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Cuba

Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

Cuba is well-known for a lot of things - from sugar-white beaches to Spanish-colonial architecture. If you’re interested in experiencing everything the beautiful Caribbean...

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Portugal

Volunteer in Portugal. Incredible Chance to Teach English!

On the European continent's Iberian Peninsula, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal ascended to the status of World Power during the "Age of Discovery," -- only to lose...

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Vietnam

Make a Genuine Difference in Vietnam as a Volunteer!

You're needed for one to two weeks as a volunteer English teacher in Hanoi! Teach lively classes of youth and young adults on University campuses and in a private secondary...

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Cook Islands

South Pacific Calling! Volunteering in the Cook Islands

We have a great volunteer place for you! Provide a genuine service while learning about this captivating South Pacific culture - for one to three weeks. Our NGO host partner...

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China

Experience the Real China – As a Volunteer Teacher

With Global Volunteers, you can see China through the eyes of the Chinese people, experience everyday life in Chinese schools, homes and communities, and develop friendships...

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Romania

Be Significant. Be a Lifeline of Hope for Romanian Children

In the enchanting and picturesque nation of Romania, you can help feed and care for babies who arrive at the "failure-to-thrive ward" shortly after birth - for one to two...

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Ecuador

Care for Children in Ecuador – Teach, Guide, Affirm & Play!

Play with and teach bright, happy children from impoverished families in Calderon, Ecuador - for one to two weeks. You're needed to assist teachers and help expand and maintain...

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Costa Rica

Costa Rica: Premier Global Volunteering Adventure

Here's a place to roll up your sleeves and make a difference - in just one to two weeks! Couples, families and groups of students, alumni and employees are encouraged to

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Tanzania

Be The Change in Children’s Lives. Global Volunteer Tanzania

Volunteer in Africa for one to three weeks! Work on village development projects including classroom teaching, conversational English, health care and education, school gardening,...

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Italy

Explore Italy as a Volunteer in Classrooms & Camps

Experience Italy as a volunteer for one to two weeks! Our partnership with teachers and administrators in several small towns in the Puglia region puts you directly in touch...

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Greece

Volunteer in Crete, Greece - Teach Children & Adults!

Teach English for one to two weeks on the enchanting island of Crete in Greece. Volunteers are needed to improve English fluency of Greek students since language skills are...

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Poland

A Dream Volunteer Vacation - Teach in Poland!

This is service-learning at its best. Teach conversational English for one to three weeks in rural elementary and high-school classrooms in the Siedlce region, east of Warsaw...

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Peru

Teach. Nurture. Build. Learn. Choose Global Volunteers Peru!

Transform children's lives - mentor, teach, volunteer, and learn in Peru for one to two weeks! Read books in English, help them with art projects, assist teachers with recreational...

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St. Lucia

Lift up Caribbean Kids & Moms in St. Lucia, West Indies

Be a caring mentor, teacher, guide, and champion as a Global Volunteer in St. Lucia - for one to two weeks. Global Volunteers began working with Anse la Raye's schools and...

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Global Volunteers Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

Orphanage adventure in service in Barlad, Romania

My husband Dave and I found a way to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary on an Orphanage Adventure in Service trip with our Global Volunteers team in Barlad, Romania May 19-29, 2017! Nurses at the Municipal Hospital allowed us to hold, change, and feed infants & children. Dave helped paint hospital rooms but came into the childcare room once in awhile to say hello to our infants & children. We enjoyed going for walks and eating out at night with teammates! During the day, we worked from about 9:00-1:00 p.m. and then were given two hours for lunch during which time we ate with teammates, then napped while the children napped. About 4:30 p.m. each day, Dan Cirjontu, our Country Manager, usually brought back bananas which we fed as a snack to our children. Mihaela Cirjontu, Dan's wife, often taught and reviewed the Romanian language with us before meals. Romanian nurses did not speak English. We learned enough Romanian to make it through each day, anyways! Umed scutec meant wet diaper; scutec murdar meant dirty diaper. Barlad is located about six hours West of the Ukraine and about six hours East of Bucharest. Residents still tell stories of how life was growing up under Communism which ended about 29 years ago in 1989. When we took a train back to Bucharest for the last stretch of our trip, we found St. Joseph Cathedral Bucharest (Catedrala Sfantul Iosif) which was the only Western Roman Catholic Church, which was located in downtown Bucharest, just in time for a Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass which is the same Mass worldwide throughout but just spoken in Romanian! Most anyone with a nurturing heart may provide love & care to infants, children & families!

