Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Glimpse into the Tanzania Volunteer Experience

With our 2011 volunteer teams in Tanzania well under way, we thought we would share with you a little insight into what the volunteer experience may have looked & felt like for those serving in abroad in recent months! Please use the link below to access a YouTube video created to highlight the volunteer opportunities available in Tanzania with Global Volunteers!!

YouTube Video:

Also, stay tuned to this blog in the days & weeks to come as we post team journal entries, team photos and volunteer reflections from our most recent 2011 volunteer teams! Thank you to all volunteers for your time and energies!!

Also, if you might be interested in joining us in Tanzania later this year, the following are our 2011 service program dates:

April 30 - May 21
May 21 - June 11
June 11 - July 2
July 9 - July 30
July 30 - August 20
August 20 - September 10
September 10 - October 1
October 15 - November 5
December 10 - December 31

We thank you for your support and hope to hear from you soon!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Global Volunteers Featured in AARP Bulletin!!

Global Volunteers is excited and honored to be featured in the most recent edition of the AARP Bulletin!!

In the article "Boomers Mean Business," Global Volunteers is featured as an organization that allows boomers to "Do Good" in this world. Please read an excerpt of the piece below, or use the following link to read the whole article:

As featured in AARP Bulletin:


In 1979, Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook, imbued with youthful idealism, spent part of their honeymoon in a mountain village in Guatemala, writing grant proposals for development projects.

Enthusiastic response to a newspaper story about their experience led them to found Global Volunteers in 1984, a nonprofit that sponsors two- to three-week volunteer vacations in Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Volunteers care for children or work on long-term building projects. Today, boomers make up about 30 percent of their participants.

"When boomers started to turn 55, we started to see a significant uptick in interest in our trips," says Philbrook, 64. "They want to give something back, add meaning to their lives."

Peace Corps volunteers 60 and older have more than doubled in the past three years. And the foundation started by Microsoft's Bill Gates, 55, and his wife, Melinda, 46, has given more than $24 billion to U.S. and international causes.