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Volunteering India

The program was great and Saurabh our coordinator at office was wonderful. The food and support from the host family was also very nice and provided excellent meals to all volunteers. Working at the school with young children was a very memorable experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

MMRF - Maya Mountain Research Farm

I stayed at MMRF from mid-December 2007 until late February 2008. During this time I worked on a Guidebook for Belize while my wife studied permaculture with Christopher Nesbitt.
MMRF was my home-base between journeys that brought me from one end of the country to the other, and a beautiful one at that. While study was not my personal focus at the time, I couldn't help but learn by osmosis, and as a result my chapters of the book are peppered with references to agriculture, alternative energy, and sustainability in general.
For students looking to learn about permaculture, jungle farming, solar and wind power, or sustainable living in general, I recommend an internship at MMRF highly.
Joshua Samuel Brown
http://www.josambro.blogspot.com/

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Let me begin by saying that I absolutely loved everything about my stay in Cusco. I was very surprised that I didn't miss anything from ome. I felt so at home from the moment I arrived. I must say that the most difficult thing I experienced was leaving. I am still having a hard time and I have dreams about being in Cusco every night. Greta, Oscar, and the rest of the family were great. I truly consider them a part of my family now, and I can't wait to see them again. And I can't not mention Greta's awesome cooking, it was the best I had in Peru. The rest of the volunteers and I were so spoiled. My favorite memory of my stay in Peru is walking in to the home and hearing the kids call my name and them coming to greet me. I miss them so much already.
Overall this ABV program was one of the best experiences of my life and I learned so many things not only about myself but about us as people. My experience was great because of the people I was so privileged to meet, especially the children. The children taught me that one can find happiness through the good times and the bad times, and for that I owe them. They taught me more than I could have taught them.
Tip for future volunteers…
Always have small bills and change with you. Always have the number to your home stay with you, or memorize it preferably. Don’t complain, to anyone. If you don’t like something, suck it up, the other volunteers and locals don’t want to hear it. Take warm pajamas. Take at least one outfit for going out; nice shoes, top, bottoms, everything.
I would do this again in a heartbeat. If it weren’t for some responsibilities and commitments that I have here in the States, I would be looking into finding a job teaching English or Spanish in Cusco. I fell in love. I will most certainly be back as soon as possible. I thank A Broader View for the opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

If there was an option to give this organisation an 11 on the rating, I would have!
Does it sound too cliché to say my experience in Kenya changed my life and outlook? I spent 6 months in Kenya through IVHQ, my first 5 months teaching in an orphanage in Nairobi and my last month in the rural village of Keumbu. In Keumbu I lived in an orphanage and taught in a primary school. I met the most amazing people throughout my 6 months and would do the whole thing over and over again.
IVHQ were so speedy with responding to any concerns of mine and they sent me emails while I was in Kenya.
Crazily cheap prices for the programmes yet people still pay ridiculously high prices for dud organisations who just don't deliver! Where's the sense?!
As for the girl who complained about cold showers...hmmmn...you went to a developing country with westernised expectations? If you want luxury, stay at home honey :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jan 17, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

I was thinking of 6 months as well but am a little afraid that is too long since I've never been to a developing country before. Did you like the rural or urban placement better? I was leaning toward rural, but I'm not sure I'd want to spend the entire time there. Maybe I'll split it up like you did.
Great feedback - that is very helpful and also constructive for us future volunteers! Thanks tons. I'm so excited!!
I totally agree with u!! :)

Madventurer

I went to Ghana with these guys and thought that they were great, from the first phone call to the reunion ball that they put on in Newcastle a couple of months after I got back to the UK they really seemed to go the extra mile for us volunteers.
In Ghana I was staying in a small village with seven other guys from the UK and one Canadian, my time was split between teaching and helping to build a new classroom. We had good support from one of the Madventurer crew on the ground and they were happy to recommend places to visit at weekends and point us in the direction of a good bar in Accra.
I have recommended Madventurer to all my friends at Uni and have no doubt anyone reading this review would be looked after by these guys.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 15, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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