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Projects Abroad

I had a fantastic experience during my time in Mandeville, Jamaica. I volunteered on the Alternative Spring Break program this year for one week. Although it wasn't long, it was extremely useful and benefited the program. I was put on a building site to start building bathrooms for children at a primary school in rural Mandeville. Their current bathrooms have no running water and are infectious, so there's a 6 month project to build them bathrooms with running water that are much more sanitary. We also had an outreach day where we went to a man's house (one room, no electricity, no running water) and refurbished it. We put in new roof covers, painted the walls, and redid the floors. All of the volunteers also bought the man a brand new mattress. My host family was incredible and they introduced me to a lot of Jamaican culture and food which was amazing! We also had a bit of downtime and were able to see the beautiful scenery Jamaica has to offer. It was the best spring break I've ever been on and I would love to have the experience with Projects Abroad again, hopefully for longer than a week!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: May 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I went on Global Leadership Adventures' Peru: Service in the Sacred Valley trip over the summer of 2014. I had an amazing time and I believe that the experiences I had there were truly unique. My group was able to see firsthand how hard work and dedication pays off, as our service project focused on building the foundation to a greenhouse that would be used by a village outside of Cusco. The work was definitely challenging, but I feel that it shaped us as people and bettered our work ethic, and I could feel a transformation among my group members as the trip progressed. We also visited the village's school every day to spend time with the schoolchildren there, and at the end of our trip we had the amazing opportunity to watch them preform beautiful traditional Peruvian dances. Along with all the hard work we did, we also learned so much about Peru's history and culture. Global Leadership Adventures organized speakers to come in almost daily to teach us more about Peru and the things that makes it unique. I especially enjoyed taking Quechua classes because it made me feel more connected to the people there. The Peru programs, along with all of the other programs offered by Global Leadership Adventures, are filled with amazing experiences that will inspire and influence students to continue making a change, I definitely recommend this organization, and I encourage finding their Facebook page or visiting their website to learn more about their programs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I loved the health care program in Cusco, exceeded all my expectations. I enjoyed the experience of staying with a host family, becoming more confident in my Spanish with the private Spanish lessons, and learning so much in an ambulatory care setting at the clinic. It was amazing to enjoy all the culture and history Peru had to offer.
The prior traveling and local support could not have been better. Any questions and concern were Immediately addressed, and the volunteer coordinator Beatriz was able to take me to several historical sites, tours of the city, and assistance with the volunteering at the clinic.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: May 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have spent 10 weeks on Mafia Island, Tanzania, participating in the Marine Conservation and Diving volunteering project with Frontier and have had the most incredible time. The accommodation, although very basic, had everything I needed with fairly comfortable sleeping arrangements, great food cooked by a lovely local woman called Rosie 6 days a week, bucket showers and a long drop which did the job, and comfortable working space (although slightly leaky in heavy rain).

I learnt to dive whilst out here, completing my PADI Open Water and Advanced Open Water courses and was trained by the dive officer here, Amanda Dennis. The 2 courses were completed in just over 2 weeks which was amazingly quick but suitably thorough, and I was therefore able to participate in lots of marine surveys and other sorts of dives. I managed to do 51 dives in 10 weeks which was unbelievable.

The whole experience was managed brilliantly with everything running smoothly, and all the staff have been so friendly and helpful, I haven't had any problems at all. I would absolutely recommend a trip with Frontier to anyone interested.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: May 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Humanity Foundation

My name is Beatrix, I am currently volunteering at IHF's Chiang Rai Center. This center has a great potential to expand and I hope someday IHF Chiang Rai can reach out to other children. The children here are so full of life. They have such a bright futures ahead of them thanks to IHF. It saddens my heart to think what their lives would be like without IHF. I can just picture these beautiful faces with tears in their eyes because they don't have a choice but to work in horrible conditions. When I think about this, one word struck my heart. Trafficking. Trafficking is such a huge part of Thailand now and it makes my blood boil to think these children, MY children can be trafficked. But I know that IHF have played such an important role in their lives. IHF have given these children the opportunity to escape these horrible cycles and give them a better future. I wanted to volunteer because I want to help those who are in need. God has always put this in heart since I was little. Getting to know the children here in Chiang Rai has been a big blessing to me. Seeing their smiles and hearing their laughs makes my heart smile. Whenever I think about what IHF have given these children so generously, I stop and thank God for IHF and my time here with these beautiful children!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: May 11, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
5
Value:
10

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