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Global Crossroad

I volunteered in Nepal with the Orphanage Project. The kids were very appreciative of the time given. I learned so much from them, more than I thought. This experience helped me to appreciate all that my parents have given to me. I am now looking to volunteer every year in a different country.

My experience with Global Crossroad was very good. They were very helpful, and assisted me throughout my entire time. It was a very pleasant experience for me and my parents, as the staff was very good at answering all of my parent's questions and alleviating their fears. All information was provided as we requested, and when we requested. The efficiency of the company is what helped make my experience great. They even advised that I might like to do the Conservation Project with the Orphanage Project and that was great, as I truly loved both projects

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Nov 20, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Daktari Bush School & Wildlife Orphanage

I have spent 5 weeks in Daktari Bush School and Wildlife Orphanage, an amazing program that allows volunteers to work with local children as much as with wild animals. The perfect mix! Not only you teach the children about saving environment, animals and other matters, but you also learn about them and their way of life which is quite different from ours. It's very enriching, and I would say that you learn from them as much as they learn from you. You also work and live among the animals, and the arrival of a new one is always very exciting!
Volunteers also have the possibility to meet local people from the near village, by spending a night within a family. A unique experience I highly recommend...
Daktari is a family size program, on the day you arrive you immediately meet all the people that work here, including the foundators, and you quickly feel like at home. The relationship with other volunteers is great because everybody is very willing, and you can meet people of every ages and from every places of the world.
Finally, when volunteering at Daktari, I would say that you feel very useful and it is an experience you will never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 20, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

A Broader View provided me with a once in a life time opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Volunteering is a great way to get involved in a cause that you are passionate about, meet new people from all over the world, and experience other cultures and experiences that you would not have otherwise been able to witness. ABV enabled me to go on this amazing adventure, and provided me with every little detail that I needed to have an amazing trip.

My accommodation, meals and feeling of security was amazing! I feel like I have a second family and a second home in Costa Rica. The beds were super comfy, something I was not expecting. I enjoyed living only meters from a beach, in a very basic shelter. Meals were also excellent, I never know there could be so much variety in the way you can cook beans and rice! Pancake day was my favorite! I always had more than enough food, and was always satisfied with the meals I was provided with. There was never a time where I didn't feel safe, and I couldn't be happier with the living and eating provisions I was given.

The A Broader View Support before traveling was stellar. I was provided with detailed packing manuals, instructions and pieces of advice as to how to adapt to the new culture I would be immersed in. Any and all questions I had were answered effectively and promptly. ABV was also very accommodative of my itinerary, as I was traveling for five days after volunteering, and they even suggested some travel agents, companies, and activities. To me, ABV is more than just a company providing volunteer opportunities, but a company built by people who are caring, and passionate, and want to provide their customers with the best experience possible.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

Green Life Volunteers has only strengthened my desire to travel and explore different cultures. There’s a big difference between volunteering in your home country and doing so abroad. You experience so much more by living in a way that’s new to you. Well, at least I did.

If you want a full, week by week play of my time in Costa Rica with Green Life Volunteers you can just go to the site and check out the blog. Because all of that is there, I’ll try to keep this post as brief as I can.

The decision to go to Costa Rica, despite my parent’s barely-hidden disapproval, was the best I've made in years. People constantly ask me how it was and I always find trouble adequately answering the question. Does “It was the one of the best experiences of my life” sound too forward? In all honesty, that's no exaggeration. No other period in my life have I grown so much as an individual. It’s one thing to head off on your own for college, but an utterly different thing to head to a Spanish-speaking country with little internet, no friends, and no knowledge of where you’re going.

I can understand why my parents had doubts about this trip. But I know that they could see how happy I was there and how much more independent and able I am now as a result. Most of my friends stayed home and worked in a typical office, doing basic intern duties. I, on the other hand, explored a foreign country, became more proficient in another language, made friends from across the world, made a difference, and learned more about myself than I would have stuck at home.

Keep in mind that on the blog postings I didn't even mention all of the great experiences I had. I didn't talk about the travelling I was able to do in throughout the country, or the pure bliss of living in a small rural beach town. I didn't talk about all of the friends I made (both locals and international volunteers), nor did I mention all of the animals we helped. If I could show you some before-and-after photos of the dogs and cats, how their personalities changed, how their physical bodies improved, you would be able to understand the impact made.

Janina, Green Life’s creator and supervisor, is just the best. She personally supervises all of the volunteers from Puerto Jimenez, where she lives. When you join a GLV program, you’re not just sent off into the unknown by yourself. Janina will usually check in on volunteers during their stay. If you’re in Puerto Jimenez, like I was, you never have to worry about being alone in a foreign country. She’s always available when you need her and does everything she can to make sure you feel comfortable. In all honesty, that’s the difference between GLV and other volunteer abroad programs. Because GLV is small, Janina personally knows and has tested out all of the volunteer opportunities and is able to watch out for every volunteer.

The only advice I can give is that you should just do it. If you've been thinking about doing something unique for more than a few months, go ahead and take a leap of faith. Save up, plan it out, and go ahead. Life is short, and people keep forgetting just how little time you really have to experience it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Nov 19, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

My whole entire experience in nepal was amazing, from the airport pick up in Kathmandu to the way the cook at the monastery made sure i was well fed. i volunteered in a monastery in the khumbu region of the Himalayas, an area rich in culture and the people are as friendly as your neighbors.I taught 16 young monks english and math for 11 weeks and i wonder who got more out of it, me or the boys. They were amazing too, just your typical boys always playing,wrestling and building new toys to play with out of absolutely anything. The support from the organization(at the hostel) was great they took care of everything and i had no problems getting to or from lukla, they made sure i made it there safe and were always there if i needed them( i didnt), i am gluten intolerant and the cook at the monastery was very careful and had a good understanding of what i could and couldn't eat, he always made sure to make me rice or potatoes if there was a meal i couldn't have. I would highly recommend this trip and this organization i could go on all day about but i know you want to read other reviews but if you have any questions for me send me an email at spottrader1@gmail.com. my name is Cody

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Nov 19, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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