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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

For the record, I went to Tanzania recently and loved it. I know Daniel Radcliffe (the head of IVHQ) had just been back and the program was everything I expected and more. They had just done some major changes there and had completely new staff and a volunteer house... pretty cool. The orphanage I worked at was amazing and I would highly recommend this program to anyone. Some advice for abroadreviews.com Please try and add some sort of moderating function for this..... I didn't even have to add an email (or a name) and I'm guessing the other volunteers rubbishing IVHQ probably didn't even volunteer with them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 22, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi! I am currently planning a trip with IVHQ to Tanzania and I would love to hear more about your experience with them. If you don't mind getting in touch of course...

Cross-Cultural Solutions

This is my second volunteer association with CCS and I am very, very pleased with their programs and the fantastic staff in both places. I can't say enough about them. I spent 12 weeks in Costa Rica and 6 weeks in Trang, Thailand and can hardly wait to do another tour as a volunteer. I wear my CCS shirt with pride and I am always telling people how great I have been treated and how concerned the organization is in getting me properly placed. The driver takes us shopping and picks us up at a given time. This is a good time for the volunteers to hang out together and get acquainted. The cooks prepare foods that you like, if you have a favorite. Clean beds and clean towels and clean rooms are always there for us. Some afternoons are planned with cultural experiences or you can sleep or plan your own entertainment. They try very hard to make sure we are comfortable. The driver takes us to our assignment, along with a packed lunch made by the cook...and then picks us all up when our day is done. Quite often I am approached by a staff member asking if everything is ok and do I have any questions or comments. They really want to know if there is any problem. I get a lot of compliments and respect from the public. Most people have commitments and cannot do what we are doing. We are lucky! This is sharing your life, your love and your culture with others. I LOVE IT ! I became an "adopted" family member of several of the teachers and students at the schools and also of the cooks, drivers and other staff members of CCS. I care about them. THEY CARE ABOUT ALL OF US. I cried when I left and I still find it difficult not to cry anymore. I have lots of good memories. Thanks CROSS-CULTURAL SOLUTIONS. I won't ever forget you. I will be back. EDG

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 19, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

I was wondering what is usually the average age of the people that do these programs?

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Not everybody is cut out to be a volunteer. Cross-Cultural Solutions made it easy for me to volunteer. They just told me what they needed and I was happy to do what they asked. It was that simple. I know there are cheaper organizations asking for volunteers but the ones I checked out, you had to get your own rides to your placement...or walk... you had to buy your own food and you had to live in homes with people you didn't know. I didn't care for any of those. With CCS they picked you up at the airport, took good care of you during your time and then the whole group would see you off at the airport again when you left. They always took care of me and the other volunteers. The Security Officer made his rounds often and let us know where he was. I felt like they always had a hold of my hand. That was important.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Nov 19, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I had an amazing time. CCS really looked after us.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 18, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

im just thinking about going to Ghana with CCS. So you enjoyed it? do you feel your efforts were well spent? what sort of things did you do during the day? also how were the living accommodations? sorry i have so many questions.

Projects Abroad

I went on a Projects Abroad placement back in 2005, it was amazing! I was working at a care project teaching English to AIDs orphans. Unfortunately I don't think Projects Abroad have the project in Swaziland anymore but as an organisation I would rate them really high. The support I received and the experiences I had while away were so great and will stay with me forever!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Swaziland
Posted: Nov 15, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

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