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Global Crossroad

Since i got in the noisy city of Delhi i must say i felt completely welcomed. I stayed for 1week in Gurgaon, Delhi at my coordinator Rajan 's house. I must say i was impressed by the way the whole program worked and how good the projects were handled by him, everything was very organized. At his place I did the language and orientation class which was extremely helpful. After that week i went to my internship project in Faridabad which was about women and the experience i got from there is one of the most unforgettable. I really learned issues concerning women and society, about the tradition and about how these people eventhough problems and needs they always offer you a kind smile. Definitely i wish i could go back soon. Thumbs up to the program!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Aug 19, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I also did the turtle project through Maximo Nivel for two weeks and had an amazing experience, quite contrary to the other review.
I found Maximo Nivel to be very sufficiently informed about the projects they sent me to and so so willing to help with any questions or concerns you had. In regards to the refund situation, when you pay you have to accept the conditions which clearly state there is no refund if a volunteer changes their mind.
The project itself was great. Ostional is a very complicated place with so many factors coming into play. The work we did there was research into the best way for locals and turtles to live sustainably. The staff there are very friendly and are very aware of the the species best interest.
I can understand how someone might get the wrong idea about the place and become frustrated at the situation they have gotten them self into but if you just take the time to listen to the reasons behind the harvesting and willing to help where you can rather than form your own judgements without enough information, I cant imagine how you wont have a great time!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 19, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Habitat for Humanity

I have done 8 trips with Global Village-Habitat for Humanity. They have been the best experiences of my life. The trick about doing a build in 3rd world countries is flexibility. One has to realize that they (the affiliate, the team working in the host country) may have different priorities than the North American person, in some cultures it is more important to treat us with honor and respect than to get a house built. In other countries getting the supplies to build the house is not always guaranteed (you may waste a day waiting for sand to be delivered). Don't expect to get a house completely built when you are there, you may do foundations on a number of houses or build outhouses or do renovations on a number of houses. Expect the unexpected is my moto and go with the flow. If you can do that then building in third world countries is amazing. On most of my trips the family of the house being built was involved and that is an amazing thing, to see their smiling faces and their gratitude will make you cry. The other great thing is that you will make new friends for life. I stay in touch with about 80% of the team mates (from all over the world) that I have worked with and know that I could visit them any time. It is very true that the team leader makes a big difference. My first trip was with young inexperienced leaders, who did not know what they were doing. I know that if I thought that is how all trips were I would not have signed up again. But I gave it a second chance and I am so thankful I did. I know I have "Habititize" it is contagious so beware you may end up doing 8 trips. The only negative thing that I have is that the price of participating on these trips has risen since I started doing them. It appears to be much more expensive to participate now and I hope it doesn't deter people from joining. I have two more trips planned in the next year. Can't wait.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Much appreciation for sharing your experience and thoughts since first timer really has no idea how it will turn out and what to expect. Reading past experience is a great peak at how the trip might/will turn out. You are absolutely right about the trip fee.. i think that is what stops people from joining.. a trip to Asia during the summer easily exceeds 3000k and people will say no...is that worth 9 days of the trip?

Global Crossroad

My daughter and I volunteered at the Asna Orphanage in Nepal. Every step of the way from our time at the orphanage to the trek through the Himalayas we were taken care of by the Global Crossroad staff. Our adventures outside of the orphanage were well organized by a staff of professional, competant and wonderfully pleasant people. I would use Global Crossroad again and will recommend this company in the future. Thanks to all of the Global Crossroad staff for making this an unforgettable trip for my daughter and I.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

A lot of these reviews for this company seem fake! The English is terrible and I agree it looks like the local staff are writing reviews themselves. Did you go on one of the programs? I would love to hear more as I was consdering this company but have heard a lot of horror stories since I started looking at their reviews. Not just on here but online in general.
This Is a fake, I know for a fact through an incompetent member of staff that they are requested to write fake reviews by senior members of staff. Its terrible!

Global Crossroad

This has been a truly amazing experience! The staff is very flexible and helpful. There were times where I wanted to change my schedule around, and it was very easy to do so with no hassle. The staff is very welcoming and made me feel home from the beginning.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 18, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

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