Articles by the Volunteer Global Team

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Hashtags are a thing people do in a lot of different ways: facebook, twitter, instagram, texting and, most of all, trolling. Hashtags are so dumb that they're funny. I literally say the word 'hashtag' in real life.  According to Thought Catalog/The NY Times/every journalist who has ever written anything about our evidently disastrous generation of Millenials, we have such short attention spans that we can only pay attention for pointless listicles that make gross generalizations about people based on age or location (that, let's be real, are usually at least a little...

Star City

This marks my first blog on the VG website.  I have done some travel blogging in the past for Healthline 2006-2010 about emergency medicine and wilderness medicine experiences ( and about Haiti after the Jan 2010 earthquake where I initially worked (

Getting to Know Me

Greetings! I am so excited to be writing my first post as a Volunteer Global blogger.  In this post, I want to introduce myself, where I'm from, and a little about upcoming adventures and how I plan to talk about them in my blog. 

So let's start with a little about me. My name is Hannah Harrison, and I am a born and raised Alaskan with a fondness for inclement weather, hot coffee, and wild landscapes.  I'm 26 years old, and recently graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with my masters in environmental ethnography.  Long story short,...

Time for Christmas Campaign 2013: Part I: Preparations

Yo Siembro Sonrisas - Campaña Navideña 2013

Native of Peru has held the Yo Siembro Sonrisas campaign every December for 3 years. Thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the good-hearted citizens of Huaral, more than 2,000 under-privileged children from 4 different shanty towns can experience the warmth and caring of the Christmas season. The main objective of the campaign is to collect donations (clothes, toys, school equipment, and money) and create small packages which are given to the children Christmas Eve.

"What is a shanty town?" you might...


Sonder: n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.