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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 […]

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What a Wonderful Day!

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”

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 […]

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I’ll Remember You Forever

Teaching English in three countries

Marilyn has served in three different service programs. Here she speaks about the experience of teaching English in three countries.  The eyes are equally expectant, although the faces are different. Silent, shy, and incredibly polite college freshman in Xian, China; raucous, rambunctious and never quiet high school seniors in Ostuni, Italy; and respectful, mature adults […]

Sweet Memories of Ecuador

by Erica Chan “Que es eso?” What is this? “Un oso, ” I said. A bear. “Oso, ” said four-year-old David, as he flipped to the next page of the book. David sat languidly between my legs in the midst of a circle of small couches. Next to me clung his eight-year-old sister Marisa and […]

Feeding the Solo Traveler’s Soul

by Ladelle Dilli Helen Keller said, “I’m only one person and I can’t do everything, but I can do something. I will not let the fact that I can’t do everything prevent me from doing what I can.” Spending vacation time in travel that feeds the soul is possible for me as a Global Volunteer. […]

The Babes of Romania Captured My Heart

by Sue Surma I have many poignant memories of my international travel over two decades, but the ones I most frequently awaken with in the morning is of my volunteer service in Romania. There, I tended and nurtured about 30 infants and toddlers, ranging in age from five months to two years with Global Volunteers. […]

My Week Among the Blackfeet

LIFE ON THE “REZ” by Todd Cannon I nearly bolted from the sweat lodge before the first round was over. I must have looked as if someone had doused me with a bucket of water – a steady stream of sweat running down my head, torso, limbs. The heat and total darkness inside the sweat […]