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My Short-term Service Trip to Ecuador

Short-term service trip to Ecuador

While short-term volunteering has gotten a bad rap because of ill-conceived and DIY efforts, we know that a steady stream of short-term volunteers, simply put, can change lives and the world. Katie, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on her short-term service trip to Quito. I was given the amazing opportunity to volunteer in […]

Student Volunteer Abroad Projects

Student Volunteer Abroad Programs

The world is waiting for you. Don’t just travel, travel with meaning. Imagine spending a week during your spring break, J-term, or summer vacation as an international volunteer – experiencing the world and making new friends all while helping others. Hundreds of students choose to volunteer abroad with Global Volunteers every year. Why? Global Volunteers […]

Meaningful Travel for the Experience of a Lifetime

meaningful travel in Africa

To travel in a purposeful, meaningful way is to enrich your life and the lives of others. You dig deeper, stretch farther, give larger. You discover and learn new things about the world and yourself. You leave a positive mark on the communities you visit and the environments you explore. Meaningful travel is being aware of […]

5 Reasons Why Millennials Should Volunteer Abroad in College

volunteer abroad in college

College is a time when millennials are told that they are supposed to find themselves or a deeper purpose in life. For many young people, it can be a harrowing task to discover the “real world, ” especially when the real world isn’t much more than campus and home. But what if you volunteered abroad while in college […]

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A Day of Service-Learning in Cuba

service-learning in Cuba

Ever wonder what a day of service-learning in Cuba looks like? We assure you that when you help others in Cuba, your life, in turn, changes in unimaginable ways. But you don’t have to trust only our word… Read the words of Sydney, a University of Central Missouri student, describing her day in the life of a Cuba Global […]

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Seven Statistics From My Volunteer Work in Cuba

Journal entry by Ben, Cuba Global Volunteer and University of Iowa Student, written during his volunteer program in Ciego de Ávila, Cuba. Over the course of my volunteer work in Cuba, I have tried to think of a way to explain to everyone back in America just what it was like to be in Cuba.  I don’t think […]

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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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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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A Life-Changing Volunteer Experience in Ecuador

life-changing volunteer experience

Micah, an Ecuador Global Volunteer and University of Iowa student, reflects on his life-changing volunteer experience in Quito, Ecuador. I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer at an orphanage in Ecuador for a couple weeks. The kids welcomed us with full hearts and grins across their faces on the first day. The food was exceptional. […]

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Falling in Love with Tanzania

Falling in love with Tanzania

Reflections by Morgan, Tanzania Global Volunteer and Endicott College Student, about her Global Volunteers experience and falling in love with Tanzania. I absolutely fell in love with Tanzania. From the moment I met the Global Volunteers staff until the moment I was back in the airport at Dar es Salaam, I felt so at home in the […]