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CADIP

Uganda volunteer faced unexpected challenges
Needed friends to help leave homestay
CADIP goes AWOL

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 4, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Crossroad

After many days of research to find a reasonably priced volunteer abroad program, I stumbled upon global crossroads. The reviews that people left were both reasonable and unreasonable. The reviews all said that they are a company that rip people off but I was not aware of how much they rip people off. I decided to go through this company because it looked like the cheapest company to go through, but in the end I might as well have gone through any other company that was just a expensive. They sent me an invoice of about $3,000 which at that time I figured was a bit much for one month but they told me everything was paid for and that after this I wouldn't have to spend another dime. This company is so disorganized because they sent me this invoice 2 times because I had to call them to adjust it. When they claimed they sent me the right invoice I sent my cashiers check to them. I ended up overnighting the check because it was way too much money to not keep track of. So the next day I look at fed ex and they tell me that the address is undeliverable. As soon as I saw that I called global crossroads and they told me that they put the wrong address on the invoice. For a company that claims years of experience, they didn't have their things together. At this point I am furious because that's three thousand dollars just floating around. Thank goodness there was a guy on the team that I went to everything for, his name was Casey and I was notified later that he quit. I have no doubt it was because he worked for a horrible company. Casey told me he was going to take time out of his day to go and pick it up at the FedEx office for me and call me when he picks it up. I stayed with the company because Casey was so helpful and once I sent that check there was no going back. After I sent the check I got an invoice from the person they work with in Costa Rica with a bill for housing. At this point I am so unbelievably confused because when I spoke with global crossroads they told me that a host family was no longer an option for volunteers because they only had a volunteer house. So when I sent the 3 thousand dollars I expected my housing to be paid for because to my understanding there weren't any host families. So when I saw the invoice from her I called global crossroads and asked them to break the bill down for me and once I asked for that they told me that I didn't have to pay for the housing bill she sent me. Still till this day not exactly sure what I actually paid for with them. Casey decided to honor my word and call their connection and said that they won't charge me for the housing. That meant though that most likely their connecting person in Costa Rica most likely didn't get any money for Global crossroads mistakes. So with all that said, to those who are thinking about going through global crossroads please please be very careful when paying them. They are so disorganized and you need to stay on top of everything they do. If you want and honest and reliable company I wouldn't go through this organization. I wouldn't go through them ever again, I learned my lesson.

On the other hand Costa Rica is absolutely amazing and beyond beautiful. The girl that actually manages HIBISCUS TRAVEL (their connection in Costa Rica). Had us in a beautiful beach house with a pool and an amazing cook. Once I got to Costa Rica my experience was unforgettable. I would highly recommend volunteering abroad just not through frontal crossroads I would go through the local volunteer program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 3, 2017
Overall:
2
Support:
2
Value:
1

Sol Education Abroad

I really enjoyed my time in Costa Rica with Sol. I tried a bunch of new things (foods and activities, such as white water rafting), I spent some awesome time in nature (La Fortuna!), I met some really cool people, I lived with a kind host family, and I improved my Spanish. I really appreciated that the first several weekends had arranged travel, but then the weekends after that were open for us to travel as we pleased. This arrangement worked well because it gave us time to get acclimated to our surroundings before sending us off on our own. By the end of my time in Costa Rica, I felt that I had grown a lot in independence and courage. I was more willing explore new places on my own, and this is a skill that will serve me well in the rest of my life.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jul 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

RCDP is very organized in my opinion. I had a great experience in a way that everything went as planned and although I was so far from my country I never felt alone. I always had someone to contact or a place to return and sleep.I love Hom and Pratima they are amazing people and they made my stay so great. At the orphanage I felt that the ones taking care of the kids wanted me there not so much for my help or love but for my money. They were really nice to me at all times and the kids are just amazing and soo smart. But it started to make me feel unconfortable when the owner of the orphanage started to ask me for money. Even though I had a good experience because the kids really wanted my love :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jul 2, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I would highly recommend to volunteer with IVHQ in Vietnam as it is a life changing experience and enables to open up your eyes to a completely different culture and lifestyle. Although at times, it was quite challenging due to being away from home IVHQ team was extremely supportive and helpful. I will definitely volunteer with IVHQ in the near future again.

Program:
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Jun 30, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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