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Global Crossroad

Global Crossroad... absolutely the most deceptive and morally corrupt program i have ever worked with. I travelled as a junior in college, my first visit to a developing country... what a mistake to go with GC! We were consistently lied to and misled by the american coordinators. our in-country personnel tried their best with what little resources they were provided by the american coordinators. our host family was the only redeeming factor of the trip, no thanks to GC. we had received information weeks before our departure on a family that we were told would be hosting us. to our surprise, we discovered upon arrival that this family did not exist and was merely a template they sent out to any of their volunteers. dispicable! our real host family had not been recruited until 2 days before our arrival. Another girl volunteering while there had asked to be put in an environmental program. later she discovered they had placed her in a logging company! The ghanaians we were worked with were very receptive and helpful, but there is absolutely no excuse for the behavior of the american coordinators! Please, please, please avoid this company at all costs!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 6, 2008
Overall:
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Support:
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They probably don't put a name because they don't want the company knowing who it is who posted a bad review about them. Do YOU work for GC?
why most negetive posting have no name (always anonymous? why you hide name? wonder if this is the work of the same guy

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This was my first experience volunteering overseas and it was challenging, rewarding, frustrating, satisfying, scary and joyful all at the same time! I don't think there is any way to understand what it is like and what it does for you other than to experience it first-hand. You will learn a lot about the daily realities of life in a developing country, learn even more about yourself and what you are made of, and most of all understand how even the smallest gestures of good-will and service go very far to help others in need.
My Favorite Memory: Meeting the 20+ youth at the Tabata Youth Center where Youth in Action does much of its work. I spent 2+ hours in a Q&A session talking to the youth about teen issues such as HIV/AIDS, pregnancy, religion, politics, and dating. I was their first visitor and they were so excited to perform one of their educational plays for me.
I was surprised that....
Resources are so incredibly scarce for local organizations; it seems to be the biggest limiting factor for getting things done and making progress. The organizations themselves struggle to stay in operation on a daily basis, and have virtually no support from within their own country.
The most difficult thing I experienced was....
Tourists and "mzungu" are rarely seen in the sections of town where I was, and it was hard to feel so conspicuous and stared at. People call out "mzungu" as you walk by, and you constantly feel eyes watching you. The "personal space" is also a much shorter distance, so people would come up pretty close to take a good look. It took several days to get comfortable with it. I can't say I ever got comfortable with it, but over time I was less uncomfortable!
My best received lesson...
Face each day with an open mind and a healthy dose of humor. There will be many times when you will ask yourself "what am I doing" or "why am I doing this" but if you put aside the critical thoughts and embrace the experience, you will be surprised how things always seem to work themselves out in the end.
Thank you A Broader View Team
http://www.abroaderview.org

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Dec 5, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Hi
I volunteered for 1 week in Costa Rica with CCS. We were painting a mural for an underprivledged school. Although we did make a different to the school with our presence it wasn't worth the cost nor the effort to visit Costa Rica to only actually work for 3-3.5 hours a day. The accommodation & food was great, the staff were really nice. I would definitely not recommend CCS, it is overpriced and more suited to people that don't want a "hardcore" volunteering experience. Also I felt that 1 week is not enough, don't volunteer for any less than 2 weeks. I did have a nice time but couldn't get pass the cost, non of which goes directly to the community.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Dec 4, 2008
Overall:
4
Support:
9
Value:
2

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I had no problem parting with the money....but it was not worth it at all!!
It is for people who feel uneasy about travelling to a foreign country where no one speaks the same language. The money pays for room, board, and the staff. They are trying to make people feel comfortable in a place that is strange to them.
You paid the price no gun to the head, it was your mistake, its 90% always the volunteers fault.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I am a senior at Colorado College, and I was in Ghana (in the Volta region) this past summer. I had the most amazing experience in Ghana. The ABV project director Edem in Kpando is an amazing person! He is 29 I think, and incredibly active with the UN youth, and is actually a member of the royal family in Kpando. He is really really smart, and also very used to westerners. He will be very respectful towards you and your cultural background. Additionally, he made me feel extremely safe when I was there (first time is Ghana...especially Accra, can be a bit terrifying). Edem is one of the main reasons I had such a great experience, and hope that I can get back to Kpando very soon!
ABV is wonderful. For a new organization they are well organized. When I was there, I heard somewhat of horror stories about some other programs not really keeping in contact to make sure that the volunteers were safe. With ABV, Edem had to call Sarah in the US office the minute we got to our hotel when I arrived in Ghana. He would check in with her periodically to let her know I was doing fine, and when I got back, Sarah was great about checking in with me to see how my trip was. ABV is not perfect, but they are pretty damn close for sure!
Overall, I found my time in Kpando to be one of the most arth-shatteringly-perspective-changing experiences of my life. I learned so much from the kids at orphanage, from Edem, and from the kids at the school I worked at. There is no way to summarize what my trip was like or how much it meant to me in one short email, but all I can tell you is that, the most important thing to be prepared for is to be prepared for the fact that you cannot really be prepared for what will happen to you while you are there. Everyone has a very different experience....some face home sickness, others stomach sickness, some face enlightenment, others simply find joy and humility. Overall, this ABV program was an amazing opportunity for me!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 4, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering In India

I was scheduled to volunteer in New Delhi and was happy with the support services and answers I was being provided - until the terrorist attack occurred in India - I decided to change my plans due to the threats against foreigners. No concession was made with the program fees, even my request to change dates. I am extremely disappointed, and will never again trust sending money overseas where I can not dispute the charges. My mistake. I guess you live and learn. Am now scheduled to travel to Nepal with another US based organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Dec 4, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
0
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Hi there, I'm currently heading to India for volunteering. Can you tell me which organization did you pick for Nepal? Thanks.
I am looking to travel to India to do some volunteer work. I am looking to go through a reliable and trustworthy organization. I would be interested to know which organization you have decided to go through when you travel to Nepal.

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