Africa

CADIP

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CADIP goes AWOL

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 4, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Crossroad

My trip to Africa was by far one of the best life experiences I have had yet. My experience with Global Crossroad was wonderful. The week spent going to the orphanage for street children was remarkable and eye opening. The relationships that were created with people on this trip I will cherish for a very long time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jun 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Emily and I went on a spring break trip to Ghana, Africa. It was one of the best weeks of my life for so many reasons. I got to work with some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met thanks to Projects Abroad. The other girls I volunteered with were from all over the world including Holland and Denmark. I made connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. Most of the volunteers shared a host home and we spent our free time together, usually eating ice cream. Our guides were so helpful and fun to work with. Richard showed us how to examine the patients at the schools, hospitals, and communities. He made Ghana feel like a second home with his knowledge of the country and he made the whole experience as memorable as it could be!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Apr 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Give a Heart To Africa

I volunteered with GHTA for a month in January 2017, and it was hands down the best month of my life. This program is truly amazing, and the people you meet in Moshi will forever change your life.

I decided to volunteer with GHTA after a friend of mine told me about the program, as she had volunteered a few years prior and absolutely loved it. I just graduated college in December 2016, and decided that I wanted to go to Tanzania for the month immediately after. I traveled with my best friend, as we were both passionate about women's education.

The women that are in this program are some of the most inspiring and determined women I have ever met in my life. For many of the students, this program is one of the only ways for them to gain a better education, and provide for their families. Everyday, I woke up with excitement to see these women and talk with them about their lives and their families. I was working in the vocations classroom, and had amazing conversations with them surrounding current global issues, and women's rights in Tanzania. Although I was teaching them English, they also did a fantastic job of teaching me Swahili.

The program is also run by a fantastic woman, Rhiannon. I have never seen someone who genuinely cares so much about giving back to others before herself. She wants each and every one of her students to succeed, even if that means being strict on them. She inspired me every day, and was also so fun to spend time with when class was not in session. She is the heart and soul of GHTA.

The town of Moshi itself is beautiful and filled with such kind people. My best friend and I walked to town nearly every day, and always felt safe. Kilimanjaro is also the backdrop to Moshi, although we did not get to hike it while we were there.

There is so much to do in Tanzania, and so many amazing people to meet. If you have the time, go volunteer for GHTA for at least two months. One month for us was not enough, and we were heartbroken to have to leave. I love the people and the organization so much, and I hope to go back to this program someday.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Apr 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

I had been thinking about doing such project for a long time, I am really glad that I picked Askari. I stayed there for 6 weeks and time flew by so fast, I really wish I had stayed longer. Katie and Ed are awesome people, they have so much knowledge but they can also be really fun. The volunteer's house is in the middle of the bush, during your free time there are quite a few things to do in the garden such as having a dip in the pool, playing volleyball, having a nap in the hammock or even admiring the view on the sable station. An electric fence surrounds the house so it is safe to go about your business outside.
A special bond was created with the other volunteers, even after 1 month we still speak to each other everyday and we have planned to meet up in the next few months.
Overall I would definitely recommend Askari, it is a life changing experience. If you hesitate don't, you won't regret it!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Mar 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

This has been something I've wanted to do for years now and I am so grateful I've had the opportunity to do it with Askari. It took me a while to find these guys on the internet but i'm so glad I took the time to find an organisation that really does care about wildlife and conservation, unlike a lot of other programmes out there (watch 'Blood Lions'). Katie and Ed and all the other staff at the reserve are lovely and extremely passionate about what they do which is really satisfying to see, they have taught me so much in the space of 4 weeks. The volunteer house is in the heart of the bush but it is extremely safe and has wonderful amenities; there is a pool where you can cool off from the midday sun, a volleyball court, large garden-big enough for a kick around, braii area and a couple of hidden chill spots if you want to take a minute alone and soak up your surroundings. Everyone helps out with the cooking and the dishes along with other duties which helps create a communal atmosphere among the volunteers and essentially brings you all closer together!
During my time at Askari we were lucky enough to get involved with the reserves anti-poaching team and also a cheetah introduction project along with many other exciting things! Our group were also lucky enough to see the big 5 along with an abundance of other wildlife, be prepared for some spotting though, you have to be vigilant..this is the wild bush not a zoo! A trip into town is scheduled once a week in order to get the weeks groceries and personal supplies for the weekend, which are at your own leisure, that being whether you hire a car and explore the surrounding area or have some fun and drinks at the house with the group, the choice is yours.
Definitely be prepared for some creepy crawlies and to get your hands dirty, but also to make lasting memories and new friendships! Overall I had an amazing time and would definitely recommend Askari to other keen conservationists or just those who want to experience the african bush. Thank you!

