Summer is almost upon us! We hope you are as excited for summer as we are. For families with children, summer presents the perfect opportunity to experience a new place and culture, while working alongside local communities to enhance and enrich the lives of others.
We are proud of offer family-friendly volunteer vacations with a variety of work projects suited to all ages and abilities. Some of our more popular programs are Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru; where in addition to work projects, families can spend free time zip-lining in the rainforest, kayaking on a lake, and exploring the majestic ruins of Machu Picchu. We hope you reap the benefits of serving and adventuring with your loved ones this summer!
Been there done that? Globe Aware is always looking to add new programs destinations for our volunteers and we want to hear from YOU! Tell us, what is your dream location for a volunteer vacation? Where would you like to serve and give a hand?
“Africa was such an amazing experience. The village that we worked at was wonderful. The people were so friendly and welcoming. We got to cook with the villagers, learn about their culture, teach the students and interact with everyone. The work was hard work but worth it. Although it was hot and challenging, it was so exciting seeing how much the villagers appreciated the work that we did in their village.
We worked in the village Monday through Friday and built a washroom for them. We learned how to fetch water on our heads, which was very interesting. It was amazing to see how much women and children could carry on their heads! We taught the children some of the games that we play over in the U.S. and it was fun to watch them try and learn and then play together with them. I loved how happy the kids always are. One day I asked a little boy if he was always happy.. He replied to me, 'Yes we are always happy. There is no reason ever not to be.' That brought tears to my eyes. These adults and kids are just happy with the little that they have. They were also so joyful when the washroom was finished. That, in turn, made us all so happy.
Saturday we got to explore a little. We went to the monkey sanctuary and got to feed the monkeys. Then we went on a 45 minute hike up a to a beautiful waterfall and all got to swim. Sunday we went to the village and said our goodbyes. They all sand and danced for us and prayed for us. It was such an emotional goodbye.
Ghana is a beautiful country. I am so blessed to have been able to experience Africa. It was such an incredible experience to volunteer like we did and made me want to go volunteer wherever possible! I encourage anyone to do this. It's so worth it! Africa taught me so much, especially to be more grateful. I will never forget this experience. Thank you Globe Aware and all the volunteers!" - Mandi Evans, November 2012
Spinach and Pea Fried Rice (adapted from Naturally Ella)
June 5th is WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY and every small act counts. Re-use some leftover food (rice), and try to eat local, seasonal produce (peas). This recipe might help you get started:
2 tablespoons peanut oil, divided
1/2 bunch scallions, including some of the green stalks, diced
1 cup fresh shelled peas
2 cups cooked brown rice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon mirin
1 1/2 cups shredded spinach
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
In a large skillet set over low heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in diced scallions and peas, cooking until warm, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in brown rice, soy sauce, rice vinegar and mirin, cooking for 2 to 3 more minutes to fry the rice. Add the shredded spinach, stirring and cooking until spinach starts to wilt slightly.
Create a large well in the center of the rice; add remaining tablespoon of oil. Whisk eggs in a bowl, then pour them into the well. Cook the eggs, stirring occasionally, until set, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in sesame seeds and black pepper. Serve hot
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Globe Aware in the News
TimeOutDubai explains how a family volunteer vacation can address entitlementCLICK HERE
Pick up the March 2017 edition of Money magazine to read the feature article on Cultural Awareness, Globe Aware and our volunteer vacation program in Thailand.
In the News-Globe Aware has been featured as a Top Eco-Traveling Enthusiast of 2017 for Sustainable Voluntourism! CLICK HERE
Check out our recent feature in this United Airlines article - 5 volunteer vacations to take with your family CLICK HERE