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Cross-Cultural Solutions

I am taking my gap year with Cross Cultural Solutions, three countries in theee months. So far I have spent a month in Morocco, and I love it. Everyone here is so warm and welcoming that the home base felt like home very early on. All of the staff is absolutely wonderful. The volunteer work feels like you are making a real difference which is exactly what I was looking for. I also love the lessons and discussions we have, specifically Arabic lessons, Moroccan culture, and lessons on Islam. I think it's very special to learn about them first hand from Moroccan people. I always feel very safe in the home base and everywhere we go, especially with the gaurd at the home base all day and night. My next two months will be spent in Ghana and Tanzania and I am very confident they will be just as amazing as Morocco has been. I would absolutely recommend CCS and have had the best experience in Morocco.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Morocco
Posted: Feb 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Escuela Montalban

I was 3 months at Escuela Montalbán in Granada doing an Intensive Spanish course, which included 2 classes of grammar and 2 conversation classes per day. I started from the very beginning and improved my Spanish very quickly thanks to a professionalism of the teachers and very well selected groups. In fact, I was able to communicate with other students with the same level of Spanish, which helped us learn Spanish more efficiently with a help of a teacher and have fun as well.

The staff of the Spanish school was extremely friendly and helpful, especially Paco. In the first day they helped me with my accommodation, informed me about different possibilities and important places in the city, and helped me get my debit card in a bank, which was incredibly important as well.

The accommodation was provided by the school. In the apartment I lived with 4 Spanish persons, who helped me boost my Spanish and experience Spanish culture and traditions. They were very friendly, kind and open-minded.

On the one hand, teachers were very professional and provided well-structured content. On another hand, they were very funny making a lot of jokes. Thus, they delivered a great combination of serious and funny content, which helped us feel comfortable and learn Spanish in a great atmosphere.

Another important part of learning Spanish language and culture took place outside of our classes. The school organized different social and cultural activities in the evenings and on weekends. In the first week we went to the Arabic bath, which helped me relieve stress from the first days of my adaptation to a new country. Moreover, I discovered an incredible art-form, which was born in Granada and called Flamenco. The flamenco show included very emotional and expressional music and dance. I fell in love with it and would love to experience it again. Another incredible activity was a tapa tour with the teacher Marisa, when almost all the students went out together to explore the tapas culture in different local bars. There is a tradition in Granada to give tapas for free when you order a drink.

I would definitely recommend this school to everybody, who wants to learn Spanish and discover a great culture of the beautiful Granada and Spain in general.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Feb 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

I stayed in Nepal for 4 and a half months and I loved my time here!!! RCDP organized everything very well. Espacially during the "Fun program" (Rafting, Trekking, National Park) at the beginning, we were always surprised that all the times and in all places there was someone to take care of us and tell us where to go.
And everything is much more flexible than I expected from what my german organization told, which is nice! I was volunteering in the school Spring Valley Academy and when I asked for the possibility to go for a trip during the 8 days of Exam it was no problem at all.
I felt very comfortable with my host family, the teachers and especially the students (I only had some problems with the school`s principal but that`s not the fault of RCDP) that I`m sure I will miss everyone very much when I get get back home! And I got very easily used to Nepalese habits and the way of living that I will probably get a culture shock by returning to Germany!
The only thing which could be improved in my eyes is the cooperation with the partner organizations abroad. Some facts that my german organization told me (for example that a single bed room in the accomodation is guaranteed) are basically not true according to the national habits and I think a better communication would avoid some misundestandings.
But all in all I can only recommend Nepal for a volunteer stay to everyone because it`s beautiful landscape, the lovely people and the different way of live are fascinating in every way!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Feb 25, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Michael and his family were very helpful and inviting from the moment I arrived at their home. Before arriving in Galle, Sri Lanka he answered all my questions about what to expect and any other info I needed very promptly via email. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and my experience at the orphanage. There have been a few other foreigners volunteering during my 5 week stay as well which has been nice. Michael's home where I stayed is a great location too, right across from the beach and only a 10 minute walk into Galle Fort area. His family have made me feel very welcome in their home and his wife has looked after me well with all her cooking.

I would very much recommend coming to Sri Lanka and experiencing this beautiful country and people whilst doing a bit of volunteering

Thanks

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Feb 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In January 2017, I took off on a trip of a lifetime to volunteer in Philippines for 3 weeks with Projects Abroad. This was my first time travelling by myself and my first time volunteering, so I was so pleased that I chose Projects Abroad who provided me with continual support from the moment I applied up until a week after I arrived home.

I volunteered in the Occupational Therapy (OT) program in San Remegio, Cebu at a small rehabilitation centre. The rehab centre is reliant on local physiotherapy (PT) interns and PT or OT volunteers to provide therapy to local people with disabilities. Being the first OT to volunteer in San Remigio, it was a truly rewarding experience being able to make a difference to the lives of individuals who can not afford allied health services.

During my time in San Remigio, I stayed with a beautiful host family who lived only a few minutes from the beach. My family was so welcoming and I truly could not believe how hospitable they were. I had my own room (which is a luxury in the Philippines) with a comfy bed, a fan, and a wardrobe to keep my belongings. I was cooked 3 meals a day by either my host mum or my host family had a small restaurant next door where I generally ate lunch. My host family made me feel part of the family straight away and I joined them for birthday celebrations, BBQs on the beach, karaoke and weekend road trips to the city.

The best part about volunteering with Projects Abroad is all the wonderful people you meet - not only did I have the pleasure of working with the wonderful Projects Abroad staff and my host family, but I also was able to meet other volunteers in my area at organised social events and during my spare time.

Volunteering with Projects Abroad allowed me to develop new skills, see new places, experience a different culture, meet lifetime friends and make a small difference to the world!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Feb 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

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