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Friends for Asia

I was a volunteer in Chaing Mai, where I worked with Buddhist monks. Before my experience, I was very unfamiliar with Thailand and Buddhism completely, and this experience taught me a lot. It was a little scary flying to a far away place I'd never been before, not knowing the language or customs. However, Friends for Asia, and the coordinator, Todd, were very helpful and supportive, and I had a wonderful time. I learned so much about Thailand and the Thai people that it astonished me. I wish I could have stayed longer, and I would recommend this adventure to anyone!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 19, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Amy, I'm considering Freinds for Asia in Thailand in Jan 2010. Can you give me any insight regarding the program via e-mail (mjb1357@live.com)? reviews are scarce. thank you, MB

Global Crossroad

Although most of these organizations are expensive, I think that GC is very. I paid for 12 weeks of teaching English in 2008 when I should have paid for 2 and then continued to pay my host family directly for the next 10 weeks. Your paying for a connection to a host family and insurance and that is all; there is no support. My host family found the schools for me to teach in because GC did not do it themselves. The schools didn't even know I was coming until the day I got there. The contact/coordinator in Ecuador could not help anyone who had problems. I was supposed to live in a house with a host family but ended up living with a host family plus 7 other volunteers. I was told I would be the only volunteer in the village. However, the trip was great. GC - Not reccommended.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Apr 19, 2009
Overall:
5
Support:
2
Value:
3

Comments

my suggestion, pls talk with volunteers who have just returned. you can ask for reference as global crossroad seems working hard to offer affordable program for students and I also read many great feedbacks
Hello, I am supposed to be going to Ecuador with Global Crossroad this summer. Should I back out? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, please email me at zedanlau@msu.edu. Thanks!

Escuela Montalban

Nice small school, centrally located, with really helpful admin staff. Good teachers, fun lessons and a wide variety of ability levels. Good choice of extra-curricular activities on offer. A really good learning experience all round - would recommend to anyone looking to learn Spanish in Granada.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Apr 11, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Frontier

I completed 2 projects with them. The communication between London and the field was really really bad. For example we were told to pay diving deposites in pounds by the london office, but when we arrived in the field they wanted them in dollars.
When I arrived in Livingstone, Zambia where I was meant to be met at the airport and transfered by frontier staff to Namibia no one was there. I was left at the airport with no idea where I was meant to go and ended up staying in a backpackers hostel for 3 days (which I had to pay for myself) before I heard from Frontier field staff (and only then because my parents in the UK were phoning their London office several times a day for me).
Most of the project cost money I paid didn't make it into the host contry - for the Fiji marine project we worked out as a volunteer group we had paid over £85k to be there and yet the project staff said the budget for our time there that they had been given from London HQ was only £5k. They claim to be non profit but effectivly they are not as they pay loads to another company (thats for profit) owned by the same people as Frontier for marketing services. See the facebook group: "Frontier Charity? No." for links to some websites questioning their status.
There were many other problems I experienced with them. Such as the compressor wasn't maintained and broke twice so we lost almost 2 weeks of diving as we couldn't fill the tanks.
DO NOT GO WITH THEM. There are far better organisations that run projects similar to frontier out there.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji, Namibia
Posted: Apr 10, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Global Volunteer Network (GVN)

I volunteered at an orphanage for one month. There did seem to be some corruption within the African partner to GVN (ie volunteer money/donation not going to the orphanage). I loved the idea of living with a local family, unfortunately the family I stayed with was a more than just a little looney. But other volunteers did have a better experiences with that than I did. It also didn't help that I was rooming with a very negative American!
I also think that life is what you make of it and I do not regret the experience what so ever. I do want to volunteer abroad again. My experience in Kenya has helped me learn what I am looking for. And, for me it was good day if I made one of the kids at the orphanage smile.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Apr 9, 2009
Overall:
6
Support:
5
Value:
7

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