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Volunteering Solutions

I went to India and then to Nepal and I think it was the best experience of my life. Anurag and Sahil at the company were very helpful and answered all my questions almost instantly. Uma the coordinator in Nepa was excellent and like a mom. They are highly affordable and recommended.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 17, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

Comments

This is a biased posting. Here, this volunteer gives a highest rating to all categories, including over all, support, and value. No volunteer company is perfect; consequently, the rating given by this volunteer does not reflect a genuine judgment and assertion of the company. But, what could rather be a product of bribery, where Volunteer Solutions has given extra services or even money in order to receive a positive feedback. Bribing or asking people for positive feedbacks on a failing company is belittling all volunteer programs out there. Rather than apologizing to volunteers who suffered in this program, giving them refunds, or improving the quality of the program, he asks favors from people like mom4equality or similar easily bribable people to write reviews in their favor. Mom4equality writes in response to the other volunteer complaints, “I must say these [volunteers] are sounding like spoiled children. Their complaints are more about life in India in general than VI specifically.” But what mom4equality fails to explain is her own experience in the program. So my question is, out of the hundred of negative postings and even a face book group of nearly 600 people out crying of their illegal business practices, how much did he pay you to write your posting?

Global Crossroad

I didn't receive all of my pre-departure information, not did I receive my travel insurance. All questions answered by Global Crossroads before my trip were answered vaguely. Global Crossroads did not make it clear to me the best way to get financial donations to my country, thus causing me to loose 1/5 of my donations to Global Crossroads' fees. I was treated rudely in country and overcharged by the Global Crossroads ground coordinator. I was told to apply for a tourist visa, despite being a volunteer. My host family was not paid the allocated money they were told they'd received. My ground coordinator was unsupportive when there were political and corruption issues taking place at my volunteer placement. I was forced to leave my project early when I was being threatened by locals for deportation because I was on the wrong visa. I have yet to be reimbursed for the money I lost when I had to return hom.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 7, 2008
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Semester at Sea

I chose this program because I wanted to study abroad but I didn't know where I wanted to go for a whole semester. When a stranger (who turned into a good friend) told me about the program , showed pictures, told his animated and almost unbelieveable stories, and said that every dollar is worth it, I decided to go! This program is perfect for the student who isn't a skilled traveler, as they offer a broad spectrum of trips that are led by different faculty. It is also perfect for the student who is ready to jump out of their comfort zone and travel independently, as you are free to roam the country as long as you make it back by the "On ship time" before the ship leaves the port.
The community on the ship is full of all different kind of people which really adds to your experience.
The classes on the ship are most often led by great professors that are very knowledgeable about their subject. I found that the teachers on the ship are the most approachable college professors around. They love to help, and understand the rigors of academic life while traveling abroad.
I would definitely recommend this trip to most people.
From textbook to real life, you are able to apply your knowledge and see it for yourself.
Example:
Classes: Women Studies
Experience: Seeing the gender imbalance in India, poor families only have male children.
Global Studies
Experience: After learning about South Africa, Nelson Mandela, and the Apartheid, I was able to visit the townships and Robben Island!
Weather, Climate, & Society
Experience: Studied climate change and the role of different countries as well as about the different environments we were visiting.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 28, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

I just recently studied abroad in Cape Town, and met some cool semester at sea students while abroad.

Frontier

I’ve just got back from a project in Tanzania- can’t believe how quickly it went, the whole experience was amazing and I’m gutted to be home already. I’m already missing the crew out there loads, everyone got on so well and I’ll definitely be meeting up with some of them for a night out soon. The place it self is like something out of a film- unbelievably beautiful and the weather is bloody amazing- which meant the beach parties were very cool! I went from being an absolute beginner at diving to passing my PADI open water and I am hooked for life, its totally addictive and seeing seven whale sharks in one day was a once in a lifetime experience. Even working at the school which I thought would be boring was an unexpectedly mindblowing experience- the culture is so different from what any of us were used to but the people were legendary- really friendly and so appreciative of our work. The beach clean ups were knackering but spending time threre makes you want to help with environmental work. Would definitely recommend Frontier- staff were nice and no problems in terms of organization.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Aug 26, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Comments

This is copied word for word off of Frontier's website...

Amistad Institute

I thought I signed up to ELI abroad but I guess they were just the middleman. The people were somewhat nice but all I heard was complaints from the other students about their volunteer placement. We were supposed to be volunteering in a clinic, but there was practically no work for us to do. I switch to work in a kids daycamp which was more fun. The whole experience wasn't terrible for me, but they just seem like they really over-promise and under-deliver. If you just want to do something fun in Costa Rica, this is for you. If you are really serious about volunteering, you should probably look elsewhere.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Aug 24, 2008
Overall:
6
Support:
3
Value:
8

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