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International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

just finished up in kenya. only complaint is the slow internet speed! everything else gone great. home stay did not have running water for 3 nights out of the 3 weeks i've been here which was annoying but in a developing country that is to be expected. orphanage and the kids has been my highlight. before i got here i was worried there would be no other volunteers but i have met a lot of really nice people from around the world. ivhq having a big program (lots of volunteers and placements) is another big benefit of going with. the price (cheapest i found in an international volunteer organization) was quite low which made it nice as well.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Mar 5, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Quest Overseas

I had the most incredible time. The volunteer work was incredible and very worthwhile. we stayed in Tanzania, worked hard on a building project for 6weeks (fun at the same time!!), it was so rewarding by the end as we could really see that we had made a difference. We then travelled around the other countries trekking, diving, going on safaris and more! truely amazing. Never thought I could fit so much into 3 months!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Mar 2, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

Hello Everyone,
I’ve spent two months in Nepal and my time here is almost up. I didn’t imagine I’d find leaving so hard. I’ve never imagined Nepal would get to me so deeply.
It’s been almost a perfect volunteer travel for me. It started when I choose to inquire with Global Crossroad. They immediately called me in London from US and explained the whole thing to me over the phone. From then on, I had no doubt who I was choosing to volunteer with.
In Nepal, a Global Crossroad representative was waiting for me at the airport. We chatted all the way up to the hostel. In there, the country representative explained about the program very nicely. Initially in the hostel, I missed the food from back home. But I was with a group of other volunteers from US and being able to participate on a cultural immersion program together was an incredible experience. I enjoy the village stay where I learn to cook Nepalese food and trekked around to nearby villages. I encountered incredible sceneries and the warm sun seemed to never leave us, that was specially nice.
I taught English for 6 weeks in a government school and stayed in a teacher’s house. What warm and friendly people. My stay with the host family is probably the most memorable part of the tour. With them, I went on a picnic, toured different villages and enjoy great Nepalese meals (I almost forgot about those lovely hot meals I enjoyed in London). The students in the school were ever eager, always wanting to talk to me in English. I didn’t realize English was such an absolute necessity in Nepal. I was glad I was able to train the teachers also.
The Global Crossroad staff visited me once every week, for about 10 minutes, and inquired about my well being. That was enough for me. Once, when they couldn’t make it, they called. So they cared and I was comfortable in knowing I was in good hands. In the hostel, I met two volunteers from US and they were very satisfied with their programs also. I’ll ask them to validate my article.
So in all, it’s been one of the best trips of my life. I recommend Global Crossroad to all and next time I travel elsewhere I know I’ll knock on Global Crossroad’s door first.
Cheers

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

Comments

This sounds fake! It reads likea commerical or something.
I think Jason is a made-up person. He repeatedly used phrases like "... from US". He speaks English well, natively, but my suspicion is he's a native of India. A person from India, who also speaks English, would say "I miss food from India", a person from the US would say, "I miss food from "THE US". A person accustomed to leaving out "the" before the name of their own country might do it for the US. If they'd only done it once, it might have been a mistake. They were consistent. If they lie about where they're from, what else are they lying about?
Hi Jason, I too want to go to Nepal so hearing your good news is comforting. If the worse happens and GC end up being like some of the complaints, do you consider it safe enough to try and find other people to stay with and volunteer work to be done on an independent basis.
I suggest you ask for references of past volunteers as I have met nearly 12 volunteers when I was there. Just trust, their nepal program is excellent, you will love it.
Jason, it's good to hear that you've had a positive experience with Global Crossroad. I'm planning to do the two week miniventure program in August, but I've become a little nervous reading some of the comments of people in other programs. I have some questions for you if you don't mind answering them. Did you travel to Nepal alone? If so, did you feel safe? Did you get contact information before you left London, and did you communicate with the Nepal staff before leaving on your trip? Some practical questions for you now. Was there somewhere you could wash your clothes? With the weight limits being the way they are, I'm worried about packing two weeks worth of clothes and being under the weight limit. Did you bring a gift for your host family, and did you bring anything for the children you worked with? Did you travel after your volunteer time was up? Which tour did you take? Thanks so much for any information you can give.

Amistad Institute

I joined this organization back on 2008. I had a horrible time with them. the director (Marco) is most rude and Rebecca who is a siter of Marco also most rude to volunteer. My recomdation never use this organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Mar 2, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

Hi, I am Rebecca Demes, Marco´s "rude" sister, this looks as a competitor´s comment; by March, 2009; we did not have programs in San Isidro as we did before; so, no one was working there. It is sad to see how people just take time to do this kind of unethical competition.
Hi, can you please give actual facts, i.e. how rude? That will help, Sussie

Cactus Volunteers Abroad

they sale program of i-to-i volunteer. this is not an organization

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Mar 2, 2009
Overall:
1
Support:
2
Value:
2

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