Thomas Glenn

Pueblo Ingles is among the best volunteer opportunities I’ve ever encountered and hope to return again in the future.

Thomas Glenn - bn

My wife, Barbara and I loved to travel.  We owned a motorhome and traveled each summer out of Florida.  I had been volunteering for years in various capacities, for example recording text books for blind students.  One day in 2013 a friend told me about a way to combine travel and volunteering.  He told me about Diverbo and Pueblo Ingles.  We applied, were accepted and completed our first program in September 2014 meeting a number of wonderful people.  We both fell in love with the program.  In 2016 we traveled to Spain to do our second program then returned home to once again hit the road.  In August, while traveling, my wife took ill and died that September from pancreatic cancer.  We had 55 days together from the first emergency room visit to her death.  During that time she asked me to promise her three things, one of which was to continue to travel and continue to volunteer with Pueblo Ingles.  It was an easy promise to make.  In 2017 I was able to volunteer on three different programs on two trips to Spain.  In 2018 I walked the Portuguese Way Camino with people I’d met at Pueblo Ingles.  This September, 2019, I was able to volunteer on my sixth program with PI. Volunteering on this program can be life-changing.  Watching the Spanish improve their English over the week is so gratifying.  Meeting new people and making new friends is a major benefit.  Renewing acquaintances from prior programs is another plus.  The staff have become friends and provide a “coming home” kind of feeling whenever I return.  The days can be intense but filled with opportunities to learn from intelligent, committed people.  Pueblo Ingles is among the best volunteer opportunities I’ve ever encountered and hope to return again in the future.

THOMAS GLENN

USA

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