Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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While taking a winter off of work, I traveled from Canada to Sri Lanka and became connected with Michael Ferreira, the volunteer coordinator for RCDP International. Michael and his family have a lovely home with an ocean view in the small southern city of Galle, where I lived at very affordable rates for three weeks. The family was kind, friendly, and incredibly helpful and the food (3 meals a day) was amazing.
During my time in Galle, Michael helped to facilitate two projects for me to work at: one; teaching young monks English, and another helping at a local orphanage. Both projects were well organized, and Michael did his best to give me an orientation and also answered many questions I had in regards to cultural understanding, and the general structure of the programs and organizations I was working within. When I told Michael I wanted to contribute in a more sustainable way, he supported me in starting an international fundraiser and went above and beyond in providing me with the information I needed to be successful in the fundraising. With his help and the support of my international community, enough money was raised the orphanage was able to build two new classrooms to encourage a better learning environment for children. At the monastery, the young monks were gifted a brand new laptop to share and use to further their education. I really would not have been able to make any of this happen without Michael's help to contract, and purchase the services and goods.
My entire experience was wonderful. I have infinite thanks for the people I have worked with: staff and children alike, and for Michael and his family for enabling me to have this experience.
I would highly recommend these programs for anyone called to this work.

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Posted: January 13, 2018
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32

Maider Sanchez, 22 years

I,m a Spanish girl who has been living in Australia for two years and realized how much I love travelling and meeting people from different cultures and countries. I've always been thinking of doing some volunteering job and I found this the perfect opportunity to do so. I spent one week in an orphanage taking care of little children from months to 3 years of age. I found it a great experience! I loved it so much!! there are so many needy little criatures out there and I was trying to make them feel special and loved. it has been such an intense week and I really enjoyed it.
While I was doing the volunteering, I've been staying at Michaels, with two more volunteers. They feed us really well, the food was awesome as well as the treat and the family.
definitely an experience I want to repeat!!!
Thanks so much for everything Michael

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Posted: December 8, 2017
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By: Maider
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22

Actually it was a very good experience for us volunteering with elephants and we,Emmy & Frances appreciate for giving us that opportunity to ifre and michael as well as the coordinators who supported me in the program ,Michael was very helpful and picked us from the airport& transport to millenium elephants.
While volunteering we were in charge of an elephant and we wash the elephant everyday in the morning and cleaned the enviorment.making vitamin balls and it was very enjoyable and good experience.this was one of my main dreams and i achieved it ,so thanks again every one who helped me and i would recommend to visit sri lanka as its one of the best countries around world as people are very nice & helpful and a beautiful country.

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Posted: November 1, 2017
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25

I am Emily and i had a very good experience volunteering in sri lanka with elephants at millenium through Ifre organisation.It was a very good experience and good support was given by michael the coordinator.he answered me all the questions and also gave all informations.he took us to show almost the important historical places in sri lanka.its a very beautiful country
During my volunteer period I was responsible an elephant & daily i wash & scrub him in the riverin the morning and prepared food,made vitamin balls & clean the area too. it was a very good experience and I do recommend any one to come & join,I would really come back again.

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Posted: October 21, 2017
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9
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10
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10
By: emilyba
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20

I've been to Nepal for 4 weeks working in Shahid Memorial Hospital.
The experience was very formative. I was unlucky because I've been there during the longest local festival so in the hospital there were less patients than usual, but still I found something to do. This experience gave me the opportunity to assist some operations I would never be able to assist in my counttry untill the last years of my studies.
I have learnt that if you want to do something it 's just up to you: be openmind, kind and available to do every kind of things and you'll be sutisfied.
I've also learnt that sometimes just talking with local people can give you and teach you more than actually doing.

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Posted: October 6, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: Diana
Age:
21

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