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April was National Volunteer Month. To mark the occasion, we're highlighting another of our amazing volunteers. Marta Zuluaga has been volunteering at Global Partnerships (GP) for over two years. She provides us with a wide range of support, from Spanish translation to financial analysis. She is like an honorary member of our team, and we're deeply grateful for her help.

1. Why did you decide to volunteer at GP?

A couple of months after moving to Seattle area from Colombia, my home country, I started looking for Seattle-based nonprofit organizations focused on the development of Latin American communities, in which I could volunteer my time and expertise. When I found Global Partnerships, I couldn’t think of a better fit. Then, I got connected with GP and was so fortunate to find great opportunities for me to contribute to the organization’s mission of expanding opportunity for people living in poverty, while utilizing my skills and doing what I love.

 2. In a nutshell, what do you help GP with?

I have helped GP through different roles such as performing financial and risk management analysis, research, supporting fund management activities, as well as conducting interviews to partner organizations and their clients and serving as Spanish/English translator on a couple of trips to South America.

3. What do you enjoy about working with GP?

I truly enjoy the mix of serving a great cause, doing interesting work and interacting with a very smart, committed and warm group of people.  I also love that all I do contributes to GP’s efforts to expand opportunity for impoverished people and generate sustainable impact on their lives. Moreover, I feel very happy to serve the Latin American community, even when living miles away.

4. What benefits do you get from your work with us and what would you suggest to people interested seeking a similar opportunity and want to get the most they can out of it?

The most important benefit for me is to be able to serve a cause I deeply care about and a community I love.  Also, having the opportunity to utilize and develop my skills while working with an exceptional group of professionals is of great value for me.

If you are interested in volunteering, I would suggest that you identify organizations working for the cause(s) you care about that could use your skill set and time.

Then, evaluate how you could support their mission, given the organization’s needs, and what you can offer. If you think there could be a good match, contact the organization to express your interest and explore opportunities for you to contribute to their work.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at GP, please send us an email at info@globalpartnerships.org.

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Marta Zuluaga and Lucila
Marta Zuluaga (left), a long-time GP volunteer, with Lucilla, a client of GP's partner, Arariwa, in Peru. Marta served as a translator on several trips to South America. Photo © Global Partnerships.

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