Be The Change



The Power of Volunteers Changes Everything


  • Be The Change - The First 1000 Days. P1 - Be The Change

    16/05/2018 Duração: 14min

    Be The Change – Episode #34 This week’s episode gives us a glimpse into the life of infants and toddlers as we explore how early interactions can shape their future. In the first of what we hope will be many conversations, we tap into the wisdom of a professional organization working to shape the lives of young children, ZERO TO THREE. In part one of a two-part series focused on early interactions, Rebecca Parlakian, one of ZERO TO THREE’s resident experts, takes us on a journey to explore how the critical first three years of a child’s life can shape their future and how those interactions play a huge role in the child’s long-term success. Rebecca and our host discuss the importance of the small actions and the role of parents and others who care for infants and toddlers in a child’s development.

  • Be The Change - Volunteering in Greece - Be The Change

    15/02/2018 Duração: 10min

    Be The Change – Episode #33 This episode is a glimpse into a "day in the life" of a Global Volunteer in Crete - from the perspective of a volunteer teacher and the Greek team leader who guides her team. Greece Country Manager Sam Pinakoulaki first describes the team's daily schedule at a typical Greek English language "camp."  After a hearty breakfast together, we have a short team meeting and we walk through the vineyard to school, says Sam.  After three hours of teaching conversational English, the volunteers join an hour of independent sports together with the students. The team returns to the hotel for an afternoon lunch, and to prepare for the next day's classes (and to keep the lessons fresh for challenging young students). The volunteers are integrated into every part of daily life, says Peggy. That means sharing meals and conversation with their students day and night.  "Family and food, and sitting down and breaking bread is a really important part of their life."  For the two weeks of camp, she sa

  • Be The Change - New Year, New Beginnings - Be The Change

    29/12/2017 Duração: 14min

    Hope = Action – Episode #32 This week’s episode takes us into the new year filled with thoughts of hope. Each of our four featured storytellers looks at cultivating hope through action, from a slightly different angle. Peggy and her family had a year loaded with personal challenges so large that she felt as though the fabric of her family was ripping away. Peggy, her husband, and their children found hope while working together, teaching conversational English in Greece. Peggy believes that serving as a family facilitated healing and restored a balance in a unique and lasting way. Abby, a photographer took her camera to Tanzania this past fall and found hope in the eyes, heart, and spirit of a community. The desire to pass her love for travel and service on to her children is so strong for Julia that her 13th birthday present to each of them was a trip that centered on service. Julia sees hope for the future through what she shares with her children. Mary has been on service programs to China multiple tim

  • Be The Change - Why Give? - Be The Change

    28/11/2017 Duração: 12min

    #31 – Why Give? What are the advantages of donating to organizations doing work outside the United States? How important are financial contributions in the long-run? Some people may question if and how their own donations ultimately have an impact. Global Volunteers co-founders Michele Gran and Bud Philbrook, who married in 1979 and conceived the idea for Global Volunteers on their honeymoon in Guatemala, share facts and opinions about how contributions to their organization advances projects for at-risk children and families worldwide.   Episode storytellers: Bud and Michele

  • Be The Change - Unexpected Transformations - Be The Change

    06/11/2017 Duração: 12min

    Unexpected Transformations – Episode #30 This week's podcast is highly personal and reflective - as our storytellers share how they've been changed since re-entering their daily lives after their volunteering experience. Julia says she was transformed on the Blackfeet Reservation at a Sweat Lodge ceremony. "I almost see myself as who I was before the Sweat and who I am after.  I felt such a profound sense of connection to not only the locals, but to all of humanity.  It was powerful, really powerful." Kate was "ready to pack up and join the Peace Corps,"after serving in Mexico and Ecuador, saying she struggled with how to employ her insights from volunteering. "How was I going to continue this shift in my life, knowing that leaving for two-and-a-half years wasn't an option?" So, she made a shift in her career to satisfy her craving for more meaning. Volunteering with his sons in Tanzania was transformational, Tom said, because "seeing (them) grow and display their values, working in the orphanage in a phil

