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Student Volunteer Trip to the Cook Islands

Volunteer Trip to the Cook Islands with Global Volunteers

Reflections from Global Volunteer Jedd about his volunteer trip to the Cook Islands. My volunteer trip to the Cook Islands was incredible. I worked at a local school close to where we were staying, called Apii Avarua. It is a K-8 school and decently sized, about 30 per grade. Three of us 9 volunteers helped […]

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Global Volunteers’ Top Podcast Episodes of 2017

Top Podcast Episodes of 2017

Have you listened to them all? Enjoy our top podcast episodes of 2017. Our Be the Change podcast tells the stories of seekers and humanitarians as they discover the joys, insights, and surprises of service. This podcast series is a conversation about the expected and the unexpected; the active and the passive; the exhilarating and the […]

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Louise Chose Volunteer Travel in the Caribbean

Volunteer Travel in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers

In November 2017, Louise Kelly decided to take a trip to the Caribbean, but not for the crystal-blue bays or soft sand beaches. Louise was craving something different, something more. She wanted to meet, learn from, work with, and develop friendships with the local people. Louise chose volunteer travel in the Caribbean. Read on for […]

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“The Best Volunteer Vacations Are With Global Volunteers”

best volunteer vacations

In an interview with Matt Mayes, Florida-based videographer, four-time volunteer Lynn talks about her experience looking for, and finding, meaningful travel and what she describes as the best volunteer vacations.  How did you learn about Global Volunteers? About three years ago, I was looking towards retirement and always had a passion for travel. We’ve traveled […]

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Reverse Culture Shock After Spending a Week in Costa Rica

reverse culture shock

Volunteer Robert writes about his “reverse culture shock” upon returning home to Washington after volunteering at a secondary school in the the cloud forest region of Monteverde, Costa Rica for a week. Here’s his list of 20 things he had not expected!  Reverse Culture Shock Attention Global Volunteers Costa Rica Team #233: There is a […]

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An American Family Meets an Ecuadorian Family

Volunteering with children in Ecuador

Powerful reflections written by volunteers while serving at a daycare and after visiting a family in their home in Calderón, Ecuador. They write about the relationships they formed while volunteering with children in Ecuador.  Volunteering with Children in Ecuador I find that I am truly able to lose myself in the needs of the children […]

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Declare This A Very Fine Day In The Life, Work, And Experience of Team 2

Tanzania

Team Journal Entry for September 6, 2017 from Team #2 to Ipalamwa, Tanzania Each volunteer team of Global Volunteers prepares a team journal for the service program. Each entry assumes the personality of the author, and many are greatly entertaining. We find this entry by team member Beverly, an attorney, especially creative! See if you […]

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Reflections from Team #1 in Ipalamwa

Reflections in Tanzania

Reflections in Tanzania from Global Volunteers Team #1 to Ipalamwa by Ruth Curran, Team #1 volunteer, Global Volunteers board member, and Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) advisory committee member I know that journal entries are about creating a diary and chronicling the events of each day – that is important and that will give us all […]

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A Letter to Students Thinking about a Volunteer Program

student volunteer program with Global Volunteers

A letter to students who are thinking about joining a Global Volunteers student volunteer program – from Jed Pettit, a Montana volunteer and recent University of Alberta graduate. Jed shares how his service experience has been beneficial to his future career. Why I feel my student volunteer program was beneficial to my future… Many young people […]

Reasons to Volunteer in Poland

Teaching conversational English in Poland

Lori Wedeking has been serving in Poland since 2002 – on a total of 34 programs to date. She describes her main reasons for doing so, year after year, teaching youth conversational English. Her top four reasons to volunteer in Poland: #1 – The work of teaching English is both real and needed. Many young adults […]