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Program:
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jul 24, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Frontier

I volunteered with Frontier for two weeks in the jungle of Costa Rica and can honestly say it was the best two weeks of my life! There was something to do all of the time and the activities were very varied. Two weeks was not long enough and I had difficulty fitting everything in, boredom was never an issue - more likely over excitement at what I was doing. Frontier itself was very efficient. We were met at the airport and overseen throughout the transfer to the project. Everyone was so friendly and lovely and I felt totally included in everything from the moment I arrived. The personal highlight for me was getting to touch two sea turtles as we tagged their flippers but every moment was special. If you enjoy being outside and active, this is the project and the company for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 24, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

When I arrived in Ghana I was picked up by an IVHQ coordinator and brought back to the volunteer house in Accra. They were really helpful when it came to my lost luggage and setting up my phone with a new SIM card. I had one of the coordinators show me around Accra with a few other volunteers the next day as I had arrived a day early for my program.

Once I went through orientation, I was brought to the Gold Program where I had signed up for construction and renovation. The other volunteers and the foreman of my program taught me all I needed to know. We worked all morning and some afternoons in one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. It is fulfilling work because you can see each day how much you have accomplished as you make and lay bricks. After work each day children from the nearby school would often come to play at the program grounds so the volunteers had the opportunity to play with them. You will get to know the children so well your lives will forever be changed by talking to the sweetest, happiest kids on earth.

On the weekends I went away on trips both organized by IVHQ and on my own. Both were great experiences and with each I had the same amount of support from an IVHQ coordinator. We must have called Gideon over 8 times in a day while trying to organize our trip and he always answered all our questions and called hotels for us, and even picked us up from the trotro (local bus) when we arrived in Accra in the dark. We were also given our foreman's phone number and told by him to contact him when we arrived at our destinations and to let him bargain for us with the taxi drivers over the phone.

Overall they really took care of us and kept us extremely safe. Never once was I worried about my safety while in the care of IVHQ members or at my program. It was the greatest experience of my life and I plan on going back again with IVHQ. I would also love to do the construction program again. Going into it as a girl I was afraid I would not be physically able to do the work, but as hard as it was, I was able to do it and noticeably got stronger and more skilled as the days went on. Talking to other volunteers at different programs, I am glad I did construction because I felt I got the same experiences as them with the children as well as building something that I know will be there years from now.

If anyone wants a quick version of my trip feel free to check out this video I made when I got back. If you volunteer abroad with IVHQ, you will not be disappointed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BwOQ7dDPzU

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

uVolunteer

Week 1 Friday April 16th: I arrived at Udon Thani Airport from Bangkok and was welcomed by Eiw and Alex. I went for dinner at a restaurant alongside Mekong in Nong Khai.
Today we cycled to the Laos market in the morning. After lunch, Jack took us by bicycle to a river in the forest and I practiced driving the motorcycle.
Tuesday April 20th: I cycled to Phon Phisai in the morning. I was headed to an internet cafe, but was spotted by Wasana a, Jack's aunt, Blue and another cousin from their shop in town.
Week 2
Sunday April 25th: At around 5pm some new volunteers arrived! There was a group of 6 girls and 2 guys, from England, France, Germany and Holland. We took a walk to a restaurant overlooking the Mekong and had some drinks.
Friday April 30th: The other volunteers and I went to Pak Suay in the morning. We ate noodle soup for lunch at the shop just outside Santirak. Fridays are sports days for Santirak School, so I watched while the students played musical chairs, and danced. After cookies, fruits and ice creams were handed out to the students, we had a game of soccer between volunteers and students.
Week 3
Saturday May 1st: We swam in the river, took photos on Jack's floating house-boat, and paddled a canoe around. We went for dinner at a western restaurant in Phon Phisai, which was surprisingly quite good, and then went to karaoke.
Tuesday May 4th: Today was the day of the Rocket Festival Parade. In the morning we all went to the clothes shop. First we had the makeup done, then the dress. It took a very long time for the shop owners to get everyone all dressed up and ready. We then proceeded to a village, from where we would start the parade.
Week 4
Tuesday May 11th: Today Toon and I left for Ko Samed! After checking-in at Samed Villa Resort we went for a stroll along the beach. Later that night we went to a nightclub at one of the popular beaches to dance and play pool.
Thursday May 13th: We rented a motorcycle today! We rode around the island and went to a cliff top viewpoint overlooking the ocean which was very beautiful. We stopped at a beach and had lunch at a restaurant with tables right at the water's edge. After a very relaxed afternoon we returned to our resort.
Week 5
Monday May 17th: Today was the expo for national education in Thailand at Impact Expo Center Mueng Thon. I was to represent the adult education center in Phon Phisai. I met up with Jack and a few of the other teachers from Phon Phisai and we demonstrated teaching English for part of the day.
Wednesday May 19th:In the morning I was taken to Chumpol Phon Phisai high school where I would spend the remaining of my weeks volunteering. I would be teaching under Krue Yuphaporn (who I had met once before), who taught around 6 different classes in M4 (the 10th grade) including one "gifted and talented" class.
Aaron

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 23, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Volunteer Projects

I’m Kelly and I’m a volunteer from China. I choose to come here because I like to stay with children and make friends with others and I really look forward to experience different culture. I’ve been here for 2 weeks and I love Banda Aceh and our center very much. Aceh center is very lovely with 2 warm-hearted directors. On week days, we have storytelling class, Mandarin class, Italian class and music class aimed at different ages and levels of students. I teach kids who are under 10 years old Mandarin and they are active and focused, which makes me delighted and feel that everything rewards. Every time I teach, I feel a sense of achievement and I’m really happy to see kids like to have Mandarin classes. At free time, we make flashcards, gardening and even make a trash bin. And at day off, directors and local volunteers take us to a nearby beach and coffee shop for relax. Banda Aceh is very beautiful and people here are very friendly. I think it’s a very precious chance to be here teaching lovely kids, making friends with other volunteers and experience local culture.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Asia
Posted: Jul 23, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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