to Reach Out: Communities Around the World
Seek Caring Volunteers
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
time to enlarge our definition of
"community" to include children,
and families in cultures an ocean away for
whom life is a day-to-day
individuals can take steps toward peace
and economic justice bylending a helping
hand on service programs at home and
abroad. By working
volunteers and local people learn that we
share a common humanity
that cultural differences are cause for
celebration, not conflict.
Volunteers, a nonprofit organization,
invites altruistic individuals
lend a hand on service programs at home
and abroad. This truly is
that feeds the soul" - a unique blend of
cultural immersion and
special skills are required to participate
on a Global Volunteers
program. Volunteers pay a tax-deductible
program fee ranging from
for one-week in the continental United
States to $1,470- $2650 for two-
three-week international programs. The fee
covers all meals, lodging
project expenses; airfare is extra. All
airfare, are tax-deductible for U.S.
taxpayers. Call 800-487-1074
dial up www.globalvolunteers.org
(Discounts available for internet use,
students, groups.) The
communities seek volunteers in early
Rica: Lend a hand on labor projects at a
women's crafts cooperative
Santa Elena. Jan. 14-28. Or build
community centers and friendships
highland villages. Feb. 4-18.
Work on construction or care for at-risk
children in the Quito
Jan. 7-21, Jan. 21-Feb. 4, Feb. 11-25,
March 4-18. $2,250.
Teach English to university students in
the interior cities of
or Dolores Hidalgo. Feb. 11-25, March
Befriend youngsters in South America's
largest children's home
in historic Lima. Jan. 7-21, Feb. 4-18,
March 11-25. $2,250.
and the Pacific
Teach conversational English to Chinese
teachers of English in the
city of Kunming, called the "city of
eternal spring." Jan. 7-28.
teach eager learners in history-rich
Xi'an. Feb, 25-March 18,
Befriend youths and teach English in a
children's home near Chennai
southern India. Jan. 7-28, Jan. 28-Feb.
18, Feb. 18-March 11. (Two-week
also available.) $2,295.
Islands: Tutor children in reading and
assist on light labor projects
Rarotonga. (Two-week option available.)
Jan. 21-Feb. 11, Feb. 11-March 4,March
Get off the beaten path and meet
enthusiastic students young and
Teach English in rural village schools of
historic eastern Poland.
25-March 18, March 18-April 8.
Take a stand for peace by volunteering at
Glencree Centre for
just 20 minutes south of Dublin. March
4-18 (over St.
Experience the hospitality of Southern
Italy while teaching in
in the Puglia region (considered "the next
Tuscany" by travel
Feb. 18-March 4, March 11-25.
Care for at-risk babies in a rural
hospital or teach English. Jan.
11, Feb. 11-March 4, March 4-25.
Experience a rich culture while teaching
in the schools of
in southern Hungary. Feb. 11-March 4,
March 18-April 8.
option available.) $2,495.
Befriend and care for handicapped
residents of the northern city of
(April 1-15). $2,495.
Help construct a school, teach English or
assist on health projects
seacoast or inland villages in this
fascinating West African culture.
option available.) Jan. 7-28, Jan. 28-Feb.
18, Feb. 25-March 18.
Help build and repair school buildings or
teach English and
subjects and experience genuine village
culture. Jan. 15-Feb. 3, Feb.
March 19-April 7. $2,385.
in America's Backyard
vulnerable children or tackle labor
projects in the migrant worker
of Immokalee, Fla. (Feb. 4-11). $750.
Preserve the rain forest of
Hawaii. (Jan. 14-28, Feb. 11-25).
Volunteers, a nonprofit, nonsectarian
organization in special
status with the United Nations, has been
service" since 1984. For more information
on any of the above service
or for a free catalogue, call Global
or via U.S. mail: Global
E. Little Canada Road, St. Paul, MN 55117.
The website is www.globalvolunteers.org
DeGroot, Media Relations Manager
Global Volunteers - Partners in
toll free - 651-482-0915
Site Offers Ideas, Advice for
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
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