Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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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
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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
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10
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10
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10
Age:
23

I did a 1 week language and cultural programs and 3 weeks photo journalism work.
The pick-up from the airport was excellent, the guest house in the first week was perfect. The food was excellent, the people were all so nice. Our teacher Pratima was so passionate and gave a lot of insight in the cultural aspects of Nepal. Thank you for that Pratima!

The 3 weeks photo journalism was at the other side of Kathmandu, the guesthouse was clean, good food and the people also very nice. The house is located in a nice quiet area. I really enjoyed the football match that was organized by the sun with the other volunteers/interns. Ram, the journalist that helped me everyday is very nice, had good tips!
In total 4 of my photo stories were published online.

I would definitely recommend this this program to anyone who wants to do volunteer work in Nepal!

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Posted: April 27, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: MvanVuren
Age:
55

We were able to work with Casey for pre-travel with efficient time response and flexibilty! Hibiscus Travels was the absolute best! Genuine and pure customer service! All three service projects set up for us was well organized, extremely efficient, and we felt humbled and proud of the service we shared with Puntarenas. Hibiscus Travels also executed our meals and transportation very well! Unforgettable experience!

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Posted: March 19, 2017
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10
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10
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10
By: JPColeman
Age:
28

Hibiscus travel was amazing! It was the perfect way to get to know Costa Rica while making a difference in the community. They had great service options, each one was amazing. The coordinators always make sure you have a fabulous experience no matter the circumstance. It is very easy to get along with the Hibiscus staff and the house itself. It felt as if I was at home. The meals are great and a big money saver ! The people from each project site are wonderful are very caring. The service doesn't even feel like work. The people in charge of each site are always willing to teach more about Costa Rica so you can fit right in. Apart from service projects, Hibiscus offers great opportunities for adventure. I am definitely considering returning once again. Fell in love with the program as well as the city of Puntarenas itself. I recommend staying with Hibiscus Travels.

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Posted: March 19, 2017
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10
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10
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10
Age:
18

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