Pennsylvania nurse Holly Doll said volunteering in Cuba was greatly preferred over a standard cultural tour.

volunteer work in Cuba

Holly joined a morning sewing club.

Sewing with senior women and gardening beside a local farmer revealed the “soul” of Cuba, she said, and allowed her to “share and trust her heart to the Cuban people.”  Doll manages a program at a residential center for seniors at home in Hanover.  She greatly valued the opportunity to connect daily with the elders of Ciego de Avila.

“I’m amazed at the generosity of the people…and the richness of their souls.  It was such a privilege just to be standing among them at a church service – and to work with them every day.  The trip made me realize how precious people are.

The first team to Cuba was Holly’s fifth Global Volunteers program.  She said she enjoys being a pioneer on “first” teams to help establish long-term relationships.  As soon as the opportunity to volunteer was announced in January she knew she wanted to be one of the first to serve in Ciego de Avila.  She recruited best friend and long-time Global Volunteer Sue Surma to join her in May.  “I love Cuba!” she exclaimed.


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