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Friday, 26 April 2019 15:16

Volunteer vacations a growing trend

10 News, Tampa Bay's and and Sarasota's CBS station, recently looked at volunteer travel and volunteer vacation trends and their growing popularity. Volunteering on vacation is a fast-growing trend You can help others while seeing the world is a new trend! Author: Jenny DeanPublished: 11:00 AM EDT April 25, 2019Updated: 11:00 AM EDT April 25, 2019 TAMPA, Fla. — A vacation often means rest and relaxation, but more and more people are looking at traveling as an opportunity to help others and give back. "I've been up the Amazon River, I've been to Vietnam, Romania, Guatemala, Haiti, several places in the United States, Puerto Rico, all over the Caribbean," said Don Germaise. Germaise is a familiar face to many in Tampa Bay, but this former TV reporter's life has changed a bit. "In the TV business you see the best and the worst the world has to offer, and at some point, it just occurred to me: I just gotta do something to make the world a better place," he explained. He now travels the world, volunteering his time to help others. "Here's the best part about a volunteer vacation, you're not stuck at a dumpy hotel doing tours that everyone else does," Germaise said. "You're meeting regular people, living with regular people and helping regular people all over the world." Travel Writer Joe Miragliotta says that's exactly why more people are spending time volunteering on vacation. "Travelers, especially millennials like myself, are becoming more socially conscious when it comes…
This article in Christian Science Monitor gives some great tips about what to think about when planning an overseas volunteer experience. How to volunteer abroad: five points to consider MARCH 20, 2019 By Pamela Hawley Some 1.6 million people serve in places of need each year, according to a 2008 study. One popular country is Morocco, where volunteers are working in orphanages or assisting at schools. Thailand is also popular. One thing volunteers can do with an organization called Globe Aware is help preserve elephant habitat. There is so much good to do in the world! If you are planning a trip, here are some pointers to make your volunteer opportunities the greatest. 1. Prepare in advance. Make sure you take time to understand the host country before you go. Find out what languages are spoken, any cultural norms that should be followed, and any issues of which you should be aware. For example, Brazil is often thought of as a luxurious vacationing spot. Yet the country’s murder rate has risen. It can be a dangerous place. You must have a heart to serve, and also know how to be careful. 2. Find a reputable volunteer opportunity. Make sure the volunteer opportunity is vetted. Too often, volunteers’ time is wasted. It’s important that the opportunity is valuable and has a positive effect on the world. How can you accomplish vetting? Well, UniversalGiving can help! We assess overhead, other financials, leadership, and terrorism. Our proprietary Quality Model ensures that when you…
For those looking to have a career in nonprofit industry, one of the best ways to get experience and build your resume is to get in lots of volunteer service experience, whether domestically or abroad. This article explores this topic and gives additional information on what else is needed. LEARN MORE
Wednesday, 13 February 2019 11:59

Volunteering and Healthy Living

Using hard earned-vacation or paid time off to volunteer may not resonate with everyone right off the bat. Understanding how volunteer travel and volunteering both domestically and internationally creates a healthier lifestyle, while also helping and learning from others is important. Working together as equals with host communities is a major focus in all Globe Aware programs. Read more and find out where to begin with Globe Aware’s volunteer abroad programs CLICK HERE
There are many different reasons to volunteer, some of the obvious being that your efforts are good for the community and it makes you feel great. This article discusses how volunteering abroad on a volunteer vacation with groups like Globe Aware is also particularly great for your health and well-being.  As a way for clearing your mind and refocusing, putting yourself into a new and interesting culture while giving back can be as powerful as a yoga retreat. Read here for more on how service abroad can be good for your body and mind: CLICK HERE
Friday, 01 February 2019 13:44

Preparing for Volunteering Abroad

One of the most common questions we hear from potential volunteers is, What shots or vaccines do we need before traveling to our destination? In many cases, there are no mandatory shots or vaccines, but we always recommend checking with your general practitioner and referencing the US Center for Disease Control’s website. It’s important to be aware of any recommendations that are not necessarily mandatory for entering a specific country. It is also wise to know about your host community’s geographic location. For example, mosquitos may be prevalent in some parts of a country while in other areas with a higher altitude, they may not be a problem at all. For more information on how to better prepare for a volunteer vacation, visit
Thursday, 17 January 2019 13:54

