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“Where Are the Cook Islands??”

Where are the Cook Islands?

This is a common question Global Volunteer Alumni hear when they return from a volunteer program in the Cook Islands. “Where even is Rarotonga? Where are the Cook Islands? Wasn’t Survivor filmed there? How do you get there?” To most alumni, the Cook Islands are a magical place. It has a piece of their heart. And they […]


A week of Teaching and Learning For All of us!


  Today was the end of a full week—a week of teaching and learning for all of us. The word “bittersweet” came up a few times this morning at breakfast for Meghan and me on our last day of teaching. Last walk by the blue morning glories, the black dog, and the fig trees on […]


Bill and Barb Chase, Global Volunteers Couple on 6 Programs


Global Volunteers salutes Bill and Barb Chase, who have served together on 6 Global Volunteers service programs in Ecuador, Tanzania, Montana, West Virginia, St. Lucia and Costa Rica since 2006. Bill, a retired physician/surgeon, and Barb, a retired teacher, have been exemplary, ideal Global Volunteers who have been loved and respected by their Team Leaders, teammates and the […]


An Inspiring Couple Volunteers 8 times Together!


Global Volunteers salutes Jim and Carolyn Brueggemann. Jim, a retired physician, and Carolyn, a retired teacher, have served together on 8 Global Volunteers service and people to people programs since 2003. Their first service program was in Mexico, and then came Romania, Peru, Ecuador, China, Costa Rica, Cuba and St. Lucia.  It’s obvious Jim and Carolyn […]


Keith Kresge and Tim Cunniff: Phenomenal Global Volunteers!


Global Volunteers Keith Kresge and Tim Cunniff are the consummate Global Volunteers (to say the very least about these two men). All told, they have served on 36 service programs with us since 1998. Keith has volunteered on 19 Global Volunteers service programs in India (3 times), Montana, St. Lucia (2 times), Mexico (2 times), Portugal, Vietnam (2 […]

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Committed Global Volunteers Jim and Carla La Rochelle

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Global Volunteers salutes Jim and Carla La Rochelle for their exceptional service as Global Volunteers since 2005. Jim has served on 8 service programs in Cuba, St. Lucia, Montana, Costa Rica, Poland and Mexico and Carla, his wife, has joined him on 6 of these. Jim and Carla, who are both retired teachers, have participated on a […]

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Donald and Mickey Marshall: Dedicated Global Volunteers Couple

Don and Mickey having a laugh on the porch of the mission house in Pommern, Tanzania

Global Volunteers salutes Donald (Don) and Mickey Marshall for their loyalty, dedication, and service.  Since 2006, Don has volunteered on 10 Global Volunteers service programs, and together, he and Mickey have served on 9 of them in the Cook Islands, Peru, Tanzania, Costa Rica, China and St. Lucia. Don writes, As a retired chemistry professor […]


Greg and Marcia Potvin, Global Volunteers on 7 Service Programs


Global Volunteers salutes Greg and Marcia Potvin, who have volunteered with us in Cuba, India, Peru, Tanzania, Romania and Ecuador on 7 service programs since 2007. Greg writes, I have had the opportunity to work with children in Romania (Tutova), Ecuador, and India (twice). I have also taught English in Cuba and Peru and did […]

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Couple

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Couple

When you volunteer abroad as a couple, you will discover so much more about each other than you would in the comfort of your own home. This life changing experience will both challenge you and strengthen you. And it will be a unique adventure you will have together forever. “Jake and I have taken vacations together, but we […]

Global Volunteers “Conceived” on Honeymoon

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Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook’s unconventional honeymoon led to Global Volunteers’ founding in 1984. That year, the Jamaica Service Program began with two teams. Since 1984, we’ve worked in more than 200 other communities worldwide. Global Volunteers’ story is told here by Co-founder Michele Gran: “Occasionally in life, you get to do something amazing. What’s more, […]