Bill teaching with Global Volunteers in Hanoi, Vietnam

Maine Assistant Attorney General William (Bill) Laubenstein has served abroad and in the USA with Global Volunteers since 2007 – contributing his skills to youth and adults in Vietnam, the Cook Islands, Greece, South Africa, India, Ecuador and West Virginia. In this interview, he offers highlights on his volunteer travels to date. My Global Volunteering […]

volunteer in South Dakota

Lisa Godek and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Fargo, are committed to helping others outside of work and school respectively. Their latest service trip was this past summer, in which they spent a week on the Native American Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota lending a hand to the native Lakota people through everyday tasks and creating a […]

“It’s another winters day in Ipalamwa or as I like to think of it, ‘Christmas Village in Tanzania.’

Retired professor and avid amateur photographer Dr. Candice Francis and her husband Mike like to combine service work with their travels for pleasure. To celebrate their 42nd wedding anniversary this year they traveled to Ipalamwa, Tanzania to take part in the RCP (Reaching Children’s Potential) project. Here Candice shares her thoughts with her excerpt from […]

students in Romania

With an interest in Eastern European countries and the will to contribute where help is needed Nancy Haga, volunteered in Barlad, Romania this past May. Nancy  taught at the middle school students of different ages using various techniques to keep them focused, interested and made all her classes worthy to attend. She was very energetic, […]

Mary's volunteer experience in Tanzania

Retired special education teacher Mary Rowlette said she learned in the rural village of Ipalamwa that we’re all more alike than different. Her personal goal, she said was to help children, observe, support others and make a difference in July 2018.  Read on for her interview with Greece Country Manager and Social Media Coordinator Sam […]

active retirement

“A healthy mind in a healthy body” was an ideal first advanced by the ancient Greeks as a prescription for living wisely. Staying active physically and mentally in retirement is mentioned by many of our volunteers as a reason for service. In an online interview, five-time Global Volunteer Elsa Boykin, says volunteering enhances her well-being […]

service experience in Poland

Linda Noonan says teaching English to children as a volunteer abroad was an opportunity to fulfill a long-time dream.  As a retired teacher from Illinois, she knew her knowledge and education were top-notch qualifications.  So she was eager to try teaching students in a foreign culture and test her creative skills in many different ways. […]

Team #172 to Ecuador had the opportunity to visit the home of a child served at an early childhood development center in Calderón, on the northeastern-most border of the sprawling capital city of Quito nestled high in the Andes Mountains. The two centers where Global Volunteers partners in Calderón are for disadvantaged families, and mainly […]

Global Volunteers alumni in Poland.

20-time alumni Steve Fox is a retired teacher from Washington State who participated on his first Global Volunteers program in Minnesota in 2003. 15 years later, as a retiree and octogenarian, Steve has contributed 1360 hours of service on 20 service programs worldwide. Here he shares his reflections on volunteering in retirement. (pictured here with […]

Appleby family Volunteers in Crete

The inter-generational Appleby family group – grand-daughter Megan, father Mike, and grandfather Robert – joined together to volunteer in Crete with Global Volunteers. Their assignment?  Helping elementary and middle school kids speak conversational English.  Although Global Volunteer Alumni Robert taught conversational English to High School kids and adults on previous programs, he said enjoyed working […]