Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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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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We of Christ Outreach Orphanage are lost for words by the continuous support we have received from IFRE over the years. This program has helped send down numerous volunteers all year round to help the orphans of the home. We have also over the years received numerous donations in cash and in kind and this has helped improve the living standard of the children of the orphanage. Currently through the good work of IFRE and the generous heart of some volunteers we of Christ Outreach Orphanage have received a donation of $2600.00 to build classrooms for the orphans. Unlike other companies who charge exorbitant prices but end up sending nothing to support the projects, IFRE sees to it that your money is used for what it is intended-to help the underprivileged.
If you want to have your money's worth i recommend you go through IFRE and you will not regret your decision.
All the children of CHRIST OUTREACH HOME say a very big thank you to IFRE and also to Jonathan Fain and her mother.

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Posted: August 11, 2010
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This was a really great experience. volunteering in nepal is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of nepal, as you stay with real families and can witness the aspects of everyday life. i highly highly recommend this type of program to anyone that is looking for adventure in a place where you are completely out of your element. The staff is great, food is great, i have no complaints.

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Posted: July 18, 2010
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My experience with the IFRE program was awesome. Both the US based operations and the Ghana field staff were expectional. Franklin(The Ghana Country Coordinator) and Richard(The Field Laison) were both responsive and effecient! They went out of their way to ensure the volunteers had all they needed for the program. They even went above and beyond(for example bringing me to an Easter Convention of 400 local Ghanians, which was a highlight, and Richard showing me his family's pig farm). Another example is Franklin helping coordinate hotel options for me for after my volunteer program. I traveled after my program ended and both Franklin and Richard would call me every few days to ensure I wwas okay and make sure I was able to return safely to the US. The attention to specifics and ensuring I had a complete experience was refreshing. The accomodations were basic(which I know from the summary sheet provided before depature). The only area where I could see improvement is in the Breakfasts and Lunches. Dinners were always good and had a nice variety.
OVERALL AN EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE THAT I WILL TREASURE FOR A LIFETIME!

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Posted: May 25, 2010
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