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A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I definitely had a rewarding experience and am glad that I had the opportunity to come to Cusco. I'm in love with the city and the overall atmosphere and have made some amazing memories. It was hard adjusting the first week (as it is with all new experiences) but once I got comfortable and settled in the city started to feel like a new home. I truly hope I remember all that I've learned here for the rest of my life.
If you choose to go to the girl’s orphanage, spend meaningful time with orphan girls’ ages (11-17) that need and will greatly appreciate the love and warmth you will bring to them. Help the girls overcome their homework difficulties with patience and kindness. On Thursdays you will play sports with them and be part of other various activities. Overall your presence and talks with the girls will help inspire hope within them and make them feel loved. Don`t expect to make drastic changes right away but know that you are making a difference as small as it may be. In order to make the most of your time it is extremely important to brush up on your Spanish as most of the girls cannot speak a word of English. Doing so you will have a much more rewarding and fulfilling experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Sep 17, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Reach Out Volunteers

This review is in regards to a position of the International Traveling Recruiter with Reach Out Volunteers, and not to the programs that they offer. Please keep this in mind when understanding this review.

I was hired with Reach Out Volunteers in 2014, and was so excited to begin what I thought was my dream job. It seemed like kismet when I first found this opportunity, to have the chance to travel the country and spread the word about a great organization.

I flew out to training, and my first red flag should have been that I was forced to purchase my own travel arrangements (one way equaling about $300). What reputable company asks their employees to pay for transport to training, especially if employment is not guaranteed? We had been told in emails from the Recruitment Supervisor that not everyone completes this training and that people may be let go during the process - but that if we try hard and continue to improve, there will be no worries. So I went into the process not worried about going home, and stayed through training from Saturday until Wednesday - when I was let go without warning.

Being let go from this organization that I believed in was a huge shock. The founder of the company drove myself and another colleague to a crummy motel about an hour away, and we were asked to stay there for two days or until we could purchase our own way home. I ended up draining my savings account in order to pay for this trip (over $700 in the end) and was never truly given a reason why I was let go. According to my supervisor, I was "too nice" and just wasn't cut out for recruitment at this time. If that's what they thought about me, then they should have conducted their interviews more thoroughly and flown candidates out that they were sure about.

After continually asking why I was let go, I was never given a real reason. All answers I received were vague and when I asked for a reimbursement at least for travel TO training, I was adamantly told that that would not be allowed. So, not only was I out of a job I thought I would have for a while, I was also out of money from my savings. The way that this organization dealt with my leaving and with further communication left an extremely sour taste in my mouth and I no longer support this organization or any of their projects.

To top it off, upon further research, I found unsettling court documents regarding copyright infringement and other legal proceedings regarding the founder of this organization (read the entire court transcript here: http://www.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/sinodisp/au/cases/cth/FCA/2013/731.html). It is an interesting read, and shows how shifty this organization is, based upon the ideas of another organization and essentially stealing those ideas to make a business.

I have heard first-hand accounts that the projects this organization embarks on are great. However, given my experience with this organization through hiring and the like, I will NEVER support this organization again and encourage others to go through another organization to volunteer abroad. Having to pay to volunteer abroad seems like a shady way to encourage students to volunteer, and I recommend that others take into account my own experience with Reach Out Volunteers and do their further research.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Australia
Posted: Sep 16, 2014
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered going through IVHQ and could not be happier with my decision. I have always loved to travel, wanting to get out of my comfort zone I decided that I would volunteer in Ghana. Looking at different organizations to choose from I decided to go with IVHQ. It was an amazing experience from the moment I landed in Ghana. IVHQ was very helpful through the entire process answering any questions that we had and also making sure we were happy. Everyone in Ghana was so incredibly nice, and right away it felt like home to me. I would recommend going through IVHQ for any volunteering abroad trips and also would highly recommend volunteering in Ghana. I left my heart there with the kids and am counting down the days until I go back.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location:
Posted: Sep 15, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9

Visions Service Adventures

I had such a good trip with Visions to the DR! I loved every minute of it and I want to do another trip next summer. We did so much with the locals that I felt a real sense of community. I would definitely recommend Visions to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Sep 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I had the experience of a lifetime during my month at Askari. We participated in a wide range of exciting and worthwhile activities on the reserve during our stay, with every day bringing something new and unexpected! Some highlights included darting a sable, receiving deliveries of zebra and buffalo, learning how to drive a 4x4 and having hyaenas visit our camp whilst sleeping out under the stars. A typical day included an animal based activity, for example a game drive to collect data on the herbivores, and a reserve management activity such as lantana spraying, fence painting or road clearing.

The volunteer house is large, clean and spacious and there is a pool and running track to exercise on. The meals are large and varied and vegetarians are extremely well catered for.

I learned so much about wildlife, conservation and reserve management from our guides, who were incredibly knowledgeable, patient and easy going. I highly recommend this programme to anyone who wants to develop of range of new skills in the African bush and make a meaningful contribution to wilderness conservation. Book the longest stay that you can - once you get there you will not want to leave!!

Program:
Location: South Africa
Posted: Sep 14, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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