Global Service Corps

Newsletter             Winter 2004        Issue 4


"A Senegalese poet said, 'In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.' We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love and in order to conserve our common world heritage." Yo-Yo Ma, Cellist

Happy 2004 from Global Service Corps...

Today hear what recent participants have to say- one who was in a mid-life crisis, others who were looking for an international adventure where they could help and learn. Find out: Why they went? What they get out of it? The highlights and the pitfalls....

Also, read about our new Two-week Thai programs now offered year-round in health care, education and Buddhism. And meet GSC's talented staff and new faces in our San Francisco headquarters and abroad.

Please visit our website for more information, schedules and prices. You may also email us at or call 415/788-3666 x128.

  Do I Need Botox?

Children leaving home, parents getting sick, husband a grouch, and fiftieth birthday looming...

I am in the grips of a mid-life crisis and not sure what to do with the negative energy it is generating. I can see a cosmetic surgeon, do something crazy or self-destructive, or go on an adventure. I opt for the latter, which is how I came to spend the month of May teaching English in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.
Read on...

Volunteer with Monks

From Alarms to Rooster Awakenings

Feeling that my actions were making a difference in the lives of people was an extraordinary experience... ...Returning home was probably the most difficult part of the journey.

Walking off the plane in Arusha, Tanzania, I was greeted with everything I didn’t expect: a mass of welcoming faces, a fragrant almost intoxicating air, and absolutely no bugs!

For the first week in Arusha, the two other Global Service Corps volunteers and I stayed in a hostel. Every morning I would wake up to a rooster announcing the day. I’d go outside for a morning run and hear the nuns sing Swahili gospel hymns while they did chores and prepared breakfast. Read more...

  Participant Tells All

Here's a truthful project report from one participant about her experience on the Tanzania program (HIV/AIDS) this past summer. Hear her view of the high points, and low points.

A high point:
"...the best part of my stay in Tanzania was starting immediately to learn the language and becoming immediately involved with cultural natives, including the translators, Frida..., the participants, and my host family. When visiting a new place, I really prefer to learn from the perspective of someone who lives there and knows the true culture firsthand. I hate feeling like a tourist...

I have really become comfortable in Arusha and the surrounding area while here, and with the exception of the frequent calls of “Mzungu!,” I feel like I belong here and have “lived” here for a while rather than just visiting." Read More...

Two Weeks to Nirvana

Due to popular demand, Global Service Corps is pleased to announce that
the Thailand two week program is now offered year-round. Programs begin on
the same start-dates as our 23-day Thailand short-term program. See
our schedules and fees for current start-dates.

Thanks to the wonderful support of our friends in Thailand's Ministry
of Public Health, Global Service Corps Thailand is also pleased to
announce that the Health Care program is now offered as a two-week program. As
with the Buddhist Immersion and Education programs, this is offered
year-round. More on all Thailand programs

New Faces

Several new faces have joined GSC. And with them, they bring an abundance of talent. Our staff now includes numerous Masters degrees...many languages...25 years of executive experience at The Gap...extensive international expertise...Ivy League universities...and the list goes on.

Most important, our staff has a whole lot of spirit, chutzpah and dedication.

And there's been alittle staff shuffling too.

Visit our Staff Page...

Photo at left: Staff members: Susanna Beck, new operations manager, and Cooper Funk, new Tanzania programs coordinator
  Contact Us

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   Global Service Corps
   300 Broadway
   Suite 28
   San Francisco
   CA 94133-3312
   (p) 415-788-3666 x128

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2004 Global Service Corps