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Global Crossroad

I returned from paid English program in China.
My experience was life changing and rewarding. I have just paid $799 (nearly British Pound 350) for one month program.
Before joining Global China program. I have also checked the major British Companies (I-to-I, Teaching Abroad). They charge nearly $2000 for just for 4 weeks of simple volunteer program in China (no travel at all). so, I feel Global Crossroad offers the best price and value for college students. Global web also shows that their company has been growing exponentially. Nearly 200 volunteers have posted thier positive feedbacks in the web
In summary, I believe no other british or US companies can offer the price and program that Global offers in China. I and many other volunteers who have joined Global program recommend their program for volunteers.
Nichole San
Florida

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

Madventurer

I was horribly disappointed with my Madventurer volunteer experience, and for many different reasons:
-- the volunteer trip started two days late, but they did nothing to accommodate us while we waited for them to sort out their problems
-- the trip was overbooked, so there were too many volunteers and not enough tools or work for everyone
-- they gave us broken shovels that they borrowed from locals, and did not buy a single new shovel with the tens of thousands of dollars they received in total from all volunteers on this project. I would have brought my own shovel had they simply asked!
-- they said that we would be working in an extremely poor community, but we stayed in a house that had electricity and many of our neighbors had satellite dishes, nice cars, and electric fences surrounding their big houses
-- they promised that we would have an opportunity to meet with local women and assist them with business development, but there was not a single opportunity to do this
-- the project was poorly managed and our time was wasted. For example, they dropped bricks off a hundred feet away from our build site instead of driving down another road and dropping them off just twenty feet away. When I pointed out this inefficiency, the group leader said "well, we need more work for the extra volunteers anyway". Umm.... no, I didn't travel to Africa to do busy work, but actually came here to make a difference.
-- There was a new school building that was not being used because it was missing window coverings. Rather than spend our time and money on this, the group leader wanted us to pain a mural instead. Why? These children don't need pictures, they need classrooms!
-- there were two little boys in the school who would carry the same desk back and forth from classroom to classroom. Meanwhile, there was a new classroom full of desks that was being used as the lunch room for the teachers and volunteers. There were many more desks than needed in this new, unused classroom, so simply no need for these two boys to keep moving the same desk back and forth. When I pointed out that these two boys could spend more time studying if we just moved one of these desks to the other classroom, the group leader told me that "we shouldn't get involved." Why?! I came here to get involved!
-- the group leader did not speak Swahili and could not negotiate any of the project specifications with the locals (or help us to reach to others in the community)
-- they bought one can of paint and proceeded to water it down so much that it took at least ten coats to cover a wall when only two should have been needed. I read the directions on the can, and told them that they were watering it down too much. The group leader again said, "This is how they do it here." Okay... and they are a developing nation, so do you think that maybe they need some help from those of us who actually understand efficiency?
There were 14 to 20 volunteers on this one project, most of us standing around while a couple of people worked with the few lousy tools provided. It was a poor use of many good people's time, and we ultimately did little to help this community. A total disappointment.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Mar 1, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
1
Value:
1

Comments

Are you honestly complaining that the village wasn't poor enough? Millie Taz volunteer 08/09
Dear Heather Dear Christie I'm trying to get more information about people who have had bad experiences with these big gap year organisations. Would you mind emailing me? otto.rich@yahoo.co.uk I'd really appreciate it! Regards

Academic Studies Abroad

It is hard to believe that my study abroad experience with ASA was five years ago. During college I was interested in studying in London and with in minutes of submitting an online information request to ASA, Lee Frankel, Director of ASA, called me to explain what ASA had to offer--talk about customer service! After learning about what the program to London offered, I realized that this program was by far the most all inclusive program available. In addition to this, every time I had a question or concern (which was often!) the ASA staff was always there to guide me. I spent the best few months of my college career at Regent's College. In fact, my time studying at Regent's was so influential I ended up starting a career in International Education. Being a participant on an ASA program not only provided me with a truly unique study abroad experience, it helped me shape my future in both personal and professional ways.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: England
Posted: Feb 27, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Academic Studies Abroad

I went with ASA to London the summer after my freshman year of college. It was great meeting students from all over the USA and not just my college. They took care of everything from my arrival to the departure. Even before you go you are given detailed information about the site, school, traveling, etc. They help get student discounts with flights, tickets and other passes into a number of events. Along with the program day trips were included, and I had all the free time to travel and explore the city when I wanted. I took "London Theatre" and LOVED the class and teacher. The school - Regent's College- was centrally located and in the middle of a giant and beautiful park. The food and dorms were great and I would go again in a heartbeat! The staff and faculty of the school and ASA were a tremendous help and I felt safe and supported while over there.
I am about to go again with ASA to Vina del Mar, Chile- where I expect to have just as great of a time as my first trip!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: England
Posted: Feb 25, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

I volunteered with the orphanage program in Nakuru for almost a month. Such a beautiful place, and the kids were so fun! I was nervous about traveling on my own but the staff really tried to make me comfortable and they were always available, Ruth greeted me at the airport in Nairobi and drove me out to Nakuru Town. It was hard leaving those cute little faces behind, I hope to go back someday.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Feb 24, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

Comments

Hi! I am planning to do my internship in Kenya trhoug ELI organization. Could you tell me about the accomodation and safety in Nakuru? thank you! my e-mail: peteer@utu.fi
Hi, I am considering applying for a volunteer stint for 2 - 4 weeks with ELI in Kenya. I hope to work on issues such as Human rights / female empowerment type of work. I'm concerned about the safety, since it is likely I would be teh only volunteer during that period. Could you let me have your thoughts? thanks! fan.kelly@gmail.com

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