West Virginia Global Volunteer

Central Michigan University student, Zach, served this past summer in West Virginia. This was his first experience with Global Volunteers. Read his journal entry here:

Journal Entry by West Virginia Global Volunteer, Zach:

August 9, 2017

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be doing the ‘Hillbilly Shuffle’ in West Virginia with a room full of people that I had just met, I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but if I’ve learned anything on this incredible trip with Global Volunteers, it’s that stepping out of your comfort zone every once in a while can lead to friendships, experiences, and memories that are simply impossible to forget.

Through its beauty, charm, and welcoming nature, West Virginia has made this Michigander feel like one of its own, like a friend inviting you into their home and asking you to stay a while. With five days spent here and two more left on the horizon, I can say for certain that I will miss this place when we hit the road.

Photos from Zach’s experience:

Learn more about being a West Virginia Global Volunteer

Global Volunteers has worked deep in the “hollers” since 1999. There are opportunities to work one-on-one with children, teens, and adults in Fayette County. Volunteer projects include: Building repair and rehabilitation, after-school and GED tutoring, summer enrichment program, and housing assistance.

Ample time is provided after the work day to enjoy local cultural and natural attractions: local concerts, museum visits, souvenir shopping, hiking trails, swimming, and participating in community events and celebrations.

“In this community, everyone looks out for one another. They’re more than just neighbors, they’re family. We as volunteers have helped each other, embraced our neighbors, learned new things, had fun, and most of all, we’ve made a difference.”

Baheejah Mahdi, West Virginia Global Volunteer

Learn more on the West Virginia volunteer page.

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