Labor projects are plentiful: You might help plant a community garden one day, move office furniture the next, paint a classroom, and then wrap up your week helping to erect a Sun Dance lodge in Montana. In West Virginia, you might help rehabilitate dilapidated and energy inefficient homes for elders or low income families in economically devastated rural coalfield communities.
“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.”