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I absolutely loved my time volunteering in Nepal. Projects Abroad was very helpful in the pre-trip process, while I was there, and following up once we left. The people of Nepal are some of my favorite people I've met in all of my travels. Projects Abroad was a very good mix of support while there and allowing us to make the experience our own. I volunteered in a Physical Therapy clinic and the Therapists there taught me so much and I now feel so much more ready for graduate school. HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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

Involvement Volunteers International

Now that my volunteering program has ended, I find myself nine weeks later, with a dizzying array of thoughts running through my head – foremost, did I actually help?

Sarah, a friend and fellow volunteer I met during my experience in Fiji, recently wrote a fantastic blog post on her website, Enrichmentality (please go check it out!), discussing questions all volunteers really should ask themselves, prior to and during their service.

How can I help? Why I am I doing this? Am I really helping?

In truth, my past two months involved a variety of situations – from enriching, memorable, and deeply moving to just plain unpleasant. I’ll admit, there were moments I weeped for the pleasant chill of an air conditioner, consistent internet access, hot showers, and many other mundane first-world luxuries I’d taken for granted. There were numerous occasions I had to question my own integrity; times I had to let go of all conceit and give selflessly; other times I had to walk away from a despairing circumstance, escorted by the pain realising there was nothing I could do.

Did I help? Am I at all a better person than I was nine weeks ago?

Did I develop more contempt for the ants scurrying across the table than integrity for others, simply based on my longing for the world I came from?

I like to think my head’s in a significantly healthier place now than it was before travelling here, but this experience wasn’t entirely about me.

Elisabeth (USA)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Aug 5, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

I volunteered at three different locations: at an orphanage, a temple, and a preschool. At the orphanage, I had the opportunity to run around with a group of 3~5-year-olds. Even though they have very caring employees who live with the kids, I sensed that the kids were deprived of love. I felt this way on the first day I volunteered there—most of the kids asked for a hug in spite of the fact that we have just met for the first time. My interactions with the kids convinced me that the kids need as much attention and love as possible. I was fortunate enough to be able to give a small amount of attention and love, but I believe that each kid needs more care and love, which can only be provided by people.
At a temple, I taught English to monks of different ages. I faced some challenged since I did not speak sufficient Sinhala and they had different English fluency. My program coordinator asked me to mainly have some conversations with them in English, so that they can practice speaking. At first, they were shy, but eventually they started speaking to me in English. I would not say that it was the most productive English class, but I still cherish the time I spent with the monks.
Lastly, I also volunteered at a preschool. The kids there were very well-behaved. My job mainly consisted of playing with them and teaching them different colors in English. I do not remember any struggles with these kids. I had a very pleasant experience just interacting with them and communicating with the teachers.

What I described above is just a glimpse of my time in Sri Lanka. The more I immersed myself deeper into the Sinhala culture, the more meaningful experience I had. Also, words cannot possibly describe how kindly my host family, the Ferreira family, treated me over the course of my volunteering. My sincere and huge appreciation goes to the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, the kids and teachers who allowed me to volunteer with them, and the warm Ferreira family.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Aug 4, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Involvement Volunteers International

Thanks heaps!
Highlights;
Working in a rural community and helping out the school and meeting some great people both local and other travellers.

Team, food and accommodation;
Everyone was friendly and helpful and they answered any questions that were asked. It was great to talk about the current project and the direction of where the school was heading.

The food was good, understanding it was a rural town there wasn’t too big of an expectation. All the food was tasty and filling.

The accommodation was perfect, clean and in a good area away from noise. It helped being with other respectful volunteers.

I think the program that is being run is good and keeps everyone busy, very happy with my time there.

Kind Regards

Jarrad Lawrence

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Aug 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I found the team at NGO Abroad to be excellent - they were professional, and also patient and personable. They had a wealth of knowledge about various programs in various countries (and a wealth of patience with me while I chose) - and when I did choose, a wealth of knowledge about everything from necessary vaccinations, travelling, and what to expect from day to day life when I arrived.

I volunteered on a cervical cancer awareness-raising programme that was being newly implemented. My role was to develop and help deliver sensitisations in rural communities, with visual aids either hand-made by myself and other staff, or kindly shared with us by other local sexual health services. Later, my role also involved helping to arrange the provision of free screenings by visiting and speaking with other local organisations with the resources to provide this service. As all these activities are all funding-dependent, a portion of my role also involved helping to complete funding applications. At the time of my departure, the organisation was planning to continue conducting sensitisations, but the provision of more screenings to members of rural communities was on brief hiatus until more funding was available.

My host home was safe and welcoming, as of course were the staff at the NGO where I volunteered, who ensured I knew my way around, and checked in with me regularly to see that I was doing ok. I felt very well looked after,and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lend my efforts to their work, and experience their beautiful country and culture.

I am hugely grateful to the team at NGO Abroad for providing such a personalised, thorough and affordable service, and for their patience and generosity of spirit. They will be my first port of call when I next intend to volunteer abroad. Thank you guys so much!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Jul 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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