6 Creative Tips for Fundraising to Volunteer Abroad

Fundraising to Volunteer Abroad

Many of our volunteers have raised enough money to cover their entire volunteer program fee, and now we want to encourage you in your efforts towards fundraising to volunteer abroad. This post covers the basics of the great fundraising tool that Global Volunteers offers along with creative tips. 1. Use our fundraising tool We make […]

5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Volunteer Abroad in College

volunteer abroad in college

College is a time when millennials are told that they are supposed to find themselves or a deeper purpose in life. For many young people, it can be a harrowing task to discover the “real world,” especially when the real world isn’t much more than campus and home. But what if you volunteered abroad while in college to […]


High School Group Volunteering in Costa Rica

Volunteers and students working together

Arizona High School Students in Costa Rica A team of 34 Arizona Fountain Hills High School students and chaperones united with Colegio students on Global Volunteers’ high school group volunteering program in Costa Rica. Working together, they carried out maintenance on the forest trails on campus – an outdoor classroom at this ecotourism-focused school, shared the “pura vida” culture in […]

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First Day at the Reservation

Ben's Lighthouse Group Photo

A journal by Sarah, a Montana Global Volunteer. Sarah was part of the Ben’s Lighthouse Group.   We woke up and had peanut butter for breakfast. Rick led a nice activity in which we said what lighthouses meant to us and what they symbolized. We drove to Browning and saw some happy cows in tall grass. […]

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A Day of Service-Learning in Cuba

service-learning in Cuba

Ever wonder what a day of service-learning in Cuba looks like? We assure you that when you help others in Cuba, your life, in turn, changes in unimaginable ways. But you don’t have to trust only our word… Read the words of Sydney, a University of Central Missouri student, describing her day in the life of a Cuba Global […]


Our First Days as Global Volunteers

first days as volunteers

Most volunteers abroad discover that the first days in the partner community is a time to settle in learn the day-to-day routine of service work. Some insights by a recent Cuba volunteer: By Becca, University of Central Missouri student and Cuba Volunteer. This morning we loaded all of our luggage into vintage 1950s cars, which were […]


Seven Statistics From My Volunteer Work in Cuba

Ben in Cuba

Journal entry by Ben, Cuba Global Volunteer and University of Iowa Student, written during his volunteer program in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. Over the course of my volunteer work in Cuba, I have tried to think of a way to explain to everyone back in America just what it was like to be in Cuba.  I don’t think […]


The True Meaning of Dance

Ella in Cuba

Journal by Ella, Cuba Global Volunteer and Blake School Student.  Today, we finally discovered the true meaning of “bailar”, what it really means to dance. Through learning the contagious salsa which I have no doubt we will be teaching family and friends back home, learning the conga and the cha-cha, listening to the never-ending party […]

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Student Volunteers Making Friends in Cuba

Bennett in Cuba

Bennett, a Global Volunteer in Cuba and Blake School student, discovers that making friends in Cuba comes easily with shared interests and activities. Friday was truly something to behold. From working in the fields, alongside friends, to tutoring a group of four Cubans who collectively spoke only a small sliver of English, I personally found Friday […]

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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 of […]