Global Volunteers Participant Reviews
My trip to Cuba
Submitted by Ellen Connally - Cleveland, Ohio United States | June 25, 2017
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.
An experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Bobbie - - | January 13, 2017
I have volunteered with Global Volunteers on eight service projects and, while it is hard to pick a favorite, Portugal is one near the top of the list. I taught English with two other adults to professors and college students who knew some English and wanted to become more confident in speaking. They were eager to learn from us and eager to share their culture with us as well. Not only did we spend two weeks together learning from one another, I am still in touch with several friends I made there. I can't say enough about the friendliness of the people of Portugal. Global Volunteers is a well run organization that works to provide a safe and enriching experience while helping others.
Share your native conversational English with Chinese English teachers
Submitted by Leon Ablon - New York United States | December 29, 2016
Working with Chinese English teachers is wonderful fun and deeply rewarding. No need to have teaching experience, just a desire to share your own interests and be open to new experiences. Far from the pollution of eastern China, Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province has a wonderful climate and a large variety of natural and cultural attractions. Part of the program is to explore some of them with your students and fellow volunteers. I've volunteered in Kunming seven times and hope to go back again.
St Lucia Earthboxes
Submitted by Ron | December 27, 2016
I was a member of the 4th team to St Lucia. Myself and one other person worked on contacting sites, training locals on how to use Earthboxes and planting various vegetables with locals. We were driven to a nursery that supplied the plants, fertilizer and other gardening needs. It was very hot and humid and looked forward to cooling down in the swimming pool with other volunteers
Since this was relatively new to the locals it was hard to judge the effectiveness of this program I had heard some opposition from an element of the local population.
Wonderful Cook Islands
Submitted by Gevenie Delsol - Piedmont, California United States | December 22, 2016
I have gone to the Cook Islands with Global Volunteers for eight years. There is a wonderful spirit on the Cook Islands that takes over your visit. It is relaxed and the people are warm and welcoming. I have been able to work in the same school every year and have watched the children grow and learn and benefit from the efforts of the volunteers. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and make a difference.
My experience working with VIDS workers in Ha noi, Viet Nam
Submitted by Donald D. Marshall - near Sebastopol, CA United States | December 08, 2016
The workers at the Viet Nam Institute for Development Strategy could not have been nicer. It was a joy to go to work each day. Even a first time Global Volunteer who was a native speaker in English would have no trouble doing this job. All you needed was to help them with their pronunciation and a few vocabulary words. There was ample time to experience the history and social life of the city of Hanoi (Hanoi in our language). The hotel was one of the best stays in my numerous Global Volunteers trips.
Return again to Rarotonga
Submitted by Dennis Killeen - Chardon, Ohio United States | December 07, 2016
Next February (2017) will be my 11th Global Volunteers trip to the Cook Islands. Usually my main job is to tutor Maori students in English at the same primary school. Not only is it rewarding to see students progress year after year, but the community has taken me in as a contributing member.
Volunteering in China with Global Volunteers
Submitted by Donald J MacDonald - Mission Viejo United States | December 05, 2016
I have been on 7 programs in China(5 of them in Xi'An) with Global Volunteers. They all provided me with a valuable insight on the people of the areas I visited (I still have contacts from these trips).The programs were all expertly organized by the GV organization in Minneapolis the local China Country manager Ms. Wang Baoli. I found the students at the schools I worked at very enthusiastic learners and were a pleasure to work with.
My Vietnam experience
Submitted by Cyclotreker - Portland United States | December 03, 2016
I helped with blind students trying to learn some English for their clients. The students were very appreciative. I also worked in the high school where students were learning English. I think both cases the need for English was evident.
Submitted by LuRue Troyer - Sierra Vista, Arizona | December 02, 2016
In every aspect, the India program is exceptional! Living in the guesthouse with the team leaders was equivalent to a home stay...always one of the best ways to learn about another culture. The schools welcomed us with open arms and made our classroom experiences truly meaningful. Spending time at SEAM was a joy. The team leaders treated us like family and went out of their way to meet our needs, to include us in their everyday life, and to do special things for us. Remarkable!