In Ghana in West Africa, people like to be buried in style, often in elaborate coffins that symbolize the life of the deceased. For example, a businessman might have a huge shoe coffin, or a pilot may have a coffin that looks like an airplane. When you join one of our volunteer programs in Ghana, […]
Living with a local host family while volunteering abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences of the trip. Sharing the same living space, meals and free time with a host family is truly the best way to learn firsthand about the culture and daily life in the community. The host families in all of […]
When you’re volunteering abroad, you need to be prepared. This is more than just getting packed and knowing where you’re going. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you’re going, here are five things you need to do to prepare for volunteering overseas. Familiarize Yourself With the Culture Know more about the culture […]
You’re finally on-board your international flight for your volunteering trip abroad! OK……Now what? How are you going to pass the time on the flight? Actually we should say “flights” plural, because most of our volunteers need at least two flights to reach one of our volunteer destinations And some of the flights can be over […]
When preparing for your overseas trip to volunteer, it may be tempting to pack as much as possible. After all, you’ve probably never been to the host country, and you want to make sure you have absolutely everything you need for the trip. The truth however is that less-is-more when it comes to packing when […]
For all of our teen volunteer trips abroad, Cosmic Volunteers provides 24 hour supervision. Here’s how it works: You are only allowed to leave the premises of your host family if you are accompanied by at least one of the following people: Host Family Parent, Trip Supervisor, Country Coordinator, or Group Leader from Home. This […]
Altitude sickness can become a problem for travelers around the world. Travelers joining our volunteer programs in the South American cities of Quito in Ecuador and Cusco in Peru occasionally experience mild symptoms of altitude sickness upon arrival. Quito’s elevation is 9,300 ft (2,850 m) above sea level, making it the second highest capital city […]
Today we posted on our website an article called Why Pay to Volunteer Abroad. It is a good question; one that naturally comes to mind with people new to the field of volunteering overseas.
We now have the dates for our Teaching Volunteer Program in Yantai, China for 2015. Dates for 2015: Spring Semester: March 2 – June 30 Summer Session: July 13 – 26 Fall Semester: September 1 – December 20 Yantai is a coastal town in China, about a one-hour flight from Beijing. Yantai is a relatively […]
One week countdown to #GlobalCitizenFestival! See you there: http://t.co/cFmCVuUIAq @GlblCtzn pic.twitter.com/jvW8X2clFr — Roc Nation (@RocNation) September 20, 2014 If you are in the New York City are next weekend, consider going to the Global Citizen Festival on September 27, 2014 . The event is an initiative of Global Poverty Project, an international education and advocacy organization […]
Ever been at a party where there was a pinata? One of our volunteers in Guatemala had the chance this summer! Not sure what a pinata is? A pinata is a container made of paper mache filled with candy and/or small gifts that is smashed open during a celebration. In ancient times pinatas were mostly […]
One of our volunteer teaching placements in India is the Sri Ramana Matriculation School in Tamil Nadu. The school was founded in 1988 with only six children. Today the school has more than 350 students ranging from 4 to 16 years of age. In addition to receiving an excellent education, students learn to become responsible and […]
We send our volunteers in Guatemala on a one-day tour of the non-profit Safe Passage’s programs in Guatemala City. The tour leaves from the city of Antigua, one of the cities where our programs are based, and takes volunteers by minivan to Guatemala City. Included in the tour is a view of the trash dump […]
Author and pilot Patrick Smith has an interesting article on a phenomenon that you may see yourself as you’re flying abroad to your volunteering destination — teenage girls carrying huge pillows for the plane ride. LET’S TALK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT PILLOWS. I’m vexed and perplexed by the widespread phenomenon of teenage girls carrying giant […]
CNN had a story about “roots tourism” in Ghana, where visitors to the country learn about the history of slavery. CNN says that “…This search for” historical truth” has led thousands of visitors to Cape Coast, in Ghana, a picturesque seaside town with stunning blue sea, serene beaches and pastel-colored fishing boats.” It’s worth a […]
Scott Burke writes about Safe Passage turning 15 this year. They’re a non-profit in Guatemala that helps mothers and their children get an education.
If you’re in the Philadelphia area, tomorrow the Penn Museum @pennmuseum has its 33rd Annual Chinese New Year Celebration.
Click for the PDF program document for our Teen Summer Program in Guatemala for 2014.
The Mumbai Marathon is tomorrow. Here are some profiles of some of the female runners participating.
I just came across an opinion piece from last summer written by Petter Buffett for the New York Times. He describes a term he calls “Philanthropic Colonialism”, where rich donors try to “save” locals even though the donors have zero knowledge of the culture or its problems. An excerpt is below (full article here). Buffett writes: ” […]