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Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

Volunteers Become Judges of a Kolam Competition in India

This is the story of how volunteers become judges of a kolam competition in India, told by the protagonist themselves: Erich and Katie. Today was a very special day as it started the Pongal celebration.  Today is the first day of the festivities and it’s called Bhogi, which is similar to the new year.  We […]

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Volunteering as a Family in Cuba

volunteering as a family in Cuba

On a previous post, Mari told us about her overall experience volunteering with adult children. Here she talks about her experience volunteering as a family in Cuba and overcoming the language barrier.  As only the second group to volunteer in Havana, the structure for our work developed over the weeks. We relied on our creativity for senior […]

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My Experience Volunteering with Adult Children

volunteering with adult children

Mari had volunteered before, but never with her adult children. Here she tells us about her experience volunteering with adult children in Cuba.  My husband and I live in the same town as our two adult sons, who attend a state university. We told them we’d give them an out-of-state experience at in-state prices, so […]

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Volunteer Develops New English Teaching Method in India

Resourcefulness goes a long way on a Global Volunteers Program!  For instance, this volunteer approached English teaching in India with personal creativity that resulted in an innovation available to successive volunteers.  Devra explains what motivated her to inaugurate the Grammar Champion Program on a Global Volunteers India Program. I’m not a teacher, so when I volunteered in 2014 […]

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Boy Scouts Explore, Serve, and Learn in Cuba

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A Boy Scout troop recently went on a great adventure to Cuba. Michael, one of the leaders, tells us how Boy Scouts explore, serve, and learn in Cuba. How do you end up in Cuba? Boy Scouts are known for their commitment to service and their love for adventure. But Boy Scout Troop 845, from […]

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Go to Cuba. You will not be disappointed.

Student serving in Cuba

Brandy was part of a University of Central Missouri summer student volunteer group in Cuba. After two weeks of teaching conversational English to Cuban children and people and supporting the community of Sancti Spíritus in other ways, she wanted to share a message with anyone considering serving in Cuba. Brandy hopes you will pick up where she […]

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Internet Access in Cuba

Internet access in Cuba

Internet access in Cuba is relatively new, and it’s limited in several ways. There is only one telecommunications service provider, ETECSA, which is government owned, like most things in Cuba. ETECSA sells Wi-Fi cards which can be used in Wi-Fi hotspot areas in the city. They cost two dollars per hour, which is what an […]

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Creative Teaching in India – Cow Girls and a Banana Phone

teaching in India

Global Volunteer, Michelle, reports on creative ways to engage students in learning English when teaching in India. After dropping Steve and Barbee at Assisi Illam, Jennifer and I headed back to Christ the King School for a second day with the 4th and 5th graders. We built on the animal teams and team slogans created on […]

Serving Alongside the Cuban People

Cuban People

Reflections from Linda, a recent Cuba Global Volunteer, on serving alongside the Cuban people: I recently had the privilege of participating in a two-week humanitarian trip to Cuba through the auspices of Global Volunteers. The trip more than met my expectations and was educational, fulfilling and gratifying. I felt that as a group we made […]

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How to Help Orphans

How to help orphans

Evan loves volunteering with Global Volunteers: she has done it 20 times. Twelve of those service programs were in Romania, where she has dedicated most of her time to helping children at an orphanage. Evan just finished a service program at PPA, a children’s home in Peru. While she was serving, she talked about her experience and […]