Africa

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Cross Cultural Solutions was everything I was looking for! I was in between universities and degrees and was not sure what I wanted to do or where I wanted to go. I ended up spending 5 weeks in Morocco because I could work with individuals with disabilities. I struggled at first to keep up with the daily tasks and the conditions but after just a few days I feel in love. Everyone there never stopped smiling and laughing, no matter the day or how they felt. It was inspiring. Cross cultural solutions also let me explore an amazing country! I went to Fes where it feels as if you are still in the 12th century, I went to the desert and rode a camel and it was truly the most amazing thing I have ever done! The country director was always available and went out of his way to make sure I was okay. Cross-cultural solutions is the best program if you want to help others, travel, and really immerse yourself in the culture.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 14, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Last summer I decided to volunteer through Projects Abroad in Tanzania. I had the opportunity to work at a school and an orphanage in the local village of USA River which is a Dala Dala (a Tanzania taxi bus of sorts) from the city of Arusha. Initially I part took in the 2 week high school special. This was an amazing way to meet other high school aged volunteers from around the world, with the same commitment to volunteering. I met some of my closest friends to this day, and they are from Holland, Dubai, while I am from the USA. Projects abroad will provide you with an experience that you won’t forget! I decide to stay an entire month because of the amazing staff I met, and their support encouraged me to continue volunteering. They are extremely supportive from the very first informational email, to the taxi back to the airport the staff was there for you. When I arrived in Tanzania one of the staff members picked me up from the airport, introduced me to the host family I was living with, and then the next day took me around the town to orient me to where I would be living. The next day a staff member took me to my volunteer placement at the school and helped me find my way around. While having the chance to be fully immersed in the Tanzanian culture the office also provided language lessons to enhance your experience. I went to two separate sections of classes and loved both the local teacher and support staff. I would without hesitation recommend Projects Abroad for your Volunteer Organization! If you want to be the change that you want to see, contact Projects Abroad today!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 11, 2015
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
9

RCDP Nepal

best job ever !!!!!
thanks all the peoples I met during my volunteering time, really gratitude for this opportunity , it was my first time join the program like this , l learned a lot from the children and teachers . Even I just stay few days with the kids , but I m sure this is the most awesome moment in my life .
I love Kenya , I love Havilla .
God bless all of us and I will back .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Elective International

Jambo my name is Radha and I'm a 4th year medical student from the UK. I came to Mombasa Kenya to do a 4week elective in Coast Province General hospital. Let me tell you now, it was the best decision I made! I have learnt so much from the doctors and patients and their families alike.

Coming from a National Health System, I wanted exposure to a low resource hospital in a developing country where I would be able to gain a vast amount of hands on experience. That is exactly what I got. There wasn't one day when I didn't learn a new skill or about a condition. The doctors were eager to teach and you were included into their team and your opinion and input mattered greatly to them. I had prejudged that their practice would be very different to back home, however, quite obviously, the knowledge and treatment guidelines were basically the same, only that the work ups and management was conducted to the best of their ability.

Being a government hospital meant patients had to pay for their treatment and investigations. Therefore Drs would have to manage the patients based on that pretence, sometimes having to skip certain steps.

The set-up is basic but it is incredible how much they are able to do still and the vast patient turnover. I chose to rotate through internal medicine, Obs Gynae, paediatrics and casualty/ER. These areas gave me a wide view of the standard there.

Having not been to a government hospital in a developing country before, I was apprehensive about how I would personally react more than fear of getting a shock. This was thanks to the Global aid team as they had thoroughly prepared me from weeks in advance.

Throughout my planning and decision making process, members of the team had been in touch via emails, text and calls to ensure that I knew exactly what I was paying for and what I could hope to achieve. Although I initially felt overwhelmed with the amount of discipline they proposed with regards to hospital timings and logbook completion, I later came to appreciate this level of organisation and care they had for wanting me to get the most out of the experience. They based my experience on objectives that I had set to achieve and tailored this whilst I was out here based on what I was able to see and get done and what further things I wanted to do. For example I was able to fit loads of IV lines and take bloods within the first week and so wanted more practice Suturing. I was able to do just that in casualty. As long as the staff know what you want to achieve and you show enthusiasm and intuition, you will get to do and see above and beyond what you had bargained for!

And it doesn't stop at the hospital... I felt I got a real feel of Kenya whilst I was there. Although awesome meals are provided, I made sure I ventured out and tried typical Kenyan food. The family I stayed with guided me to the best places which meant I didn't get ill even once!

Just like any country, you need to be smart and not put yourself in harms way. Your transport to and from hospital is in place so there is no worries there. The drivers are great fun and teach you about the area and the local language! Within the hospital you will have a mentor who will organise your time in hospital to make you sure you're not wasting your time and getting the most out of it. Then once in the team you will make friends with docs etc who will be so eager to show you around and make sure you see their country that you will never feel alone and in danger.

Any activities outside the hospital are organised by yourself but again the global aid team will be more than happy to give you ideas and contacts to get you the best deals and make sure you don't get ripped off. It obviously depends on your interests, for example I am really into nature rather than the touristy things, so I went on walks and to the beach. I even got the chance to do a kite surfing course. I am also a huge fan of food so I made sure I tried all the local delicacies! As long as you want to do things badly enough, you won't miss out!