  • Be The Change - Handwashing with Soap and Water - Be The Change

    27/10/2017 Duração: 16min

    Life-Saving Action – Episode #29 In many developing communities worldwide, even the barest resources to protect health and welfare may be outside a family's budget.  But, we know that a commodity as common as soap can and does prevent up to 80 percent of infectious diseases.  The practice of washing with soap and water is more than 300 times as effective as any single immunization! Emily, today's storyteller, explains the urgent, critical need for immediate action - to save children's lives in our partner communities and worldwide.  In Tanzania, we're demonstrating how volunteers are helping to change a simple habit, and change lives - forever.   Episode storyteller: Emily

  • Be The Change - Students' Passion for Service - Be The Change

    20/10/2017 Duração: 09min

    Students' Passion for Service – Episode #28 Tristen's service-learning experience in the Cook Islands gave him a new understanding about how service catalyzes understanding.  "Every kid I worked with really touched my heart in a different way," he reflected. His story about a pick-up game of basketball underscores his point. Hadley's service program was her first international trip. She said she was immersed in the Ecuadorian culture deeper than she had expected.  She can't imagine a better way for students to get to know a country.  "You get to see so much...I like that alot!" Micah lists a number of lessons - about the local culture as well as service on a volunteer team.  His enthusiasm will encourage you! Mindy speaks from a professor's perspective: The reciprocity of a well-managed volunteer service program ensures that students receive as much as they give. It gives them a "taste" for the impact they can have throughout their adult lives.   Episode storytellers: Tristen, Hadley, Micah, and Mindy

  • Be The Change - Leave Your Mark on the World - Be The Change

    14/10/2017 Duração: 13min

    Leave Your Mark on the World – Episode #27 One person's volunteer service has the potential for touching hundreds of lives. Every day, we impact others in ways we may not even be aware of.  The storytellers in this episode describe the joy of expanding their reach into new dimensions of service. Each of these unique experiences are also shared experiences that reveal how humanity is connected through acts of care and respect. As a college instructor, Mindy takes seriously the expansive perspective that shapes her students' career and life choices.  For them, traveling outside of their region of the country - let alone internationally - is a completely new experience.  In refining their global concept, Mindy says, they learn that "the world isn't just us and them." Joan says: "I've done volunteer work before, but this was special in...getting to know people's lives, because it was much more focused on projects." Chemida, Global Volunteers Country Manager in St. Lucia, describes local people's lives are enri

  • Be The Change - Philosophy of Peace Waging - Be The Change

    03/10/2017 Duração: 13min

    Philosophy of Peace Waging – Episode #26 This episode is a retrospective by our host, Ruth, and four storytellers on how Global Volunteers' Philosophy of Service is a philosophy of waging peace, promoting justice and working hand-in-hand with local people. Carol lends an academic perspective by reminding us that colonialism was the historical mindset by dominant cultures, and helping others in useful ways is a very recent orientation to the world. The roots of childhood stunting, which Global Volunteers addresses in Tanzania, can be traced to generations of failed government policies. We can "right the wrongs" she says, by applying ourselves to the real needs of the community. Cynthia was struck by the realization that the value of relationships on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation transcends other measurable outcomes, and is at the center of Global Volunteers' Philosophy of Service. Maggie speaks to how cultural sharing is foundational to every volunteer's successful contribution at the volunteer work site

  • Be The Change - Thoughts on Peace - Be The Change

    21/09/2017 Duração: 11min

    Be The Change – Episode #25 In honor of International Day of Peace, designated by the United Nations annually on September 21, this episode features peace wagers we've heard from in earlier episodes, and new ones from around the world. Global Volunteers' volunteers and staff reflect on what true world peace means to them, and how they've experienced peace waging by working together with others.  What does peace mean to you?   Episode Storytellers: Gila, Mindy, Jeff, Chemida, Carol, Samantha, Dan, Robi, and Michele

