Because Cook Islanders honor their strong oral Maori tradition, some students do not formally learn English until the 4th grade. As a volunteer in the Cook Islands, you work one-on-one with children, primarily through reading and other engaging activities to advance their English proficiency.
“Each day, we count our blessings that we have been very lucky to have Global Volunteers come to us. They are all very interesting, very willing to do anything we place in front of them. But, most importantly, their presence is the inspiration needed to unite peoples of different cultures. We thank you deeply and warmly.”
“Not only did I have a purpose – serving and helping to make a difference – but I was also surrounded by the breath-taking beaches, lagoon, and lush mountains of Rarotonga. I was doing what I love so much – working with children and meeting new people. It was an amazing, rewarding, and unforgettable journey as I learned that volunteering IS good for the soul.”
“I’d be in town or at the weekly market and someone would greet me by name. The niece of the therapist I was working with invited me to her school dance competition. Then it clicked – I was no longer a tourist. I was part of the community. So, did I leave the program with as much a feeling of fulfillment as I anticipated? No – it was way more than I could have ever anticipated.”
“You don’t need any special training to do this…just a willingness to jump in and help out. The impact over years is most rewarding, and one of the reasons I keep returning. Being a guy in the midst of many lady teachers is a plus — you’ll be especially impactful. As you share “high fives” and get to know YOUR students, you’re sure that you connect in a special and important way.”
“My one-time curiosity has turned into 9 years of annual volunteer trips to Rarotonga. I return because I have a connection with the teachers at St Joseph’s Primary, to the shopkeepers, to the Global Volunteers who serve every year, but mostly I cherish my connection with the students, whom I taught in Grade 1 and now are vibrant Grade 6 students. It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of their lives if only for three weeks a year.”