“To me Global Volunteers has changed my perspective on life. It made me realize how fortunate I am and how we take things for granted. Seeing how other people lived when we were on our trips and how they appreciate just the littlest things made me appreciate that we have even more. When I was in Romania at the hospital I didn’t realize that to see a doctor you had to wait all day. We are so beyond fortunate to have amazing medical care in the U.S. Even just to have parents who love and support me makes me think how lucky I am. To have parents going on volunteer trips has helped me so much in the sense of not taking things for granted and appreciating everything I have that much more. Also, seeing the smiles on people’s faces and knowing that I made a positive impact on their lives gave me the best feeling in the world. It was very hard to say goodbye to all the wonderful people I met on these trips. But, then I think of all the incredible friendships and bonds I will have with these people and I feel better. Global Volunteers has changed my life for the better and I am really thankful.”
Olivia Scafidi – age 13
“Global Volunteers has meant so much to our family and has taught each of us so many different things. We have now completed four trips and we have loved all of them. It has made us realize how fortunate we are and how thankful people are for the smallest gestures i.e. a smile or a hug. We truly believe the experiences our children have had on the trips will stay with them for a lifetime and make them better people. One thing the trips have shown us is that no matter whether you are 7 or 77 you can always help someone in need and it can be in your own town or around the world. We cannot say enough nice things about the personnel in Minneapolis (Diane, Linda) to the people on the ground in the countries (James and Debbie/Maggie/Dorota/Mihaela and Dan). Our only regret is not being able to spend more time in each of the countries. However, the friendships we have made will last forever. The experiences our children have received could never be taught in a classroom and we are so thankful to have found Global Volunteers and we look forward to taking more trips.”
Barbara and Joe Scafidi – parents
“Global Volunteers has changed my life. It has shown me that not everybody is as fortunate as me. It makes me want to volunteer as much as I can. I have always loved volunteering because it makes me feel like I am making a difference. One example is when I was in Ecuador and everyday all the tia’s and babies would smile and hug us. It made me feel so happy. Even though those children did not have anything at all they just wanted a hug, a smile and a friend.”
Alexandra Scafidi – age 11
Going on Global Volunteer trips means a lot to me because you are helping a lot of people and it makes me feel happy. I really enjoy helping kids because it is very fun for me and them. I try to make them smile as much as I can. My favorite thing to do was help the babies at the hospital in Romania.
Jack Scafidi – age 8