ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

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ELI turned out to be a great organization. The staff was extremely helpful with getting everything set up prior to me leaving. Once I was there, my Shanghai internship coordinator took over and was always accessible when and if I needed something. I learned a good deal in the internship itself, the staff and physicians at the hospital were wonderful and became good friends of mine. Also, just being in Shanghai and having the opportunity to travel to Tibet and Beijing while I was there was an incredible experience. Shanghai is quite a wonderful city, I highly recommend going there if even just for a vacation.

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Posted: July 17, 2010
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Prema Vasam was the volunteer opportunity of a lifetime. Waking up everyday to the laughs of children and smiling faces was a thing of dreams. The staff was loving and truly showed compassion. For a home away from home and volunteer experience as well Prema Vasam is the place to go. Be sure to contact the director directly before paying ELI.

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Posted: July 16, 2010
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My volunteer experience in Guatemala with ELI was amazing! I volunteered with a free clinic in the mountains of Tecpan, Guatemala and lived with a host family for 2 months. My days were spent going out to the rural areas surrounding Tecpan with both the local and volunteer doctors and nurses to provide free care to these communities. On the weekends I was able to travel to many other parts of this beautiful country as Tecpan is a quick bus ride to Antigua, making it easy to travel anywhere! ELI helped me feel well prepared for my time volunteering and traveling throughout Guatemala with Spanish lessons at the beginning of my trip. The support from the staff during my preparations for my time abroad was helpful and thorough, and the support continued during my time spent in Guatemala with frequent email check ins. I would recommend ELI to anyone! :)

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Posted: July 5, 2010
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If anybody is looking to do volunteer in the Philippines...need to check out other Volunteer Organization because if you encounter any problem regarding their volunteer group counterpart in the Philippines...ELI in USA headquarter will not help you.There are many volunteer programs run by the Catholic organizations and you dont even have to pay to be able to volunteer...just pay your air fare. The catholic organization will provide you a VERY GOOD LODGING!!! The ELI advertisement in Tacloban regarding their lodging and food is not true. And the lodging is not good...if you need a picture, I can download it for everyone to see!!!

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Posted: June 24, 2010
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I am not an agent of ELI, I merely want to make sure that people aren't deterred from coming to the Philippines. I spent 6 months volunteering in the Philippines 2 years ago and had an amazing time working on a street children program. The program that I worked on is actually not running any more because the 20 street children I worked with almost all attend school now, mainly through volunteer sponsorship. I'm not bothered whether people choose to come through ELI or another provider, I just don't want people to be put off coming to the Philippines as Volunteer for the Visayans do really great work and I am still in regular contact with some of the staff their who became my friends during the time I spent there. I know that ELI are a middle man and make money from this but I also know a bit about the industry, there are many companies like ELI who make money out of this, but NGO's like Volunteer for the Visayans rely on companies like this to get volunteers as they would never be able to attract enough volunteers to sustain their projects without the help of such companies who have enough money to spend on marketing and advertising. I'm sorry your son had a bad experience, but I just want to point out that I didn't meet anyone who didn't enjoy their time in the Philippines overall, despite any ups and downs. I didn't meet any other volunteers who came through ELI so I can't comment about them too much, other than to say I had no problems with them. The reason I wrote such a long response is because I am very passionate about the fantastic work VFV do.
you are a liar and agent of this company. This company runs program through middle man and make money
Hi, do you know the names of any of the catholic orgainisations that you can go through that you mentioned? Thanks

I taught English for three months at Colegio Nacional San Pablo, near Otavalo Ecuador, working with the 900+ students and the Ecuadorian English teachers. It was the first time almost any of them had interacted with a native English speaker, and the experience was challenging and rewarding. I agree with the comments by Alissa [hi, Alissa!] about Mariana, the in-country coordinator -- she was always there and was very supportive and positive. Information from the Stateside staff was also prompt, accurate, and responsive. The teachers at the school were welcoming and enthusiastic, and the kids -- the kids! -- were terrific -- eager, open, funny, warm. My only less-than-enthusiastic comment is that twelve weeks is a long time to live with a family, as amiable as they may be, especially for an older (ahem) volunteer like me. Overall, a great experience, with an organization I warmly recommend.

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Posted: June 14, 2010
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