I would advise taking lots of mosquito spray. And definitely make the most of the team. Ask them as many questions as possible. I felt bad for constantly annoying them to find out every last detail, but they were more than happy to help and I was grateful for all their advice as it meant my trip was successful and thoroughly enjoyable!! And once you're out there make the most of it, get stuck in, talk to doctors and patients about their experience and really get a feel of life for them. You will be amazed! Don't pity them because the majority are doing incredible things with their lives and are so happy! Just don't take them for granted and treat the people like they are below you. Developing country is just that.. They are developing and coming up in the world, and that is only possible because of its people!

I want to thank them all for being so great and can't wait to embark on my next adventure with them! Have a great elective and hope you pick coast general!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Sep 9, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Institute for Field Research Expeditions - IFRE

I was a volunteer for the month of July 2015 in Kenya, Africa. I had a wonderful ground coordinator (Barnabus Mutua) and host family. I was introduced immediately to the community and family friends which made my trip most delightful and interesting. The project I worked on was well organized and I was encourage to participate in as many aspect of the project as needed. Weekend tours were organized which allowed me to see much more of Kenya and Nairobi outside of the work area. The home was nice and a variety of ethnic foods were provided each day. Other volunteers were welcomed in the home which enriched the experience even more. I am grateful to God for the opportunity to have had the experience in Africa doing what I love doing the most, which is: teaching, sharing and learning with others.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 11, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I have had the best 5 weeks of my life here, completely bested my expectations and has been the perfect start to my gap year. Could NOT recommenced the place more, the diving is amazing, the staff are excellent and camp life is great. COME TO MAFIA!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Africa
Posted: Aug 8, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I arrived at Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi Kenya several days before the visit of Obama. After I got my visa,one of my hosts Jackson picked me. Then he drove to the place where i will live for 3 weeks. On our way home, Jackson told me a lot about the Nairobi. He showed me where the downtown area and the tallest tower. The place where I live is located inside the slum Kibera.The environment is soso but worth to experience. In the afternoon,Leah(volunteer from Canada) and I went to the YAYA center and had our money exchanged and we got local Sim card with 3G network access too. This was basically what happened on the first day. On the next 4 following days, I worked at a Children Center inside the slum. It only costs around 10mins to walk there. When I went the the first day, the kids were a little bit shy. They were curious about me. Later, I was assigned by the Domitila(founder of center this children) to teach the class 2. When the kids first saw me, they were yelling Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee all the time because I am from Hong Kong, China. They really wanted to learn Kung Fu and, fortunately, I have learned Kung Fu when I was a kid. I do not want to let them down so i decided to teach them Kung Fu on the following two weeks. We truly had a good time and 8 of them will performance Kung Fu at the following school festival. Besides teaching Kung Fu, I graded their English assignments and helped the kitchen to serve breeakfast and lunch to the kids. I also helped the teacher Tarson to cut out the letters for the following school festival. In a word, this place is definitely worth coming and the coordinator Barnabas will take good care of you. Kenya welcomes you and the kids are waiting for you.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 28, 2015
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I have volunteered with Cross-Cultural Solutions on 5 different occasions. Each time it has been an incredible experience and I hope to travel with them again. I travelled to Moshi, Tanzania once and Rabat, Morocco four times. I fell in love with both places and would highly recommend both trips to anyone that in considering volunteering abroad. The program is very well organized and the quality of the volunteer placements really makes you feel like you are giving back as you are working with grassroots organizations in each country. I can't say enough about the orphanage and school where I worked. I made amazing connections with both the children and staff, many of which I still keep in touch with today. The in-country staff were fantastic in both locations, they really go above and beyond to make sure you are safe and comfortable and have the best possible experience. The accommodations are lovely and the ease of getting to your placement with the help of their drivers/transportation was also great, it really allowed you to focus on the volunteer work and not the logistics. The food was also wonderful and CCS really gives you a unique opportunity to participate in other cultural activities, such as day trips, traditional cooking, dance and music. The way the program is set up you work hard in the mornings and have a good amount of time in the afternoons and weekends to really get to explore the location you have travelled to. Some highlights were a safari in Tanzania and a camel trip through the Sahara Desert in Morocco. My experiences with CCS have changed my life for the better, prior to my first trip I worked in a job that I wasn't completely in love with, since my travels I have realized I love working with children and have gone back to school to become a teacher. I owe these positive life changes to my experiences with CCS.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 21, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

ORIGINAL VOLUNTEERS!!! DO NOT DO IT!!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jul 15, 2015
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Askari WCP

I participated in the Askari 2 week programme with a group of students and teachers from my college. I wasn't sure what to expect, but was blown away by everything when I arrived. The hosts, Katie and Ed were such passionate, knowledgeable and hospitable people. The food was great, the volunteer house was comfy and had everything we needed, the maid service was excellent and of course, the landscape and wildlife surrounding us were astonishing. The activities that we participated in showed us that there is a lot of work that goes into managing a wildlife reserve and it was always very rewarding at the end of the day to know what we had accomplished as a team. Everything about Askari is inspirational, and will most definitely change the way you live your life!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Jun 13, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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