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Many marked International Volunteers day with celebrations this week. Globe Aware supports the same vision in this article and reinforced by the State of the World Volunteering Report released last week, that this kind of unpaid service supports peace and social cohesion that helps everyone. Here is a great article in the Samoa Observer, on how volunteers celebrate with games, fashion parade. Volunteers celebrate with games, fashion parade By Sapeer Mayron 09 December 2018 With the formalities done on Wednesday, International Volunteers Day took on another flavour yesterday at One U.N House in Tuanaimato. Volunteers from Japan, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and other far flung places gathered to be pampered with speeches, good food, and sports out on the field. They even treated each other to a fashion show, to display the Samoan workwear and accessories they’ve acquired on their journey.
A family’s week-long volunteer vacation in Cambodia harvested a new global perspective for their four children, ages 10-17. For their volunteer project the Vlaisimsky family spent time building a well for the community, assembling and distributing wheel chairs to landmine victims, and teaching English at a local non-governmental organization providing schooling for disadvantaged children in Siam Reap. It was during their time at the school that the family became intimately acquainted with the richness and reality of the Cambodian culture.
Service, Sights, and Rainbows! Many of you have shown interest and asked what it's like to spend a week of your vacation time volunteering abroad. We want to devote this post to showing you how a week of volunteering abroad can bring you so close to one country while giving back and simply...traveling. We traveled with GlobeAware who organizes volunteer vacations which are typically one week; they are structured to give you time getting to know the community, work on various service project, spend time with locals, and of course see the surroundings like a tourist all in 7 days. You heard us right, SEVEN days only! That still sounds too long? I did this over Thanksgiving week and only took 3 vacation days, yep, that's not a lot and I'm sure you can skip one year of Turkey. Your family will forgive you. Here's a taste of the Cuzco program day by day. Day 1 - Arrive in Cuzco! Arrive early AM. Have a light breakfast, take a nap until the afternoon to catch up on unslept hours in the air. We didn't think we were hungry yet but boy were we in for our first surprise - the incredible lunches! Lunches seemed to be the larger meal of the day, usually starting with a delicious rice soup and today we experienced quinoa crusted chicken! It's as delicious as it sounds - crispy & tender - why don't we have this? After Lunch, Rosio our wonderful host, takes us…
The Center for People with Autism and Down Syndrome is to be set up in a former kindergarten through the help of volunteer groups such as Globe Aware. The building was made available by the City of Prejmer, and the money for building materials and labour came from US foundations and volunteers. Once the project is completed, there will be therapy rooms, a dining room and 10 ensuite rooms. Gabriela Plopeanu, a mother of two children suffering from autism, felt Romanian authorities did nothing to assist families or individuals dealing with autism. The new centre was inspired by similiar programs in Australia, England and the Netherlands, where adults with autism lead a decent life in residential centers and are not placed in psychiatric hospitals, as is often the case in Romania. LEARN MORE
Voyage Dallas October 4, 2017 Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimberly Haley-Coleman. Kimberly, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. I was raised with a deep love for different cultures. Before I got an MBA in international business, I got my masters in Art History (here at SMU). After working for a few nonprofits, I ended up in the for profit world doing business for multinational corporations. I found myself often traveling to developing countries where I sought to volunteer. I found that organizations just didn’t want short term volunteers, as the time and energy to train someone wasn’t worth it if the volunteer couldn’t commit a significant chunk of time, usually a minimum of a few weeks. Since 1990 Ms. Haley-Coleman has been establishing long-term strategic partnerships and projects in non-profit and for-profit international arenas. Prior to founding Globe Aware, she was Vice President of Business Development for an aerospace company, Space Services International. Previously she led Business Development for Infotriever, which facilitated global contacts. As the Director of International Business Development at Investools, she created strategic international relationships and developed a globalization strategy to give free financial education tools to millions. During launch of CNBC.com, was Product Manager, managed and supervised product development efforts and trained on-air staff in using online stock evaluation tools. She developed and patented Dcipher, an artificial intelligence engine for free, real-time analysis of stocks and portfolios which…
Thursday, 01 September 2016 11:17

