Global Crossroad

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My son and I volunteered together in Peru at an orphanage for teenage mothers. We stayed at a local host family, which exceeded our expectations. They had a beautiful home and cooked traditional Peruvian food. After a few weeks, we were very sad to leave. We also booked the Machu Picchu tour through Global Crossroad and Spanish class. The tour was amazing and Alyssa and Roger organized everything very well. We were pleased with the tour and the Spanish classes were invaluable. We were assessed and then put into a class that matches our level. The cooking class and salsa dance lessons were so fun! I felt like I learned a lot and it aided in my volunteer work. The project was also invaluable. We volunteered in the afternoon and helped the mothers' with their homework and chores, as well as teaching them English. We also played with their children and attempted to teach them English. All in all, we had a great time volunteering in Cusco, Peru. We could not have asked for a better experience with Global Crossroad!

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Posted: September 2, 2017
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10
By: cusco10
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I did a month teaching programme in a public school in Antigua, Guatemala for 3 months of which I really enjoyed so much. Teaching in a school is what I wanted and it's the best way of getting teaching experience. The location was amazing as it was a walk from my home-stay.

My Coordinator Jonathan Dprera was excellent. He gave me all the relevant information on the school and on Antigua what to do and what not to do and obviously safety issues as well. He was extremely obliging in saying anything you need do not hesitate to ask and that was lovely to hear.

Regarding my Home-stay, home stays can be very hit and miss. When I first arrived I was in a home-stay next door to Jonathan and I loved it. I was away for a week and was told I had to move out of the home stay which I was sad about. I went to another home-stay and I was not happy there after a while. The family were not the nicest and gave me very little food. Numerous times I had to call Jonathan and get him to speak to the lady of the house which he did but she still gave very little food and they way she spoke to me at times was not nice, very controlling but eventually Jonathan got through to her and she improved on the amount of food she gave me. Jonathan did bring me to another Home stay which was lovely but with not much time left in Antigua I decided against moving into it. The thoughts of packing and unpacking did not appeal to me with little time left. I personally did not feel comfortable in the home stay and felt I was watched. I would not recommend this homestay for more than 2 weeks. The location though is fantastic. Jonathan did a fantastic job with this lady in the homestay.

Overall it was an amazing experience and I would like to thank Global Crossroads and Jonathan for an amazing job well done.

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Posted: September 1, 2017
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I volunteered at a local clinic. I had a great time and Global Crossroad left me satisfied. I feel as though I had a great experience and learned a lot. I met many different volunteers and left with new friends all over the world. The country coordinators were more than nice and helped me whenever I needed it. I would volunteer with them again.

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Posted: August 29, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: Dennis76
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65

Traveled to Peru in August. The volunteer session was great - working in a hospital, with their clinical staff. Working with Global Crossroad was the issue. First, their fees were confusing. The registration fee online is $99, but it's really not, it's really $299 which they have in their website. Then they try to sell you different packages, Spanish classes, health insurance, travel insurance, excursions. Don't do it!! The Spanish lessons were great but you could probably do that on your own once you get there for like 1/3 of the cost they are charging. And the excursions are way overpriced like 5 times what it costs if you bought the tickets when you got there. And Global Crossroad is very disorganized itself. I signed up for one site and was moved to another when I arrived. I thought I was getting one type of housing and was put on a site a couple miles from my work-site so I had to trek it there while others in my program were right nearby, in nicer housing. I was told that one person who spoke English would be at the airport to pick me up and then another person who didn't speak any English was there. The excursion was also a disaster. I paid a lot of money and didn't get tickets to half the tour - it was very disorganized. I would tell anyone to not go through Global Crossroad and if you already paid through them I would tell you to make sure you have agreement on (a) the site, (b) housing, (c) what you will be doing, (d) who is picking you up, (e) where you will be living and what type of living arrangements they are, and most of all (f) don't sign up for the excursions.

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Posted: August 25, 2017
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1
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1
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1
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51

My kids and I went to Atenas, Costa Rica to volunteer at the organic coffee farm, El Toledo. The program was a good value compared to others we found and the experience in Costa Rica was priceless. We felt we provided valuable assistance to the farmer and his farm and these types of programs offer an opportunity to directly see positive results. The host family was wonderful and we feel like we made lifelong friends in a short time. There was a bit of confusion over the fees as we have our own insurance and the transportation cost was not necessary for our situation. However, the coordinators worked with us and we were not charged unnecessarily. The only critique I have is, I would like to see the host families who do the most support making this type of program possible, receive more compensation and benefit from the fees. This would increase the program's credibility and further the cause of global good.
Overall, I would recommend the program to those who can't spend a fortune but want to volunteer abroad and make a difference in the world and in their lives.

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Posted: August 17, 2017
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8
Support:
7
Value:
9
Age:
49

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