International Day of the Girl

In 2011, the United Nations declared October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is “to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a day when humanitarians worldwide unite under the same goal to highlight, discuss, and take […]

Why volunteer in Greece

Lynn has volunteered in Greece three times in the last four years. Having fallen in love with the country,  Lynn tells us why you should volunteer in Greece as well.  Why Volunteer in Greece,  as Lynn tells it: Greece is a welcoming, warm country. The weather is just great, sunny and beautiful. And there is the […]

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 […]

Volunteer Opportunities for Professionals

If you are a professional and would like to use your knowledge and skills to help struggling communities, you have your chance in Tanzania. Global Volunteers was recently asked to help at Iringa, Tanzania. The University of Iringa is seeking the help of professionals in all fields to help the institution and the students get […]

Higher education in Peru

Peru Country Manager Daniel Salazar describes higher education in Peru; providing a context for Global Volunteers’ service projects in Lima. We all know how expensive and demanding higher education can be in the U.S. Well, in Peru, college is as challenging, or maybe more so.  Read my story and then you can decide. My story […]

Teaching English in Poland

Poland Volunteer Gary talks about his experience Teaching English in Poland: We are now well into our second of three weeks volunteering for Global Volunteers teaching English in Poland. I am at the elementary and middle school at Strzala outside of Siedlce. A work rhythm is now established and we are used to not having many people […]

Jim, a recent Poland Global Volunteer, describes his personal technique for teaching conversational English to Polish students.   This morning was a mixture of excitement and some anxiety.  Exciting because I would meet my class of Polish English students for the first time.  I’m a bit anxious because I didn’t know for sure if the activities I planned […]

 Journal entry by Barbara, a volunteer serving in China.  I am always proud to say I have been to Xi’an three times, returning after my first trip in 2007 when I chaperoned a high school trip. Upon retiring from my teaching career, I wanted to “give back to life, ” to “pay it forward” for […]

change a child's life through volunteer service

by Daniel Salazar, Global Volunteers Peru Country Manager. When you volunteer in Peru, you have the chance to significantly change a child’s life.  It’s one thing to sight-see in Lima. But there is an opportunity to do more, to get to know the country, the stories, and also actually make a difference in a child’s […]

Some 35 percent of our 32, 000 alumni volunteers have served on previous programs. Lori is a particularly loyal Poland volunteer, and over her 30-plus service programs,  she’s  formed relationships with several of the same students year after year. Her reflections as a Global Volunteer alumnus are excerpted from the team journal. I’m fortunate to have met so many great […]