Sunday, February 28, 2010

Queretaro has been an amazing experience!

The "twenty something" students have been very receptive to our American English teaching and pronunciation. Some of the students have trouble describing their families while the most advanced question me about our educational system, our immigration policies and our problems with illicit drugs and HIV. These young men and women our motivated with goals for managerial and industrial advancement. English will help them climb this ladder.

I've been on eighteen volunteer trips with Global Volunteers and this one has been a very special and heartwarming one. NOTE: I appreciate our active caring leader Pamela Cromer...who happens to be my roommate!
By Jeanne

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Is the No. 13 lucky or what?!

This is my thirteenth Global Volunteer trip and my hotel room is No. 13. Along the way GV has taken me from A to Z, from Accra to Zakepane. Here in Queretaro we see the eager, smiling faces of our students at UTEQ matching the sunny days and friendly people of this Mexican city. Queretaro, with its many monuments, churches and long history is finding its way into the contemporary world by preparing its young people to become conversant in English. Our mission is to help them. Lucky me!

By Corrine

Friday, February 26, 2010

Take the opportunity to come to Queretaro!

It is a pleasure to a on the team in Queretaro, especially in February/March. Central./Colonial Mexico is a wonderful place to visit any time of the year, but is especially nice during late winter, when you can enjoy the beautiful flowers.

The hotel where Global Volunteers stay in Queretaro is centrally located in the historic district less than a block from the main public square. The square is the main gathering place for many activities, from dancing, listening to music, people watching, shopping, the list could go on and on.

The students here are very enthusiastic and eager to talk with us, and take every opportunity to do so. The students are involved in a variety of majors, and their teachers are very well repaired, thus making our time together more fulfilling.

I hope you take the opportunity to come to Queretaro to enjoy the students, teachers, culture, architecture and food!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

by Brian

A frequently overlooked aspect of hotel accommodations is the reception desk. The desk staff at Hotel Hidalgo is staffed with two competent young men....Hugo and Arther. They never fail to provide needed information, directions and suggestion. In a brief time period one evening...they provided directions to a local shop, opened water bottles and provided extra blankets. All of this was done in English. I have been on 11 teams and so I know the importance of helpful staff members...and these young men are exceptional.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Day 2

We are volunteering at Universidad Technilogica De Queretaro in Queretaro, Mexico. Our team was officially welcomed by Carolina Ezeta, the Language Department Chair. She told us the students in the English department always excel....and are the envy of the 65 other technological universities she supervises. She says she is the envy of the other administrators. Carolina smiled and told us she has a secret and the secret is "Global Volunteers."

Monday, February 22, 2010

Pam on Why She Leads Global Volunteers' Teams

I am so lucky to be a volunteer team leader for Global Volunteers. The most extraordinary people decide to participate in our programs. It is a privilege for me to work with them. My friends ask why I continue to lead teams...the answer is so simple. I have an absolute belief in the philosophy of Global Volunteers. The teams are committed to creating peace one person at a time. I am emailing from Queretaro, Mexico...leading a team of 17 men and women from around the United States. We all agree it is a win-win opportunity...the volunteers believe they "got the best deal" and the community feels they did too.