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Posted: July 1, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9
Age:
22

Our experience in Guatemala was incredible and so impactful! We had the opportunity to work in an 'orphanage' (truly a shelter for girls) with teenage moms and their babies - victims of rape or abuse. We held babies, changed babies' diapers, consoled mothers and in all ways helped these young women with their babies. They needed our help and we greatly appreciated the opportunity to be of assistance. The second week we made 2 cookstoves for two impoverished families who now can cook safely for their families. (One family was cooking all meals in the rim of a wheel and had previously scarred/burned a child from the cooking method). The work was very labor intensive and involved mixing cement, laying bricks and cement and filling the cookstove with dirt and adobe bricks under the direction and with the help of a local contractor/coordinator. While in Guatemala, Global Crossroad also placed us with a host family and we had the opportunity to 'live like a local' and see firsthand what the living conditions are in Guatemala (this is not a shack like some Guatemalans live in, but a home with electricity and water and a family who provided us with meals in addition to our rooms). Global Crossroad also provided us with immersion spanish lessons for two hours each day which greatly helped us communicate while working on our projects. Global Crossroad was great to work with as we prepared for the trip (Kim and Customer Service) and was very helpful in identifying and lining up options for excursions over the weekend (we hiked a volcano and went to a hot springs). Oscar, the in country coordinator, was also very critical in organizing our activities and providing us with all the opportunities to make a difference.
This is not the 'volunteer tourism' that many people worry isn't really helping others - it is truly volunteering that makes a difference in the lives of the people in Guatemala. They NEED your help and while this is a 3rd world country and you will sacrifice the comforts of home in order to participate, it is affordable and the work you do will make a difference. I highly recommend Global Crossroad. I also appreciate that there were no hidden fees or additional costs sprung upon us once we got to Guatemala. We felt and were safe the entire time we were in the country. We had free time in the evenings and were able to take advantage of modern options (i.e., McDonalds) near the main central park in order to have wifi and share pictures with our family/friends back home.
The office is located close to the host family and projects and we were able to safely walk between most activities which further enabled us to see the people and the culture and further enriched our experience.

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Posted: April 16, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
45

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

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