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Global Crossroad

Global Crossroad is a terrible organization. I paid for a one-week language and culture session that I NEVER received. Yotam, the in-country coordinator is an absolute crook who does not pay the host family ANY money to house us. The children were precious and I I had an overall positive experience, but it was no thanks to GC. My host father made sure that the safari I signed up for actually took place, or that wouldn't have happened either. If you're looking to go volunteer with a great organization at HALF the price, go with International Volunteer Headquarters.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Apr 8, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
3

Comments

Yotam was, and may still be, the ground coordinator for GC in Dar Es Salaam. I second the emotion behind this posting. I too was taken advantage of by Yotam Bonafice. He attempted to charge my friend and I an extra $10 (US) more a night for our first night's stay at the hostel in Dar. He also had my friend pay for all of the tickets to the National Museum because he didn't have the money.
Who is Yotam? when I was in Nairobi 2009 and Ian told me that he is working with Global Crossroad since 2006, I worked with Ian his wife Edith and Fredrick. I don't think you volunteered with Global Crossroad, please don't give wrong information. your information is flase and inaccurate

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Volunteered in Bangkok with CCS. Much more expensive than other similar companies, but they offer much more hand holding and have excellent orientation programs, so if this is new for you it may be worth the extra money. You are housed in a compound with other volunteers rather than staying with locals, although the staff are local.
I had two negative issues with the program. First, it didn't feel like we were really accomplishing anything. I was there two weeks and in that time was only scheduled to volunteer for 8 days out of 14, and only for about 2 1/2 hours a day. My placement was a day care that was well staffed and we were just sort of there. Once a day they would ask us to read a story to the kids, but that was about it. It felt more like we were the ones being baby sat. (Part of this was admittedly due to my limited time in country-- the more involved placements require longer stays.)
My second issue with the program was most of the volunteers seemed to be there more to experience the Bangkok scene than to actually do any volunteering good. Placements were frequently forsaken due to hangovers and late nights out. That fault is on the volunteers, not CCS, but it did kind of seem like the program was "dumbed down" and volunteering hours limited to accommodate other volunteers misplaced priorities.
All in all the program was very well organized, if maybe overly so, and the staff were great, but I left with a pretty empty and detached feeling. I had previously volunteered in Uganda for 2 weeks with Global Volunteer Network and, despite the similarly-limited time there, I left feeling much more connected with the people/culture and like I had made a difference with them (and they with me). With CCS I just left wondering why I had bothered. And considering that for my 2 week program GVN cost about $600 while CCS cost nearly $3000, it seems like I could have found better uses for my money.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Apr 7, 2009
Overall:
6
Support:
10
Value:
3

Comments

I went to Cartago and would not recommend this location at all!!! I don't know anything about San Carlos.
Not sure this will get a response since it's so after the fact, but the person who replied and who had a negative experience in Costa Rica, I'm wondering which location you went to. I'm considering going to San Carlos, and I don't want to feel like a prisoner who can't interact with the locals. Thanks!
I couldn't agree more. I went to Costa Rica and I felt that we were unable to be a part of the culture of the city and really know the people. We were forbidden to drink and if caught were sent home, so people were afraid to leave the home base, especially women on their own because of safety issues. I ended up leaving early, I am not 20 something anymore and I left my family at home for this experience and I was not expecting to sit in a homebase with other Americans and not see the real culture around me!!! This experience was NOT good and I would not recommend this program to anyone. It is much too expensive for what you get and I felt like a 12 year old in a military camp for my whole stay. If you are looking to travel and volunteer abroad and have fun at the same time I would not recommend this program.
Hi, I volunteered with CCS in India and thought it was well-run and organized. My assignment was to teach computers/teach english. The computer teaching didn't work out - you need english -- but teaching english was a gas. TheThe biggest drawback were the 20 something volunteers who provided a lot of "drama" and seemed to be more interested in shopping than volunteering. I am impressed by the program and am going back.
I had a similar experience with CCS in Thailand. The volunteers were always drunk or smoking pot. The staff was never really there....and I didn't do much of anything at my site. However, I volunteered with CCS in India which was the opposite! It was an amazing experience. The staff is amazing and I felt like I was actually doing something worthwhile.

GIC Argentina

I also liked the GIC Spanish programs. I did a month at the UBA school and a month at their own school after maxing out the levels at UBA, and thought both were very good. The teachers at both locations were experienced and kept things interesting for the most part - and there wasn't a lot of changing of teachers which I don't like (well the GIC-UBA program had 2 teachers and the GIC school had the same one for the month). They seemed to have a good group of homestay families for the ones of us staying with families - mi familia era di-vi-na! Would recommend either of their Spanish programs.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Apr 5, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
8

Global Crossroad

what a program! I have no word to express global crossroad program that I have experience in Tanzania and India. I joined both country. the service is superb both Fredrick and Rajan are the best ground coordinator. The safari driver Michael, what a charming guy. I assure anyone, the service of Global Crossroad in Tanznaia and India is the best. the home base is better than USA and very safe. Finally, Global Crossroad surpass the quality of program than I expect. Global Crossroad program two thumbs up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Apr 4, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Hi John. Which programme did you choose in Tanzania?
John. You either are extremely uneducated or use English as a second language. Don't think I'll be going with this company. VERY dodgy!
John- Where are you from? Is English your first language? This sounds like somebody from GC stuffing the ballot.

API - Academic Programs International

The directors on-site were helpful and available within their office hours. Airport pickup, an international field trip, and more was included, with about one overnight field trip a month. US office was less helpful. This program expected students to be a little more independent, but would provide help, suggestions, and resources when asked. This program was a little more of a vacation/ party program than serious study, but I still got a lot from the experience. A smaller program compared to others in Granada, which was nice. Homestays were well screened compared to classmates in other (non-API) programs.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Mar 30, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
9

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