Articles by the Volunteer Global Team

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Could Thanksgiving Become A Service Learning Holiday?

Each Thanksgiving, I enjoy the same scene—family, football, and tons of food. It's amazing—something I look forward to each year (like my mom's deviled eggs), but I can't help but thinking there's something missing that would make Thanksgiving seriously the best holiday of the bunch. Similar to the way that I've always thought Independence Day could benefit from more use of water guns (Songkran anyone?), I think that Thanksgiving would operate amazingly as a service learning holiday.

It's been a long time since I bought my parents’ story...

Travel Buddy Of The Week: AMAIDI

Congratulations to AMAIDI, our Travel Buddy of the Week!

Founded in 2006, AMAIDA develops partnerships with community based organizations worldwide to develop volunteer and internship opportunities. Projects include women's development, microfinance, agriculture, construction, education, and much more. While most projects through AMAIDI take place in India, others throughout Asia, the Americas, and Africa are under development. Volunteers can stay for one month or longer, and usually stay at a guest house or homestay.

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Volunteering Abroad Opportunities In Mexico

Home to 113 million people and the most populous Spanish speaking country in the world, with a history dating back tens of thousands of years including some of the most advanced ancient civilizations, Mexico is perhaps one of the most diverse countries in the Americas.

Today Mexico has one of the world’s largest economies and is an emerging power with democratically elected public officials, a prime example for developing states around the world. Mexico is also one of the most diverse countries in the world, with climates both temperate and tropical; the country consists of...

Changing The World Of Charity: Starting With The Donor

When I am not working with Volunteer Global, I am lucky enough to work with a women's educational organization that is full of bright, capable, and amazingly intelligent women. One of my favorite things about being here, besides our scrumptious all-staff luncheons, is the discussion and debate between every single member of staff about almost every topic under the sun. The energy is infectious—we use each other to make our ideas social—they are tested, explored, and honed down to some kind of philosophical grandeur, whether we are talking about Hillary Clinton's term as...

Volunteering Abroad In South Africa

Imagine living in a place that has 11 official languages, and the people have origins from all parts of the world—including Africa, Europe, and Asia, and the landscape is just as diverse as the people that inhabit it. The economy has begun to prosper, and is one of the only upper-middle incomes in the geographic region and the largest economy on the continent. A constitutional democracy is in place. However, despite these visions of grandeur, approximately 25% of the population is unemployed and lives below the poverty line of $1.25/day, and the country possesses one of the...