Freedom from career demands led retired college professors Sharon and David Moore of Arizona to Cuba with Global Volunteers. In an interview with Volunteer Engagement Manager Maggie Bjorklund, Sharon and David explain how retirees can explore Cuba, experience an intriguing culture, connect and engage with people, build bridges of understanding and respect, and do something […]

Geri says serving in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba for two weeks with her daughter Bridget was a journey of discovery. Together they acquired new skills, explored a new culture, and learned something new about each other. Bridget and Geri share a few highlights of  “volunteering as mother and daughter” with Marketing Assistant and Greece Country […]

Global Volunteers alumni in Poland.

20-time alumni Steve Fox is a retired teacher from Washington State who participated on his first Global Volunteers program in Minnesota in 2003. 15 years later, as a retiree and octogenarian, Steve has contributed 1360 hours of service on 20 service programs worldwide. Here he shares his reflections on volunteering in retirement. (pictured here with […]

Looking to Make a Difference this Spring? These Island Escapes are Good For Helping Others AND Your Soul. Some of the world’s most beautiful islands are also the greatest volunteering locations. If you choose service as a way to refocus your mind onto something larger than yourself, you can take a break in one of […]

Dominoes Game in Cuba

There are some people who can just walk up to a person and make conversation in the most kind and natural way. I’m definitely not one of those people. But Jerry is. His ability to quickly bond and make friends gave him the chance to be asked by total strangers to take part at an […]

Cuban People

Reflections from Linda, a recent Cuba Global Volunteer, on serving alongside the Cuban people: I recently had the privilege of participating in a two-week humanitarian trip to Cuba through the auspices of Global Volunteers. The trip more than met my expectations and was educational, fulfilling and gratifying. I felt that as a group we made […]

Cultural Exchange in Cuba

Tom, a Boy Scout Leader who served with his troop in Ciego de Avila, writes about their people-to-people cultural exchange in Cuba: No alarm clock rang as the sun streamed through the curtains. Did we oversleep? After waking early for the past 5 days we all slept in late today. Breakfast was at a slower Cuban pace as […]

Exquisite Cuba Photos

Our Cuba volunteer program centers around the Cuban people – their hopes, dreams and goals. We’ve worked with our community partners since 2007. This is a landmark opportunity to volunteer in Cuba and live among the Cuban people! “It was a wonderful trip. I really appreciated all the efforts made in terms of cultural lectures […]

By Zach, Cuba Global Volunteer. After several days in Cuba, I’ve been trying to think of one word to summarize the Cuban people. Some might say they are lively, innovative or humble. While all of these are true, after today I’m going to settle on proud. I don’t mean Cuban people are conceited, but rather, they […]

Cuba volunteer with vintage car

Volunteers working with Cuban students of English – both adults and youth – discover sharing the language is the best way to share insights about life. This Cuba Volunteer reflects on a week of service… By Rene Moquin, 5-time Global Volunteer. As a longtime volunteer with Global Volunteers, I have no illusions about teaching conversational […]