Student Volunteerism

Exposure to new places, cultures, and ideas is vital to broadening the world view of our students and a key component of Globe Aware’s mission. Volunteer vacations are also a great way to develop lifelong skills and passions that may not be realized in other avenues. Read the attached article for insight on these benefits and others involved with student volunteer travel. LEARN MORE
Monday, 07 January 2019 12:53

Tourism to change for the better in 2019

As major tourist destinations become overrun with tourists searching for the perfect photo for social media, many are turning to alternate ways of exploring new destinations. Volunteer vacations are a fantastic way to not only see the major sites, but also learn from the local people and culture. Working side by side with local experts on a variety of community driven projects will open your eyes and heart in a way that is incomparable to travel as a typical tourist. The sharing of thoughts, ideas, customs and beliefs will leave a long-lasting impact. Check out this article on predicted travel trends this year and reach out to Globe Aware to help plan your meaningful travel adventure. LEARN MORE
As 2019 quickly approaches many people are starting the process of setting goals for the new year. One common goal is to be more intentional with giving back and volunteering. To make this resolution happen this year it is vital to assess interests and strengths in order to foster a rich experience for both the volunteer and the recipient community. Globe Aware offers an array of international volunteering experiences that can focus on individual’s skills or strengths. Read this article to see some of the benefits of volunteering abroad and locally. The importance of volunteering in the community Volunteering connects you to others By Reggie ConnellThe Apopka Voice One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. However, volunteering is a two-way street, and it can benefit you and your family as much as the cause you choose to help. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. Volunteering as a familyWhile it might be a challenge to coordinate everyone’s schedules, volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them firsthand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help others and enact change. It’s also a valuable way for you to get to know…
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.
Globe Aware is one of the few organizations that offer opportunities to families of all ages to participate in our volunteer travel programs. It is important to understand the growth and emotional capacities of children during these vital years and the effect that has on them as adults. How do you raise children to become caring, philanthropic centered adults? Read more here on how to foster a sense of compassion in your children. LEARN MORE
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 14:45

Corporate volunteer travel opportunities abound

Corporate volunteering is a great way to build teamwork and company cohesion while giving back The corporate world is changing, and many employees are unaware of the amazing benefits that their employers offer them when it comes to volunteering. Volunteer time off and corporate matching are just a couple of ways in which employers are encouraging their employees to give back. Globe Aware works with these companies to maximize the impact of your time and charitable donation on a volunteer vacation. Check out this article to see how these companies are promoting volunteerism in their local communities and beyond. 7 employers with great volunteer benefits
Inspiring Volunteer Tourism Participation  Volunteering has an incredible impact for both the volunteer and the community being served. It might be hard to measure in numbers, but Morven Maclean takes a unique approach at assessing this and lays out tools for both volunteer tourism organizations and volunteering groups at large. Take a look at this article for helpful tips on increasing volunteer participation and securing funding. Volunteering has a crucial impact - so prove it! Volunteering participation in Scotland has remained largely static over the last ten years, with just 28% of adults volunteering in 2017. If we’re serious about driving participation rates and inspiring new audiences to volunteer, we need to start shouting about the incredible impact that volunteering can have, on volunteers, on our organisations and on wider society. In order to do this, we need evidence. As volunteering professionals, we often lament that we’re not listened to, our departments are not invested in and that volunteering is undervalued by our organisations. But what are we doing about it? Are we demonstrating to our senior leadership teams how volunteering helps achieve our organisations’ strategic objectives? Surely that would grab their attention and put volunteering on the map? As volunteer programme managers, we should spend less time on day-to-day transactional work and more time evidencing the impact that volunteers make. Until we do that, we won’t achieve the profile and investment that volunteering deserves. Volunteering is crucial, not only to organisations but to achieving the outcomes of a better…
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