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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 […]

“Hey, Lori, can I use your phone to check the weather?”

People of Poland Global Volunteers

By Lori Wedeking, Repeat Poland Volunteer. “Hey, Lori, can I use your phone to check the weather?” This request came from a boy who had been my student two years ago at a language camp in Poland. He made this request while the language camp students were enjoying a disco dance evening. I was just […]

Journal Entry from a Volunteer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Volunteer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation with Global Volunteers

Journal from Jed, a volunteer on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation: There is a fire that burns on the Blackfeet Reservation. It has been burning for over a century. You can feel its heat, you can smell its smoke, and yes, like most North Americans, you can do nothing about it. Or, if you can find […]

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A Volunteer’s Powerful Reflections from the Inaugural Ipalamwa, Tanzania Team

Tanzania Volunteer with Global Volunteers

Reflections on Ipalamwa, the village that is at the top of the mountain and the end of the road… From a Team #1 Tanzania Volunteer, Robi Kronberg: Images, experiences and memories of Ipalamwa will forever be a part of me. As a member of the inaugural team to the village of Ipalamwa, I experienced a […]