The evening classes continue to be attended enthusiastically by a sizeable student body.  Of particular note was a fourteen-year-old girl who received some one-on-one tutoring.  She already had a rather good grasp of English sentence structure and pronunciation, but needed work on vocabulary building – which volunteers provided. A very enjoyable conversation was had by one group […]

On our first day of teaching, our team quickly spread into different rooms that varied by English proficiency,  and we all got to work! I was in the front room with Joanne and the beginners. First I must applaud Joanne for her incredible translating skills and her enthusiasm.  Every student in our group was fully […]

My experience of my first day is Cuba is what I will be sharing… my thoughts, feelings, judgments.  I KNOW that I can easily focus on the details (Varying room temperature, food surprises, loud noises at 3 am, lukewarm coffee, unrelenting heat) or I can experience the “Gestalt” (or, the whole) of this time here. […]

“I am humbled by these all too brief, two weeks in Cuba, ” said Seija Webb – long-time Global Volunteer. “There may be economic hardships here, but there is also much generosity, love, kindness, goodness, and oh yes, unbridled happiness!” Significantly more meaningful than a standard tour, the service program through Global Volunteers enabled Webb […]

If you’re interested in visiting a unique country with a charming culture, an extraordinary history, and welcoming people, then Cuba is for you. Our Cuba service program combines the best of volunteerism and people-to-people exchanges. Hear from the volunteers themselves and experience the Cuba service program from their perspective – through photos (click on each […]

Jabeh Peabody previously served on a Global Volunteers program in Montana with her colleagues from inVentiv Health Clinical, so she already had experience working hand and hand with local people in one of our host communities before arriving in Cuba. “This kind of travel is right up my alley, ” she explains. “Global Volunteers makes it […]

The first Global Volunteers team to Cuba was Marietta Quinby’s fourth program overall and Randy Quinby’s third program overall. You could definitely consider them a dynamite volunteer couple. They both agree that being part of America’s first legal service program to Cuba with Global Volunteers was something special. “Everywhere we went in Ciego de Avila, Cuba […]

“An opportunity to offer meaningful service and to visit a place still not open to American tourists was perfect, ” said Kit Lane while reflecting on her decision to volunteer in Cuba. “When I saw the post on Facebook about Global Volunteers’ new service program in Cuba, I did not hesitate! I called and signed up […]

The first Global Volunteers team to Cuba was Glenda Biggerstaff’s fourth Global Volunteers program overall. However, even with her past experience, this was going to be a brand new adventure for her – not only because she would be one of the nation’s first legal American volunteers to Cuba, but also because she decided to […]

You might expect that our English classes at the Community Center on Day Five would be routine. No – every class has its surprises with new students and endearing returnees. Randy, Lou and Marietta introduced our classes to “This Little Light of Mine.” It brought smiles all around. Glenda got all of us moving and dancing in […]