Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Poland Volunteer featured in AP Article!!

Poland volunteer Rob Kendig was recently featured in an AP article entitled, 'Retirement-age volunteers mix altruism with travel' (by Dave Carpenter). We are thrilled to have Rob featured and sharing a bit about his wonderful experience with the entire nation!!

Here is a taste of the article:

"Rob Kendig, 66, of Denver, characterizes his recent three-week experience in Siedlce, Poland, as an unpaid working vacation. He taught conversational English to two classes of middle-school students every afternoon and loved every minute of it.

The retired dentist spent $2,600 on the Global Volunteers program plus another $1,100 for airfare. He considered the expenditure something of a philanthropic gift. But he also wanted to explore teaching as a possible second career, so he found it gratifying on multiple levels.

'The Polish children were adorable and appreciative,' he says. 'Best of all, there was real work to do and the job was clear-cut.'

About 30 percent of the group's 2,000-plus volunteers a year are over 60, according to Michele Gran, who co-founded Global Volunteers in 1984. Several who participated in the early years are now returning with their adult children and grandchildren, she says.

The oldest volunteer, age 92, spent two weeks teaching English in Ghana last year and is considering going to the Cook Islands with the group in 2011."

Click on the following link to see Rob's photo, quotes, and read the whole article!!


Thank you, Rob (below, far right), for your assistance in garnering greater interest in our Poland program!!