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Original Volunteers

I came here for a month and it was absolutely the best thing I ever did in my life, I've booked to go for another month and I leave in June! I would recommend original volunteers to anyone and everyone. The riad I stayed in was all you need and everyone I met was extremely friendly and welcoming, I was picked up and driven back to the airport all in good time also.

The co-coordinators for each project were very friendly and always helpful, there were 2 projects a day to take part in for the most part (you didn't have to attend but I went every time they were available). The food is locally available much cheaper from the markets right by the main riad along with fresh smoothies and there's a bakery a few doors down with hot fresh bread in the mornings. Getting to and from places is very cheap in taxis but you can sometimes expect others to get in your taxi half way through which is a little crazy at first. This generally doesn't happen on the way to projects with the coordinator, also check prices with your coordinator if you plan to take taxis outside of project times as sometimes they aren't too honest on the price ;)

I visited street kids regularly and even outside of project times, generally bringing them smiles and entertainment with lots of gymnastics and teaching some muay thai where I was allowed to, fantastic experience with wonderful kids. I did the same at the orphanage which was my favourite project, tons of lively lads, all very active so expect to run around a lot as they'll keep you in shape! Plenty of football played there too. Done tons of drawing and face painting, fed the homeless every week which means going to pick up from the supermarket with the cost shared between everyone in the riad who's happy to chip in and then preparing lunches and handing them out in the square.

The baby orphanage was lovely to visit but I very nearly adopted one of the babies there and it was really hard to go home after bonding with them, as it was with all the kids elsewhere. There was a girls orphanage I visited where I reluctantly let them paint my face in the name of good fun, I ended up staying painted all day and it was all a good laugh.

I went to the Sahara desert on an excursion and the Berber house, both great experiences outside of project times.

Overall everywhere we went the main thing was keeping the kids happy, they are far less fortunate than all of us and it will really bring you back down to earth! Highly recommended!

Can't wait for June :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

Original Volunteers Morocco Marrakesh Review March/April 2017:

Things to note:
1) Make sure you have correct accommadation address and moroccon project advisor contact number as you will be required to fill in a disembarkment form on arrival and customs/passport control officers are very by the book.

2) The queue on arrival to passport control can be upto 2 hours at Marrakesh Airport so bear this in mind.

3) Once you are through customs, exchange some money at the bueru du change.

4) Then go to the Maroc Telecom and buy a Moroccan sim card. Cost roughly 150Dirham around £15 for 6.5gb of data 40 mins international calls and 1 hour of moroocan calls.

5) Then once actived head out of the arrivals and exit airport.

6) The driver might be there but if not you will need to contact the moroccon project advisor who will orginise taxi for you to djamma el-fna in Marrakesh from the airport.

7) The driver will drop you near the accommadation and it is a 5 min walk with the project advisor.

The above steps is what myself and a friend have learned with our trip we learned through trial and error as we were at the airport for quite some time due to passport control being very thorough. Please don't let that put you off just be prepared before you leave the UK make sure you have all the accommadation and contact details.

The trip overall was a fantastic experience and was well organised visiting the baby orphanage and feeding the homeless were the stand out activaties. Most of the travel is done via walking and taxi's. Marrakesh is very nice be prepared to haggle though when buying things from the markets. The jus'dorange stalls are good number 49 stall is the man to go to always gave us extra juice and different juices to taste.
The project advisors are great and are very friendly, they'll help you out a lot. Foodwise cafe babooshka is nice and there is a kfc near the kootbia mosque.
On our trip there were 10 other volunteers but by the end of the week that wittled down to 4 as some people come and go. The weekend was pretty much free to chill and do as you please and since it was just myself and my friend in the house now, we decided to book a couple of hotels for the weekend with aquaparks to have a bit of fun before we left morocco. I would highly recommend the morocco marrakesh trip as it balances both the volunteering and having fun really well. Don't worry about it just go ahead and book it :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Apr 18, 2017
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
4

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Vietnam as an Occupational Therapy student over a period of four weeks during my summer break. I was recommended Projects Abroad by a friend, and after doing some more research and making contact with the team who answered all the questions that I had, I decided to head to Vietnam for my placement. The Projects Abroad team in Vietnam really know what they're doing, and are good what they do. They understand and have a vision of what it looks like to facilitate sustainable placements that are of benefit to the host organisation.

