by Tracy Heaberlin Have you ever googled travel, service, and babies? I did about 10 years ago, and it led me to Global Volunteers. Working as a health-care provider, I was interested in spending some of my vacation time engaging in short-term volunteerism. Global Volunteers helps provide short-term volunteers on long-term service projects to create, […]

San Diego author, blogger and psychologist Ruth Curran believes things happen for a reason. For instance, she believes the understanding seized from her life-changing brain injury may very well change the futures of children on a West Indies island – nearly 4, 000 miles away. Today, she channels her energy, skills, and talent for re-framing […]

The Dimensions of Poverty

And so we finally started our service program in Alto Progreso. Alto Progreso is a struggling community of about 350 families in Pamplona Alta, in the barren hillsides of Lima. Sherry was our first volunteer for the job. Upon arrival, we did not know how things would turn up, but we had much excitement and expectation. […]

Team Journal Entry for Wednesday, January 28 It’s Wednesday and our third day at the childcare centre. Before I tell you about today, allow me to recount last night’s adventure. After a hard day’s work, there’s nothing like a little fun to recharge the batteries and so we set off to see Old Quito by […]

Message of the Day – Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity. – Hippocrates I got to see the love of medicine and humanity today when Stephen took me to St. Thomas Hospital.  It was a substitute for my daily visit to Assisi Illam, and while I missed […]

Message of the Day – To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.- Buddha I am very excited to begin today, since it is my first day teaching health education classes in the schools.  It seems an appropriate time to […]

Day 10: Last day of our volunteer experience We were off in the morning through the crazy hectic traffic in Lima and arrived at our one-day experience to teach children coloring, painting, and drawing. We had a confidence in our ability to interact with children because each of us was an involved mother and we […]

As we settle into our daily routine with the tías and the children, we’re reminded of the importance of family, the sacrifices the mothers make to provide food and shelter for their children and grandchildren, and for all which we have to be grateful. So often in our lives, the most powerful experiences and images fade with the passage […]

In Ecuador, you can have a significant impact in teaching at-risk children about proper hygienic measures, especially ones so simple yet so important as washing hands with soap and water. Washing hands with soap and water is the most cost-effective preventative health measure readily available to virtually everyone. From a cost-benefit perspective, washing with soap is […]

This is simply an amazing experience for my daughter and for me.  I’m profoundly appreciative that I had the opportunity to do some work related to psychiatry (although I still would have been happy to paint fences!). The treatment program where I did an in-service with the staff on debriefing is really pretty amazing.  They were remarkably receptive, […]