experienced goodness

Vietnam Volunteer Diana Swansen notices the “simple things” in life that remind her of  humanity’s goodness. She offers her optimistic perspective with us, and her teammates, when teaching conversational English on a Vietnam Service Program in Hanoi. What is good taste? For most people, taste is simply a matter of flavor. But how do we experience goodness? For me, […]

Donated tooth brushes

A mention of  Global Volunteers on our partner’s website moved an aspiring dental student and her dentist father to help meet the needs of families and children in the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project in Ipalamwa, Tanzania. What followed her first call to our office was an impassioned appeal to her family, friends and […]

volunteer in South Dakota

Lisa Godek and her 13-year-old daughter, Chloe Fargo, are committed to helping others outside of work and school respectively. Their latest service trip was a week on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They lent a hand to the native Lakota people through everyday tasks and creating a children’s fair for the community. Here Lisa […]

Matt Blythe and Chris discussing the work ahead on the Rosebud reservation

“Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations”. – Black Elk A nice cleansing rain delayed work to prepare and prime Chris’s house. […]

Global Volunteers alumni in Poland.

20-time alumni Steve Fox is a retired teacher from Washington State who participated on his first Global Volunteers program in Minnesota in 2003. 15 years later, as a retiree and octogenarian, Steve has contributed 1360 hours of service on 20 service programs worldwide. Here he shares his reflections on volunteering in retirement. (pictured here with […]

help Tanzanian children

Tanzania medical volunteers help children and their families in a fully modern and functional clinic, funded by a multi-year family foundation grant arranged by a Global Volunteer alumnus.  The Ipalamwa Health Center serves five rural communities in the Ukwega Ward, and stands as the centerpiece of the Ukwega Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Project. Reaching […]

volunteer abroad in retirement

Choosing to volunteer abroad in retirement can be the most fulfilling decision you make! Unencumbered by work schedules, you can respond to needs worldwide and in the U.S. as they occur, and be assured that your contributions are appreciated and useful. What’s more, the personal connections you make on a service program with Global Volunteers can be profound […]

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 […]

family volunteering in Peru

Summer Family Volunteering in Peru – Sydney Hill and her new friends in Alto Progreso. The teens shared an interest in soccer.  The children welcomed hugs and games just as kids everywhere do.  Neighbors worked together to build a stairway for safety and access on the steep cliff. At the conclusion of their two-week project, they […]

Volunteer in 2017

There are so many reasons to volunteer in 2017. Much has been written and studied about the value of volunteerism in the community and to the individual. Some claim that people who volunteer live longer, happier lives. Or, is it rather that happy, healthy people volunteer more? It may not matter which way is which. […]