costa Rica

reverse culture shock

Volunteer Robert writes about his “reverse culture shock” upon returning home to Washington after volunteering at a secondary school in the the cloud forest region of Monteverde, Costa Rica for a week. Here’s his list of 20 things he had not expected!  Reverse Culture Shock Attention Global Volunteers Costa Rica Team #233: There is a […]

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The Value of Teamwork on Volunteer Abroad Programs

Teamwork – Why it’s Essential on Global Volunteers’ Service Programs You’ll quickly discover how serving on a Global Volunteers team can be one of the most significant experiences of your life.  A hallmark of teamwork on volunteer abroad programs is a cohesive group of volunteers who arrive together in the partner community and serve collaboratively.  Relying on […]

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Crowdsourcing to Volunteer Abroad

crowdsourcing to volunteer abroad

Read about how one Global Volunteer used crowdsourcing to volunteer abroad – raising enough funds to cover both the program fees and to buy schoolbooks for students in Tanzania. “Kelly is one of those full of life, bursting at the seams with joy and laughter people who feels the world on a deeper level than […]

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Traveling That Comforts the Soul

volunteering abroad comforts the soul

Jeff started volunteering abroad after a personal loss. His journey of healing lead him to a new journey – as a Team Leader for Global Volunteers. This is Jeff’s story – about how volunteering abroad comforts the soul.  Jeff admits his story is deeply personal. When he lost his wife to breast cancer, he also […]

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A Most Memorable Volunteer Experience in the Caribbean

memorable volunteer experience

Taaneil recently volunteered in the Caribbean for the first time. In his trip with Global Volunteers he served in St. Lucia helping build a library for a Primary School. It was an experience of many firsts and many learning opportunities. Here he gives an account of his experience, a most memorable volunteer experience. Looking back […]

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What Is It like to Volunteer on the Blackfeet Reservation?

what is it like to volunteer at the Blackfeet Reservation

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer on an Indian Reservation? A young team member reflects on service-learning as a  volunteer on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Highlights from the team journal: What we saw: A girl riding a horse bareback Glorious Glacier Park Lots of completed puzzles at Eagle Shield Housing An oddly few number of […]

Exactly What to Expect When Volunteering in Italy During Fall

Each September, a dedicated group of Global Volunteers pack their bags to volunteer in Italy and help engaged students with their conversational English skills. Global Volunteers’ Italy Volunteer Team Leader, Phyllis Thompson, put together a list of things you can expect to experience when volunteering in Italy during fall. Let’s get started! The students are excited […]

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A Lesson Worth Learning Over and Over Again, Even at Age 58

Service Trip to Poland

Are you searching for a meaningful yet reassuring volunteer opportunity? Ease into a service trip to Poland! Global Volunteers engages individuals of every generation, ethnicity and walk of life on our Poland Service Program to help teach conversational English to students – and no previous teaching experience is necessary! These students crave the chance to learn American English from […]

Why Solo Volunteer Travel Is So Fulfilling

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 […]