  • Be The Change - Reaching Childrens Potential - Be The Change

    15/09/2017 Duração: 12min

    Be The Change – Episode #24 This episode is dedicated to the stories of volunteers and staff who have contributed to Global Volunteers' Reaching Children's Potential program (RCP) in Tanzania.  It's a demonstration program to address childhood stunting - and the effectiveness of short-term volunteers in helping halt this disastrous affliction. What does it take, to take on such an expansive goal? Carol explains, from the informed perspective of a professor of anthropology, that a careful, respectful, and deliberate approach ensures a true partnership at every level. Hers is an important introduction to the personal reflections on service that follow. Lisa, another college professor, says her experience is that RCP is effective because of its focus on a very specific outcome through very specific interventions.  Families' lives are forever improved, she says, because volunteers are able to contribute to projects addressing "every aspect of the first few years of a child's life." Tim says the opportunity to

  • Be The Change - Dream to Reality - Be The Change

    08/09/2017 Duração: 15min

    Be The Change – Episode #23 Where there's a dreamer, there's a way! These storytellers from all walks of life benefited from unique ways to help fund their service programs - and found that the challenge of earning the privilege to serve made the experience that much sweeter! Tristen, a high-school senior, received a service-learning scholarship from a generous couple who enabled him to live his commitment - to travel to help others. His motivation will surely inspire you! Gabe's employer encouraged him to take a journey of service and discovery on the Blackfeet Reservation. And although he volunteered without this financial support, knowing his contribution was recognized and appreciated further increased his respect for his company. Sarah represents a company that believes whole-heartedly in enabling their employees to give back to others around the world. Nine employee teams over five years have served with Global volunteers this way.  Sarah says their staff volunteers call the experience "life changing

  • Be The Change - All About Spirit - Be The Change

    01/09/2017 Duração: 10min

    Be The Change – Episode #22 This episode takes us to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana - in the shadow of the great Rocky Mountains.  Once part of the land that now cradles Glacier National Park, to most visitors, this sovereign nation is but a "pass through" on the road.  But, a closer look reveals a spirit that's as majestic as the mountains themselves.  Reservation volunteers take the time to learn about the traditions, history and heart of the reservation - directly from those who live, work and struggle there. Our storytellers define the line between what we think we know, and what we are privileged to learn, about Native Americans. Global Volunteers Co-founder Michele Gran provides a context - and sense of place - for this episode's storytellers.  "I'm always energized when I go to the reservation," she says.  "We work with the leaders, and the seekers, and the visionaries, and the doers in the community.  And it's nothing short of inspirational." "Everytime I'm there, I wonder wha

  • Be The Change - Beautiful Reality - Be The Change

    24/08/2017 Duração: 12min

    Be The Change – Episode #21 We continue with our report from Ipalamwa, Tanzania.  Our host Ruth Curran brings us four unique interviews with team members who're experiencing rural African life for the first time.  We get to listen in while they explain what - and who - most impressed them about the character and magnetism of the community.  Please note - the ambient sounds and rough audio is due to the field recording - and brings you into the scene! Amy affirms the beauty of the children's voice in song outside the village church upon the team's arrival; it's incomparable to children's choirs in her hometown, she says.  The soulful music, emanating from deep within their hearts, anchored her fully within the spirit of the village. She knew immediately she was in a special place. Robi says a "series of small moments are huge" in grasping Ipalamwa residents' reality.  Visiting homes opened her eyes to the children's struggle with so few resources. Volunteers may indeed feel despair amidst hope when confronti

  • Be The Change - A Day in The Life - Be The Change

    18/08/2017 Duração: 12min

    Be The Change – Episode #20 It's a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into a day of on-site volunteers - while they serve on the other side of the world. It's even more special to hear their stories in the very moment the sights, sounds, and emotions swirl around them. This week, our host records our storytellers in the moment. We hear that fresh, pure perspective of their personal journey to Ipalamwa, a small village in the Iringa District of Tanzania. Each of them was a part of the first team introducing the Reaching Children’s Potential program, an integrated effort to eliminate stunting and increase the quality of life for families in this corner of the world. First, Stephanie, a high school English teacher, paints the picture of what it felt like to not just teach at the Secondary School but to also be accepted and welcomed by her students in a way that is both unfamiliar and gratifying. Grace helps us understand that often there is more to a story than meets the eye, and that by listening closely, the

