Global Crossroad

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I spent my two week spring break in Costa Rica, and worked mainly in an Orphanage but on the weekends I was able to travel and see new places. In my past I have traveled to Haiti twice and then travel to Nepal with Projects Abroad. AlthoughI did enjoy Nepal the trip was not what exactly i was hoping for and did not focus on working with children as much as I was hoping for, but Global Crossroads made sure that the focus of my trip was clear and exactly what I wanted to do; which was working with kids in schools and mainly in orphanges. I truly loved this program! The accomidations were perfect, the houses were comforatable and had all the necessities i needed. The host mom and others staying at the house were great company and I loved spending time with them! When traveling I took public transportation and felt comfortable, safe, and never had any issues. Working at the orphanage was a remarkable experience and I loved the kids and loved spending my weeks with them, and they made my experience truly unforgettable. Overall I loved this program and truly with I could have stayed longer! I would highly recommend this volunteer trip to Puntarenas, Costa Rica and I have no negative feed back!:)

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Posted: April 2, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: kromano
Age:
17

I volunteered at the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) in Sri Lanka. I had no problem with the Elephant Foundation itself. However I had major problems with Global Crossroads. When I signed up for the program they offered a one week program. That is the program I signed up for. Months later they informed me the minimum is two weeks. So I had to change my whole vacation around to extend my stay 11 days, but was told I would only pay for one week of volunteering since this whole fiasco was not my fault. When they picked me up from the airport they told me I had to pay an outrageous amount of money that I was not aware of. It was $200 dollars more than what I was told to pay. I later complained and they said they would refund me $200. They emailed me the next day saying that they had changed their minds.
The whole experience with Global Crossroads was them making promises and then changing their minds. I have written documents and invoices that they have not honored whatsoever. So by the end of my trip I ended up working 11 days and having to pay almost $800 when I was originally supposed to pay $230. Very negative experience. But I want to reinstate that the Elephant program itself that I worked at was wonderful.

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Posted: April 1, 2016
Overall:
6
Support:
6
Value:
3
By: angieblau
Age:
24

My name is Winnie Mangeni. I am a Kenyan student studying in the United States at the University of Notre Dame. I was looking for something to do over spring break that was connected to my passion,Women Empowernment. I found Global Crossroads online and I thought it would not be possible to work with them for only 10 days of spring break. However,to my surprise,they made it possible with my visa application (as a foreigner) and also my stay in Guatemala. The program director, Oscar Gomez made my stay very comfortable and I am really thankfull that I met a person like hiim.This included my stay and my communication abilities. I spoke no Spanish at all! The only word I knew was Ola! By the end of the 10 days, I was able to hold a conversaton in Spanish! My host family was welcoming and the food was absolutely amazing and new from what I am used to. Moreover, I volunteered at the Municipal Council for Women in Quetzaltenango,Guatemala. This gave me a good perspective on the rights of women in other parts of the world. We were able to march in solidarity for women during International Womens Day where I got to see more women the organisation worked with. Also, they profided psycology services to the women as well as organised different activities to participate in. Everyday was an adventure to explore Guatemala in the evening to see the beautiful landforms,architecture,hot springs,horse rides and also the lakes and beaches. I would highly recommend anyone for this project. Its an eye opener and pushes you outside your comfortzone.I never expected to do this in only 10 days but guess what! Anything is possible! One advise to all volunteers is that they should be patient and open-minded with a zeal to explore.I cannot wait to work with Global Crossroads again!.

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Posted: March 10, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
20

I am Patricia from CT. USA, I travelled on my own to Sri Lanka in Feb, 2016 for a 2 week stay and had the most amazing experience ever. I spent my stay with host family Michael Ferreira and his family. and volunteered at the Orphanage that housed 75 children, infants up to 5 years of age. I truly enjoyed every day helping & playing with the children in the mornings and had free time in the afternoon to explore the many beautiful beaches and sights in the area. I met several other great volunteers from all over the world and we had a great time sightseeing and even enjoyed to go back to help at the orphanage in the afternoons if we chose to. Michael & his family were extremely gracious and so very accommodating. Our host mom Pushba is a fantastic cook and we enjoyed 3 delicious home made Sri Lankan meals a day, Michael took us sightseeing and planned optional day trips if we wanted to go.
I highly recommend this program and personally cannot wait to return one day soon and bring my daughter to show her the humbleness and kindness and special needs of this great Country and their amazing people.
Patricia Stack

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Posted: March 10, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
48

For a week in February 2016, my husband, myself and our two children (ages 11 & 13) participated in a volunteer week in the town of Queztaltenango, Guatemala. This was a truly wonderful, rewarding experience for all of us. Communication with the staff in the U.S. as well as the in country staff was both timely and helpful. They always addressed any concerns we had and made arrangements for us ahead of time. Our host family was lovely and accommodations were clean and food delicious! We participated in two projects while we were there. In the mornings we helped build a stove for a couple. The greatest part was being able to start and finish a project and leave something visible and tangible for all to see. My children were truly amazed that they completed this stove. Our project in the afternoon was with children at risk of becoming street kids. From the first day we all felt we couldn't spend enough time with these beautiful children. We are grateful for all their love and friendship and we left better having known them. This trip was the experience of a lifetime. I would not hesitate recommending global crossroads to anyone. I hope to one day be able to participate in another program of theirs.

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Posted: March 1, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: Nickbrick
Age:
44

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