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

Projects Abroad

I volunteered with Projects Abroad in 2015 in Tanzania, Africa. I had been working full time as a midwife and decided I wanted to work abroad to really appreciate how different things were. I spend a lot of time researching volunteering companies and I am so glad I did because I found Projects Abroad. From the minute, I sent off my first email I felt supported and informed. I was set up with a personalised web page that outlined everything I would need to know and get ready before I set off on the trip of a lifetime.

After a long journey from across the other side of the world I was relieved to have a local staff member pick me up from the airport and transfer me to my host family. My host family treated me as one of their own. I stayed with another volunteer who was able to show me around and introduce me to some other volunteers. My accommodation was different but certainly comfortable and all my food and water were provided.

A local staff member picked me up the following day and took me to my workplace and introduced me to the local staff. Each day I learnt new skills and was able to rotate through the antenatal and postnatal wards, attend some surgeries, take a patient in an ambulance and assist women to birth their babies. My hours were flexible and the staff were friendly and appreciative.

I spent the afternoons with the other volunteers. We went to the local markets, tried out local dishes in the cafes, went hiking, tried some local dance classes and attend language classes. There were plenty of opportunities to travel on the weekends and this is easily organised within the country once you arrive. I met some of the most amazing friends and we were always there to support each other. Projects Aboard organised a Thursday night social night and it was great to catch up and share stories and plan our weekend safaris. Travelling abroad teaches you patience, resilience, confidence and problem solving. You appreciate what you have and it’s very rewarding to help those less fortunate. We have a lot to give but they also have a lot to teach us!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Mar 2, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had the time of my life volunteering in the 2 week Ghana children for Africa program. This hands on program and direct work teaching children really indulged me into the Krobo culture mentally and physically. This program was also very safe and I highly recommend it to any other teens in high school whom want a unique experience away from home. I made friends there that I will hold close to my heart forever and share the common interest of service work. I learned the true value of thankfulness of all I have and came home appreciating my teachers and living conditions so much more. Thank you GLA.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jan 5, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sankalp Volunteer Society India

I , Rukhsana Jeewa from South Africa, completed 1 week Street Kids Project in Jaipur India. It was an experience that I was always searching for . Purposeful ..........
It was my first travel out of my country on my own...... very nervous of what I would experience.
But to my surprise it was very safe and easy .
All transit to Jaipur was well arranged , from arrival to departure. Travel to and from school was on time . Tours as well in Jaipur and Agra .
My lodge was also comfortable and all meals well prepared, very tasty.
1 week is very short , every day at the school was a new day for me , enjoyable and purposeful . Kids are adorable , well mannered and respectful.
Punnima , very supportive at home and always seeing to my needs. Pranay and Amita irrespective of their lovely new baby at home, they stayed in closed contact during my stay, maintaining that there is no shortfall .
Enviroment , Lodge and school very safe .
I would definitely return for a longer visit , Keep up the excellent and noble work done to outreach for development .

After this visit a relationship has been formed especially with the kids at school.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Nov 9, 2016
Overall:
6
Support:
8
Value:
9

African Impact

Upon arriving in Zambia, I was immediately thrusted into the best exposure and training in the medical field I had ever encountered as an American pre-medical student. I never expected to have opportunities to weigh babies, assist nurses with taking vitals and preparing vaccines, clean wounds from HIV fungal infections and leprosy, and even shadow doctors in a different country on the other side of the globe.
If you are searching for a way to gain exposure to healthcare, see clinical cases in real life, and find the confidence within that you can succeed as a doctor, a nurse, a physical therapist, etc., this program is for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa, Zambia
Posted: Nov 6, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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