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The India School Project is situated in a remote village around three hours away from Chennai. I set out there on my own and, although it was scary at times, I loved every second of the experience. It was fantastic to interact with the children, who were energetic and enthusiastic about the education they were receiving. It was especially rewarding to see them understanding and using the knowledge I taught them. Furthermore they were always happy and willing to learn which helped me fit in to life at school straight away.
On top of this, I was a little worried about leaving for India on my own but when I arrived all the volunteers were really accommodating and I made many friends in just the first few days, some of which I traveled with after working at the school. We were also allowed to travel to nearby tourist destinations at the weekend which was a good way to chill and chat with the other volunteers. I would recommend OV's and the India School Project to anyone who is thinking about volunteering as it was an interesting and rewarding experience.

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Posted: July 1, 2013
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By: LouisGray
Age:
21

A friend and I spent two weeks working in a remote-ish region in southern Malawi with the Tikondwe Youth Organisation through Original volunteers. It was a fantastic experience. There were many like minded people out there and, cliche as it is, I made lots of new friends, especially on weekends off when we travelled to beatiful places like Cape Maclear (well worth a visit) and off on safari. Accomodation is basic, but decent enough and all part of the experience and the food was far better than I had expected. They are also in the process of building a brand new volunteer house. Electicity is available to charge phones and iPods and phone signal is fantastic out there so it is dead easy to phone home if you want/need to. We spent time teaching is schools which was challenging as I have no background in teaching, but the leaders there help you and to begin with we were partnered up with people who'd been there for a while and knew the ropes. One of the cheaper OV destinations,a great experience, I would recommend it.

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Posted: July 1, 2013
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7
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7
By: Jack_Brad
Age:
21

I visited Tanzania for two months in September of 2012 and can honestly say it was the time of my life. I met some wonderful people and experienced some really incredible things, both through the projects and the day trips that we went out on. My highlights included working with Mote, an inspirational man running the FISCH project for street children in Iringa, and also visiting the Ipamba baby orphanage. The experiences really hit home and were very emotional but hugely rewarding! We also got to experience some real Tanzanian culture- we stayed in an African village for a week, tasted Konyagi (incredibly strong vodka esque drink!) and even tried goat. If you get a chance, you should definitely visit Mamas kitchen, located just inside the market and serving local food (ugali and beans is a must try for a taste of the culture) at very low prices! We all went out as individuals or pairs, but came home great friends and are still in touch now! It truly was an amazing experience, and I would do it all again in a heartbeat - and several of my friends already have!
Original Volunteers were very helpful in the run up to the trip, and though the project was fairly new at the time we got to experience a lot of different projects, which we could choose to visit as often as we wanted. I had a great time and for the price it was fab. We also found out that the volunteer permit purchased at the start of the trip can be used to help get discounts on things such as the ferry to Zanzibar- so win win!

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Posted: July 1, 2013
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8
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6
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10
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20

Original Volunteers - Cambodia project

After spending many weeks at this project I sadly have to say there was a lot of hostility amongst the volunteers about money and donation supposedly going towards the project. Not only that but on numerous occasions theft was committed by members of the host family running the project; this included stealing volunteers money, phones, personal items etc and the coordinator running the project shown very little respect towards the volunteers. Also original volunteers does not send the full £150 donation to the project, there is no orphanage at the project even though the web page says there is and the shared accommodation is not free whilst staying there.

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Posted: June 8, 2013
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By: Traveller
Age:
24

SEPTEMBER 2012/ ORIGINAL VOLUNTEERS
(KENYA STREET KIDS)
I would not advise anyone to use this company, they were very unhelpful, no one from the company had done the trip themselves so they were unable to give advise before I went.
I was rushed into payment, being phone and text several times a day, saying how spaces were limited and I need to put my deposit down asap, once I arrived I was the only volunteer there!
PLEASE, consider this trip if your are looking to volunteer, as the kids need volunteers, to help and teach them, get in touch with (grandsons of abraham rescue centre, kenya mombassa)
http://grandsonsofabraham.org/

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Posted: December 10, 2012
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