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The Virtues and Dilemmas of the Cuban People

the Cuban people

Ken, a volunteer from one of the Cuba teams in January, reflects on the virtues of the Cuban people as well as the challenges they face and their dilemma of whether to stay in Cuba or try to emigrate. After only 4 days here, I am already falling in love with Cuba and the Cuban […]

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Cuba Volunteer: “I really did not expect it would be like that.”

Cuba Volunteer in Havana

Reflections from Karin, Cuba Volunteer, about her service in Havana with Global Volunteers: I absolutely loved my week in Havana. I really did not expect it would be like that, since I knew no one and it was my first time going with Global Volunteers. My Teammates were wonderful. The Abuelitas at the Senior Center were so […]

The Tragedy of Poverty in Lima, Peru

Poverty in Lima Peru

Volunteers serving at Puericultorio  Perez Aranibar (PPA) typically accompany local partners on home visits. These journal excerpts depict such a day through the words of Global Volunteer, Mykaela.  After witnessing the areas of extreme poverty in Lima, Peru and the surrounding areas, she concluded that poverty must be the worst of all evils.  Most of the children living […]

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Volunteering in Cuba: You Will Not Regret It!

volunteering in Cuba is something you will not regret

This is the story of Steve, a first-time volunteer in Cuba. His experience shows that volunteering in Cuba is something you will not regret.  Steve was just walking through life minding his business. One day, he saw on a friend’s computer a beautiful background photo that captured his attention. He asked about it. It wasn’t […]

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Volunteer Uses His Professional Background to Make a Difference in Vietnam

use your career to make a difference in Vietnam

Tom has volunteered 5 times in Vietnam. Like Tom, you can use your career to make a difference in Vietnam. The weather today was beautiful — blue skies with a moderately warm temperature. It helped make it another pleasant day in Hanoi. My friend, travel partner and roommate, Keith, and I got up early and took […]

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Volunteer Joins a Dominoes Game in Cuba

Dominoes Game in Cuba

There are some people who can just walk up to a person and make conversation in the most kind and natural way. I’m definitely not one of those people. But Jerry is. His ability to quickly bond and make friends gave him the chance to be asked by total strangers to take part at an […]

Your Day Can Be Way More Enjoyable Volunteering in Vietnam

volunteer in vietnam

Have you ever wonder what would it be like to volunteer in Vietnam? Keith, a 4-times Vietnam volunteer describes a typical day volunteering in Hanoi.  “I’m not sure what part of my day is most enjoyable.” It could be my solo run around Hoan Kiem at the break of dawn. Just me along with hundreds […]

The Greatest Service Possible

the greatest service possible

Karen has participated in seven volunteer programs in the last year. We asked Karen how and why she does it. This is her answer, a lesson on how to make the greatest service possible: If you are anything like me you spend a lot of time thinking about how to be of the greatest service […]

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Husband Tells of His First Experience Volunteering Abroad in India

On a previous post, Jake told the story of how his wife convinced him to join her on a service program. Now, Jake shares about his first time volunteering in India.  Why India? In my circles of academic/student recruitment, many of my comrades who worked the scene in China almost always were doing some work in India.  […]

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Woman Invites Husband on a Volunteer Trip. Man Falls in Love.

Wife Gets Husband to Come on a Volunteer Trip

With volunteering couples, it’s more likely that a wife invites her husband on a volunteer trip than the other way around. Some 70% of Global Volunteers team members are women. One recent example is Holly and Jake. Holly had volunteered five times with Global Volunteers, but Jake had never experienced a volunteer abroad program. In January, they served […]