The Impact of Short-term Volunteering

By Ruth Curran, Brain Development Specialist and Global Volunteer alumnus. You can find plenty of articles questioning the value of short-term volunteers on long-term community projects. But I wonder how many of these authors have participated on authentic development projects managed by fully invested local leaders? As in everything, the truth is in the experience.  I’ve […]

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, […]

by Denise Miller My first experience with Global Volunteers was in 2005, when I read an article in The Washington Post about volunteer vacations. When I looked at the Global Volunteers website, the Cook Islands was featured on the front page, and I was hooked. This was a place I had always wanted to visit, and […]

San Diego author, blogger and psychologist Ruth Curran believes things happen for a reason. For instance, she believes the understanding seized from her life-changing brain injury may very well change the futures of children on a West Indies island – nearly 4, 000 miles away. Today, she channels her energy, skills, and talent for re-framing […]

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 […]

TEACHING ENGLISH AT A UNIVERSITY IN PERU

What do a coffee expert, dairy expert, economics professor, and finance professor have in common? Maybe not much, but in Lima, they all get together to practice their English with volunteer Jane. Jane is a retired nutritionist, so she knows the meaning and pronunciation of all those technical words professors at the La Molina Agrarian […]

Message of the Day – To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.- Buddha I am very excited to begin today, since it is my first day teaching health education classes in the schools.  It seems an appropriate time to […]

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Message of the day: “Don’t cry because it’s over…..but smile because it happened!”    –  Dr. Seuss   Day two into our second week consisted of myself and three others attended the “Right to Life” center, where we worked with adults having very severe disabilities.  We worked alongside and observed sessions with […]

Message of the Day: “I learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou Our message of the day inspires and reminds us as to why we are here, a written reminder we can read/share with friends this […]

Message of the Day: The Arts Are For Everyone! February 20 dawned bright and relatively clear over the Global Volunteer Guest House. The early morning started out with a much needed hair washing in the bathroom bucket and then Karen and I commiserating over either the preferred morning tea or coffee. After my FAVORITE noodle […]