Program: Be Significant. Be a Lifeline of Hope for Romanian Children

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Global volunteers experience in Cuba

I went to Cuba for two weeks with Global Volunteers to tutor English and learn about the Cuban culture, and I was amazed, enlightened, fulfilled, and rewarded beyond words with my experience there. G.V. is very organized, the cultural activities were very good, the local contacts were brilliant, the students I tutored were wonderful and grateful, and the people of Cuba are very welcoming. Thanks Global Volunteers.

Program: Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    9

There are joys and challenges yet to be discovered

You never know how well your experience is until you try Global Volunteers, They are efficient at helping you through the process from inception to conception. This includes registration, orientation, project operations and settling in at your destination. You are looked after from the day you arrive until the day you leave. You’re always in communication.

Volunteering aims to be a personalised experience, how much you put in is what you get out. What you do varies from department to department. You may volunteer with pre-schoolers through to adult ages. Whatever you do, you'll have a responsibility and even more creative liberty in all facets of education and development.

If you want to do something important and influence individuals volunteer in Portugal they will love and respect you because you made their life important. I highly recommend if you want to grow, this is a good opportunity. If you want to be a great, think about what social problem you could solve. You never know that the things you’re doing are that meaningful to society.

A+

Program: Volunteer in Portugal. Incredible Chance to Teach English!

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Community Engagement

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Day to Day Life

    10

Volunteer

Via Global Volunteers, I have had the privilege of volunteering and serving as a volunteer team leader with 3 service programs in Ciego de Avila, working alongside local people. The work projects vary from weeding in an organic garden cooperative to enabling local people, ages 5 to 85, to practice their English. Global Volunteers enables local people and volunteers opportunities to build friendships, make connections, and increase mutual understanding and respect for one another. Cuba is incredibly "rich," depending upon your definition of rich. The words that come to mind are culture, family, dance, music, creativity, no billboards, resourcefulness, unplugged, people working together, roosters and salsa beats serving as alarm clocks. Food is pure and fresh. People are incredibly friendly. Me gusta la gente de Cuba.

Program: Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

Overall Rating

7 / 10

  • Volunteer Placement

    4

  • Program Administration

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Community Engagement

    8

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Day to Day Life

    6

My trip to Cuba

Overall I had a good experience, but I felt that my skills were totally under utilized. The so called "English tutoring" program involved people showing up at the Council of Churches and the volunteers standing around and in a basically helter skelter manner people connected. There were no lesson plans, grouping of people with similar skills - nothing. There were times that we had difficulty finding a place to work with our students. In my case it ended up with several volunteers to one or two students. I spent my mornings at a church were ladies gathered to do various types of needle work. Fortunately, that is something I do. I sat there and knitted and talked to the ladies and made a couple of things that hopefully they can sell to help the church. But other volunteers who had no skills in that area just sat and talked and I tried to teach them some needle work skills. But for an earlier group that had left yarn and needles we would have had no materials to work with. And it was not like we could go out and buy things. I felt that we should have been told what we were going to be doing so that we could have brought supplies. While I had a interesting experience with Global Volunteers and would not travel with them again. There were too many rules; I felt like I was in Jr. High School and not enough planning.

Program: Volunteer in Cuba and Build a Bridge of Friendship

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