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Volunteering in Tanzania was a life-changing experience that opened my eyes not only to the needs of our fellow global citizens, but also to the lovable and exhilarating culture of Bukoba.

- Megan

April 2014

Deephaven, MN Life Magazine - Reflections by Pete Jacobson, Trip participant, Kilomeni 2014

March 14, 2014

USA Today: 10 Best Family Volunteer Vacations


GCN Announces participation in Global Competence Certificate
Linda Stuart, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                

March 12, 2014

Global Citizens Network (GCN) is pleased to announce our collaboration in the new Global Competence Certificate  (GCC) program developed by leaders in the field of global competence education — Teachers College, Columbia University, World Savvy, and Asia Society.

The GCC is a premier online Graduate level certificate program in global competence education for in-service educators.  It is designed to increase the number of K-12 teachers who are able to teach for global competence and effectively prepare students to be globally informed, engaged citizens. This program will also address a critical need faced by schools and educators to prepare students with the skills they need to succeed in a world that is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before.

The GCC online format makes the program accessible to educators worldwide who are interested in integrating global competence teaching into their practice, while offering them the option to choose between graduate-level credits or CEUs.  The learning model includes three main components: online academic coursework, fieldwork, and collaborative practice groups.  

Global Citizens Network will be a primary field experience provider.   We are hoping to bring educators to Ecuador, La Push, Washington and Tanzania to engage for 2-3 weeks with our partner communities to extend and deepen knowledge and cross cultural understanding in a practical way. 

The Global Competence Certificate program will set the standard for global competence teacher education programs and transform teaching in the 21st century.  For more information or to apply, visit:


This Active Life (National Education Association) "Passport to Education" January 2014


Money Magazine "Getaways that Give Back!" December 2013

Minnesota Organization Helps Navigate Global Volunteerism ( November 2013

Volunteering Abroad not Limited to College Students ( November 2013

Preserving Nahuatl (Language Magazine) Spring 2013

A Dialogue on Millennium Development-Latin America and the 2015 Millenium Development Goals (USAToday) Spring 2013

Tips for traveling with kids (MPR News) February 14, 2013

Citizens Diplomats with Disabilities-Volunteering globally with "disability-related accomodations" ( 2013


UND Professor seeks human rights in dangerous corners of the world (Grand Forks Herald) December 08, 2012

The Portuguese Leviathan-Exploring the "Natural and Cultural Diversity of Brazil" (Language Magazine) 2012

Preserving the balance between business and nature in Mexico (UN Women) April 20, 2012

Higher Ed Notebook:  Students return from Brazil experience (Grand Forks Herald) June 10, 2012

Global Citizens Network promoting cross-cultural understanding ( July 15, 2012

Spotlight on Service-Learning (Language Magazine) 2012


Building Bricks and Bonds- Parents and kids venture to a Mexican village to lend a helping hand (Verge Magazine- pg.25 ) 2011

Field School Students to Work with Brazil's Indigenous People (UND Top News) - 12/2011

Volunteer Opportunity for April: Global Citizens Network looking for participants (Coffee with KARE11) 04/04/2011

Traveling with a Purpose: Meg Vermillion (Peninsula Pulse) - 6/2011


Chicueyaco: Daily Life in a Nahua Village (Cultural Survival) - 11/2010

It's a Small, Small World: Raising Your Kids to be Global Citizens (Metro Parent) - 8/2010 - Michelle Blair, GCN family trip participant, is featured in this story (pgs. 14-20) on page 20

Global Citizens Network is featured on the linkTV Website (Universal Giving) - 7/2010

Tarapoto, Peru site is featured on LinkTV Website (Universal Giving) - 7/2010

Children Raise the Village - 7/2010 Ellen Sachs - GCN youth trip participant is featured in article on Children Raise the  Village

It takes a Village Radio Show - 2/18/10
Carla Kjellberg interviews Rita Johnson – Board Chair for GCN/ISE

Spring Break: Volunteer work trumps booze, bikinis for some students

Chicago Business - March 29, 2010

Top 10 Family Volunteer Vacays (She Knows) 11/19/2010

GCN Celebrates Mayan Community Center Inauguration ( 2010


Two weeks in a Tanzanian village with hammers, paintbrushes and African songs prove life-changing.
Star Tribune - July 25, 2009

Twelve Nonprofits Picked for Free Web Makeover at Sierra Bravo's Overnight Website Challenge
KARE11- Feb. 28, 2009

Finding focus for a tour can mean more reward
Ed Perkins, San Francisco Chronicle - Jan. 8, 2009


American social justice group helps out on Alberta reserve
CBC News - August, 2008

Teens connect with old ways in Mexico
South Bend Tribune - August, 2008

My journey to a Tibetan refugee camp - March 21, 2008

Amateur Traveler

Episode 125
Volunteer Travel / Voluntourism - February 16, 2008

Voluntourism - Giving back in vacation
JOY Magazine- January 16, 2008

Taking the Kids on a Volunteer Vacation - January, 2008

Where to Go in 2008
Family Destination: Africa - Travel - New York Times


O Magazine

Generosity | Gifts That Give
Need Magazine

Volunteer Vacations
National Geographic

GCN in Canada's CBC News!
Wallace Immen, CBC News

Linda Stuart, Executive Director of GCN is interviewed by Carla Kjellberg
Village Talk Radio, March 31, 2007


Cabin John Family Volunteering as Global Citizens
Stephanie Siegal, Montgomery County / Weekend Edition, September 13, 2006

. . . a lesson in harsh reality

Jay Bodas, Sentinel (Edison, NJ), September 13, 2006

Volunteer travel has specialists (StarTribune) 02/12/2005

Out of the Way Travel Provides Opportunity for Growth
By Elaine Klaassen, Southside Pride, May 2005