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Habitat for Humanity

I participated in a Costa Rica build with Habitat for Humanity through their Global Village program in January 2008. Our group leader was outstanding, she put together a very compatible group of individuals - making sure we had a good mix of new to experienced volunteers. We worked on digging a trench and a pavilion foundation for a HFH site with 9 homes already occupied with families. The trench was being dug to help alleviate flood waters. The site was at the bottom of a slope, and sat lower than the nearby road. Did it help? We don't know, despite requests to HFH for follow-up. Trench digging was difficult and tiring work (95+ degree temps), but ultimately fulfilling given we knew who we were helping.
Volunteering with HFH is always rewarding for me, and I continue to help. However, there are some sites that are not well organized, though it depends on the site leader and general organization of the local affiliate. Ultimately, I would always recommend a volunteer trip with them abroad. Despite some organization and communications issues, they are a wide-reaching organization that has the ability to do good in many areas of our world.

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

Habitat for Humanity

I spent two weeks earlier this year in New Zealand with a fantastic group. The build was wonderful and I absolutely loved my time there the only problem was our leader was awful. He was an older man who had been on many trips before so I was very shocked at how horrible he was. He couldn't decide if he wanted to be the Christian leader, or the father figure, or the old guy who is trying to regain his youth by drinking too much with the younger adults in the group and then making inappropriate comments about the young girls in our group. I found him to be very unprofessional and at times it seemed like he was a gossip trying to divide our team. I felt that our team bonded with each other in such a way that we could over come this problem and a couple of the elders in the group took on the leader roll instead. We mostly tried to avoid our leader and work with out him as a team. Our group even opted out of doing a final outing with him instead going our own way with the friends we had made within the group. I love Habitat and I think its an amazing program. I would definitely do it again I would just really get to know the leader before I signed on again.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: New Zealand
Posted: Aug 8, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
1
Value:
7

Habitat for Humanity

I traveled to Zambia for 2 weeks in November 2006 through the Global Village program. I have to say I had the most amazing experience! I had a wonderful team leader and the Ndola affiliate was very well organized. Building homes alongside the locals was a wonderful experience and I often think about going back to the village of Kawama to visit. To say the least, it was life-changing. But be prepared to "rough it," especially if you're going to Zambia. The work was hard and the accomodations weren't the most comfortable. But if you're the kind of person that likes camping, you'll probably like the experience. The people, the food, and the places we went to were all amazing. Overall, a great program.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Aug 6, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Volunteering Solutions

My experiences with Volunteering Solutions were great. Everyone I dealt with was nice and were helpful from start till the end. Everything was done in an efficient manner, and me and my parents were left feeling safe before I left for Peru.
The program offers good value for money and we were provided host family accommodation and great meals everyday. Jenny was great to have as a coordinator and I loved to go to the Machu Pichu trip which was arranged by Sahil at Volunteering Solutions.
I would recommend them and would be going on my next trip to Ghana in 2010.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Aug 5, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

Well, I can't speak from personal experience yet, but I think its important to remember that any organization such as this one is a business. That have to retain at least some of the money volunteers pay to go on their trips or they would not be able to function as an organization. It is not possible for any organization to donate all of their profits to the projects.
why all reviews are written in same English?. I believe these are fake reviews. In India, I have heard that this is a family business. They never give money to projects.

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My sister and I just returned from Lusaka, Zambia after working in an orphanage, Kafwa Drop Inn Center. Our experience was more than we could ask for! We worked in a center for orphaned and vulnerable children where they received breakfast and lunch as well as an education. We helped prepare and serve meals, and we taught the children from ages 6-17. Aunt Rose, the founder, and the other volunteers at Kafwa were beyond welcoming and very hospitable. There are no words that can describe the impact the children had on our lives as well as the special relationships we created with all those at Kafwa. There was an instant bond with everyone as soon as we walked through their gates.
Josphat, the program coordinator, was very courteous and available throughout our whole trip. He was eager to help and made us feel right at home. We could not have asked for a better friend or host family to stay with. We lived in a cottage with Olivia and her younger sister. Gosh, how to describe how wonderful these people are?! She was so delightful to be around, made dinner for us daily, very insightful about our questions we had, and simply fun to be around. All were great company!
Zambia is a very friendly nation and everyone was very kind to us, even those walking down the streets. My sister and I were concerned about our safety before departing, but we never felt threatened although we stood out.
We visited Livingstone while we were they to see Victoria Falls. I highly recommend that! Take the Mazhunda bus (about 6-7 hr ride) and we stayed at Kaazmein Lodge. Fairly priced and enjoyable stay with nice staff. We also rode the elephants and went on a safari, both of which we loved and would recommend as well!
To say the least, our experience was more than we could have asked for. Be prepared to face different living standards and obstacles along the way, but that's just life wherever you are. We were ready to go love on some kids, and boy did they bless us in return! We grew very attached to everyone there and are already trying to figure out when we can go back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Aug 2, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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