I volunteered at Hanoi Friendship Village, home to 120 children and 60 veterans all affected by the Vietnam war. The village provides medical care, therapy and both educational and vocational classes for its inhabitants. I spent the majority of our time there in the therapy room providing occupational therapy focused therapy for children and adults that came in daily.

Personally, I gained so much out of this experience. I became a lot more independent, found that I was a lot more resilient than I initially thought, and I really opened up to new experiences and meeting new people. I think that through this experience, I have also become a more globally conscious individual. The Projects team made it clear that there were only ever a call away, and they not only looked after us on placement, but ensured that we were immersed in the Vietnamese way of life. They organised activities with other volunteers including Vietnamese cooking class and pottery making. I stayed at one of the volunteer houses with fellow volunteers from different countries around the world. On the weekends, we explored and visited many of the attractions of Hanoi together, and spend many a night sitting on low plastic stools and tables eating food on the footpath with the locals as motorbikes and cars rushed by beside us. Vietnam is a beautiful country, rich with history, and being able to make a small positive contribution to the lives of the Vietnamese people through this volunteer experience is something I will always hold close to my heart.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Apr 15, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
7

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My experience with Global Leadership Adventures has been one I'll remember forever. The program that I was a part of (Galapagos) was very well structured. We got to kayak, snorkel, climb volcanoes, and more. We were always busy and had a great itinerary full of service and adventures. There was never a moment when we were bored. We cleared out invasive species, talked to the locals and the children, and played a ton of soccer which I made a fool of myself doing so, but it was all part of the fun!
The food was amazing and the housing conditions were rustic but an adventure. The staff was great - they were all so fun and relatable but were able to be great role models as well.
My parents were very reluctant to let me go on this trip when I proposed the idea. They had never sent one of their kids to a foreign country alone before. However, they became much more comfortable with the idea after talking to the welcoming and assuring staff who were more than happy to explain everything about the trip, from safety to fun.
I still miss this trip- one of the best experiences ever of my life. Would definitely recommend!! GLA offers such a friendly environment.

Parent Review:
Global Leadership Adventures was very professional and thorough in covering all the necessary things to ensure a safe program. They were very good with communicating with us (the parents) with what was going on. They made me feel very comfortable that they had a lot of experience and they knew all the ins and outs of what needed to be done to make it a very safe and enjoyable program for all the students involved. My daughter got a lot out of it and had a great experience. She wrote about her trip which she was encouraged to do by the staff. I feel that she gained very valuable experience, particularly in things that she could not get anywhere else. She made great contacts there and continues to meet up with friends she made on the trip. The GLA trips reflect great value and purpose. She and her peers from the trip were really engaged in the service. We were not able to sign up for the trip until just a few months before, but they were very accommodating in helping us obtain a passport and all of the necessities for the trip which reflects their experience and professionalism in organizing their programs.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

This is the 2nd time I was have volunteered with IFRE. I was in Nepal for 2 months and had 3 different volunteer projects. It is a fabulous organization!!! IFRE staff are great and very supportive in assisting with everything which began when I began organizing my trip in the states (USA) until I left on the plane from Nepal. They served as a travel guide assisting me in various places to go along with getting me great discounts at various tourist places (actually was able to enter the National park for free due to volunteering); educationally by telling me about the customs but mostly they provide a family like presence of acceptance and genuine love,. They go out of their way to make one feel at home. I
Darleen Kildow
WA, USA

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Apr 13, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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