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Helping at Peru’s Largest Children’s Home


Reflections by Jody, on volunteering at PPA, Peru’s largest children’s home. Today was our first official day on the job at PPA (Puericultorio Perez Aranibar) for my husband David and me – and the rest of our team. Personally, the enormity of the facility itself, coupled with the beautiful architecture and the state of disrepair was somewhat overwhelming. […]

Super Summer Family Volunteering in Peru: The Hill Family

family volunteering in Peru

Summer Family Volunteering in Peru – Sydney Hill and her new friends in Alto Progreso. The teens shared an interest in soccer.  The children welcomed hugs and games just as kids everywhere do.  Neighbors worked together to build a stairway for safety and access on the steep cliff. At the conclusion of their two-week project, they […]


Family of Four Serve and Explore Greece!


Global Volunteers salutes Andy, Lucy, Anna and Alice Kligerman, who have served twice as a family on the island of Crete, in Greece, where they taught conversational English to summer camp students. It is obvious they made learning productive and fun for their students and each other! Andy writes: “We selected the teaching program in Crete, because we thought […]


Revisiting Blackfeet with a New Outlook

Barbara, Joy, and the Team

by Barbara Gironda Marcel Proust said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.” I thought of these words often as I looked at the beautiful Montana Mountains. It has been 27 years since I ventured to Glacier National Park as a recent college graduate, eager to start […]


A Mother’s Perspective: “Volunteering in Cuba with My Daughter”

Rechelle and her daughter Kayla with some of their students in Cuba

by Raechelle. Day three in Cuba, it’s Monday – our first day of service, and what an experience! My daughter Kayla and I spent the morning painting a door at Eduardo’s church. The warmth and welcoming we received from the keepers of the church was overwhelming. We practiced our Spanish with Cilda and Alejandro. An […]

Top 10 Family Volunteer Vacations for Summer

Family Volunteer Vacations

These family favorites place you and your child on life-enriching projects with local children of all ages. Browse this list of family volunteer vacations to find the best fit for you! The minimum age for each volunteer child is noted. Siedlce, Poland Summer Language Camp Teach conversational English to students ages 8 to 18 at the […]

Family of Five Lends a Hand in Ecuador


Jocelyn and Will Challas wanted to spend their children’s summer vacation experiencing something meaningful together rather than the traditional family cruise, so the two decided to embark on a journey of a lifetime with their three young daughters (aged seven, ten, and thirteen) to serve and lend a hand in Ecuador. For two weeks, they spent their time offering love […]


Grandmother and Granddaughter Serve Together in Poland


by Fran Johansen (middle-right in the photo) and her granddaughter Betz Mayer (right in the photo) A day at Villa “Cztery Pory Roku” in Zakopane dawned like most days for us with wisps of mist wrapping around mountains and promises of another wonderful day of building English language skills for the delightful students at the summer English […]

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How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

How to Volunteer Abroad as a Group

In addition to individual volunteer work projects, Global Volunteers also provides groups genuine opportunities to contribute to long-term development projects. Over the years, we have mobilized hundreds of volunteers on organized group programs. We can customize for a range of group sizes starting at 6 and up – in 17 countries across 5 continents: Africa, Asia, Europe, […]

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We’re Drawn to the Children Every Day

teaching children in Peru

As with every other day this week, today began with a luxurious and elegant Morsi Sorsi breakfast.  Around 8:15, we were off to PPA.  Having finished our work project early, today was a day for spending time with our beloved friends of many ages at the orphanage.  I started off the day in Niños Jesús with […]