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Global Crossroad

It is my 4th trip to India and the organization has provided with much help and care to ease my stay here. The in-country coordinator, Rajan Bajracharya has been helpful and catered to my needs too as I am a vegetarian and did some last minute changes to my program. Moreover, he also did arrange our tours around India, which made it even easier for me and my fellow interns to experience India itself. The internship site was also satisfactory and the on-site volunteers and teachers were also very friendly and warm. So far, it has been an amazing experience, satisfactory and I would definitely recommend the current program to anyone I know. I might even come back here for my PhD thesis in the future for research as I have formed very good relationship with the people here. Thank you for the amazing opportunity and experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 15, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

WLS International

Having volunteered before I looked forward to my trip to Vietnam with WLS. Unfortunately I was most disappointed. I selected Vietnam because WLS had a home base (a good way to meet other volunteers) instead of a hotel. What they don't tell you is that you are staying in someone's house. A house that runs multiple businesses, has different people that you don't know roaming around the house all hours. On top of that the bathroom hygiene was unacceptable (note: I do stay at $10/night places so I wasn't expecting luxury!) I ended up moving to a hotel. The main problem with WLS was the placement. I volunteered at a food kitchen. What a well oiled machine it was there. Many local volunteers of all ages gave up their time to help. It was a great, honest organisation providing meals to those in hospital that would otherwise go hungry. The problem was simple. If the food kitchen runs perfectly well with local volunteers why did I pay around $1000 to volunteer there? If a charity can support itself locally then I would have much preferred to volunteer where my services were actually needed.
The WLS contact gave me incorrect information about the hours the food kitchen operated, particularly the start time and the days of operation. The first day I arrived 30 minutes before their 2 hour break. As no one spoke much English I had no idea what was going on. I sat there waiting the first day not knowing that the volunteers actually start at 7am. So by the time my contact brought me to the kitchen and left, I then sat for an hour not knowing why we weren’t working. Luckily on the 2nd day a volunteer spoke English and I got all the details.
The WLS contact were very nice and friendly but did not know anything that was going on. I do blame WLS for this and not the staff. I am sure they are only paid a small amount to house these volunteers and that’s it.
After the 2nd morning I did not speak to anyone from WLS and even after the trip WLS did not contact me at anytime asking for feedback. If they had I would have let them know how unhappy I was with WLS direct instead of writing it in this forum.
You are doing yourself a disservice by paying large amounts of money to any volunteer organisation which are out of touch with what the local community actually need. I am sure that there are many organisations in Vietnam that could benefit from foreign help, unfortunately mine was not one of them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 14, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

Nettie, Can you please tell me where your housing was? Did you volunteer with any other project other than the food kitchen? Thanks. I am considering volunteering and was wondering.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Great program - really professional from first time I enquired till when I left the program in Costa Rica. IVHQ did everything I needed to get me prepared and the program in Costa Rica was run extremely well. A lot of volunteers were there at the time and Maximo were efficient and seemed to manage everything. Highlights are endless, but found the work very good and price was great compared to what other companies had their volunteers paying that i met. Maybe an increase staff is my only suggestion but I think the program has grown quicker than they aniticpated due to popularity and after talking to local workers, this seemed to be high on the priority list. Aside from that, cannot fault it and highly recommend it. If you are considering ivhq costa rica program then do it - you will have a great time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 13, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

this company doesn't have any base rather dump volunteer stating that they are very cheap. make sure cheap may be very cheap in quality. Basically i found they don't have stromg ground support
Can you tell me more about your costa rica experience? Is their an email address that you can be reached at? Mine is mmittal72@gmail.com

Global Crossroad

This company exploits the charities that we volunteers are trying to help and make a difference too, they give little or no donation to the charity, they leave you with no supervision or support, they pretend they dont have your money and threaten to terminate your trip, they lie to you constantly and are only nice up until they have your money, they charge you 3 to 4 times more than IVHQ & RCDP nepal and give you nothing more for it, In my strongest opinion and for your own safety DO NOT TRAVEL WITH GLOBAL CROSSROAD!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 7, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

this is a fake statement, I am sure this is written by same person who is a agent of Global crossroad competitor

Projects Abroad

I lived in Accra, Ghana for a month with Projects Abroad after completing a study abroad program with my university there as well. PA was definitely the better of the two programs, and it taught me so much more than my first placement.
The staff is amazing and they offer just the right amount of support - they don't stifle you or hold you by the hand, but neither do they just throw you out there with no information.
My host mother was kind, courteous, and an amazing cook. She worked hard to make sure we were all comfortable and has hosted volunteers for many years now.
If you decide to go, make sure that you travel outside of Accra on the weekends. No one really enjoys Accra, but it is very convenient and easy to catch a tro-tro out of town for a relaxing weekend at the beach, in Volta Region, etc.
Choosing Projects Abroad was a great decision, and I highly recommend it. I'm definitely a better person for it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 3, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

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