If you like working with your hands, this is for you! You might help renovate a tribal park at the base of Glacier National Park, plant a community garden, paint an elder’s home, and help erect a Sun Dance lodge. Volunteers of all ages and capabilities are useful, needed and welcomed!
“The volunteers bring their skills, insights, and helping hands to the reservation. But, most important, they bring friendship, curiosity, and compassion. We work together to close the gap of understanding between the Indian and White cultures, and it’s very good.”
“What I love most about providing this service opportunity for my students is that on the reservation, we’re affectionately known as “the Globals.” People seek us out and share stories of their lives, their history, and their challenges. Each of my students learned a tremendous amount, and were humbled by the generosity and openness of our hosts.”
“They’re a hard-working group – those Global Volunteers. We really appreciate everything they do for us. But it’s not all work all day. We have some good times, too. They know how to laugh and joke as much as we do. Global Volunteers is part of our community.”
“The ladies at the front desk at the community college taught us how to say “white woman” in the Blackfeet language – Napi Anki (Na bee ah gee) and “white man” – Napi Kaan (Napigwan). They were patient, and sincerely interested in sharing their language. If you care enough to reach out, you’re rewarded with so much generosity and kindness.”
“One small gesture followed by another and another- eventually a basis for trust and understanding. The combined and incremental efforts of all Global Volunteers over time truly makes the lasting difference.”
We certainly had an exposure to American Indian culture and community which I could not have experienced without all of the bridges built by Global Volunteers. I was deeply impressed by the matched labor approach. There was a combination of good organization and flexibility which made things run really well. Molly and I came home talking endlessly about our experience and I know we’ll be back.”
“After this program I have a profound sense of needing to make the world better. In my busy life, I miss opportunities to help people. I think, holy smokes, I’m so lucky. Through volunteering, you kinda get disrupted (in a good way).”