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Resolve to Reach Out: Communities Around the World Seek Caring Volunteers

It's a time for fresh beginnings and brave new plans. As we look ahead to 2006, why not make this a year of service and compassion toward others? It's time to enlarge our definition of "community" to include children, the elderly and families in cultures an ocean away for whom life is a day-to-day struggle for survival. Caring individuals can take steps toward peace and economic justice bylending a helping hand on service programs at home and abroad. By working together, volunteers and local people learn that we share a common humanity and that cultural differences are cause for celebration, not conflict. Global Volunteers, a nonprofit organization, invites altruistic individuals to lend a hand on service programs at home and abroad. This truly is "travel that feeds the soul" - a unique blend of cultural immersion and service to others.

No special skills are required to participate on a Global Volunteers service program. Volunteers pay a tax-deductible program fee ranging from $750 for one-week in the continental United States to $1,470- $2650 for two- and three-week international programs. The fee covers all meals, lodging and project expenses; airfare is extra. All project-related costs, including airfare, are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers. Call 800-487-1074 or dial up www.globalvolunteers.org <http://www.globalvolunteers.org> for details. (Discounts available for internet use, students, groups.) The following communities seek volunteers in early 2006:

Latin America

Costa Rica: Lend a hand on labor projects at a women's crafts cooperative in Santa Elena. Jan. 14-28. Or build community centers and friendships in closeknit highland villages. Feb. 4-18. $2,095. Ecuador: Work on construction or care for at-risk children in the Quito area. Jan. 7-21, Jan. 21-Feb. 4, Feb. 11-25, March 4-18. $2,250.

Mexico: Teach English to university students in the interior cities of Queretaro or Dolores Hidalgo. Feb. 11-25, March 11-25. $1,995.

Peru: Befriend youngsters in South America's largest children's home

located in historic Lima. Jan. 7-21, Feb. 4-18, March 11-25. $2,250.

Asia and the Pacific

China: Teach conversational English to Chinese teachers of English in the southern city of Kunming, called the "city of eternal spring." Jan. 7-28. Or teach eager learners in history-rich Xi'an. Feb, 25-March 18, $2,520.

India: Befriend youths and teach English in a children's home near Chennai in southern India. Jan. 7-28, Jan. 28-Feb. 18, Feb. 18-March 11. (Two-week option also available.) $2,295.

Cook Islands: Tutor children in reading and assist on light labor projects on Rarotonga. (Two-week option available.) Jan. 21-Feb. 11, Feb. 11-March 4,March 4-25.$2,595.


Poland: Get off the beaten path and meet enthusiastic students young and old. Teach English in rural village schools of historic eastern Poland. Feb. 25-March 18, March 18-April 8. $2,495.

Ireland: Take a stand for peace by volunteering at Glencree Centre for Reconciliation, just 20 minutes south of Dublin. March 4-18 (over St. Patrick's Day). $2,455.

Italy: Experience the hospitality of Southern Italy while teaching in schools in the Puglia region (considered "the next Tuscany" by travel experts). Feb. 18-March 4, March 11-25. $2,495.

Romania: Care for at-risk babies in a rural hospital or teach English. Jan. 21-Feb. 11, Feb. 11-March 4, March 4-25. $2,495.

Hungary: Experience a rich culture while teaching in the schools of Hódmezõvársárhely in southern Hungary. Feb. 11-March 4, March 18-April 8. (Two-week option available.) $2,495.

Greece: Befriend and care for handicapped residents of the northern city of Sidirokastro (April 1-15). $2,495.


Ghana: Help construct a school, teach English or assist on health projects in seacoast or inland villages in this fascinating West African culture. (Two-week option available.) Jan. 7-28, Jan. 28-Feb. 18, Feb. 25-March 18. $2,450.

Tanzania: Help build and repair school buildings or teach English and other subjects and experience genuine village culture. Jan. 15-Feb. 3, Feb. 5-24, March 19-April 7. $2,385.

 Serve in America's Backyard

Befriend vulnerable children or tackle labor projects in the migrant worker community of Immokalee, Fla. (Feb. 4-11). $750. Preserve the rain forest of Kauai, Hawaii. (Jan. 14-28, Feb. 11-25). $1,695.

Global Volunteers, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization in special consultative status with the United Nations, has been offering "adventures in service" since 1984. For more information on any of the above service opportunities or for a free catalogue, call Global Volunteers at 800-487-1074;

or via U.S. mail: Global Volunteers,

375 E. Little Canada Road, St. Paul, MN 55117. The website is www.globalvolunteers.org

Barbara DeGroot, Media Relations Manager
Global Volunteers - Partners in Development

800-487-1074 toll free - 651-482-0915 fax

Web Site Offers Ideas, Advice for Volunteers:
A Web site created by 4-H Youth Development Programs in North Dakota, Missouri and Kansas has much to offer adult volunteers who work with youth. The site helps volunteers by providing free information and interactive training about serving young people. The Youth Volunteers site is composed mainly of five lessons: how kids develop, learning through experience, kids as resources, managing groups of kids, and working with parents and other adults. At the start of each lesson, a quiz is provided for volunteers to assess their knowledge on each particular subject before proceeding onto a wide range of activities to increase their skills. Reflection questions are also provided throughout the lessons for volunteers to apply what they are learning to everyday life experiences. The site not only offers a wide range of information and advice, but it also provides an online discussion program so volunteers can talk about problems and ideas with others across the country.

It provides an excellent source of practical tips for volunteers, said Carmel Miller, Grant County extension agent, who helped design the site. According to Miller, North Dakota has taken steps to promote the use of this site within the state. "We have offered classes for Extension agents so they, in turn, can offer classes in their counties for individuals to familiarize themselves with the site," Miller said. The Youth Volunteers site can be found at http://DLDC-COURSES.ext.missouri.edu/umc/4h-Volunteers


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