Ghana

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

Global Crossroad

As a Japanese student. I was so confused at the begening after looking some negetive feedbacks of Global Crossroad. But I did talk to some of the volunteers who participated Global Crossroad before. I received varities of feedbacks some were very positive and some were partially positive. But one thing I learned from all participants that projects Global Crossroad works are very good and host are very nice.
After talk to numbers of participants, I did talk to Cheryl and a guy, they gave me so many information but I was not able to decide to join thier program and decided to join Cross Cultural Soluntions. After talking to Cross Cultural Solutions I found that Global Crossroad and Cross Cultural placed volunteers in same project in many places and later decided to join Global Crossroad because Cross cultural solution is 200% expensive than Global Crossroad.
Once I booked thier program to Accra. I received all information within two weeks and gave me access to talk to local coordinator and volunteers who were on field. After talking to volunteers in field provide me more confidence. When I board the plane from JFK, I met other volunteer of Global Crossroad (Christina) we both talk so many aspects of Global Crossroad because we were very suspecious about Global Crossroad, what is going to happen if no one apears at Airport. When we exit the airport we saw my and Christine name on card board holding by one of the Global Crossroad staffs (Mr. Richard) than our suspision culm down abit, we talk to Richard on way to Kasoa. One we arrive in Kasoa, there was room ready for us. which give me more confidence that Global Crossroad is more legitimate than what other expalined in web. Next day, we had orientation, all together we were 10 volunteers. the home base accomodation look very safe and Naomi was so nice and the working project is just next block of the hostel. All my suspision and confusion completely meltdown than I felt so happy that I choose Global Crossroad.
I have seen some problem in Ghana such are people are not on time so the country coorinator. Over all my experience was excellent and rewarding It is no doubt I will go with Global Crossroad because they provide me very secure environment. Once again thanks global crossroad you guys are doing woundful job. Don't listen what other say, keep your metions what you want to acheive.
Inoue, Nihonbashi

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 12, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Foundation for Sustainable Development

I learn a lot and had an exposure and a better understanding between theory and field work. Also, it was a total volunteer and it take determination to sustain. But it is not all places the same and what ever may be the case, dont go into a volunteer work with an expectaion of seeking for worth, but focus on labour and what ever you would have should be appreciated.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 1, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
4
Value:
2

Global Crossroad

Global Crossroad... absolutely the most deceptive and morally corrupt program i have ever worked with. I travelled as a junior in college, my first visit to a developing country... what a mistake to go with GC! We were consistently lied to and misled by the american coordinators. our in-country personnel tried their best with what little resources they were provided by the american coordinators. our host family was the only redeeming factor of the trip, no thanks to GC. we had received information weeks before our departure on a family that we were told would be hosting us. to our surprise, we discovered upon arrival that this family did not exist and was merely a template they sent out to any of their volunteers. dispicable! our real host family had not been recruited until 2 days before our arrival. Another girl volunteering while there had asked to be put in an environmental program. later she discovered they had placed her in a logging company! The ghanaians we were worked with were very receptive and helpful, but there is absolutely no excuse for the behavior of the american coordinators! Please, please, please avoid this company at all costs!!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 6, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

They probably don't put a name because they don't want the company knowing who it is who posted a bad review about them. Do YOU work for GC?
why most negetive posting have no name (always anonymous? why you hide name? wonder if this is the work of the same guy

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I am a senior at Colorado College, and I was in Ghana (in the Volta region) this past summer. I had the most amazing experience in Ghana. The ABV project director Edem in Kpando is an amazing person! He is 29 I think, and incredibly active with the UN youth, and is actually a member of the royal family in Kpando. He is really really smart, and also very used to westerners. He will be very respectful towards you and your cultural background. Additionally, he made me feel extremely safe when I was there (first time is Ghana...especially Accra, can be a bit terrifying). Edem is one of the main reasons I had such a great experience, and hope that I can get back to Kpando very soon!
ABV is wonderful. For a new organization they are well organized. When I was there, I heard somewhat of horror stories about some other programs not really keeping in contact to make sure that the volunteers were safe. With ABV, Edem had to call Sarah in the US office the minute we got to our hotel when I arrived in Ghana. He would check in with her periodically to let her know I was doing fine, and when I got back, Sarah was great about checking in with me to see how my trip was. ABV is not perfect, but they are pretty damn close for sure!
Overall, I found my time in Kpando to be one of the most arth-shatteringly-perspective-changing experiences of my life. I learned so much from the kids at orphanage, from Edem, and from the kids at the school I worked at. There is no way to summarize what my trip was like or how much it meant to me in one short email, but all I can tell you is that, the most important thing to be prepared for is to be prepared for the fact that you cannot really be prepared for what will happen to you while you are there. Everyone has a very different experience....some face home sickness, others stomach sickness, some face enlightenment, others simply find joy and humility. Overall, this ABV program was an amazing opportunity for me!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 4, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I had an amazing time. CCS really looked after us.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 18, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

im just thinking about going to Ghana with CCS. So you enjoyed it? do you feel your efforts were well spent? what sort of things did you do during the day? also how were the living accommodations? sorry i have so many questions.

Madventurer

Don't be deceived by the above post. The volunteers take more from the community than they can ever return. If mad was not desperate to expand as a travel agent, it may focus more on not-for-profit projects, where a £600-£2000 project fee went more to a community than paying overhead costs in country. If only all people going to Ghana knew how much rent is paid to keep the Accra house running!
If you are not concened about the wider issues of international development and ethical travel, this company is 100% for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 5, 2008
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
5

Comments

This seems an odd comment, talking about management costs. Is this a review? it seems more like a rant from a competitor.

Madventurer

I had a great time with these guys in Ghana this summer. I was in a group of twelve brits living in a house in the village we were working in, the project was a mix of building a new school block and teaching in the existing school. The mix of great support from the madventurer crew member who shared our house and feeling like we were making a real difference to the village was great. Well organised and I would totally recommend them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Oct 14, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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