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Volunteer BaseCamp

Please do not use Volunteer Basecamp. I had a good experience in terms of booking my volunteering but of course it would be a good experience as they are after your money. When I arrived in Tanzania as a qualified health professional ready to get stuck in there was nothing planned for me to do and I had paid for the services to help find a placement. I was also not told until a few days before arriving in Tanzania that I would not be staying at the basecamp house and that I was at this hostel with 6 private rooms. It was actually a hotel and the only people that stayed there were business men from Kenya and other East African countries which was fine in terms of integrating into the local community but as a lone female it wasn't the best choice. I know the manager in Canada had stayed at the same place so I don't understand how he was so blind to see it's not suitable for volunteers. I raised this but said I would be happy to stay as I was settled in but I wanted to let the manager know that it is not suitable for future volunteers (hopefully no future volunteers as they'd have more sense than to use Volunteer Basecamp). Their website says you don't really need to know Swahili but please be warned yes you do. I was in a hospital where I did absolutely nothing, I stood on the ward round for a month and did not help one person even though they all needed me. I raised my concerns with the coordinator in Tanzania and said that I wasn't happy, Moses was extremely helpful and I do not blame him for such a poor experience, however the main manager Jim in Canada should know what a dietitian does and therefore have already organised a suitable placement or guided Moses on what to find. I also went to an orphanage where I was left to play with the children for 2 hours and did nothing related to my profession which I had specifically signed up to do. I had also left my job to do this. I feel sorry for the coordinator in Tanzania, Moses as I feel that in the emails back and forth with Jim, Jim was putting words in my mouth as if I was blaming Moses for this. Each email I reiterated that I had no issues with Moses. Orientation was excellent and Moses was very helpful. Moses even took me to his village where I met his family and I asked him if towards the end of my volunteering I could come back and donate some baby clothes, paper, pencils etc to his village which he was grateful for. However when I raised the fact that I had done no volunteer work despite giving it a chance and trying different pathways with Jim I was given the option to 'cut ties' with Moses and find my own placements which actually I had been more successful with. I decided to do this but asked Jim if I would still be able to go to Moses' village to donate some clothes etc. He said in his email that 'he (Moses) is not available to take you to his village' so Jim Carson just denied clothing to villagers that desperately need it. That tells me he one heartless human being and I wish I had never spent my money on this company. Please do not bother using this company, I was even told by an orphanage in Tanzania that Volunteer Basecamp are receiving less volunteers now and I've had first hand experience as to why that's happening. You are better of finding your own placement as Volunteer Basecamp will be useless.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 4, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Do not apply with International Volunteer NQ: they will keep asking for more money,
4 or 5 times more the registration fee!
There are a lot of free organization!

Program:
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 3, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

When my 15 year old approached me about volunteering abroad, I must say I was apprehensive. The world is changing everyday in so many unpredictable ways. However, I wasn’t raised to fear the world. I was taught to be bold and to work towards my dreams with passion. There’s so much more than the boxes we live in and we only get one chance to make the most of our time here. I can’t just send them out into the world with reckless abandon either....so I researched...ALOT....trying to find a program which I thought would help my teen develop an appreciation for other cultures. One that would help guide, without stifling creativity and would encourage growth and independence. I went through countless reviews by parents and participants of many programs. Global Leadership Adventures seemed to be a perfect. A great balance of service, culture, and adventure. From day 1, a GLA rep was available to answer any questions to help guide us through the process. We were well informed as to what would be required, timelines, deadlines....any and all of the behind the scenes stuff to make this trip a reality. It has provided a solid foundation to encourage growth for a different future. One where boundaries become blurred and opportunities are more than just dreams. There is so much to learn in this world, but many are too afraid to learn. Too afraid to promote change. Changes don’t have to be global. The children, the families, the communities our GLA teens are supporting....it doesn’t take much to inspire 1, who could then inspire 1 more. Before long, that 1, turns into countless numbers of people who have been inspired in different ways to accomplish different things. I am grateful my teen has the desire to want to do more. To help others. To take a chance on the world and believe that it can be better. GLA as been an amazing group for my teen. I hope others will see the importance of stepping outside of the box...outside of their comfort zone, and be the change.

My teen loved this program so much! There was a new found appreciation for the people and the culture of Thailand! It also fueled a desire to want to do more, see more, help more, BE more! We are excitedly preparing for next summers 5 week experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer I spent two weeks with amazing staff, students, and guides on the beautiful islands that are the Galapagos. This experience was my first time traveling alone, and i have to say it couldn't have been better. Everyday we would do community service work, with purpose and pride, just like the staff had taught us. We also got to experience the culture and beautify of these islands though many fun activities like hiking, snorkeling, beach walks, spending time in the town, and more. The staff had extensive knowledge and were more than willing to answer questions, goof around, and participate with students. Future participants be aware, you will come back changed. Seeing one of the last places on earth that is virtually untouched will change you, it changed me. To see how elegant nature is without human interaction has made me want to fight even more to protect it. I cam home wondering what more I could do, and swear of the impact my everyday actions have. This trip will change you, and 100% of that is for the better.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Nov 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
9

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Actually it was a very good experience for us volunteering with elephants and we,Emmy & Frances appreciate for giving us that opportunity to ifre and michael as well as the coordinators who supported me in the program ,Michael was very helpful and picked us from the airport& transport to millenium elephants.
While volunteering we were in charge of an elephant and we wash the elephant everyday in the morning and cleaned the enviorment.making vitamin balls and it was very enjoyable and good experience.this was one of my main dreams and i achieved it ,so thanks again every one who helped me and i would recommend to visit sri lanka as its one of the best countries around world as people are very nice & helpful and a beautiful country.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Nov 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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