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Global Crossroad

I love Nepal. This trip has been totally amazing. When I got here I was a little unsure what to think, but once my ride finally picked me up, (he was like 15 minutes late, no biggie), the rest has been amazing. The people that I've met here are life long friends. We're all drawn together by our love of travel, new experiences and rhe fact that we're all volunteers. The people from RCDP, (Rural Community Development Program), that coordinate everything for you once you get in the country are awsome. The staff at the hostel, the food, the language class and teacher, our guides for trekking, all of it was amazing. I only have one thing that was a little un-nerving, and that was what I paid compared to what others paid. Don't get me wrong, my experiences have been worth what I've paid, but when I'm doing the exact same thing as someone who paid half, or sometimes less than half of what I paid, I have to question where all my money went. It's not that I paid a ton of money, but some people paid a ton less than me, for the exact same program. A word from the wise, RCDP is amazing, Nepal is amazing, but, as is a good idea with everything, you might want to do a bit of shopping around before you choose a group to come through. After you get here, it's all the same, and it's all amazingly awsome. Being a volunteer and living with a host family is the only way that you get to experience the real Nepal. After this trip, anyother tourist staying at hotels and ONLY reading guide books is missing the amazing, unforgetable experience that you ge3t when you live, work and eat with local people. You get to experience the real Nepal, and the peple who call it home.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 2, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
8
Value:
3

Comments

When you are in google just search "Volunteer Abroad (and the country)"this will show many organization with good prices, add up all the fees to have a better idea.
Do you know any program that costs less? I would be VERY interested in it!

Global Learning Semesters

Belize is a beautiful country and I highly recommend going there and exploring its many sights.
The problem I had revolved around the program run by Galen University through Global Semesters International, Inc. The education and accomodations were good, however while I was there, I was approached by a local man(we, the international students, were encouraged to speak to local community members to experience more of the culture). I was waiting for the bus in the town center in the middle of the day when this man sat down next to me and started a conversation. He was very polite and soft-spoken, but he tried three times to find out where I was staying. The program coordinator from Galen drove past and saw me speaking with him. She came back and gave me a ride back to our cabins. She told me that she tried to call me on my school issued cell phone (that never worked) to tell me to get away from him, but since I did not answer, she came back for me.
HE WAS A CONVICTED VIOLENT RAPIST AND MURDERER.
She told me his story. He had been convicted of violently raping and murdering three foreign women and had been sentenced to be hanged. She knew this because she had grown up next door to his mother (who believed that her son should have been hanged and was disappointed when he wasn't). The man had appealed his sentence with the Privy Counsel in England and, since he had served time with good behavior, was pardoned for his crimes and released.
I believe that this convicted predator should have been announced to all of the exchange students. I was warned that there are "bad people" out there, but I believe that convicted rapist/murderers should fall in a different category and that potential victims should be educated about them.
When I left my program and the country early, I was informed that I would not be reimbersed the loan money for the second class that I never got to take and my situation was downplayed as if I were leaving because of an inconvenience.
I WAS AFRAID FOR MY LIFE.
The lady that picked me up and got me away from the muderer was known to him and my location was then compromised. Many people in town were very familiar with where the internation exchange students stayed. I could not justify staying for another course when my life was in danger. I payed an additional $600 for a plane ticket to flee the country.
I WAS ALONE AT THE BUS STOP FOR 1 MINUTE BEFORE HE APPROACHED. IT WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. HE HAD BENN CONVICTED OF VIOLENTLY RAPING AND MURDERING 3 WOMEN THAT WERE FOREIGN TO BELIZE.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Sep 1, 2009
Overall:
5
Support:
3
Value:
5

Comments

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO GO TO BELIZE IN THE FIRST PLACE? HADN'T YOU DONE RESEARCH BEFORE HAND. IF THIS IS A WELL KNOWN RAPIST IN THE COMMUNITY, AND DID VIOLENT CRIMES WOULDN'T THIS HAVE SHOWN IN THE NEWS, AND IN YOUR INDEPENDENT RESEARCH OF THAT SPECIFIC LOCATION?
How exactly is this a bad reflection on the organization? They not only had staff on-site, they had people responding in person and giving direction. Anywhere in the world there are very bad people and to say the organization is responsible for your interaction with this "bad" local is unfair.

Road2Argentina

I cannot say nearly enough wonderful things about Road2Argentina... Where could I possibly begin? The staff are so amazing, always accessible and so ready to receive any questions, whatever they may be. There are so many opportunities made available by Road, whether it be volunteering, studying at the university, or simply just learning Spanish, the list is endless and anything you could possibly want to do is endless...and possible ! When you leave, more than loving the staff you will love Argentina because it is a beautiful country with amazing things to offer and to explore, and Road2Argentina will give you that experience.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 31, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Globe Aware

my daughter is just 16, she jointe the Costa Rica problem arranged by Globe Aware, it is excellent experience for her, Globe Aware provide great support for every aspect from picking up and sending her to the airport to communicating with me, as a mother of a 16 young girl, my daught went there by her, I was warried so much, the Jennifer (the coordinator) and Catherine (Administor) cared what I cared, gave me close contact through email and telphone, they are great. Thanks for all their work.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 29, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

my daughter is just 16, she jointed the Costa Rica program arranged by Globe Aware, it is excellent experience for her, Globe Aware provide great support for every aspect from picking her up and sending her to the airport to communicating with me, as a mother of a 16 young girl, my daught went there by herself, I was worried so much, Jennifer (the coordinator) and Catherine (Administor) cared what I cared, gave me close contact through email and telphone, they are great. Thanks for all their work.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I have been asked to give a review of the Ostional Project for work with Turtles at the Wildlife refuge there in affiliation with Maximo Nivel's program in the center of San Pedro, San Jose. I want to say that despite past reviews which I believe to be inadequately informed, the program I went on was worth my time, very well researched, and something I will remember for a long time. The center itself in Ostional was clean and comfortable, with a staff of people who were there for whatever you needed. Especially Yamilete, who is the chef and in charge of cleaning the facilities, was a wonderful person. We were fully oriented as to what we would be helping to do there before we set out every night to help with the turtles. There is a dispute between the town and the MINAE project over the distribution of the eggs there, and I wanted to really understand how I felt about both sides of the contraversy before I fully committed myself to the project. However, I believe that the scientific project to determine whether helping the egg hatching process is beneficial to the overall success of the turtle's survival is indeed a worthwhile endeavour, because before their presence over harvesting was occuring to sustain the town's well being, and it was destroying the environment and the turtle's survival rate. I think the project has an honorable place there, and if anything will completely prevent the place from being overrun by tourism, which will really destroy the environment. I was taught many things about the turtle's life cycles and their presence there, and the work I did was truly beautiful and worthwhile. I applaud both MINAE and Maximo Nivel for their continued efforts to help with a very important environmental issue and for providing their volunteers with the most conscientious and fun experience imaginable.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 27, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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