NGO Abroad

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9.4 / 10 after 25 Reviews Based on overall, support & value average ratings
Program website: http://www.ngoabroad.com/

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I found the team at NGO Abroad to be excellent - they were professional, and also patient and personable. They had a wealth of knowledge about various programs in various countries (and a wealth of patience with me while I chose) - and when I did choose, a wealth of knowledge about everything from necessary vaccinations, travelling, and what to expect from day to day life when I arrived.

I volunteered on a cervical cancer awareness-raising programme that was being newly implemented. My role was to develop and help deliver sensitisations in rural communities, with visual aids either hand-made by myself and other staff, or kindly shared with us by other local sexual health services. Later, my role also involved helping to arrange the provision of free screenings by visiting and speaking with other local organisations with the resources to provide this service. As all these activities are all funding-dependent, a portion of my role also involved helping to complete funding applications. At the time of my departure, the organisation was planning to continue conducting sensitisations, but the provision of more screenings to members of rural communities was on brief hiatus until more funding was available.

My host home was safe and welcoming, as of course were the staff at the NGO where I volunteered, who ensured I knew my way around, and checked in with me regularly to see that I was doing ok. I felt very well looked after,and am so grateful to have had the opportunity to lend my efforts to their work, and experience their beautiful country and culture.

I am hugely grateful to the team at NGO Abroad for providing such a personalised, thorough and affordable service, and for their patience and generosity of spirit. They will be my first port of call when I next intend to volunteer abroad. Thank you guys so much!

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Posted: July 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Kalpana
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I found Ann and NGOabroad after a period of time as a director of a not-for-profit organization which worked with other agencies to provide architectural assistance in disaster situations.

As any one who has worked in the sector knows money is a constant concern - both in what can be done and how long the organization survives.

I am an architect and what attracted me to NGOabroad was the role which Ann played which is something like an agent between me and the end clients - in this case the global charities and NGOs which Ann visits. On her frequent expeditions she gathers a portfolio of projects in need of professional assistance. This model avoids the trap of having to raise money first in order to provide the service and expertise. I see myself as an enabler for organizations to take what I have done and source the funds. Whilst the downside is that projects may never be realized my own experience is that what I provide is pivotal in getting a project off the ground.

I am now about to embark on my forth project with Ann and like the other three projects it will be different, stimulating and challenging in equal measure.

I am working with four different not-for-profits in four different countries and it is they that either have, or have the ability, to source the funds required. Although my role is ostensibly to provide architectural services this can often expand to cover advice on agriculture, business plans, landscape design, WASH, renewable energy, low cost housing, masterplanning, grant applications, etc. Each project has required a different and unique solution; a solution which is unique to the client, the country and the culture.

The opportunity to work for these clients and the privilege that it is is largely down to Ann's ability to source projects and match them to people like me with a set of skills with broad application.

I suppose it goes without saying that I have found Ann to be highly professional, prompt to communicate, truthful and most importantly a thoroughly decent person! She has a well balanced, and nuanced, ethical compass; mercifully free of any agenda and has a total avoidance of dogma, preferring direct action in the hope of long lasting and sustainable results.
Long may she continue!

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Posted: May 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
61

I have been working as a Registered Nurse for one year and have always had a dream of working overseas and volunteering with an NGO. I am in the very beginning stages of my interaction with this company but I can already tell you that it is exactly as good as you think that it is after your first interaction with Ann. She is knowledgeable beyond belief and is such a wealth of resources. She will work with you and tailor an experience to you that is in your price range whatever that may be. She is passionate about what she does and the money comes second for her (she spoke with me free of charge for two hours after my paid consult). It has already blown my mind the amount of close communication she has had with me this early in the process and I am positive that with her at my fingertips via email while I'm away I will have the experience of a lifetime during my placements in Sri Lanka and Uganda come fall.

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Posted: March 2, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: Taea
Age:
23

I have been working as a Registered Nurse for one year and have always had a dream of working overseas and volunteering with an NGO. I am in the very beginning stages of my interaction with this company but I can already tell you that it is exactly as good as you think that it is after your first interaction with Ann. She is knowledgeable beyond belief and is such a wealth of resources. She will work with you and tailor an experience to you that is in your price range whatever that may be. She is passionate about what she does and the money comes second for her (she spoke with me free of charge for two hours after my paid consult). It has already blown my mind the amount of close communication she has had with me this early in the process and I am positive that with her at my fingertips via email while I'm away I will have the experience of a lifetime during my placements in Sri Lanka and Uganda come fall.

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Posted: March 2, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
9
Value:
10
By: Taea
Age:
23

I wanted to do some volunteering work for my year abroad as part of my university degree. I decided on the Mujer a Mujer programme via NGOabroad and I couldn't recommend them enough.
Ann is very helpful and willing to answer all of your questions. This is a real company, because I questioned it at first, but it's just very good and worth the money.
The project has been very good for me; eye opening and totally beneficial. This was the perfect programme for me and that's why NGOabroad is so good because they help you choose what's so well suited to you.
My one issue is that I'm a big worrier and I like to do my research and before you pay any money the information that is given to you is very limitied. Eventually it all worked out but that was my one reservation with this company.
Overall, I had a great experience and I'm so happy that I did it!

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Posted: November 9, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8
Age:
21

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