Africa

Frontier

i Volunteered with frontier after finding them online as i wanted to do something exciting with my gap year, i found the frontier Tenerife whale and dolphin conservation trip and it looked amazing from the reviews so i booked it. upon arrival i was greeted at the airport by the frontier staff and some other volunteers, the house was alive with laughter, fun and people from all over the world getting to know each other, the boat trips were amazing as you got to see the short fin pilot whales out in the wild and they are so relaxed around the boats, you also get to see many different types of dolphins swimming along the side of the boat and jumping out the water showing off. them memories will stay with me forever as a mother and a calf swam right along side the boat and looked straight at me. other activity's include beach clean ups which were a lot more fun than they sound as you get to see the physical impact your having and how you as an individual are helping not only the community but also the environment as a whole. on your free days and time off after activity's you can go down to the local towns and go kayaking, snorkeling, climbing and exploring. i went snorkeling every singe day i was there as i just loved being in the warm water surrounded by marine life and its a great way to bond with new volunteers as you all share the same love for the sea life. i would 100% recommend this trip to anyone who wants to explore a little more of the world and its marine life, iv been back 4 months as of now and i still haven't stopped going on about my time out there and i do not think i ever will.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 15, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

NGO Abroad

I am so grateful to have found Ann at NGO Abroad.

As an experienced NGO executive, I am looking for a way to use my skills overseas. Most international volunteer programs I reviewed offered so much support and supervision that my professional and skilled self would have felt smothered and left many skills on the table. With NGO Abroad, I will get as much challenge as I want, with the supervision/support I feel I need. I direct the process; I create the opportunity. This approach is a much better fit for me than the cookie-cutter programs I've seen elsewhere. My adult, accomplished self has a home with NGO Abroad.

To get started, I initiated contact, completed a short, direct, non-time wasting questionnaire and from there, we've had a few phone conversations, the first one, an hour at no charge. Ann is working with me on clarifying my passions and desires, refocusing my nonprofit management and leadership skills, and providing support and insights to help me reposition myself to transition to consulting overseas. She seems to hear what I have to say before I speak the words with an uncanny ability to see through my forest of confusion and indecision.

From what I've seen in other programs, she is direct, clear, offers a tremendous service for a small percentage of the cost of other programs.

In the process, I believe I have found a kindred spirit, a friend, a support person for this exciting transition. Tremendously helpful.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In July 2017, I had the amazing opportunity of participating in the two weeks High School Special Medical Program in Arusha, Tanzania. Wanting to do something different on my Semester Break, I was able to find Projects Abroad after searching in the internet and came across the perfect program for me: spend two weeks in Tanzania where I would learn about the basics of medicine while engaging with the culture of the place and doing volunteer work.

Although it was the first time I was travelling alone internationally, I couldn't feel more secure. The Projects Abroad team gave me support at every moment, from when I signed up for the program till my trip back. I was lucky to stay at The Haus accommodation, where the staff was so friendly and helped us at all times. Several other international volunteers like me were staying there as well, so I was able to come home with friends from all over the world! I must say it was the best experience I had so far. Not only I discovered that medicine is what I want to do in life, but also, I fell in love with the country and its people.

During the week, we would not only have medical workshops and visits to the hospitals of the city, but also cultural workshops which made us know a lot more about the country and the Tanzanian language, Swahili. Since I only spent two weeks there, I was only able to participate on the program for one weekend, but it was incredible. From visiting the Tarangire National Park (my first safari) to climbing Mount Meru and seeing its waterfalls, I enjoyed every second of it. One experience I believe I will never forget is the visit to the Masaai village, where I had the unique opportunity to see their traditional celebrations and engage with such a culturally rich African tribe. If there is one thing I need to say is that I regret not choosing the four week program, I wish I could have lived this experience for longer!

If you are looking for a program with unique experiences where you can gain knowledge about your interests while getting deep insight of a culture and making several friends, you must go for Projects Abroad. I would recommend this program to anyone without thinking twice and I would definitely go back.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

