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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? […]

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“I found out what I want to do with my retirement…”

Retirement volunteer work in Costa Rica

International volunteer work is rewarding. It’s an opportunity to give back and help others. Plus, you make new friends, learn about a different culture and get out of the house through the process. Older adults who volunteer report higher levels of well-being. Some studies indicate those that volunteer live longer than those who lead more sedentary […]

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There Is No Darkness in Cuba

There Is No Darkness in Cuba

A blackout seemed to frustrate a volunteer’s English classes one night. But soon our volunteer, Jennifer, would learn that there is no darkness in Cuba. I am going to remember Monday as a collection of sounds, lights, and … darkness! Breakfast at hotel: The slurps of coffee and leche, the undertones of Deutsche – sprechen […]

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Hearing the Heart of India

Hearing the Heart of India

Despite its incredible growth, India remains true to its historical essence. This is a brief account by Rita, a first time India volunteer, of her experience hearing the heart of India.  This is my fourth Global volunteers program. The first three were in Romania. In December of 2016, I took a Road Scholars trip to Northern […]

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Volunteers’ Expectations Vs. Reality in Vietnam

Expectations Vs. Reality

Expectations Vs. Reality in Vietnam: Fran, a volunteer serving in Vietnam, writes about her expectations and what she actually finds at a day serving with Global Volunteers.  Expectations: It is early and I am awake. I want desperately for this day to begin when I will meet and make new friends. In the short time […]

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How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans?

Sorting Five Kilos of Beans

How Does a Volunteer React After Sorting Five Kilos of Beans? Bob, a first time volunteer in Cuba, had such a rewarding experience that he actually came up with a verse.  Our task was to examine five kilos of black beans for foreign objects, then do the same with five kilos of white rice. I was so moved […]

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Enjoy the Carribbean by Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Using your professional skills as a volunteer can be very satisfying, says Sara, first-time St. Lucia volunteer.  It might be the best way to experience the Caribbean!  She reflects on a two weeks of teaching and health care projects – on the captivating island of St. Lucia. It is with bittersweet emotions that we take our […]

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The Best Volunteer Programs in South America

Best Volunteer Programs in South America

There are many natural and cultural attractions that inspire travelers to explore South America – especially in Ecuador and Peru (Machu Picchu and the Galápagos Islands to mention a couple). However, to know a place and culture is to know her people. When you volunteer in South America, you obtain a unique perspective through the lives of the local […]

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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 […]