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No Downside to Volunteering Abroad as a Family

no downside to volunteering as a family

The Grossman family just served abroad for the first time. They had a great time and were able to make a difference for many neglected children in Peru. Their experience shows that there is no downside to volunteering as a family.  Liza is 12, but she has already traveled outside the U.S. as a volunteer. […]

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What Is It like to Volunteer on the Blackfeet Reservation?

what is it like to volunteer at the Blackfeet Reservation

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to volunteer on an Indian Reservation? A young team member reflects on service-learning as a  volunteer on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana. Highlights from the team journal: What we saw: A girl riding a horse bareback Glorious Glacier Park Lots of completed puzzles at Eagle Shield Housing An oddly few number of […]

Experiencing “Firsts” While Serving in the Caribbean

Serving in the Caribbean with Global Volunteers

There’s a first for everything. And you experience many of them while serving in the Caribbean as a Global Volunteer. Rechelle and her teenage daughter Kayla (pictured above) spent a week volunteering in Anse la Raye – on the island of St. Lucia. Read on as Rechelle reflects on the many firsts she experienced on […]

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My Short-term Service Trip to Ecuador

Short-term service trip to Ecuador

While short-term volunteering has gotten a bad rap because of ill-conceived and DIY efforts, we know that a steady stream of short-term volunteers, simply put, can change lives and the world. Katie, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on her short-term service trip to Quito. I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in […]

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Your Family May Just Need to Volunteer Abroad

family's volunteering abroad experience

On a previous post, Ken, a U.S. and international volunteer, explained why he’s dedicated much of his life to volunteering abroad. His wife Suzanne offers her take on the reasons behind her family’s volunteering abroad experience. Why do you volunteer abroad? I think it is really enriching to volunteer abroad. My husband is a geographer […]

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No Better Way to Know a Community than to Serve Them

volunteering is the best way to learn about a community

Chenin is a candidate for the Physiology and Biophysics Master’s program at Georgetown University. She plans to go to medical school after she graduates and dedicate her career to serve Native American communities. But before doing so, she wanted to get to know their people and struggles better. So she served with Global Volunteers at the Blackfeet […]

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One More Reason Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Why You Should Volunteer Abroad

Ken is one of those people who not only tries to live happily without harming anyone, but actually invests his time helping others. He has helped in his home city of Seattle building houses for low income families, teaching at a school for homeless children, and serving at the Board of his local Girl Scouts […]

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“When we decided to visit Peru, my goal was adventure – not falling in love.”

Service Vacations with Global Volunteers

Here’s one couple’s story of how they fell in love on one of their service vacations with Global Volunteers – and not fell in love with each other, but instead with three little Peruvian sisters. Told by Jim, two-time Global Volunteer. Let me be honest. When my wife Connie and I decided to visit Peru, […]

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Mother and Daughter Travel and Learn Together

mother and daughter travel

Andrea and Tea, mother and daughter, recently went to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia to serve together. Tea is only 14 years old, but what she saw, did, and learned in St. Lucia with her mother is a great testimony of how awesome a mother and daughter travel experience can be.   Our small but […]

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Why Would You Travel with Your Sister?

Travel with Your Sister

A sister-sister relationship is a special one for many reasons. Few people will understand you and your childhood better than a sibling – especially a sister – which is great! However, sisters also know how to get under each other’s skin. So… Why spend two weeks on a volunteer program to travel with your sister? […]