Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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The Staff from the beginning to the end were wonderful. Hom the country coordinator was so wonderful, he made sure that every question we had was answered, we were conforable and all our needs were met. Hom has a great staff, the driver Gen was always on time and came when he said he would be there at the exact location he said he would be. When he put us on a bus to our sarfari he made sure there was someone on the other end to pick us up. If you get a chance to go to Chitwan to see the sarfari go and meet Rajandra he is such a nice man, so proud of his culture and loves to share it. Also the language and culture person was so good and very informative. We were taken around to the various temples and he knew so much about all of them. I cant say enough about the host family, Raj and his family opened there home to us treated us like family always made sure we were well treated. I was walking home from the medical clinic one day and Raj's brother saw me and he gave me a ride to his brothers home. Everyone was so kind and warm harted. I would recommend anyone to go to Nepal. Thank you for the experience.

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Posted: September 15, 2010
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Well first thing about IFRE it is one of the cheapest abroad programs out there. I had a blast there. The great thing about this program is the freedom. You volunteer during the week and on weekends or even during the week you can travel the country and check things out. food is provided regularly and if not your can go in town and get good food for very cheap. i would say ghana is probably one of the best places to go abroad. Most of the traveling will be on your own with people you bring or the people you meet there. but everything is easily done.

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Posted: September 7, 2010
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Overall I found the program fantastic. I completed 1 week language and culture program and was not only impressed by Raj's teaching, but also felt welcome and comfortable at the hostel and it was great to be able to interact with other volunteers as well. I felt that it prepared for me my volunteer program and my stay in India. I would highly recommend it.
For my program, I was placed in women project. I enjoyed the program thoroughly. At all times throughout my placement I felt safe and looked after and I have memories and experiences that will stay with me for a a long time. It was truly an incredible and worthwhile experience.

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Posted: August 29, 2010
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I've been in India for about a month now. I've had a really great experience so far. My host family and the people at the orphanage have treated me like family. I was a little worried at first being a single women traveling on my own, but Ragan from the India Office makes sure that all the drivers and host families are trust worthy. Also, I raised some money in Canada to do shopping for various charities. The money was sent to Rajan from the IFRE office in Texas. Once in India I received all the money and my host family helped me distribute the money. I highly recommend IFRE for first time volunteers traveling to Inida.

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Posted: August 25, 2010
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Ghana is a great and peaceful country. I volunteered for one month and it was an experience of a life time. IFRE has been wonderful in organizing my trip. All my questions were answered before I got to the ground and this really made me feel very confident. True to IFRE’s word, I was met by the Country Coordinator Franklin and his team at the airport. Everything was superb especially my first ride through the township of Accra on my way to the hostel. I loved every bit of it. My itinerary was discussed with me after I had rested and everyone was just welcoming. To be honest I did not feel like a stranger because from the very onset I was made to feel like a member of the Ghanaian community. Franklin, Richard, Joyce the cook were all amazing fellows to live with. The language and culture was very helpful and aided me to communicate a few words even with the market women at Kasoa market.
I felt very okay since I met a lot of other volunteers who all came through IFRE. Volunteering at Christ Outreach Orphanage was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The kids were lovely; the staffs were very friendly and accommodating. It was all work and fun. IFRE has designed their programme in a very flexible way allowing you to give your best to the project whiles having enough time to have fun. I am glad I was able to put a smile on the faces of the less privileged. I love to serve the children their meals and watch them eat happily. I have no single complain only praises for the good work IFRE is doing in Ghana. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone who wants to have a meaningful volunteer experience.

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Posted: August 23, 2010
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