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Volunteers for Peace

I paid $500 to this organization for registration, which was supposed to include: "the placement process, accommodation, food, leadership and work materials for the duration of the project" (I copied this from their original email). Upon my arrival to Nepal, the local organization ended up charging me for the same things that were supposed to be included with the VFP registration fee. I contacted VFP to clarify and I was provided with different information regarding the $500 registration fee different to what was originally provided to me. Both VFP and the local organization did nothing to resolve this issue and I was forced to cut my trip short because I wasn't able to afford the rest of my stay.

- VFP illegally mislead information on what was included with the $500 registration fee.
- Housing and food were not provided by VFP, although it was clearly stated in the emails when the registration fee was paid.

-VFP needs to clearly state in their emails and website what is included with the registration fee and make sure their partner organizations are involved in the disclosure of this information to prevent any confusions. Some of the volunteers that apply for these organizations do not have a few hundred dollars to spare when mistakes like this happen!

I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND WORKING WITH THIS ORGANIZATION AT ALL!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I've done a similar trip in Guatemala with another program but it cannot compare to going through Abroaderview. The coordinator in Honduras was with me every step of the way and cares that you are getting the most out of the program. As a result, I learned and saw so much that I wouldn't have been able to see as a volunteer in the U.S. I got to take vital signs, help out in wound care, and I learned to start IV leads and administer medications and vaccines. I got to witness live births and hear about the surgeries that other ABV volunteers witnessed. It was also cool to meet other volunteers also from Abroaderview and hear about their experiences. What I loved most was learning from the doctors and nurses who enjoyed teaching us despite how busy they were and who had the patience to explain to us the whys and the hows. In the U.S., it's harder to find doctors who are willing to take that time of their days. Overall, it was an amazing 2 weeks and I was excited to share it with my family and friends.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I travelled with Projects Abroad for two weeks over my school's winter break. I would recommend anyone interested in interning for Occupational Therapy to strongly consider this program. If you are up for a challenge and ready to immerse yourself in a culture that is most likely unlike your own, this is the trip for you. Not only do you get a feel for community and the struggles Vietnam was left with after the war, but you are taught how to work together and how to love one another through the struggles. Living with volunteers from around the world was enlightening, and I learned a lot about cultures and countries other than my own.
Traveling throughout Vietnam as strongly encouraged by the staff. They were extremely helpful in answering all questions and providing their insight. There were also set up activities throughout the week and on the weekends. The two volunteer houses in Hanoi were only 15 minute taxi/motor bike rides from the old quarter where we ate and and shopped all day. The Occupational Therapy Placement was in Friendship Village where the staff was kind and the patients were full of laughter and smiles.
Projects abroad is an amazing organization. They are kind, organized, helpful, and here to make sure your experience no matter how long is amazing. I highly recommend Projects Abroad for anyone with a helpful hand and a desire to experience communities around the world.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Overall the experience was amazing - great to learn from the science officer about the science aspect of the project, and the dive officers were awesome too. Learnt loads while here and am planning already to continue my marine conservation career and education.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I chose to do my medical volunteering in Vietnam for 3 weeks in the city of Dalat. I went during winter of 2016 and the weather was in the 65-70s with no humidity, unlike Ho Chi Minh City. The experience was amazing and I was able to learn a lot through clinical work at Pasteur. The staff is very friendly and allow students to be hands on with their learning. During my short 3 week stay, I was able to perform blood work, administer vaccines, and sit in on ultrasounds. After work, it was time to explore the city and find good eats. Dalat is a great location for the volunteering experience. This program helped me realize my passion for the medical field and what I want to further pursue. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone who is interested and hope to come back for a 6 week program in the future! It was very fun.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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