Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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Posted: July 27, 2017
Overall:
8
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8
Value:
7
Age:
27

Hello

I am Vanessa and I am from France. I am doing a volunteer program in srilanka . I have picked the teaching Buddhist monks program . I am staying at Michael's family house in Mahamodara , Michael is a very kind person and always helpful if you need anything he will help you , his house is really nice, comfortable and clean . His wife is a very good chef, you will be happy to eat her cuisine. Overall i am very grateful to have met Michael and his family, I could not thank them enough for having me over and make my stay enjoyable.

If you want to volunteer in the future I would recommend to do the teaching Buddhist monks program , it is very interesting, and the Buddhism culture will keep you on your toes . People in srilanka are so nice, polite and very kind . I have learnt a lot during my stay and I feel really rich inside . What a beautiful experience!

In the end I will definitely come back to Srilanka to travel around the country and of course to visit Michael and his family .

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Posted: July 20, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
32

I would not recommend signing on with IFRE. My daughter is currently an IFRE volunteer in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.. She was supposed to start her medical volunteer work today. However, the IFRE worker in Quetzaltenango told her she could not start today because of some cleaning work being done in the hospital! She is very disappointed, and we are wondering if a volunteer position was ever even arranged. IFRE stated that volunteers will live with local families who are respected members of the community. However, my daughter's "home stay" is in a boarding house run by an older woman. No family members are there. There is no shared living room, just individual rooms for rent. Her room has torn bedding and blankets. In addition, no towel or toilet paper is provided. If the situation is improved, I will post a follow-up review.

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Posted: July 17, 2017
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2
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I had a very fun time on this trip. Everyone was nice and very helpful, and the experience could not be matched. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that was interested in doing a volunteer abroad program in Nepal.

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Posted: June 23, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
17

*I was with global crossroads for this project, although I did more than one project with GC so i could not submit a second review for it.* I spent three weeks with with the wildlife program. I was with Lumo Wildlife Sanctuary. This was truly an amazing experience. I am a Zoology student at The Ohio State University and I could not of learned the things I did here through any class offered there. I took a bus from Nairobi, where I was staying with my coordinator, down to Voi, which is where the bus stop was. It took about seven hours. From there I had the manager waiting for me to take me to Tsavo, where Lumo was located. That is where Lumo was located. I saw so many animals; cheetahs, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, cape buffalo, and so many more.I worked closely with the rangers and the two students that were there. Every day I went on patrol checking on the animals, so I practically was on a safari all day. All the rangers were so knowledgeable of the animals and you could see how important these animals were to them and how concerned they were about conserving them. I stayed in my own room at the rangers site. The site was surrounded by electrical fence, so it was safe for both us and the animals. Everybody there was excited to teach me about what they did. Everyone was so welcoming and made sure that I had a comfortable stay. I learned about how the sanctuary helped the community that was by there, also where most of the rangers were from. On my last day, i was transported from Lumo to Voi, where the manager waited with me until my bus came. I made so many connections at Lumo, which is great for what I want to do with my degree, and was welcomed back to visit and research there when I was finished with my degree. I would recommend this to anybody who wants a once in a lifetime experience.

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Posted: June 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
23

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