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Frontier

I spent one month in Belize as part of the Frontier manatee conservation programme. Even though I wasn't there during manatee season and I didn't see any manatees, I was still able to contribute to the project by monitoring feeding sites and helping monitor the reef which was really interesting and fun. I really enjoyed camp which is in a very remote condition and very basic. The staff was very helpful and knowledgable. The sand flies can be difficult to deal with but the wind made it very comfortable to live on camp and I also had a lot of opportunities to enjoy the south island where tourism is very developed and you can have a lot of fun in the week-ends.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Dec 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
8
Value:
8

RCDP Nepal

i was volunteering 3 months in Rampur chitwan on a farm.
I digged and mulched the fields. Seeded plants and saw them growing. the work was sometimes hard but I enjoyed very much and I'm really glad that i could live with a host family togerher. it was nice to see how is the actually life in nepal. We shard food, experiences and celebrated many festivals together also one marriage. i will really miss them and the wonderful peaceful time on the farm.

I can only recommend it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Dec 3, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
7
Value:
6

Involvement Volunteers International

My time in Fiji was an absolute blast, and something that I will always cherish and remember! Taking part in the road trip was a fantastic program as I got to experience a lot; living like the locals in different villages, volunteering, going on adventures with new friends on the weekends, playing rugby, hanging with the locals and drinking kava, and soo much more!

Having the opportunity to experience true Fijian culture by living in the villages with several families was something that I will never forget. It is such a rare experience, and I recommend anyone travelling to Fiji to take on this opportunity. The Chief and family were very welcoming and friendly and took great care of me. Seeing such a community way of life was really great to see, with everyone getting along and taking care of one another, the kids playing outside running amuck or exploring the beaches – you just had to join in!

Being able to take part and lead kids club in Suva and helping out at a school in Levuka was just an amazing and humbling experience for me. Seeing the kid’s smiles and just how happy and grateful they are for what they have is definitely eye-opening. I have learnt so much personally, that has changed the way I think and see life. Back home we have so many great opportunities and material goods that we simply just take for granted. Whereas they are over the moon to simply go to school and have a pencil and book to write in.

A big Vinaka vakelevu to IVI, and everyone I met in Fiji whether locals or other volunteers for making my time and stay in Fiji a definite one to remember. I had an amazing trip and I will definitely be back to see my friends and “family” in the villages.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Dec 3, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Involvement Volunteers International

Greece was an incredible experience for me and it really opened up my eyes to everything that is happening in Chios and the overall Refugee Crisis.

Toula is incredible and her team are amazing! I have actually found returning very difficult and I would love to go back to be honest haha. It was incredible!

The highlights of the trip for me is actually how much I learnt from the Refugees, I don’t think you actually know what these people have been through until they tell you and you see it. I think a lot of things we are hearing in the media is always misleading, so actually seeing the refugee crisis and being a part of the boat arrivals was incredibly sad but also very moving. Because you know that by doing this work you are actually helping and making a difference. The volunteers truly made my experience as well, I love Anushka and I was blessed to have her as my room mate. She is amazing and we would have de-briefs in the evenings which was super helpful after having such intense and full on days.

Since being back it has motivated me to keep fighting for these people as well and their human rights. Which for me is a huge highlight because it grounds you to know that these people are beautiful and warm people who are just looking for a better life, so it is a highlight that I feel motivated to keep helping them.

I found the food in Greece incredible. I loved the famous cheese “Mastello” and the local places near Sun Rooms were amazing as well. The food is so fresh and delicious and cheap as well, mastello pita wraps became a big favourite to be honest. I also loved the Greek Yoghurt, so sweet and creamy. Amazing!

Toula and Sun Rooms was awesome and right next to the beach which was so nice for early morning swims! I love running in NZ but I soon change to swimming when I realized how hot it is.

Program:
Location: Greece
Posted: Dec 3, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

It was a big step for us to let our daughter go on her first big foreign trip on her own. However, we were re-assured by the extensive and well planned communication from GLA. We also noticed our daughter being very responsible in all her actions and in preparing for the trip. She really developed and grew as a result of the experience and came back clearly having had the best of times having met so many wonderful friends. She just can't stop talking about her experience abroad. It positively transformed her and I can highly recommend the experience to others. GLA was also extremely helpful with any questions we had and my daughters safety was their number one priority, which was really reassuring. Despite my initial hesitations she had such an amazing time that she's going back this summer to Thailand and cant wait.

Program:
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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