Global Crossroad

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a. During our visit to Puntarenas, we had several activites and tasks planned for us. The childrens home was the main volunteer program, we walked a short distance from the house where we stayed and played with the girls and cleaned around the premisis. The girls loved having us.Another thing, was our volunteer work at the community college. We stood up in front of about 20 college aged kids and just spoke to them in english so they could work on their skills, we asked them questions, they asked us questions, we played games. it was very fun, all of them even added us on social media before we left. We spent a little bit of time at the highschool talking with the boys and girls in english to help them practice. That school also held an english festival where we went and watched the kids do spelling bees, dance, and sing. We even got to perform some kareoke songs for the kids.It was especially great that we got to paint the new volunteer house to get it started for future volunteers in Puntarenas.

b. Meals were included with our stay at the volunteer house. breakfast, lunch and dinner. Melissa was our “host mother” she made sure we were fed during our entire visit, whether she was cooking, taking us out, or bringing food home. Delicious every single time.

c. We were told to make ourselves at home. So we felt welcome at all times in the house and were able to come and go as we pleased as long as we got done what we promised we would. Except for at night, it is less reccomended to go out at night in Puntarenas. There was a shower that we were able to use whenever we needed it and we had our own room.

d. Safety is a big thing in Costa Rica. We felt extrememly safe insde our home, but kept our belongings close to us at all times in the town. We never felt directly threatened, We were only warned to be careful a little bit moreso than we would anywhere else.
e. We chose not to take spanish classes, But reccomend that future volunteers take them if they dont already speak the language farely well.

f.We only met Lauren and Melissa. They were equally as awesome as they were professional. We will be keeping in touch.

g. Our favorite moment of our trip was at the community college. When the class found out it was Kailyn’s birthday they “for some reason” made us stay after class and then came to the room with a cake and a birthday song.

h. In general, it was really great to be able to take the weekend to go on trips of our own out of town. We went to Montezuma and Monteverde, we met some great people and saw wonderful things. The most amazing thing we saw was the rainbow over the valley on the drive down the mountain from Montezuma, We can hardly imagine ever seeing anything that incredble again in our lives.

i.We weren’t sure what to expect going into the program. But coming out of it, we are fullflled, and happy that we chose this program.

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Posted: August 10, 2015
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
24

Overall my experience with Global Crossroad has been veritably positive. I volunteered for 5 weeks with the intention of staying in a monastery. Unfortunately the program was not what I expected, which frustrated me initially because I felt that there was a lack of transparency on the side of Global Crossroad. That being said my consternation was met with sympathy by my program coordinator, and he quickly transferred me into a different program that met all of my newly founded requests. The orphanage project was wonderful. While I still have some questions regarding the division of the program fee, I can firmly testify to the quality of the program.

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Posted: August 7, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9
Age:
19

I volunteered at the teen mom orphanage, Kyuki-do Wasi. It was truly a great experience to work with the girls and their babies. The girls are so positive and welcoming, despite all the struggles they have had to overcome. The girls and their babies were truly a joy to work with and I learned a lot from them. 3 weeks of volunteering was not enough and I wish I could have stayed longer. It was a wonderful challenge to be out of my comfort zone, speaking another language and offering my skills and abilities. I hope to return to visit the girls, but with more improved Spanish speaking skills!

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Posted: August 6, 2015
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
7
By: bsullivan
Age:
24

First, the accommodation was nice (especially for how cheap the program is compared to most volunteer programs). The meals were amazing: breakfast often included eggs with toast and sometimes they made us crepes! Lunch and dinner usually was the local Nepali food called Dalbat: rice with side dish: super yummy: they would switch up the side dish and spices. On average, you eat this twice a day but sometimes they would make chow mein and fries. The hostel rooms are alright: it is a little dirty, no hot water and no AC. The electricity goes out every once in a while, but it is liveable and does the job. The families who live in the hostel are extremely accommodating and nice and I truly loved living with them and playing with their kids a little in my free time. I did not take the language and culture course but I feel like that is what I learned the most about. Orientation was good; they showed me where the hospital was (about a 10 min walk from the hostel). The airport pickup could be better. They weren't there when I arrived, but Nepali people are super nice and called my driver for me and he soon arrived. Response and cooperation of the staff in the USA as well as in Nepal was great!! They were extremely supportive and the flexible: you could switch project within the country if you were unhappy or you could go tour other cities or go trekking and take days off to go do this and they would make it super easy for you and would set everything up for you. I really appreciated this. As for the hospital project, it is not hands on at all although I am sure you could try to take vitals (the nurses just automatically do it). They don't need help in the hospital and thus, you are only there for your own personal benefit. It's what you make of it: I asked lots of questions and learned a lot. Although, other projects are more organized than Global crossroad, I really liked how cheap and flexible it was. It was a great deal!

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Posted: July 31, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: cagym592
Age:
23

I arrived at Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi Kenya several days before the visit of Obama. After I got my visa,one of my hosts Jackson picked me. Then he drove to the place where i will live for 3 weeks. On our way home, Jackson told me a lot about the Nairobi. He showed me where the downtown area and the tallest tower. The place where I live is located inside the slum Kibera.The environment is soso but worth to experience. In the afternoon,Leah(volunteer from Canada) and I went to the YAYA center and had our money exchanged and we got local Sim card with 3G network access too. This was basically what happened on the first day. On the next 4 following days, I worked at a Children Center inside the slum. It only costs around 10mins to walk there. When I went the the first day, the kids were a little bit shy. They were curious about me. Later, I was assigned by the Domitila(founder of center this children) to teach the class 2. When the kids first saw me, they were yelling Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee all the time because I am from Hong Kong, China. They really wanted to learn Kung Fu and, fortunately, I have learned Kung Fu when I was a kid. I do not want to let them down so i decided to teach them Kung Fu on the following two weeks. We truly had a good time and 8 of them will performance Kung Fu at the following school festival. Besides teaching Kung Fu, I graded their English assignments and helped the kitchen to serve breeakfast and lunch to the kids. I also helped the teacher Tarson to cut out the letters for the following school festival. In a word, this place is definitely worth coming and the coordinator Barnabas will take good care of you. Kenya welcomes you and the kids are waiting for you.

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Posted: July 28, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
By: eddiesiu
Age:
17

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