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 […]

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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

Two seemingly different worlds united on the Blackfeet Reservation this summer. Suh Ning Yeoh journied from Malaysia to explore and lend a hand to the people in our host communities of Browning and Heart Butte. How beautiful to hear that the eyes and minds of both Suh Ning and our host partners were opened by their differences and […]

Message For the Day: Children, Paper Chains, and Being Truly Grateful Being a team of one has its disadvantages, like not having the time to blog everyday. I’ll do my best to get as much in here as I can in the time that I have. My mornings at the hospital have been very rewarding […]

by Melanie Working as a Global Volunteer can be as much about helping yourself as it is helping others. You might learn a new openness that changes your perspective, and your beliefs in your own possibilities. For instance, you might need to keep an open mind when you get up at 6AM to take a shower, […]

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: given by Tim (from Davenport, IA) (From Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson) Chp. 15 introduction: “Not hammer-strokes, but dance of the water, sings the pebbles into perfection.” **Global Volunteers are part of the continuum in completing projects for their hosts. ** JOURNAL ENTRY: written by Todd (from Jeffersonville, IN) […]