In May 2017, I had the opportunity of traveling to Accra, Ghana with Projects Abroad after I graduated the week prior with my Masters of Social Work degree from the University of South Carolina. I have always had a passion for missions and finally faced my fear of going overseas. I must say I was excited and nervous. My prayer was to connect with the people and learn just as much from them as they learned from me. Needless to say, I did not just connect with the people, I gained an entire new family. I had the opportunity of staying at the home of Mrs. Victoria Afrifa, who served as former First Lady of Ghana. The staff was wonderful and so friendly. They made me feel so welcome and the food was absolutely delicious. It was truly a spirit of hospitality with that family. When I arrived in the country I was greeted by a Projects Abroad staff member who ensured I made to my destination. My first night, I had my money transferred and was able to get SIM Card for my cell phone to make country calls. The staff went over, above, and beyond to ensure my safety. The most important part of the trip was getting the opportunity to live with a host family and get the cultural experience. Because of was a traveling professional, I was only able to go for 8 days, but this staff made sure I got the most memorable experience. They made sure I understood the transportation system and protected me at all cost. I remember wanting to travel to Gold Coast. I must say with joy and much chuckling I had security with my host brother. While in Ghana, I was assigned to New Life Nungua International School and Orphanage. I thought I was going to be at the orphanage, but I ended up teaching a few classes in Language, Citizenship, Arts, and Crafts. This by far was the most amazing experience for me. Those children were absolutely beautiful and intrigued by the lessons. The most precious part of this trip was how they made me feel on my birthday being I celebrated it in Africa. They sang to me and made me dance! :-) He was so gracious and made sure I was not alone. He made me feel so welcomed. If you want a true, culturally rich experience, I believe Projects Abroad is the program. I definitely would travel with this program being the staff has literally become my family! I can't wait to go back and hope take the journey with me! God Bless!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 8, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter had the best trip of her life with Global Leadership Adventures. The impact that they have had on her life has been tremendous and I am grateful to them. Though she was already a kind person, she came back with more gratitude than I believed possible in a teenager. She valued everything that she had and gained a lot more patience in her everyday life. Global Leadership Adventures exposed her to a new culture and took her out of her comfort zone. My daughter is shy and tends to avoid public speaking, but GLA made her work at this weakness and she came back more confident than ever. They inspired so much change in her in such a short time. My favorite part of GLA was the safety that they offered the kids. My daughter never once felt uncomfortable and she came to love the people who watched out for her and I know that she is still in contact with some of them. She had to go to the doctor in Tanzania and her mentor was fantastic with her. My daughter was very nervous and she told me that her mentor reassured her and helped her every step of the way. GLA is the most reliable organization and provides the most for the kids. They take safety as a first priority. I recommend GLA to any family who has a child with the same interests as mine.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Oct 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My trip to South Africa was phenomenal! I am blown away by the beauty of the country and the people! I volunteered for the child care program in Cape town for two weeks. I worked directly with the children and assisted the staff with creating programs that will enhance their social-emotional development and academic abilities. The other volunteers and I taught the children basic hygiene practices through songs and visual prompts. Seeing the children learn while having fun was very rewarding! The principle was constantly expressing her gratitude and pointed out how happy the children were having us around to play and learn with. I will never forget all the moments of playing, singing, eating, having small talks, doing arts and crafts and reading! They will forever stay in my heart and memory.
I am impressed by the professionalism and support Projects Abroad staff members offer. Being that it was my first time traveling alone overseas, I was nervous and skeptical about booking my flight. The travel team was patient with me and helped me book my flight. This gave me a sense of peace and security. I appreciate the attentiveness staff members provided during my stay in South Africa. They made sure I was safe and satisfied at all times.
My host family were sweet and welcoming. The meals were delicious and there were always snacks and fruits available (which helped for long days at work). It was interesting living with five roommates from all around the world. I was able to learn about different cultures and upbringings. From talking about our day at work to going on unforgettable adventures together, everyday was filled with excitement! I will forever be grateful to Projects Abroad for creating such amazing opportunities for people to give to those in need in exchange for a life changing experience. I went on this trip with an open heart to help children and came back filled with compassion and hope!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 11, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I volunteered in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. I wish I could put in to words how incredible this experience was for me. As soon as I set foot inside my host family's house, I felt at home. My host mother was was sweet, encouraging, and I felt like she was second mother and her house was my home away from home. It was clean and tidy, and she had a wonderful house keeper who cooked AMAZING meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

I can not say enough about the staff support in Dar. They were constantly in touch with us to let us know about events and get togethers with the other volunteers. If anyone became ill while abroad, they were quick to help transport them to the doctor and continued to follow up with the volunteer. They helped us get to know one another and were always available when they were needed.

The other volunteers are now my life long friends, especially my roommate. We have all kept in touch and have made plans in the future to get together again. We were all in different areas of work, so there was always a good conversation going on between us. We went on a safari and to Zanzibar together, and the memories made were priceless.

When looking to better your knowledge of your field of interest, Projects Abroad is the organization to go through. They are professional, encouraging, and I can guarantee it will be the most incredible experience of your life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 2, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Volunteering with Projects Abroad has given me a new perspective on life! I traveled to Africa in 2017 and spent time in Ghana working in the medicine program. Projects Abroad's staff has made the transition very smooth and seamless with their detailed web pages and a great support team who answered all my questions and prepared me for my project.

I spent some invaluable time with my host family as they taught me about the culture in Ghana and day-to-day life here. Everyone was extremely friendly and working at the hospital proved to be the greatest experience of all. I got life changing hands on experience working at multiple wards and made solid long lasting connections with many of the doctors, nurses and staff. The leprosy camp outreaches gave me a chance to develop solid connections with the camp residents and learn their life stories.

On our free time, we traveled around the localities, historic landmarks, and eat local foods. I met people of all different ages, backgrounds and countries and have developed some strong bonding with them. Volunteering abroad teaches you to appreciate and be open minded about everyone and every culture, as it throws you out of your comfort zone.
It helps you build confidence, empathy and expands your mind to the greater beyond. Especially, in the medicine program it teaches you to cope with adverse environments and develops your patience to empathize with your patients.
But let's not forget, this entire journey is never walked alone, as the great management from both off and on-site staff of the Projects Abroad has laid out a solid road for me to complete my project.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Canada World Youth

i want to experiance here please

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP International Volunteer Abroad

This company has a supportive team to guide you through placements. One thing that bugged me was that some of the coordinators pocketed money from the volunteers which were supposed to go to the family we stayed with. However, if it was not for this program, I would not have gained friends and family in Kenya and would not have been able to see the true wild life on this magnificent continent.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Overall:
7
Support:
6
Value:
8

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