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Top Five Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs

Alternative Spring Break Volunteer Programs

Instead of sitting on a couch, binge-watching Netflix and ordering pizza for an entire week, imagine spending your spring break contributing to meaningful projects, developing unique friendships with people from around the world, and experiencing a new culture. (Sounds great, right?!) Grab friends, family, or classmates and prepare yourself for one of our life-changing alternative spring break […]

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High School Group Volunteering in Costa Rica

Arizona High School Students in Costa Rica A team of 34 Arizona Fountain Hills High School students and chaperones united with Colegio students on Global Volunteers’ high school group volunteering program in Costa Rica. Working together, they carried out maintenance on the forest trails on campus – an outdoor classroom at this ecotourism-focused school, shared the “pura vida” culture in […]

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The True Meaning of Dance

Journal by Ella, Cuba Global Volunteer and Blake School Student.  Today, we finally discovered the true meaning of “bailar”, what it really means to dance. Through learning the contagious salsa which I have no doubt we will be teaching family and friends back home, learning the conga and the cha-cha, listening to the never-ending party […]

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Student Volunteers Making Friends in Cuba

Bennett, a Global Volunteer in Cuba and Blake School student, discovers that making friends in Cuba comes easily with shared interests and activities. Friday was truly something to behold. From working in the fields, alongside friends, to tutoring a group of four Cubans who collectively spoke only a small sliver of English, I personally found Friday […]

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Learning About Cuba Makes Life Interesting

Learning About Cuba:  Reflection by Brendan, Cuba Global Volunteer and Blake School Student.  Surprises  – little moments of life can brighten our day when we least expect it, or can change our world view. Yesterday was a day of surprises – of finding fun and enjoyment in pulling weeds, in learning so much from simply […]

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The Impact of a Simple Handshake in Cuba

Reflections on a handshake in Cuba by Michael, Cuba Global Volunteer and Blake School Student. Oh, a handshake! The simplest connection that humans can make. Those from different languages, races, cultures, and worlds are able to feel an instant connection. What becomes even more special is the catalyst that the handshake can produce. The reaction […]

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High School Volunteer Abroad

High School Volunteer Abroad

Searching for summer, spring or holiday break service-learning programs? Look no further than Global Volunteers’ life-changing, world-changing high school volunteer abroad program. Global Volunteers excels in high-school service-learning opportunities. This is because the long-term community development projects students work on are directed by local leaders, managed by development experts and completed by working hand-in-hand with local children and adults. Over three decades, […]

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The Kay Family in Romania: A High School Student’s Reflections

“I’ll Never Be the Same.” When 14-year-old Cassi Kay volunteered in Romania with her grandmother, Shirley and Aunt Colleen, she wasn’t aware how that experience would impact her future education. Her essay,“My Epiphany,” submitted with six college applications, helped secure six admissions. “The volunteer trip was eye-opening for me and gave me inspiration for writing […]

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High School Serving and Learning in Monteverde With Global Volunteers

After spending a week serving and learning in Monteverde, this group of 30 high school students, one alumnus, one valiant teacher, and two parents from Fountain Hills, Arizona shared these parting thoughts: We end the trip with newly developed friendships and newly sculpted leg muscles. Although saying goodbye to these friendly ticos was difficult, we will continue […]

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Farewell to Costa Rica’s Flora, Fauna, Food and Fun at Colegio

costa rica service learning

In Monteverde, the Fountain Hills High School group discovered Costa Rica’s flora and fauna is a highlight of volunteering the cloud forest. Discovering Costa Rica’s Flora and Fauna Before breakfast, howler monkeys visited us from the rooftops of our hotel. We reached up and feed them fruit, and they hung from their tails as they reached for the fruit, […]