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Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

Maider Sanchez, 22 years

I,m a Spanish girl who has been living in Australia for two years and realized how much I love travelling and meeting people from different cultures and countries. I've always been thinking of doing some volunteering job and I found this the perfect opportunity to do so. I spent one week in an orphanage taking care of little children from months to 3 years of age. I found it a great experience! I loved it so much!! there are so many needy little criatures out there and I was trying to make them feel special and loved. it has been such an intense week and I really enjoyed it.
While I was doing the volunteering, I've been staying at Michaels, with two more volunteers. They feed us really well, the food was awesome as well as the treat and the family.
definitely an experience I want to repeat!!!
Thanks so much for everything Michael

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

I took part in the teaching program at the local school and it was by far one of the best experiences I have had in Asia. Though the children may not have much they are constantly smiling and full of energy ( especially when it comes to sport time). My organized home stay with Michaels family was also a highlight, they were so welcoming and made me feel like I was home. I definitely recommend taking the opportunity and involving yourself in this program, it is a great way to immerse yourself in the community and learn more about Sri Lanka.

- Joshua

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This past summer I traveled to Fiji for three weeks with Global Leadership Adventures and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had. Every new place we went we were greeted with the warmest welcomes and friendliest smiles I had ever seen in my life. The program director, mentors, and local staff were so incredibly helpful, supportive, intelligent, and fun. The food and housing were always great. The balance between service and adventure was awesome, we worked for long hours in the villages on a variety of projects but it was always fun. When we got back we had free time to jump in the ocean or hang out in a hammock. The excursions to see stingrays and the long mountain hikes were incredible. And the nightly meeting where we talked about leadership and our views on the world were so engaging and informative. While I was there I also became best friends with the other students on the trip, and since then have flown across the country to visit them. Everyone was so welcoming and nobody was left out, we all had so much fun together. My time in Fiji was without a doubt be the best experience I have had to date, and I know when I came home I was a changed person. I expanded my horizons and immersed myself into a new culture. I gained new knowledge of people around the world, and new insight into the vast world that is out there. My trip challenged me, it pushed me and tired me out but at the end of the day it proved to be so incredibly rewarding. I recommend this program so much to anyone who wants to do service in another country and expand their horizons. The spirit of the country was indescribable, one of the best things I have experienced in my life. The GLA staff did an amazing job organizing this and I'm so happy I was lucky enough to be a part of it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

The SOL abroad program in Costa Rica is phenomenal.
The Staff: The program directors are amazing. They offer 24/7 support for anything from homesickness to difficult schoolwork to travel recommendations to the flu. They are personally invested in making sure that the students have what they need and that they get everything they can out of the program.
The Students: While I'm sure this varies depending on the group, my particular bunch of students got along great. The students come from all over the Unites States. As the directors put it, each student is a unique ingredient in the "SOL soup." This program brings together people with different experiences and backgrounds, and gives them the space to explore this new culture together.
The Country: Costa Rica is unlike any place on earth. The people are warm and welcoming, and "Pura Vida" ("Pure Life") is not just a catch phrase: it truly is their way of living. For a $20 round trip ticket, you can travel anywhere in the country, going from vibrant city streets to virgin rain forests to sleepy beach towns in under an hour. Costa Rica is a place of infinite exploration, and everything is easily accessible and often extremely affordable (especially if you don't mind staying in hostels).
The Excursions: SOL picks a variety of excursions and cultural activities that presents the students with the best of the country. The activities and trips are well organized, and they are enriching experiences for all those that chose to participate. The directors ensure that the students have all of the necessary knowledge needed to gain everything they can from each outing (a testament to their devotion to the experience of the students).

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

I’m truly thankful for the past two months I’ve spent in this special country. I’ve met so many beautiful and inspiring people and have been exposed to a completely different way of living and have seen a completely different appreciation for life. I will cherish the memories, the friends and all the unconditional love and smiles I received.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 7, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

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