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Models of Global Action: Keith and Tim Travel the World to Serve

Global Volunteers Keith Kresge and Tim Cunniff travel to serve worldwide. Together and individually, they’ve served on 37 service programs since 1998, and say they can’t imagine a better way to experience other cultures. Keith has volunteered on 22 service programs including three trips to India, two each to St. Lucia,  Mexico, Vietnam and Italy, as […]

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Committed Global Volunteers Jim and Carla La Rochelle

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 […]

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Donald and Mickey Marshall: Dedicated Global Volunteers Couple

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 […]

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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 consider how to volunteer abroad on your first…or tenth program with Global Volunteers, think about serving as a couple. You’ll discover much more about each other than in your daily lives. Serving together is a life-changing experience that will both challenge and strengthen you. And it’s a unique adventure you’ll share forever. “Jake and I have […]

Global Volunteers “Conceived” on Honeymoon

Global Volunteers' Honeymoon

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’ honeymoon story is told here by Co-founder Michele Gran, who is pictured below holding a child in Jamaica: Occasionally […]

The Five Joys of Volunteering in Portugal

Why you should volunteer in Portiugal

Global Volunteers Jim and Mary Diel share their top 5 reasons for volunteering in Portugal. 1. The local people Working with the children and adults on their English studies is certainly a highlight of volunteering in Portugal (Beja). Eager, enthusiastic and respectful are just a few of the words that describe our interactions with these students. You’ll love […]

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Couple Volunteering in Cuba Deepens Their Commitment to Service

Volunteering abroad with a partner may lead to new directions and interpersonal connections. It can be one of the most significant experiences of your life!  Gail and Bill O’Neal are a couple volunteering in Cuba who truly enjoy service together, as recorded in their program journal: We have been fortunate to be able to travel. It has […]

Team 186 Arrives In Monopoli For Glorious Weeks In Italy

Today was our 1st full day in Monopoli. All of us were eager to begin our work in the high school, as we are the 186th team teaching in Italy. We began our orientation right after breakfast and Rita Marzano, the Italian professor who is our liaison in Monopoli, came to welcome us and to […]

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Teaching English to Vietnamese Students is an Act of Love for Vietnam Vet

teaching English to Vietnamese students

Jim, a Vietnam Veteran and Volunteer,  describes how teaching English to Vietnamese students has enabled him to “pay a debt” to the country’s people. Foreign Trade University in Hanoi, where I taught English, clearly does not have the resources of the average American university. The classrooms are bare, the technology is hit and miss, (or just […]