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Awaiting Angels

I worked in a school for kids with special needs and lived with a host family. Working at the school was the most rewarding work I've ever done, the kids are so affectionate and the teachers love having foreign volunteers. My family was also great, they took such good care of me and taught me so much about Peruvian culture. Awaiting Angels is run really well, probably the most valuable program in Peru. It is inexpensive but you get so much from the program. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in volunteering overseas.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 11, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I spent nine weeks in the capital city of Togo volunteering at an orphanage known as Mercy Children's Home. Projects Abroad Togo is a small family of staff and volunteers which lent itself to amazing bonding and wonderful weekend trips to Ghana and Benin, for example. The PA staff was on call 24/7 for any needs we may encounter. They were incredibly accommodating in every way. It was a beautiful experience all around. They picked us up from the airport, held Monday check-up meetings, and popped in on us at the orphanage to make sure we were happy and healthy. By the end of our stay we were a part of the family.

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

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I choose this organization after researching other options and it seemed to offer the most support before and during the volunteer experience. All of my expectations were met. Before my trip, CCS was very helpful and provided support for planning. In country, the staff was wonderful: friendly, informative, helpful. Transportation was always provided (airport, to placements, and on field trips) and we were given an excellent orientation to local transportation for use during free time. In contrast to some othe postings, in Yaroslavl the placements are thrilled to have volunteers, and the in-country staff assist with placement planning so that I always knew what I would be doing and why. I volunteered for almost all day, every day (with the exception of a weekly field trip one afternoon each week). The impact of the volunteers in Russia is significant as the volunteers are literally the only visitors some of the placement clients/patients have.
I traveled to St. Petersburg with another volunteer over the weekend and that was a great trip.
I encourage volunteers to go for at least two weeks. It takes one week to accomodate to the time change and the language change.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Russia
Posted: Aug 9, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

What programs are they better than (you compare them in your review)... other programs run by CCS you mean? The feedback is marginal it seems from other people about these guys..... could you contact me to give me more direct feedback about this?

Habitat for Humanity

This build was an amazing experience with awesome people and awesome team leaders. Everything was well-organized and as my first Habitat Global Village experience it set the bar really high for future trips. The build partners were excellent to work with and the community really made us feel welcome. I wasn't the only one on the team who cried on our last day. The work was satisfying and our team really bonded. We had so many amazing experiences, from impromptu jam sessions when the locals came over one evening to play music with us to the night we played soccer barefoot when the families challenged us to a game. Our team was so close we felt like family and affectionately called our team leaders "Mom" and "Dad" even though some of the members were older than they were. We also had an awesome R&R, this was when they actually had a mini-vacation built in and not strictly cultural activities. We spent a weekend at the most amazing beach town. I would recommend Habitat for Humanity's Global Village program to anyone. They are a reputable organization that provides a rewarding experience for all. It is well worth the money and you will make memories that last a lifetime.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Brazil
Posted: Aug 9, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Habitat for Humanity

This organization has a strong structure, enabling a snowball effect. The more people who are helped, the more people who can be helped in the future. As home owners repay their interest free mortgage, the money goes back into a pool of funds that create more homes. Add this to donations, and low building costs due to volunteer labour, and you have an explosive result of over two hundred thousand homes build world wide to date!
I went on a trip to India as a build volunteer. This was my first time off the continent, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I had a very supportive team leader, Tim, and a wonderful team. In India, we worked with very basic tools. I felt a real connection to our human history, and felt a new strength in the power of my own two hands.
I had a great time, learned a lot, experienced a new culture, tried new food, and felt what it was like to be completely immersed in a whole new world. I love knowing that I made a meaningful impact on that community. This was truly traveling with a purpose.
My trip with Habitat for Humanity/Global Village was the perfect blend of seeing the world, and helping to bring good things to it at the same time.
I'd go again any day. In fact... I've dreamed of little else since!

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

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