Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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The monastery i stayed at was not prepared to accept guests or necessarily kind to us. I was there by myself for 3 days and than another man came so we managed the situation together but the monastery hadnt seen to cleaning the living areas we had for some time and they did not really welcome us. We lived without water in our part of the compound for five days and had to ration what water we did have. I dont believe this monastery should be considered as a host location for future volunteers. The especially didnt want women there at all. This is no reflection on the volunteer staff that i worked with, they were very supportive of my journey, it was all the monastery.

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Posted: May 20, 2016
Overall:
4
Support:
10
Value:
3
By: tcox
Age:
52

I had the pleasure of volunteering at a medical clinic in Costa Rica with IFRE for 2 weeks! It was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to people that are interested in experiencing a different culture and being exposed to medicine! The more Spanish you know, the more you will get out of the program because everyone speaks Spanish here. The volunteer house immerses you in the culture of the country. The house mom is amazing and cooks great food! On the weekends you can go out and travel the country if you want! The buses are very cheap to get around by. I feel like the volunteer house is the perfect setup because you are able to get an authentic experience while still living with other volunteers. I am sad to be leaving this program and hope to be able to do something similar again in the future!

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Posted: May 20, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
10
By: Eo271
Age:
19

Leeanne Matthews
Sri Lanka - Galle
Teaching Monks English and volunteering at the Orphanage

I highly recommend these programmes.

The company and Mr Michael responded to my email enquiries from Australia straight away.

Michael kindly arranged my airport pick up at midnight, accommodation and the drive to Galle. This all ran smoothly.

Mr Michael and his family are very welcoming and friendly. After being here for 5 weeks it feels like my home. I only have positive comments, the location is great, the food is fabulous, Mr Michael is full of information and helpful with all enquiries at any time, nothing is too much.

Mr Michael arranged a 4 day tour. I highly recommend this. The driver is very friendly and accommodating. We had tour guides at every destination. It was amazing too see so much in such a little time.

Volunteering was an amazing experience. The Monks are all beautiful and friendly, I highly enjoyed this and will miss them all, we had a lot of fun. The Orphanage was also an enjoyable experience I will miss there big smiles and cuddles.

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Posted: May 13, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: lm075
Age:
40

This was my first volunteer trip therefore I was very nervous and had no clue what to expect. The program set everything up very well and I had no issues. While volunteering, I had an incredible time building a stove in Xela, Guatemala, and helping out at risk kids. I am so thankful for this program. It was an awesome catalyst for helping me help others! I had a great experience thanks to this program!!

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Posted: April 14, 2016
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9
Age:
18

This was the first time I had done a volunteer trip. In the past I had gone to resorts, but wanted to try something different. I have to admit I was nervous. I didn't know if I would be comfortable and safe, if I would be able to reach my destination, or even if this was a scam. After going through the program it was the most memorable and rewarding thing I had ever done in my life.

The assistance your receive is phenomenal. Everyone is happy to see you and happy to help. They lay out everything from your living arrangements to travel and are more than happy to answer any questions you have.

We donated and helped build a stove for a needy family and helped out at-risk children. I made friends that I will never forget and helped change the world. This is a great program and you will not think same when you are done. I could not recommend it more.

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Posted: April 6, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: dfix
Age:
50

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