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Volunteering Solutions

The programs across the 3 countries that I travelled were great! The staff were so nice and welcoming in all locations. Sahil was very helpful to me before I left for my trip and was always in touch if I wanted some info. I found that the program offers everything tahat you pay for including travel Insurance! which is amazing as it's prices are very reasonable as such..
I would definately be travelling with them next summer to South America.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Jul 23, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

This information are written by Volunteering Solutions staffs. I did not travel with them in 3 countries. They are trying to fool
another site where the reviews are all written by the same person (the positive ones.) notice that they are all written by someone that is not very literate in English. also, there are consistent mistakes. please look into this one also.

Global Volunteers

My mother was a volunteer teacher with GV. She LOVED the students and the people she got to know in China. However, on her second trip with them, she experienced a serious medical emergency and had to be hospitalized. The people "on the ground" in China were wonderful. But the stateside staff of GV were non-communicative and unhelpful.
First of all, they don't provide ANY medical insurance to participants, so be very aware of that. Fortunately, my mother had excellent insurance, so that wasn't the main issue.
In my Mom's case, it was the ineptitude of the CEO and other key stateside staff that nearly cost my mother's life. During the crisis (the first 24 hours of the medical emergency), they were unresponsive to phone calls and emails and they withheld medical reports and other crucial information that could have helped the family to make decisions. Ultimately, there was a 3-day delay in getting appropriate medical care for my Mom.
We believe they were "stalling" in order to avoid paying for an air ambulance (which they ultimately did pay for, thanks to the intervention of the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu---God Bless the U.S.A!!). My Mom survived this, but only because we HOUNDED them to evacuate her, and only because we got the U.S. Consulate involved (after the GV staff told us not to---they said, "it will only make the Chinese dig in their heels and become more uncooperative").
The only uncooperative people in this situation were the stateside staff of GV. Beware of this company. Their only care is their bottom line.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Jul 22, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

This was indeed an especially complicated emergency evacuation, because the volunteer lost consciousness immediately following a stroke in her hotel room and was unable to direct her own care. In this case, while Global Volunteers’ Chinese staff attended to the volunteer on site, Global Volunteers’ CEO personally notified the volunteer’s designated emergency contact to provide hospital information, to report the facts of the incident, and to explain the emergency evacuation procedure. It was at this point the designated emergency contact became the custodial decision-maker for the unconscious patient and coordinated the evacuation with Chinese medical personnel through the insurance provider. Global Volunteers fully cooperates with the insurer’s emergency medical evacuation procedures, and strictly follows all pertinent local and U.S. laws in evacuation cases. We take special care to honor family and volunteer requests within our legal limitations, but recognize that family members are not always unified in their desires during emergencies. Both the CEO and Vice President for International Operations maintained phone contact with Chinese staff, Global Volunteers’ medical evacuation insurance providers (local and international) and the volunteer’s designated emergency contact. Questions by other family members were referred to the volunteer’s designated emergency contact, who was asked to coordinate family information requests. Emergency evacuation provisions as specified in the insurance plan were observed and followed at all times. Global Volunteers monitored the evacuation throughout the entire process, and was recognized and warmly thanked by the volunteer’s designated emergency contact for our responsiveness and personal attention to the volunteer. I’m satisfied we provided exceptional service to this volunteer under extremely difficult circumstances.

Escuela Montalban

Following a language course a the Escuela Montalban in Granada, where I was studying last May, has definitely been a fun and enriching experience which I would recommend to anyone! Not only did I study Spanish in fun and friendly classes, but I could also take part in lots of cultural activities organised by the school, such as Flamenco classes, film showings, mountain trekking, excursions to others cities in Andalusia, or scuba-diving in the Mediterranean. It was a great experience to be able to improve my Spanish skills while being on a holiday at the same time!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Jul 22, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Academic Studies Abroad

I had a great time with ASA. The program was really small which ended up being a great thing! I knew everyone by name and could easily and quickly get a hold of our site director. It was a very personalized program and I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jul 21, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Comments

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Don Quijote

The schools are all very nice and well equiped. Nice people, good teachers. And I had a lot of fun. And to show how this combination of fun and learning works very well, I then tryed to enroll in a local spanish course in my city, and in 3 months I´ve learned a lot less. In that subjetc, Don Quijote is very good. However, the students acommodations are not always so good. In Valencia, the apartment was awful, too tide, not many ventilation (there were no windows in the living room). In Valencia and Madrid the food wasn´t very good neither. Although I had contracted a meal a day, I prefered to make my own more and more often. So here is my suggestion to you guys, students house, with a cooker is not that an advantage.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jul 20, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Comments

Can someone tell me what the average age is of students here? My daughter is 14, and interested in trying a Spanish immersion prgram, but all the reviews I have seen are from 25 yrs+ people.
Did anyone ever reply to you or were you able to obtain information elsewhere? My son is 9 and I was wondering the same thing.
Hola Rodrigro, My name's Juan and I work for don Quijote. I was surfing the web and came across with this web and your review. First of all, thanks a lot for your kind words about the teaching at don Quijote schools. As a School, we are always trying to improve, and all feedback is welcome. We always try to help the students if any problem raises while in the school.The school crew would try to work out the problem for you. Nevertheless, I'm going to send your valuable opinion to our Staff in the cities. Thanks for your review. Kind regards Juan
Hello. I'm planning on spending the summer in Spain and want to learn Spanish. Would you recommend Don Quijote? Also, will spend part of my stay in Valencia, and part in either Salamanaca, Malaga, or San Sebastian. Have you been to these places and what can you tell me? Are any of the students older than 40? Thanks, Jesse

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