Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

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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

I am so glad I chose this program for my volunteer project. It has been an amazing experience that has led to a lot of personal growth. All of the people I've met have been so kind and helpful, and I'm incredibly grateful for the support and kindness they have given to me. I would definitely recommend this program to those who are willing to work hard and experience a new culture from a different point of view than that of a tourist.

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Posted: March 27, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Tricia
Age:
18

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You have been such a helpful addition to our program. Thank you so much for choosing to come to the program in Costa Rica and stay with me at the volunteer home, you are such a great person inside and out!

We enjoyed our time in Costa Rica and had good experiences, but we felt that the coordination of our volunteer sites was lacking. It seemed as if the site was not 100% prepared to have us there to help, and we ran out of tasks to help with on all of our volunteering days. It also would have been nice to have a more set schedule for our volunteering hours with more of a description of what we would be doing before we left. While we absolutely appreciate our time in Costa Rica and made the best of it, we felt that the money we paid to participate in the experience was a bit too much for what we really received.

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Posted: March 26, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
9
Age:
23

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