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Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

While taking a winter off of work, I traveled from Canada to Sri Lanka and became connected with Michael Ferreira, the volunteer coordinator for RCDP International. Michael and his family have a lovely home with an ocean view in the small southern city of Galle, where I lived at very affordable rates for three weeks. The family was kind, friendly, and incredibly helpful and the food (3 meals a day) was amazing.
During my time in Galle, Michael helped to facilitate two projects for me to work at: one; teaching young monks English, and another helping at a local orphanage. Both projects were well organized, and Michael did his best to give me an orientation and also answered many questions I had in regards to cultural understanding, and the general structure of the programs and organizations I was working within. When I told Michael I wanted to contribute in a more sustainable way, he supported me in starting an international fundraiser and went above and beyond in providing me with the information I needed to be successful in the fundraising. With his help and the support of my international community, enough money was raised the orphanage was able to build two new classrooms to encourage a better learning environment for children. At the monastery, the young monks were gifted a brand new laptop to share and use to further their education. I really would not have been able to make any of this happen without Michael's help to contract, and purchase the services and goods.
My entire experience was wonderful. I have infinite thanks for the people I have worked with: staff and children alike, and for Michael and his family for enabling me to have this experience.
I would highly recommend these programs for anyone called to this work.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Jan 13, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Green Life Volunteers

We were thrilled with our family vacation to a sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica, coordinated by GLV. The employees and volunteers at the project were welcoming and kind people. The food prepared by Maricela was healthy, delicious and vegetarian friendly. Also very local – there were papaya and plantain trees abundant in the yard!

The work with the sea turtles was life-changing for our whole family. It was an honour to help these soulful creatures. Spending so much time on these remote beaches, far removed from technology and light pollution, we felt a pure connection to nature. Also watching our son absorb a different culture and become friends with the local children who didn’t speak English was beautiful to witness.

Just be prepared for a lot of walking over different terrains – rocky hills, wet beaches, dirt roads. We literally wore out several pairs of shoes so make sure you bring high quality, comfortable footwear. We will definitely be doing a project like this again in the near future!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 12, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

Morocco was my second volunteering trip with OV as I had had such a great time in Ghana on my first trip. The team in the UK were really helpful and professional in helping me arrange my trip. I was collected at the airport by a really nice and helpful taxi driver and the transfer was really smooth and worked out well. He walked me personally to the volunteer house which was clean and welcoming and had all of the facilities outlined on the website. The OV team in Morocco were very kind and helpful and welcoming and were always available to help with anything. They were able to tailor the support they offered to the individual volunteers so that everyone felt looked after.

The activities were brilliant, really rewarding and made great use of the time that we had available. We played and learned with children in the schools and orphanage, painted a mural on a wall in a school and fed the homeless, among other things. The group of volunteers was very diverse but we all got on brilliantly and encouraged each other to explore and learn. The volunteer house is very well set out with separate social areas to support large and small groups. The kitchen is quite basic but provided everything we needed. The shared bedrooms rooms are large and airy and clean.

We had enough free time to explore the town and the OV team were always available by phone if we were out and needed them. I would thoroughly recommend this to anyone of any age with an adventurous spirit who really wants to engage with local culture and to try to give something back. I think this is suitable for younger and less experienced volunteers as the OV team provide such fantastic support. The experience was so good that I'm currently booking two more trips with OV next year. Thank you again, OV!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Jan 12, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

WOW! What an amazing experience that i will never cease to forget. I was apart of Projects Abroad's; High School Project in Cambodia that started on the 10th of December and unfortunately came to an end on the 23rd of December.

I had once in a lifetime experiences over there that i could never get anywhere else and nothing will ever compare to it! I had made friends I will be in contact and we are actually all planning to meet up at the end of this year! Never would i have ever thought that something like this could create the friendships it did.

So why was my project so good? People ask and i give them the answer of well; I was surrounded by people of the same age, value, beliefs and goals. Not only was our trip full of volunteering which was so rewarding we helped to refurbish two kindergartens but we, were also tourists at the same time, we explored many local attractions and traveled all the way to Siem Reap to have a tour of the magnificent temples. So not only were we doing something rewarding we were also learning about the culture and history of Cambodia.

I would fully recommend this company to any teenager looking to give back to a community, make lifetime friends, but are also looking to learn about a new culture and country

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Jan 12, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Having spent the last couple of months on this project I can honestly say it has been one of the best and most rewarding experiences of my life. The location of the project is fantastic, a remote Fijian Island covered in rainforest and surrounded by beautiful beaches and mangrove forests, the chance to mix with the locals and get a real feel for Fijian culture. The camp life is basic but is a welcome relief from city life and is what traveling and project work like this is all about. Getting to eat local food direct from the land was fantastic and being able to cook as a group was great and a real bonding activity. The people you live with on this camp become your best friends and you get to experience so much together.

The project itself if fantastic, the team are working really hard to survey the reefs in the area to see how healthy they are and are working with loads of important scientists and the local community to actually put their findings to good use. Diving on the reefs and helping to collect this data was so rewarding, knowing you're contributing to such a great cause. The actual diving was amazing, the water is so clear, the coral was so colourful and covered the sea floor and the fish were out of this world, 1000's of them, all different colours, shapes and sizes! Learning to dive in on the project was great and I cant wait to carry it on when I get back home. We also saw many sharks and even a turtle on the project and got the chance to collect data to help in their conservation, the great Fiji shark count was also going on while I was there and our sightings of the sharks were going towards this project as well.

I can't recommend this project enough and look forward to coming back again soon! If you want to experience real Fijian culture, dive some of the mot amazing sites in Fiji, make friends for life and contribute to a project that is really helping marine life and the environment then you should chose this one!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Jan 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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