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Frontier

I attended the Madagascar marine conservation programme and as soon as I arrived at nosy be airport I was welcomed by the project manager, Chris who was extremely helpful, funny and informative. The support I received in the run up tom and during my project was immense and thorough so this aspect was very good. The project itself was amazing with all staff members helping and being friendly. They were on your level and didn't belittle you, whilst joining in with what the RA's were doing which was amazing, you really felt part of it all (even for someone like me going for a short amount of time). In short, I would recommend this to anyone pre, or post university - 5 stars

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Sep 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Visions Service Adventures

From the onset, we felt well-informed with expectations and tips well documented.

Leading up to the adventure, both my daughter and I received emails and more details than we could have hoped for. My daughter felt like she was able to really experience the culture, work hard, exert herself physically, and participate well with a group of kids and counselors.

She keeps pointing out new discoveries she made - everything from identifying the beets in the fridge as something she picked to the water pump in a museum as something she used for 30-40 minutes to get clean water. She connected with those she served with as well as those she met in the retirement home and on the "rez".

She was already a child mature beyond her years but she came home wiser, more aware of others, and ready to back next summer. So thankful for the Visions team and the stellar job they do for their communities and the youth that spend just a bit of their summers trying to make a difference.

And that the kids make life-long friendships in the program is just a bonus.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: USA
Posted: Sep 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I was in Jaipur, India with Sankalp Volunteer Society for 3 weeks working in a local orphanage doing the summer program. First of all, you get a lot for your money. From transportation to and from volunteering, lunch and dinner everyday, tickets and hotel accommodation, etc, the program was worth the price. After arriving in Delhi, there was a driver holding my name card and waiting to drive me and the other volunteers to Jaipur. The summer program consists of 2 weeks of volunteering and 1 week of travel. Most of the volunteer programs are in the morning, so you are able to explore the city in the afternoon with others. There is a security guard living within the volunteer house as well as Puni, the cook. Everytime you would leave you would sign out, saying the time where you are going and who you are with, making sure Pranay and Amita (the directors) know where you are. The volunteer house itself is in a very convenient place.. just down the street from a grocery store and within a residential area in Jaipur and is very nice! The bottom level of the house consists of their office and the kitchen, the second level is for the girls with 3 rooms and 4 beds in each room for a total of 12 beds on that level, and also the eating area/kitchen. The third level has a television and mats to lay on and thats usually for the boys. There is also a roof!! It is a decently tall house so it has good 360 degrees view of rural Jaipur. There are many things to do in Jaipur, such as visit the Bazaars, Sun "Monkey" temple, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, the ancient forts, Water temple, or ride elephants! Just warning, you can spend many, many Rupees at the Bapu Bazaar because of its amazing fabrics, trinkets, and clothing. Us volunteers had a lot of liberty and freedom to go where we want and explore the city, but with a curfew and being safe, which was awesome because we got to explore India and do things we wanted. The 3rd week of traveling was tiring but amazing! We visited Agra, Amritsar, and Dharamsala. Pranay was with us in Agra and Amritsar, where we went to the Golden Temple and the Taj Mahal, and then we drove to Dharamsala to start our trek up the mountains with our guide, Daya. On the trek all food was provided, rain protection (it rains constantly) and shelter on the top! Everything was organized in advance, and after the trek we took a overnight bus back to Delhi where a driver was there to take us to the airport. Overall, the experience was spectacular, and I was able to see so much of India in a very short time, so this program is very worth it. Pranay and Amita will take care of whatever you need and you will have the most fabulous time! Other than being careful what you eat and drink, I have nothing bad to say because my experience in India was so fabulous because of Sankalp! I strongly recommend this program, youll have so much fun! :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Aug 31, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Frontier

I have recently returned from a 6 week trip to Madagascar with Frontier and I can honestly say I had the best time of my life. I was part of the Adventure program (MGA) and that was the best decision I could have made because I got to experience all three of the main projects - teaching, forest and marine. Unfortunately, myself and many others were delayed in starting our projects due to cancellations and delays from Air Madagascar but after a while all was forgotten and altogether, my time in Nosy Be was awesome and a lot of that was down to the dedication of the staff and also the close friendships you build in such a short space of time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Quest Overseas

Absolutely incredible company to travel with!! I went on the 6 week Andean Expedition through Peru and Bolivia and it couldn't have been better. We travelled so much and saw so much of the countries, from desert, snow capped mountains, rainforest, canyons, volcanoes and beautiful cities.We also got to visit and help out at the Quest volunteering sites in Lima and the Amazon rainforest. Our leaders were experienced and very knowledgeable of the countries and we always felt safe and got to see the non-tourist routes and interesting places to eat. For the price of the trip and having everything included, the value for money was brilliant. I would recommend the company to everyone. They have an amazing itinerary and approachable staff, also supplying great travel insurance in with the price, I strongly recommend them to anyone.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Bolivia, Peru
Posted: Aug 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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