shared my water...
While hiking up to delicate arch in Arches National Park,
we ran across a family that was on their way down from the
top (2 1/2 miles), It was about 95 to 100 degrees. They were
out of water and still had about a mile left to get to the
bottom. We had four large jugs of water with us so we filled
up their water jugs. Thats it... we just made the trek for
them a little more comfortable.
Dana, Erie, USA
I gave food
to a panhandler...
London, England: summer 2008. I don't give money to panhandlers,
but if I have food, I'll give that. I handed a sandwich to
a guy with his hand out on Oxford Street at rush hour. I felt
a tap on my shoulder and a young businesswoman asked me if
I did that often. I said that if I had something with me then
yes, I gave it. I had the feeling it made a distinct impression
on her. I saw no one else acknowledge panhandlers in any way.
I find myself wondering now if this woman has given something
from her lunch to someone in need. Has someone else seen her
and done the same? How many people on the crowded street that
day saw that small act, and have since done the same thing?
Our actions have more possible consequences than we can ever
Michelle, Edmonton, Canada
I gave away
On a recent trip to South East Asia I gave away around 10
pairs of reading glasses to older acquaintances. I had bought
the glasses at the 99 cent store here in Long Beach. They
all had the original price tag on them which was anywhere
from $19.99 to $49.99!
Sunny, Long Beach, USA
I teach English
to children in Vietnam...
At present I am in HoiAn teaching English in a children's
home. I have been coming to Vietnam every winter for four
years now and I either work in the Blue Dragon children's
home or help a friend at a Mentally challenged school in Quang
Ngai. Three years ago I stayed in Quang Ngai for three months
working in the government orphanage and teaching night school.
I made friends with some of my students and now visit them
every year. One year I went to Cusco, Peru to learn Spanish
and also helped at a daycare for undernourished children.
Gaye, Newmarket, Canada
helped a seasick cabinmate...
I finally reached my goal of visiting all seven continents.
My last two were South America and Antarctica. I made sure
I had a patch behind each ear and a wristband on each wrist
because I have only been seasick once in Thailand, and did
not want to repeat that situation. My roommate was Chilean
and stayed in bed most of the time we sailed. My Spanish is
so-so but I brought her fruit and cookies, encouraging her
to eat and drink. I also offered the bottom bunk to her since
it seemed ideal for a rush to the bathroom, but she refused
and seemed embarrassed. It was difficult to help her because
she was quite lethargic. Once on solid ground (and my 7th
continent), her smile returned, her sickness disappeared and
we were able to take in our mesmerizing surroundings with
Leslie, Arlington, USA
help people find their way...
I don’t know what it is about my face but it seems I
have the words 'Information Booth' printed on my forehead.
No matter where I am in the world, people always stop me to
ask directions. Lucky for me, they always ask about a spot
I researched or just visited myself. I have faced a number
of challenges in my numerous travels but it is this small
act of kindness that makes me feel connected to my fellow
travelers and the one that makes me happiest about my decision
to travel even when certain obstacles would dictate that I
Pascale, Montreal, Canada
I helped women
across the street in Paris...
While in Paris I came across two elderly women standing on
the corner at a busy intersection. The shorter one was holding
the taller one by the arm. The taller one was holding a white
cane. Yes, both were blind and attempting to cross the street.
Due to the heavy traffic they were having trouble determining
when the light was in their favor. I asked (in English, my
only language and not knowing if they would understand me)
if they would like some assistance. The taller one replied
in English that they would. She took my arm and as we slowly
crossed the street she asked where I was from, how I liked
Paris, and made other small talk. When were reached the other
side they thanked me profusely and wished me a good trip.
I watched them walk slowly down the sidewalk, then I went
back across the street to continue my journey.
Pam, Seattle, USA
I helped another
I have been on 5 volunteer vacations with Global Volunteers.
Most recently, I was in Romania for three weeks working in
a children's clinic. One of the other volunteers, an 18-year-old
student with a heart of gold and no travel experience, came
on a scholarship and had very little spending money. The whole
group wanted to go off sight-seeing for the weekend. Another
volunteer and I paid for this young woman's expenses so she
wouldn't be left behind. A grand time was had by all.
Elizabeth, Toronto, Canada
saved a woman from her partner...
I saved a woman on Sydney's Northern Beaches. She was being
choked by her boyfriend. I was lying in the sand, squinting,
when I realized he was lying on top of her not to kiss her,
but to choke her. I went over and started yelling and got
a lifeguard, who did nothing. I spirited the woman away for
a day and got her to call her mom back in Holland. The pair
was a young couple on vacation and since he didn't know English
(she did), he was feeling more and more anxious and dependent
on her and he flipped out. What a jerk. He just was terrifying.
But she was nice. I was so relieved to have been there --
the beach was sparsely populated, and the few guys around
were taking the 'not my business, mate' attitude.
Avra, Sydney, Australia
I gave my seat
to an older woman in Greece...
I got the last seat on the bus from Naxos town up the mountain
to the villages. It's a "flag me down" bus that
makes a circuit of the island. Sure enough, a mile or so up
the road the bus stopped to let a woman on. She was very obviously
senior to the other riders. The bus was jammed, aisles full,
but no one offered her a seat. I stood up and motioned to
offer her mine. I got off at the top of the run, and didn't
think of her again. Hours later I flagged the bus to go back
down to Naxos town and there she was, apparently delighted
to see me. The seat next to her was vacant. She patted it
and I sat. All the way down the mountain she told me stories.
Too bad I don't understand Greek!
Rachel, Austin, USA
I donated supplies
to a school...
My friend, Joyce and I, while traveling in Ollaytaytambo,
Peru, asked for a recommendation on a good place to eat. We
were referred to "El Corazon" After eating the best
grilled cheese sandwiches on the face of the earth, we began
chatting with the owner. She said the restaurant's main goal
is to teach nutrition to local families and that everyone
who benefits from the restaurant also needs to contribute
anything from splitting wood, preparing meals, visiting schools,
etc. Well, the school supplies and art materials Joyce had
packed found a home, high up in the Andes Mountains.
Melody, Oregon, USA