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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was in Arusha, Tanzania for two weeks with IVHQ and was one of the best trips of my life. At first, I was hesitant going to Africa by myself, but as soon as I left the Kilimanjaro Airport, I was greeted by an energetic IVHQ staff member, who carried my bags, had a large water bottle and gave me information to read about my specific placement. He and the driver pointed out places along the way from the airport and from then on, I knew this was going to be amazing. My accommodation was great; there was plenty of space to unpack into, a large porch, common area, kitchen, etc. It was so much fun to come back from placement and hear about everyone's days, play games, listen to music or just sit outside and read.I also loved the social aspects of the program -- every Thursday night, everyone in the program comes together for a "social night" so you get to meet people from other accommodations; everyone is so passonate about their placement and it was great to be included in such a warm, fun, happy, loving community. The school that I worked with was incredible, and even though I was only there for two weeks, I felt like I could make a strong relationship with the teachers as well as the students. During my time I was able to go on a weekend safari and the guide IVHQ uses could not have been more amazing, never met anyone so kind who knew more about animals, culture and African ecosystems. I also feel like I got to know Arusha as a city, and was immersed in the culture. I felt safe the whole time I was there and everyone from Tanzania was so welcoming. Time flew by too quickly, it was hard to say goodbye, and I could not recommend this program more! Thank you IVHQ!!

Program:
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was so helpful throughout the entire process of my trip. They assured that I was comfortable with getting to my volunteer site and made sure I knew the area around where I was staying with my host family. They were always easy to get a hold of when needed and I felt very safe while I was abroad. On the first day, they helped the other volunteers and I get a bus pace, a cell phone, and any thing else we needed which I really appreciated.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Nov 15, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Frontier

i Volunteered with frontier after finding them online as i wanted to do something exciting with my gap year, i found the frontier Tenerife whale and dolphin conservation trip and it looked amazing from the reviews so i booked it. upon arrival i was greeted at the airport by the frontier staff and some other volunteers, the house was alive with laughter, fun and people from all over the world getting to know each other, the boat trips were amazing as you got to see the short fin pilot whales out in the wild and they are so relaxed around the boats, you also get to see many different types of dolphins swimming along the side of the boat and jumping out the water showing off. them memories will stay with me forever as a mother and a calf swam right along side the boat and looked straight at me. other activity's include beach clean ups which were a lot more fun than they sound as you get to see the physical impact your having and how you as an individual are helping not only the community but also the environment as a whole. on your free days and time off after activity's you can go down to the local towns and go kayaking, snorkeling, climbing and exploring. i went snorkeling every singe day i was there as i just loved being in the warm water surrounded by marine life and its a great way to bond with new volunteers as you all share the same love for the sea life. i would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to explore a little more of the world and its marine life, iv been back 4 months as of now and i still haven't stopped going on about my time out there and i do not think i ever will.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Intrax Study Abroad and AYUSA Study Abroad

I did this program when I was in high school about 9 years ago now I was placed in Barcelona with a host mother and her daughter. I was placed in an abusive home for a year I tried to leave the home and be placed with a different host family the host family convinced the program that I just needed to adapt better and they became even more abusive after I tried to leave. the program did not listen to my requests to be placed in a different home and insisted that I adapt to the living situation. I suffered trauma that I will never forget. All because the host mom said she would be sad if I left. The program representative never spoke to me one-on-one she always spoke to me in front of my host mother which was very uncomfortable and did not allow me to say everything that was happening. In addition to this I was also placed in a home where they smoked cigarettes indoors with all the windows closed everyday all day and night even though I had requested a home that was non-smoking. This program is very unorganized and unprofessional and even dangerous for those who participate especially for young high school children I do not recommend this program for minors

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer, my daughter travelled for the first time by herself, and she went all the way to South Africa with GLA. Leading up to my daughter's departure, GLA was extremely supportive and helpful. I loved that you could book your own flights (as opposed to being forced to go to JFK or Ontario first) because I'm in a mileage program. Even then, they helped me book the flight that worked the best. During the trip, I waited each and every day to look at the program blog. It was so wonderful seeing my daughter step out of her comfort zone with a smile on her face. Right when she came back home she immediately told me about the millions of plans she had to return to South Africa or go on another GLA trip. I'm happy to say I'm planning to let her go on one again :) !

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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