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Habitat for Humanity

I had an amazing time both planning and participating in a Habitat for Humanity (HFH)Global Village trip to Costa Rica in 2008. Because HFH send so many teams to Costa Rica the planning was smooth and very easy to do. The Costa Rica HFH was a little more challenging to work with only because of the language barrier and lack of resources. Overall I would lead another team to Costa Rica in a heartbeat.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 17, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
7
Value:
9

Road2Argentina

Overall, I had an amazing experience in Buenos Aires, and especially with Road2Argentina. I worked at an NGO devoted to helping small and medium sized businesses in Buenos Aires start or expand their involvement abroad. Road2Argentina worked closely with us to ensure that we were happy with our internships, and is very flexible with changing to a volunteer or study program if you are not satisfied.
The staff was not only highly professional, but also went above and beyond to make sure that we were well-oriented the very first day, kept tabs on us, provided plenty of opportunities to do activities and meet other Roadies, and helped with any troubleshooting that was needed. I was especially grateful for their help when I stayed in Buenos Aires independently AFTER my program ended.
The student residence is really nice, kind of like a huge townhouse that has been remade, and is in a really nice part of the city. I've heard that the shared apartments are also really fun because you get to live with locals that are your age.
The staff was also extremely warm, and I made friends really quickly with them - I still keep in touch with them now, over a year later. The staff are all really young and fun - if you do end up going, try to hang out with them as much as possible!
I highly, highly recommend Road2Argentina for a trip, just because they were super accommodating of me. They will seriously cater to all your needs and wants, and just know that if you go to Argentina with Road2Argentina, you will be well taken care of.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Aug 17, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

i-to-i TEFL

I have one piece of advice for anyone thinking of volunteering with i-to-i: do NOT do it. Here is an honest account of my experience with them in 2008.
I booked 4 weeks' volunteering on a women's empowerment project in Chitwan, Nepal for a total cost of 800 pounds (not including flights). The support before I went to Nepal and when I arrived in Kathmandu was reasonable, but when I got to Chitwan everything disintegrated. It turned out that there was NO project. I had been promised several times that there would be 7 different women's groups that I could meet and decide which one to work with, but it turned out that there was just 1 which only met one afternoon a month (and I had just missed it). No alternative activities were provided by i-to-i and I only managed to arrange anything at all through my own initiative. I had also been promised that there would be many other volunteers in the area but there were only none, leaving me completely on my own as an 18-year-old female. The staff at the hotel i-to-i placed me at were thoroughly unpleasant, trying to rip me off, ply me with alcohol and put me into dangerous situations. My host family, whom I stayed with for a little while, were not much better. I eventually left the project 2 weeks early because I just couldn't stand it, despite the fact that I had been eager to help people through volunteering.
The problems continued when I got home. I tried to claim some money back because i-to-i had taken a lot of my cash (which I had carefully fundraised over 6 months) and had broken all their promises to me in return. They flat-out refused to give any money back or even apologise. Instead, they viciously attacked me and my character in their reply letters and made up many things which I was unable to disprove.
This company was absolutely shocking in almost every way. They just want your money and are not interested in providing any meaningful volunteering. You only have to Google 'i-to-i complaints' on Google to find many other people with similar experiences to mine. I wish I had found that out before I booked with them. Do yourself a favour and book with a project through http://vaops.com (which I can personally vouch for, having had a great volunteering experience through them for only 10 dollars a day) and AVOID greedy companies like i-to-i.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Aug 14, 2009
Overall:
1
Support:
2
Value:
0

Comments

Hi, I'm writing an article on NGOs and such volunteering experiences in India and Nepal. Please email me at midnightbell@gmail.com asap if you get this! Thank you
I made down payment to work on school neat Chitwan. Is there essential work to do at the school? Is it true that it is NOT home stay? Thanks for your info.

Travellers Worldwide

Before I left for South Africa, my Travelers contact in England was very helpful in answering my questions and concerns about my placement. I LOVED being at the wildlife sanctuary called African Dawn where I was volunteering. I really felt like the work I did there was actually making an impact and that I was a valued member of the team there. The friends I made will be friends for a lifetime. The only comment I have is that it is far cheaper to be a volunteer directly though the place you will be volunteering and not through a company like Travelers. But for my first time abroad I liked that they figured out all the details for me, including finding my flight and transport from the airport when I got there. Also, the website they made about the sanctuary was outdated and certain details did not hold true once I was there, but it was nothing major. An overall amazing experience and I would love to go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Aug 13, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
6

Comments

Hey there! I am also interested to go for some time to South Africa and especially to the project African Dawn. I would be really happy if you could give me maybe some informations about it which doesn't come from organisations or the project itself. Thank you so so much! :)

Global Crossroad

I spent my 1st week in Gurgaon, and took the Language and Culture course which was helpful. The in-ground coordinator, Rajan, was very hospitable. This course also included sightseeing days which were interesting. I spent the next 6 weeks in Faridabad at an orphanage which was very rewarding. I will never forget my experiences during this summer in India.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Aug 13, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
7

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