Volunteer in Thailand with Globe Aware

Kris Depowski O'DonnellKris is an education and communications professional, teaching at the University at Buffalo and working as a field producer providing medical reports to more than 100 television stations around the country. She loves making a difference through international volunteer work. Why did you choose this program? Globe Aware offered a program that helps better the lives of captive Asian elephants. With this program, unlike some others in Thailand, the elephants' welfare is front and center at all times. What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own? Globe Aware provided detailed descriptions of the project and outlined what volunteers should expect and bring with them to Thailand. They suggested hotels for me in Bangkok that were close to the meet up point and assisted with a reservation that I had an issue with. I took care of finding a hotel near the airport (flights from the U.S. almost always land around midnight and depart in the early morning hours). What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program? For this particular program, there wasn't much I didn't already know prior to arriving in Thailand because Globe Aware prepared me so well and I did a lot of research on my own as well. For friends who are thinking of going abroad I tell them GO! You will never regret it as long as you have an open mind, a sense of adventure (and humor)…
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 14:29

Globe Aware partners with EA

Globe Aware is pleased to announce a partnership with Everyday Ambassador, a best-practice network of global citizens and organizations that believe that human connection, even in an increasingly digital world, is the key to lasting, positive social change. April Wrap-Up: Updates from Our Partners Today’s post marks the third post of a new initiative: the last Wednesday Wisdom post of every month will be dedicated to announcing updates from our experiential partner organizations. Due to technical errors this post is being featured today. See what each organization is up to, whether it be a new initiative, a star volunteer, or an exciting new program, below. Also a special shout-out to organizations who are working with their partners on the ground in Nepal to rescue and rehabilitate those who have been affected by last week’s tragic earthquake. New Partners: We are proud to announce two of our newest experiential partners, Globe Aware and Global Citizens Network! Both are committed to promoting culturally responsible leadership for participants who are interested in giving back in a responsible way. Read a little bit about both of them below! Globe Aware Globe Aware is a nonprofit that develops short-term volunteer programs in international environments that encourage people to immerse themselves in a unique way of giving back. The mission of Globe Aware’s volunteer trips is to promote cultural awareness and create sustainability. For GlobeAware the concept of cultural awareness means to recognize and appreciate the real beauties and real challenges of a culture, but not…
Friday, 19 September 2014 15:34

Globe Aware Costa Rica featured in CNN

Costa Rica's 'connection to nature' CNN's Holly Firfer takes you on a beautiful getaway to the tiny nation of Costa Rica with the help of Globe Aware.
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 15:33

Helps Students Become 'Globe Aware'

By Karley KikerSPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR September 2014 By the time she was blowing out the candles on her 30th birthday cake, Hockaday alumna Kimberly Haley-Coleman had already earned an MBA in international business, worked as the VP of business development for a Houston-based aerospace company, and done more international traveling, connecting, communicating, and strategizing than most ambassadors. And yet, would you believe it? Her mission to take on the world was just getting started. "I grew up traveling with my grandmother and family," Haley-Coleman recalled Years later, after accepting career opportunities that required globe-trotting, "I would find myself abroad over the weekends, and I'd done so much tourism growing up that it lost its intrigue." A long-time lover of volunteerism with a background in nonprofits, Haley-Coleman attempted to start volunteering in countries where she was already traveling for business purposes - emphasis on attempted. Due to her short-term availability, “Nobody wanted me.” But she wanted them - the people living beyond the tourist checkpoints, that is. And so she founded Globe Aware, a nonprofit that's been sending volunteers to countries all around the world for short-term service projects since 2000. No matter the project emphasis, the purpose of each Globe Aware trip is twofold: to offer aid without changing culture, and to teach sustainable skills. "If you're able to give two-and-a-half years, you will learn much more about that culture," said Haley-Coleman, who has traveled to 75 countries. "It's not that [Globe Aware] is the only way or the best way-…
Thursday, 08 May 2014 12:16

Film on Globe Aware up for Three Emmys

Celebrate with us! We are excited to announce that the PBS documentary on Globe Aware's Cambodia program has received three Emmy Award nominations. Produced by the good folks at Journeys for Good, the documentary is nominated for Best Cultural Program, Best Camera and Best Editing. In December 2012, award-winning  husband and wife production team, Steve and Joanie Wynn, embarked on a volunteer adventure to Cambodia with non-profit Globe Aware.   They documented the experience for their public television series, “Journeys for Good”, developed with KQED-TV and their San Francisco Bay Area production company, Bayside Entertainment. Award winners will be announced June 15 - stay tuned!  
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