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RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I had a fantastic stay in Ghana which is a very welcoming country. Ghanaians are very friendly but sometimes a bit too much. Franklin our host and his family were incredible. i could not have felt more at home. the accommodation was great, we had our privacy and lots of space. The food was delicious even though sometimes too spicy for me but very varied and we got to taste many different local foods which was great. during my two-week stay, i worked at an orphanage teaching children of different ages school subjects such as mathematics, french or English, played, cared and had a lot of fun with them. the children are so caring, sometimes stubborn but enriched my experience here in so many ways. in our spare time, we visited the market, the beach, a slave castle in Cape Coast and went on a canopy walk. these activities permitted for me to discover Ghanaian culture and made my trip very exciting and full of emotions. if i ever had a problem,i knew i could count on Franklin,his daughters or anyone at the orphanage. The people are so caring that i felt constantly well supported. i would greatly recommend my experience in Ghana if you wish to discover a new culture, help children and come back as a different human being. this trip was eye-opening, so gratifying and a magical experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jul 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Discover Corps

The Galapagos Islands program was OUTSTANDING. My mother and I took a 10-day family volunteer travel trip together. As an Ivy League graduate who is very well traveled, I have very high expectations in looking for trips that give me exclusive access to being immersed in the local environment. Discover Corps delivered very strongly on this. We both had such a good time, and this company puts some of the extra touches on this trip that make it memorable. Thank you very much, and now I need to think about where we want to go next.

Program:
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jul 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I would not recommend signing on with IFRE. My daughter is currently an IFRE volunteer in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.. She was supposed to start her medical volunteer work today. However, the IFRE worker in Quetzaltenango told her she could not start today because of some cleaning work being done in the hospital! She is very disappointed, and we are wondering if a volunteer position was ever even arranged. IFRE stated that volunteers will live with local families who are respected members of the community. However, my daughter's "home stay" is in a boarding house run by an older woman. No family members are there. There is no shared living room, just individual rooms for rent. Her room has torn bedding and blankets. In addition, no towel or toilet paper is provided. If the situation is improved, I will post a follow-up review.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Jul 17, 2017
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I did medical volunteering in Puntarenas. At first, It was not what I expected. The communication and clarity about the program before it started wasn't completely correct and some items weren't clear. Despite that, I had a great experience. The people in the clinic where I volunteered were so nice and I got to see interesting procedures. The clinic is very well provided and the people are well-off, so don't expect an underdeveloped area. The volunteerhouse and food are very nice. Although I think they're could've been smoother communication about activities etc. However, I really liked Costa Rica and I had a great experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 15, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
5
Value:
6

Global Crossroad

I enjoyed my project teaching English, but I think there could've been more communication and clarity about the program before it started. Some information wasn't clear and other items overlapped. For example, there was much confusion and miscommunication about the Spanish classes offered. What was written in the paper versus what was received was not what was expected at all and that was unfortunate. However, I had an overall amazing experience with my project and I found it to be very rewarding as well as educational for myself.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 15, 2017
Overall:
6
Support:
4
Value:
5

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