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Review for Global Volunteers, St. Paul, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Recently I was looking at an image of a beautiful lake in the mountains and it made my heart sigh. I felt grounded again. I needed this reminder. Grounding with the earth was one of the many valuable lessons I learned spending a week in Montana with the Blackfeet Indian nation.
While we were there to help the Indians, they helped us. I think this is how Global Volunteers is such a powerful organization. They know the secret to a transformative getaway experience.
Pick one of the many places on the planet Global Volunteers has been invited to serve and you can jointhe team. Enroll, pack and travel there, then your team leader and the local community you are joining brings you into their way of life.
My husband Paul and I chose the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning Montana. I told Paul I didn't want to leave the U. S. I told him I wanted to know about the American Indians. I was a bit nervous about going. I understood the American Indian history with European Americans is filled with injustice that has never been addressed. How could the Blackfeet welcome our help throughout the summer with what I knew of our two histories?
With an open heart and mind we joined our Global team #167 in Heart Butte, Montana to begin our volunteer adventure.
Global Volunteers only goes where they have been invited to help. Global Volunteers works ONLY WITH the community. These are the keys to a successful and fulfilling experience. Not only is the volunteer work helpful, it has also been requested by the community. Because the Blackfeet invited us there, we were welcomed to learn about their lives, their land and their history. We were encouraged to share our new knowledge with our friends and family.
This answered my questions about how the Blackfeet could invite us to their home. By learning their way of life we now have a bridge to a peace and understanding that did not exist before.

Role:  Volunteer