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My 12-year old son, 16-year old daughter, and I volunteered at Hogar Cristiano Children's Home in Puntarenas, Costa Rica for one week in February 2016. It was an amazing experience. We stayed in a clean, safe, simple, and lovely home of a Costa Rican woman with several other volunteers. She cooked us three delicious meals per day (including packing our lunch for our volunteer job every day. Our coordinator, Lauren, was always available with suggestions, advice, and We took two wonderful excursions during our time off--one to Isla Tortuga and one to Ocean Ranch Park. I can't wait to return. I highly recommend the program.

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Posted: February 29, 2016
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10
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10
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10
By: jmmmbaker
Age:
51

Hi everybody,

We are two french girls of 23 years old, Julie and Ariane, and we pass through Globalcrossroad organisation to be volunteer in an orphanage in Galle, in Sri Lanka during one month.
We were housed in the daughter of the volunteer's coordinator.
We had a genial host. The familly was very nice and kind, they help us for many think like arranged tuktuk transport at local price, give us good adress to do shopping and to find restaurant. They also were very helpful when we were a little be sick.
The meals was very good, it was typical sri lankan food but no spicy.
About the accomodation, it was also very confortable, we had a big room and a big bathroom. It was like a second familly for us.

Regarding the work at the orphanage it was aslo a very good experience.
At the beginning, it was a little bit difficult to communicate with the staff which doesn't speak english but day after day it was more and more easier and convivial.
The first day, We were a little bit schocked. Indeed, it's a different culture and a different way to treat them but we quickly saw, that there were a lot of love and the children were happy.
About our activities, we played with us, we washed them, we fed them.

Michael, the coordinator, was very attentive, he visit us very often to know if we were satisfyied by our volunteering.
In addition, the Julie's familly came to visit us in Sri Lanka and Michael organized for them a big trip.

So, to conclude, it's was a great experience, and without doubts, one day we will come back!

Thank You to everyone !!

Ariane and Julie

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Posted: February 28, 2016
Overall:
7
Support:
9
Value:
10
Age:
23

I worked at an orphanage for teen moms and had the most amazing time. I plan on going back this year! The support from the company was exceptional. They provided transportation to and from the airport. Answered any questions I had, walked me through everything step by step as this was my first trip. I highly recommend them and can't wait to go back!

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Posted: February 22, 2016
Overall:
10
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10
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10
Age:
29

I volunteered for two weeks in December at an orphanage in Xela, Guatemala with global crossroad. I had an incredible experience! During the planning stages I was a bit apprehensive. By "a bit apprehensive" I mean "extremely petrified!" Lol. As a female travelling alone you can see where I'm coming from. I received a ton of support from the in country coordinators..despite my constant questions! They made me feel at ease every step of the way. Once I arrived in Guatemala I was greeted by one of the in-country staff. She was great! I spent one night with the host family in Guatemala City. My host mother and family were so sweet. The next day I took a bus to xela (about 3.5 hours bus ride). I was driven to the bus stop and she waited with me until I boarded. The bus was really safe and the locals were always willing to lend a helping hand if needed. I arrived in Xela and found it to be such a beautiful city with such a rich culture. My host family in Xela were amazing. The meals were delicious and the living arrangements were comfortable. Despite not being able to speak the language i never felt that there was a language barrier. They're generosity and support made me feel right at home. I enjoyed taking part in their customs and traditions. Some nights they took me out to show me their lovely city. That was awesome! The market and Central Park was a ten minute walk from my home stay. It was very easy to get around despite my inept sense of direction! There's nice little coffee shops and lovely dessert places all around. There's also plenty of Internet cafes, wifi spots, and local travel agencies if you're up for an adventure!

My first day at the orphanage was kind of overwhelming. It breaks your heart to see but at the same time it's an incredible experience. The kids greeted me with smiles, hugs, and kisses. I spent my days playing games, teaching a little bit of math and English, and also taking care of the babies. All the kids were so fun to be around and so unbelievably cute!!! I think one thing to keep in mind when embarking on this sort of journey is that you really have to take initiative. It really is up to you how your experience will be shaped. For me, it is one I'll never forget :)

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Posted: February 4, 2016
Overall:
7
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9
Value:
9
By: sshah
Age:
34

Great project! Some troubles with organizing the project, and a few issues on site. Overall a fun time!

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Posted: February 4, 2016
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8
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9
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7
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16

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