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International Humanity Foundation

Before arriving in Medan Indonesia, I had made the worst preparations about the life here, though. After the orientation given by the director, I still got shocked. Many things are just far beyond expectations, much worse, if I have to say. What all I thought the first night after reaching here, was that how could I spend 6 weeks living here? But until now I have been here for more than 3 weeks, I love this city and I love my life here. I have never experienced such a wonderful time before. What’s more, in Indonesia I can always get a lot of surprise: people passing by always try to say hello and smile to you; you can pick mango, lemon…if you want, from the trees alongside the street; students and their parents in the center always invite you to their houses and invite you to attend their family gathering. Oh, yea~ this Sunday, one of the former local volunteering teacher is going to get married, and all the volunteers are invited to attend her wedding ceremony. I am so excited. I even bought a muslim style dress for the wedding!
It’s very nice to teach the children. Some of them are very naughty, but the thing is, if they like you, they will try to listen to you. So when the other teachers told me that the children like me because they listened very carefully, I felt so proud of myself. Usually, we do not have any class on Friday, but since the girls knew that I can speak Korean, they have always been asking me to teach them. So here we are now, Korean class, every Friday afternoon! I feel accomplished that I can teach them.
In a word, after coming to Medan, what I have got from these lovely people is much more than what I have given to them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Asia
Posted: Aug 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

First off I had an amazing time here and I would recommend it for anyone and everyone.When I showed up, I was almost immediately thrown into the program and one of the other volunteers that had been there for two weeks began to teach me how they did things. Right after that first school day I was able to set up everything in the house and was introduced to the program more thoroughly. The first day was amazing and it only got better from there. I started recognizing the kids around town and all of them are incredibly keen to learn. I started making connections with some of the local people, such as Seour Jeanne, the headmistress at the school we teach at. The other volunteers were fantastic, and the staff were even better and extremely helpful.

After about two weeks I was hired as an intern for the community projects, and Frontier provided a wonderful opportunity for me. This also gave me the chance to talk staff and get to know them better. Each and every one of them are incredibly passionate in what they do. The staff really care about what they do, not only about the science and teaching they do, but also about the volunteers that are there, and the volunteers that are gone.

One of the best things about the program is the people you meet; The kids and the teachers at the school, the young adults at the youth club, the local people, the staff, and the volunteers. Throughout my stay here I made friends that will be there for life. I had an incredible time that changed my life and I came away with great friends and even greater stories. I hope everyone could have a chance to do what I did.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Aug 1, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

uVolunteer

Arriving in Ghana, I was excited to immerse myself in a new country and continent. My month stay in Koforidua was one to remember!
The volunteer coordinators prepared me to be engulfed into the Ghanaian lifestyle. And I Was ! Dancing, eating and smiling are the three actions that I'll remember the most from my stay. The experience I gained from this trip is indescribable, which makes it hard to write a volunteer story.
I think to whomever is reading my story, I guarantee you, you will not regret this experience. Two tips to keep in mind while you're in Ghana: keep an open mind and be happy !
Alec

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
8

uVolunteer

I've wanted to travel abroad and volunteer for the past four years now, but have never had the time or money. This Spring I graduated University and made some money over the summer so this was the best chance I was going to have for the foreseeable future. Two other friends who graduated were also interested in a volunteer trip, so we scoured the internet and talked to friends and heard many good things about uVolunteer. We decided on Costa Rica because it would give us an opportunity to learn a new language, and visit a beautiful country.
We arrived in San Jose at night and were greeted by a friendly uVolunteer representative who took us to our homestay family. Our family was very warm and welcoming even with the initial language barrier. The family went above and beyond their duties to welcome us to their family. The mother would constantly keep us well fed with food, snacks, frescos, and coffee. We became friends with the family and they threw me a surprise party for my birthday.
The Spanish lessons at Epifania were better than any previous language class, and all of the teachers were very helpful. The classes were very small so the teachers were able to be more hands on with their lessons. After only two weeks we learnt a great deal of Spanish, which is amazing considering we came to Costa Rica with no previous Spanish experience.
After we finished our two weeks of Spanish lessons in San Jose, we were transferred to San Ramon to the volunteer dorm. The dorm is a nice house that has enough room to house 16 volunteers at once, so living there with only four other people was very comfortable. We were given access to free Wi-fi, laundry services, television, cleaning, and two meals a day.
During our time here we had the opportunity to see some of Costa Rica's best sights. This included: hiking up Poas Volcano, ziplining at Monteverde, rafting at Arenal, and visiting a number of different beaches.
The project itself was an incredible experience. We volunteered at Escuela la Palma, and all of the children were very excited for our arrival. We taught English classes, gym classes, played a lot of football on their breaks, helped prepare lunches and snacks in the cafeteria, cleaned the school, and planned a number of special activities. We were only there for four weeks but it has been incredibly rewarding. The school had few teachers, many kids, and little funding. Being able to provide any help at all was greatly appreciated by both the teachers and the students. Also, many of these kids come from homes with various family problems - and besides actually teaching them - the best thing we could do was to just be their friend.
Costa Rica is a beautiful country with friendly people and an interesting outlook on life. I will truly miss all of the friends that I made here, and will try to be back soon.
Ryan

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Havilla Children's Centre

After contacting Havilla Children's Centre about volunteering there, I soon had my flights booked and began fundraising ready for my trip. I chose to go to Havilla due to their support and the information they provided when I first contacted them when deciding where to volunteer.
The school is based in Kibera Slums where all the children and staff live. I went over for 4 weeks and lived with Barnabas, the director, his wife, a teacher at the school and their family. On arrival I was made to feel very welcome and everyone was very friendly and understanding when I was a little homesick in my first few days.
I was soon in the school meeting all the teachers and children, they were also extremely welcoming and very appreciative of any work I would do. The children loved all the volunteers from the second we entered the school. I assisted in lessons, taught circle times and sports and assisted with cleaning and cooking.
They were also very keen for us to go out and see the sights and safari's and helped organise the trips for weekends when the school was closed.
My four weeks spent in Kenya has to be the best time of my life, it was eye opening to see how different cultures live, learn and work and the teachers at the school are inspirational and I have found life long friends in them all.
Most importantly whilst I was there I felt safe, welcomed and most importantly a member of the family and part of the community feel.
I was appointed as a trustee of the school and I continue to support their work, and will most certainly be returning very soon.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jul 31, 2014
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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