We believe volunteering abroad is one of the top experiences anyone can have in their lifetime. Here are just a few reasons why we think everyone should take a volunteer vacation:
Learn the real culture!
When you take a volunteer vacation you have a unique opportunity to not only meet the locals, but to work alongside them and even stay where they live. It is a rich culturally immersive experience that is difficult to have when you visit a place as an average tourist. On our Costa Rica program, volunteers are invited into the homes of the local families for dinner, giving them a chance to connect with the people they are helping to serve. The nature of this engaging experience allows volunteers to develop an appreciation for a new country, people, and culture.
Any of our volunteers will tell you the invaluable experience of giving your time to help others. It truly is rewarding to lend a hand to someone in need, and even the smallest acts can make an impact. Research as shown volunteering can improve your health, extend your life, and even lower the risk of depression. To put it simply- it feels good to help others. By teaching English, you are opening doors of opportunity to children. By installing cement floors, you are aiding in the health and well-being of a family. We believe this a win-win situation.
Stress-Free AND Tax- Deductible
Planning a vacation is time consuming! Save your time, effort, and worry by letting us take care of the all details - meals, accommodations, insurance, transportation. You only need to book your flights. Best of all, we hire knowledgeable and committed local coordinators as your in-country guides. And while being tax-deductible is not one of the more glamorous benefits, the opportunity to potentially save money by giving to a charity certainly doesn't hurt!
Emerald rice fields, smoldering volcanoes, and beautiful beaches for days (years really!) make up the physical natural beauty found in the Philippines. What further defines this country this the hospitality of some of the most smiling and gracious people you might find. It is no wonder; our volunteers are enchanted by the warm and welcoming community in the province of Nueva Ecija (approx. 100 miles from Manila). When you take a volunteer vacation to the Philippines you will be working with the community on projects that address sustainable holistic education programs, community development, and sustainable environmental campaigns.
Come make an impact with us in The Philippines!
Fiestas PatriasAmericans won’t be the only ones celebrating Independence Day this month.
On July 28 Peru celebrates their independence from Spain in 1821. “Fiestas Patrias” is a two-day national holiday that is one of the biggest events of the year. Throughout July, the red and white national flag becomes a ubiquitous sight, while immediately before the holiday public parks and plazas across the country become stages for performances of criolla folkloric musical performances. In Cusco, there will be no shortage of fireworks celebrations and plenty of pisco!
"This program was a really good mix of volunteer work, cultural excursions, and "downtime". What I particularly liked about this program was the opportunity for meaningful interaction with individuals - we spent a whole day with the family for whom we installed a cement floor (and most of the neighbourhood dropped by to check it out at some point), which provided a unique opportunity for relaxed interaction. Anne's library program is amazing and the volunteers got the sense that we were really needed/appreciated in this role of practicing English with kids and adults. Spending time with local change-makers like Danny at the Harmony Reforestation Project and Dona Maria, the 74 year old midwife/herbalist was an honour and a great learning experience for us.
Peruvian Ceviche (adapted from Food 52)
Ceviche is the signature Peruvian salad of raw fish cooked in lime juice and spices. Impress your friends with a delicious, yet simple Peruvian Ceviche- perfect for hot summer nights.
In a large bowl, combine fish and enough lime juice to cover. Allow to marinate for 20 minutes.
Drain fish, reserving 1/4 cup of lime juice. Combine fish with remaining ingredients and reserved lime juice to taste and stir gently to combine. Chill thoroughly.
Serve in a chilled martini glass, garnished with plantain chips or tortilla chips, and slices of avocado.
Facebook recently converted our old Globe Aware Volunteers page.
Globe Aware in the News
TimeOutDubai explains how a family volunteer vacation can address entitlement CLICK 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
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