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Alumni “Pay it Forward” Through Program Scholarships

It’s not uncommon for volunteers’ life-altering service program experiences to lead to changes in school choices, career aspirations – or even the choice of spouse!  Some of our alumni have taken the next step and established scholarships enabling other volunteers to follow in their footsteps by serving in the same partner communities. Many donors operate anonymously, but others […]

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High School Volunteer Abroad

High School Volunteer Abroad

Searching for summer, spring or holiday break service-learning programs? Look no further than Global Volunteers’ life-changing, world-changing high school volunteer abroad program. Global Volunteers excels in high-school service-learning opportunities. This is because the long-term community development projects students work on are directed by local leaders, managed by development experts and completed by working hand-in-hand with local children and adults. Over three decades, […]

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How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

In addition to individual volunteer work projects, Global Volunteers also provides groups genuine opportunities to contribute to long-term development projects. Over the years, we have mobilized hundreds of volunteers on organized group programs. We can customize for a range of group sizes starting at 6 and up – in 17 countries across 5 continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, […]

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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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We’re Drawn to the Children Every Day

teaching children in Peru

As with every other day this week, today began with a luxurious and elegant Morsi Sorsi breakfast.  Around 8:15, we were off to PPA.  Having finished our work project early, today was a day for spending time with our beloved friends of many ages at the orphanage.  I started off the day in Niños Jesús with […]

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The Kay Family in Romania: A High School Student’s Reflections

Family volunteering in Romani

When 14-year-old Cassi Kay volunteered in Romania with her grandmother, Shirley and Aunt Colleen, she wasn’t aware how that experience would impact her future education. Her essay, “My Epiphany, “ submitted with six college applications, helped secure six admissions. Here is Cassi’s story: “I was fourteen when I discovered what so many search for their […]

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Transformative Student Volunteer Trip to Ecuador

Student Volunteer Trip in Ecuador

It’s common to leave a student volunteer trip with Global Volunteers transformed – for the better. Ecuador Program Student Volunteer Chelsea,  from Morehead State University, briefly describes her personal transformation: The entire experience as a whole was absolutely fantastic! Our team leader, Maggie, was wonderful and always there when we needed her.  The tías were all so welcoming and […]

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Students Volunteer with Children in Ecuador

Zoe Feldmann, a University of Iowa student, had a yearning to spend her Summer break doing something more meaningful than her regular routine. So she and a few of her college peers packed their suitcases and headed to Quito, Ecuador to volunteer abroad. They embarked on this journey to volunteer with children and make a difference in the lives […]

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Falling in Love with Tanzania

Falling in love with Tanzania

Reflections by Morgan, Tanzania Global Volunteer and Endicott College Student, about her Global Volunteers experience and falling in love with Tanzania. I absolutely fell in love with Tanzania. From the moment I met the Global Volunteers staff until the moment I was back in the airport at Dar es Salaam, I felt so at home in the […]

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High School Serving and Learning in Monteverde With Global Volunteers

Testimonials about Serving and Learning in Monteverde After spending a week serving and learning in Monteverde, this group of 30 high school students, one alumnus, one valiant teacher, and two parents from Fountain Hills, Arizona shared these parting thoughts: “We end the trip with newly developed friendships and newly sculpted leg muscles. Although saying goodbye to these […]