Teaching English in Mexico: Bringing Together the Peoples of our Nations

teaching English in Mexico

Two University English Instructors in Querétaro, Mexico made a point to express their gratitude to our recent volunteer team.  In case you think you can’t make a difference by teaching English in Mexico as a volunteer, please read on, and then talk to a volunteer coordinator: “Our countries and people must be closer.” I would really […]

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How to Help Orphans

How to help orphans

Evan loves volunteering with Global Volunteers: she has done it 20 times. Twelve of those service programs were in Romania, where she has dedicated most of her time to helping children at an orphanage. Evan just finished a service program at PPA, a children’s home in Peru. While she was serving, she talked about her experience and […]

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Teaching Conversational English in Peru

Teach conversational English in Peru

Although Cora served on 10 previous volunteer programs with Global Volunteers, she proclaims her assignment teaching conversational English in Peru was her most rewarding volunteer experience to date! Never having taught conversational English classes before, she was moved to answer the urgent call of La Molina University, one of our community partners in Lima. She now urges other volunteers to […]

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Why Teach Conversational English

Teach conversational English

Don has served in 10 different countries with Global Volunteers, and has always chosen to teach conversational English. While doing so at a university in Peru, he talks about his experience and tells us why you should teach conversational English. Why teach conversational English I choose to teach conversational English because I feel that I can […]

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“We Will Rise” Documentary Spotlights Importance of Girls’ Education

girls' education is critical

First Lady Michelle Obama’s mission is to help educate girls around the world, and is the expressed theme of CNN’s new original film:  “We Will Rise.” This documentary is a follow up to CNN Films’ 2013 “Girl Rising” which presented girls’ stories from around the world and explained how the power of education can change the world.  Education […]

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Using Professional Skills to Help a Student in Peru

Using Professional Skills to Help in Peru

A short story by Country Manager Daniel Salazar on how a volunteer is using professional skills to help in Peru: Don volunteered to teach conversational English in Lima, Peru, where Global Volunteers works with students and faculty at the Language Center at the National Agrarian University (UNALM). Since he is an engineer, Don was assigned the class with faculty […]

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Ethical Volunteer Vacations: Choose Wisely to Ensure You Help, Not Hurt

ethical volunteer vacations

Ethical volunteer vacations combine purposeful service with cultural travel – to the ultimate benefit of local children and families.  Global Volunteers structures programs to respect and assist the people who invite volunteers into their communities.    The term “volunteer vacations” was coined by travel guide author Bill McMillan in 1993, in “Volunteer Vacations: Short-Term Adventures That Will […]

Family Home Visit Leaves an Impression on Peru Volunteer

A family home visit in a shanty town outside Lima and a conversation with a displaced child’s grandfather raises conflicting questions for Peru volunteers Jody and David. Our final day of volunteering has come WAY too quickly! I’m honestly conflicted, feeling we’ve experienced so much in such a short time, but at the same time have barely scratched […]

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Waging Peace in a Conflicted World

A message on International Day of Peace by Peru Country Manager, Daniel Salazar. Just days after North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet, the world got some hope for peace when the U.S. and Russia agreed to a ceasefire in Syria. But now that the ceasefire is in the brink of collapse and […]

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My Impact Volunteering in Chennai, India

volunteer impact

Reflections by Emily, an India Global Volunteer, on the cumulative positive volunteer impact on students in Chennai. Before I made the decision to come to Chennai, India, I debated with myself over what my true volunteer impact would be in such a short period of time. I didn’t know if my time and effort volunteering […]