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Making an Impact Abroad as Short-Term Volunteers

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 […]

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Photos of Service in Ecuador

Global Volunteers Team #164 to Ecuador

Global Volunteers Team #164 in Quito produced engaging photos of service in Ecuador as well as some of the numerous cultural activities. The seven volunteers, including four scholarship recipients from the University of Iowa, served at FUNDAC daycare centers for economically disadvantaged children, helping to care for babies and toddlers,  and assisting with light labor projects. We offer this pictorial example […]

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Volunteering Unboxed: We Help Meet Needs of Syrian Refugees in Greece

Since early 2016, Global Volunteers Crete teams have been called upon by local authorities to help meet the needs of Syrian refugees in Greece.  To date, volunteers work packaging and sorting donated clothing at the port of Heraklion,  and preparing filled boxes for shipping to Athens. One team’s story: More than a million refugees and migrants have traveled across […]

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“Iringa Town” is New Service Destination for 2016 Tanzania Volunteers

Over 30 years,  team members have come to know the sights, sounds and energy of Iringa – the small economic center and transportation hub which has been Global Volunteers’ overnight stop on the way to our partner communities.  But, visits have been limited to a comforting meal at the end of the day’s travel, a cozy bedroom and a quick shopping trip at the […]

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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 […]

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Preparing Food at the Largest Children’s Home in Peru

Prepare food for children in Peru

Volunteers prepare food for children in Peru: A journal entry by a volunteer serving at PPA, the largest children’s home in Peru. Today at the PPA (Puericultorio Perez Aranibar children’s home), we are going to help prepare food for children in Peru, and there is much to do.  The staff will be fixing food not only for […]

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Reading Glass Campaign – A Great Success

With the help of our wonderful volunteers, we carried out a reading glass campaign in Ecuador to distribute reading glasses to members of the community. Since 1996, Global Volunteers has partnered with the local organization FUNDAC (the Spanish acronym for Foundation of Ladies of Calderón) in Calderón, Quito. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, nestled […]

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Pharmacy Students Volunteer in Montana

by Mindy Lull, Professor at Wegmans School of Pharmacy Three years ago, I had a wild idea to find a service trip in the United States where I could take a group of my students to experience a new culture, help a community in need, and grow together as teammates.  I’ve traveled on service trips […]

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My Last Day in Chennai

Team Journal for Tuesday – January 19th 2016. Pre-Departure Tuesday After a weekend of flu-like symptoms, I was very pleased to wake with a much healthier body this morning. After a breakfast of scrambled eggs and dosa (my favorite!) our team left for their respective destinations—Maddie and Carol to utilize their teaching abilities at a […]

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Working with Children – An Absolute Joy

Team Journal for Wednesday, 23rd December 2015 “Life should be great rather than long” – B.R. Ambedkar Today was a great day, and was no exception to the wonderful time we have been having day after day here in Chennai. We had our usual schedule today, going to Assisi Ilam in the morning and Seam […]