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Global Crossroad

The welcome team was nice. Although the said that they would come take me around masiland but they did not. Although, the locals showed me around their land that they owned. The masi people were some of the most hospitable peopleI have ever met. They made me feel like family, even with a strong language barrier. They are very thankful that people want to learn about their culture. My host family was so nice. Whenever I come back to Kenya I have promised to see them again. They really made me feel like a part of their family. I felt very safe in masiland. The people explained to me it is one of the safest places near Nairobi. The doors were locked and there was barbed fencing around their houses to protect us. One warning I would give to a person going to Masiland is get ready for the culture shock. The food is very different and they do not eat meat often. The biggest difficulty was communication, my host family did not speak much english, only the children spoke english. It was hard communicating with them when the children were not there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: May 11, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience volunteering with Projects Abroad was absolutely life changing. From my first desires to volunteer abroad to completion of my volunteer program, I felt entirely supported by the Projects Abroad team. I chose to volunteer in Romania as a Drama volunteer because I wanted to bring theater education to disadvantaged youth in Brasov. My volunteer advisor emailed me several times before I left for Romania and he made sure I had all of my questions answered about accommodation, transportation, and general life abroad.

Once I arrived in Romania, I was picked up at the airport by one of the local Projects Abroad staff. Razvan was extremely helpful and I immediately felt welcomed in Romania after many stressful hours of traveling. He and I drove 3 hours to Brasov and he made sure I was safe and sound at my host family's house. I truly lucked out with one of the most wonderful host families! My host mother" Rodica welcomed me into her home with open arms and a warm meal. I swear I have never eaten better in my life! Although there was a language barrier between us I knew that I could always come to her with any questions about my stay in Brasov.

The Projects Abroad team in Romania helped me navigate my way through my volunteer program. One of the head coordinators, Ali, made sure I was happy with all of my placements and she even took the time to accompany me to many of my volunteer locations to make sure I was comfortable with the children and staff. She was always open to communication and we spoke almost every day about how my drama program was coming along. Overall, the entire Projects Abroad team was incredibly supportive and I will forever be thankful for them.

Last but not least, through my experience with Projects Abroad I made life long friendships. Many of my fellow volunteers were from the United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the USA. We bonded over our experiences and explored beautiful Romania. Overall, my volunteer opportunity in Romania allowed me to give back to others and it wouldn't have been possible without the supportive team at Projects Abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Romania
Posted: May 6, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Rabat, Morocco is the place to be!..

There he was! Standing outside of the Rabat airport holding the CCS sign. Country Director Mohammed said “I was tracking your flight # and even watched your plane fly in” from that moment on, I felt comfort. I have to admit I was a bit nervous. With my flight cancellation, delays in Paris, change with my arrive time even airport change and with very little cell service.

Leaving home for four weeks, travelling to another country solo for the first time, most people would say “good luck with that” but the staff at CCS in Rabat, Morocco made me feel like family.. home away from home. The cultural language, writing, history studies, cooking lesson and just sitting in the living room talking with the staff was priceless. The Cultural outing activities was a bonus. We visit the Medina, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Chellah, Pottery Village and so much more. They take time to learn who you are and taught me so much about their Country. I also had the luxury of travelling on the weekends, which they were very helpful giving instructions and directions on how to get there safely. I spent the weekends in Casablanca, Fez, Meknes, Volubilis, Marrakesh and Essaouira where I was able to ride a camel on the beach, how awesome is that! I went to the Hamma, woman’s bathing, very interesting. And, I met other volunteers that I still keep in touch with.

I was placed at the Women Center, English teacher for the first two weeks. Being that accounting is my profession, I was unsure how I was going to even start! But, the woman and man there are so eager to learn, they made it easy for me. I also still keep in touch with them and will always keep them close to my heart. The Orphanage was my second placement, also two weeks. That’s when my heart grew a 1000 times bigger! I was able to bath, feed and play with them daily, I love, love, love them and still think about them daily.

So, If you enjoy laughter, If English is your only language like mine was and don’t listen to the media, like I don’t….have no fear!! Morocco is a very safe city to travel to. I felt safer there then in my hometown, Los Angeles CA. Not only is it safe but they have beautiful souls that will take your breath away. I highly recommend that you choose Rabat, Morocco as your guild. All you need is a smile and heart and you will be fine.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: May 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Walking Tree Travel

As a group leader with Walking Tree Travel and the Smithsonian Student Adventure, I can see the immense reward the students get from participating in our Service Adventure trips. The challenges build character and leadership skills, the beautiful landscapes instill gratitude and stewardship and the friendships create joy and confidence. Vacation is one thing and a student travel program with Smithsonian Student Adventure is a completely different type of nourishment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: May 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Program:
Location: Philippines
Posted: May 4, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

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