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Groups and families of all ages serve on the Blackfeet Reservation in the high plains just east of Glacier National Park. Summer programs are one week and aim to help local leaders improve structural, educational, recreational, and social aspects of daily life for children and families.
Work projects generally include:
• Repairing and improving community buildings
• Preparing and serving meals
• Supervising summer school programs
• Befriending and stimulating elders
• Assisting at a food bank or thrift store
Opportunities for working in professional areas are also available. Volunteers of any background are encouraged to share their skills. The minimum age for serving with a parent is 8. Highly recommended by faculty, group coordinators, students, families as well as individuals of all ages.
- Learn about Blackfeet culture through pow-wows, sweat ceremonies, native crafts, language lessons..
- Work alongside Blackfeet people on genuine community service projects.
- Be accepted into daily life on a Native American reservation and gain a "non-tourist" perspective.
- Benefit from Global Volunteers’ long-time partnership with the Blackfeet people, going back to 1999.
- Experience the spectacular beauty of Glacier National Park during free time.
Global Volunteers’ development partnership in Montana’s Indian country began in 1999, when the Blackfeet Tribal Early Childhood Center in Browning invited Global Volunteers to help build a cultural park designed for family recreation. Since this first team cemented our commitment to working with Native American nations, volunteers have returned to the Blackfeet Reservation every summer, and like the changing seasons, they represent a new opportunity for growth within our relationships. In addition to building mutual respect, Global Volunteers teams working with local people have helped improve community buildings and outdoor recreation areas; collaborated with community leaders on services to primary and middle school students, Girl Scouts, nursing home residents, community college students, mental health program recipients, addiction treatment center clients, children in a crisis center, veterans, and participants in the Blackfeet Nation’s many summer cultural events. We work with Blackfeet Manpower, a social service organization which provides individuals and families in need with resources such as childcare, job readiness training, GED courses, and employment opportunities.