  • Be The Change - A Closer Look - Be The Change

    11/08/2017 Duração: 13min

    Be The Change – Episode #19 We know that things are rarely as they first seem.  It's natural to approach new experiences with expectations of how they might unfold.  But, if we're truly open-minded, our discoveries can be much greater than we first imagined. Our storytellers share how this dynamic works on volunteer programs, each with a personal view on taking a closer look. First, Cindy eloquently relates how volunteers who suspend their assumptions can enrich their volunteer experience. "Those are the people, when at the end of the week, have been moved - have been touched the most." Lisa says you might understand a need from your own limited experience, but a closer look often reveals another side. Her hard-hitting example may sound familiar to you. Being part of a volunteer team is how Julie and her daughters gained valuable perspective. Fast forward - they're still learning! Summing up, our Ecuador Country Manager, Maggie, recalls how a high-achieving team member was forced to consider how a simple

  • Be The Change - Taking it In - Be The Change

    04/08/2017 Duração: 10min

    Be The Change – Episode #18 Carol, an anthropologist and university professor, relates how the experience of working with local people in a non-assumptive way has reframed her daily life in a positive way. "Just give me a translator and a stethoscope," Lisa said when she first landed on a Global Volunteers program. She quickly learned that she had to find her "inner teacher" to help make sense of the service give-and-take for those she served, and for herself. Jeff says the most important benefit he gains personally by working through Global Volunteers is the sense of accomplishment, visibly from day to day, and also on a "heart and soul" level. Providing direct service in Cuba captured Mike and Elisa's imagination in surprising ways, and they quickly learned how that experience lays the foundation for future inner reflection and motivation. Episode storytellers: Carol, Lisa, Jeff, Mike, and Elisa

  • Be The Change - Links in a Chain - Be The Change

    28/07/2017 Duração: 13min

    Be The Change – Episode #17 Why do some volunteers return to serve the same community time after time - sometimes several years annually?  What have they discovered about how they can affect change? Our first story teller says a legacy of service brought her back to Tanzania. "You're part of a long chain of providing service and hope and community" says Lisa.  Two weeks of your life can have a profound, long-term impact, especially when you're part of a stream of volunteers returning year after year.  It's the continuity that makes the difference. Pam, who has led over 50 volunteer teams has personal experience witnessing the change in a community over time. "When you see what happens, the little, little bit that you do.  And the next person does a little bit, that's what it is." She says the work of leading Global Volunteers teams is repaid by experiencing the contributions every team makes. "What can a short-term volunteer do in just a couple weeks?" Jeff asks. It may not be obvious at first. He retells

  • Be The Change - Heart Stories - Be The Change

    20/07/2017 Duração: 11min

    Be The Change – Episode #16 Do you ever wonder about your place in the world? Sometimes, we have to take a leap of faith in to discover the true impact we can have. In this episode, our storytellers open up about the moments that brought this reality into focus.  And how it changed them. Pam tells us about being moved on her first team leading experience in Romania.  She realized how profoundly needy the children were; one baby in particular who had little physical tone or strength. When she returned three months later, she was astonished by the child's improvement in the meantime - through sustained volunteer care and love. Daniel talks about what happens AFTER a volunteer team leaves - from the perspective of one who lives inside the community served by Global Volunteers. "I do see the effect the volunteers have over the years.  The children see they keep coming and spend time with them." Daniel cites how in the children's home in Lima, the children refer to volunteers as "Hannah" because they remember ho

  • Be The Change - Volunteering Highs - Be The Change

    14/07/2017 Duração: 12min

    Be The Change – Episode #15 Being asked to stretch outside our comfort zones can be exhilarating and intimidating. The "can-do" spirit arising from a team of devoted volunteers can gently push individuals to apply themselves in unexpected new ways. Our storytellers report that contributing personal skills and talents in a new setting can feel like "flying high in service." Carol describes how, as a team leader, she helped community leaders engage volunteers in a wide variety of unplanned ways to maximize their contributions to children and families. Lynn recalls the highlight of her Cuba program was the opportunity to use some of her marketing skills to teach a Cuban tour operator how to sell his service to English-speaking tourists. Pam gained new skills she never thought she'd need - carrying rocks on her head for a mile from a riverbed to a road in Ipalamwa, Tanzania! Our new storyteller is a professional trainer. Donna explains how she provided business consulting to Chinese entrepreneurs in Xi'an. E

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