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Active Internationals

Great experience and satisfying efforts.

I found Active Internationals through their website by a casual google search. After getting a prompt reply of my inquiry, I was assured of the professionalism.

I booked for a 6 week volunteer program based out of Jaipur for three weeks and followed by Pushkar for 3 weeks.

I also booked for some short excursions in between.
It was great experience of understanding the value of volunteering in a country like India, which seems to be a fast developing nation and is yet missing out on small details of life.

In Jaipur, I worked alongside a group of 20 ladies who were mostly housewives and were getting trained to be beauticians. The skills they were acquiring would surely allow them to work in a decent salon or start their own venture.
My job was to ensure that they learn more out of it. How to start a business, customer care, female health, budget making were some topics that I touched upon. This made them transform into more confident women in a mere three weeks.

I then proceeded to Pushkar to work alongside the Snake Charmers - Kalbelia. These are amazing people who are nomadic. But they have been in Pushkar for around two years because of their livelihood. We touched various topics like - Water Conservation, Child education, family planning, women health, rights available to tribes etc.

Overall it was a well planned activity with great support from Active Internationals.

Trips to Jodhpur and Udaiour were so awesome.

One thing I still miss from India is the food and Chai.

More people must join Active Internationals and make their efforts a success.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

From the moment I stepped foot on the wonderful island of Fiji, I knew my dreams had come true. Since I was young, I had always dreamt of travelling around the world. As I got older, I wanted my travelling to have a purpose. By choosing to volunteer with Projects Abroad, not only did I have plenty of time to explore the country (and in doing so I learned about myself), I was able to feel that I had made an impact on the lives of the local Fijians.

While I was in Fiji, I volunteered on the Nutrition Project. This meant that I was able to partake in health screenings at the local villages, create lesson plans teaching the local students about nutrition and healthy lifestyle as well as make cooking videos and homemade gyms. Lucky for me, this was right up my alley with a Nutrition Certificate in my back pocket!

During my stay, Projects Abroad was super supportive whether it be about my project, my homestay family, other volunteers or my weekend plans. The volunteers were all super friendly and I can honestly say I have made several life long friends. Can not wait for another opportunity to volunteer with Projects Abroad!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Nepal simply took my breath away and I still dream about going back there one day.
I had done international volunteering once before, high school, to Morocco. But because that was through a school program, I wanted to try something a little more independent and adventurous. A university friend referred me to Projects Abroad who had gone the year before.
I honestly didn’t know anything about Nepal. I saw pretty photos prior, and that was it. I signed up for the program because I was pre-med in college and wanted a chance to see different perspectives of medicine, and Projects Abroad had a medicine program placed in Chitwan, Nepal.
The process before the trip was straightforward. The flight there was very long, a good two days worth, coming from the states. No problems, though. I was taken to Hotel Exelsior first, where I made my first friend in the program – we got to explore Kathmandu together! And then we embarked on the 6 hour bus ride to Chitwan.
Chitwan was HOT. I went in June for a month and it was right around monsoon season, temperature peaked at 120 degrees. This is something you simply get used to.
I could talk about how Nepal is great, but since this review is strictly about the program I was in, I’ll keep my points at that. The medicine program places you in a 5-day a week placement at the Chitwan Medical College, a teaching hospital. You are able to choose where you would like to volunteer. I choose pediatrics and emergency for the first two weeks, and then spent the rest of my time in the Operating Room since my main interest resides in surgery.
You are given a lot of independence in the program. With friends from the program, you learn together how to navigate the village until it becomes second nature. You get to the hospital, and it is your call to talk to the doctors and nurses or not. So this program is entirely what you make of it! You must be forward and vocal. Language barrier is no excuse, because all the staff I worked with could speak great English! The residents there would teach me about taking vitals, detecting symptoms for the various diseases and conditions, what its like doing rounds, what its like going through medical school in Nepal, etc. Beyond medicine, it is also a great opportunity to really share with each other about the cultural differences. If I wasn’t talking with the doctors, I was talking with the patients. I remember distinctly I had a lengthy two hour conversation with a patient about morality and the importance of philosophy, when I told them I was studying philosophy and medicine in school. This conversation holds great memory with me today.
The staff of Projects Abroad is SO friendly and incredibly kind. My host father was actually one of the leaders of the program in Nepal (Binod!) and he was so funny and friendly. In the few weeks I spent in Nepal, I felt so connected to everyone. I miss the program so much, would do anything to go back and relive it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Mar 5, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
10

Frontier

An excellent experience I would recommend to anyone. Good value for money, welcoming staff and volunteers, fantastic location. Anyone looking to make a difference volunteering on either terrestrial or marine projects should seriously consider this project.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Mar 2, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

I first found this program when I was searching for gap year programs online. It was advertised as a diving course which was one out of the two main reasons (working with whale sharks being the other) that I signed up for it in the first place. Later, once I had paid tuition and all the fees that were somewhat sprung on me it was brought to my attention through an email with the project's coordinator that diving was not part of my specific program. I would have to pay extra if I wanted to participate in diving. This was a very unwelcome surprise. I didn't have much choice but to continue with my plans though considering that I had already paid my full tuition. I choose to not participate in the diving in the end. The information given for preparing for the trip and what was needed was limited. I had to ask quite a bit of questions because the information given was often vague and confusing. Once getting there I quickly became accustomed to life around camp. It is very simple. I knew that coming into this and I found no major issues with it but anyone who chooses to do Frontier Tanzania should be aware and prepared for the simple life. You will be eating beans and rice or rice and beans everyday for lunch and bread that we baked the night before for every breakfast. Dinner is a little more varied. There is a very limited supply of electricity. The people here are all very relaxed and it's best to give yourself away to island time while here. I did get to see a number of whale sharks (I couldn't be happier) while here and helped out with other projects (terrestrial and marine.) Schooling is mostly memorisation. Life here is generally slow and easy going while we aren't doing activities relating to our own projects. You'll get a lot of time to read, play cards, and just hang out with your fellow volunteers and staff. Tanzania has a large Muslim population so girls please bring clothing that goes past the knees (or buy a sarong here.) Bug repellant is gold here. Bring more than you think that you will need.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 28, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
6

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