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hello
i am writing this review to ask any body that has had problems with this company
i went this company 3 years ago to india and have been back to the same place for the last three years and i have become very good friends with the host family
They are the ones that are having the problem !!!!!!
this company has sent out placements to the family after getting them to pay the money up front

i have been there when they have turned up and the host family has put them up for the 2/3 weeks and original volunteers has not sent the money that the placements have paid

i am now looking to take this company to the courts in this country over the money that is owed to the host family
this now stands at around £3000 pounds

They have changed their website and email address so that the host family cannot get in contact with them
all they have done is prey on the good nature of the host family and scammed them and then dropped them from their website
How many more have they treated like this and these people have no redress !!!

if any body wants to go to india and have a great time by pass these people and support familes and communities directly on face book http://www.facebook.com/groups/230019803676200/ http://www.rosekanda.info/
by going directly to them you will help and do more

if any body has had problems please contact me

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Posted: May 5, 2012
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1
By: burros10
Age:
53

I have just returned from doing volunteer work in Marrakech with original volunteers. I wanted to write a review to prepare people before they go. I was not given much information about what the work entails and i feel if i was better informed as to what was involved I would have got more out of the experience.
The children spoke very little english other than simple phrases which I wasn't expecting as it said on the OV web site that the children do speak english. Their primary language is Arabic and secondary is french so I recommend brushing up on your french before you go! Otherwise it becomes quite frustrating for both the children and yourself trying to comunicate!
The work was varied, we did 2 projects a day. The first was at around 9am-12pm then after a couple hours rest in the afternoon we'd go to the next project which was around 3pm- 5pm. Our coordinator would meet us and take us to the projects. On the information pack it mentioned a typical session would be in an outdoor space but during my stay there was only 1 outdoor activity which was in tameslouht, a small village just outside Marrakech. The boys love to play football, some of the volunteers managed to get some footballs at the supermarket which is just 10 minutes away from the riad. The other children were happy to play with a bat and ball, balloons, skipping rope, they also enjoyed playing stuck in the mud or tag. The other projects were all inside, we worked at orphanages, schools and nurseries. The childrens ages ranged from around 6-14. I recommend taking plenty of art and craft! the children loved making masks, bracelets, hats, puppets and doing finger painting, playing with play dough, face paints (ask first though! some of the nurseries wouldn't allow it) nail painting (again, ask first and only use pale colours! nothing too dark) I'm sure you would be able to get plenty more ideas online. I strongly recommend preparing before you go as we found it very hard to find supplies once we were out there! There are a few bits and bobs which have been left at the riad such as colouring books, paper and pencils although colouring in gets pretty boring for the children as well as the volunteers!
Also, if you are going in winter the temperature during the day was around 20-25 degrees but the temperature dropped considerably at the night and the riad we were staying in got very cold!! take loads of warm jumpers and perhaps an extra blanket!
I had a lovely time in Marrakech, although at times I felt the work we were doing was unfulfilling. However; its an excellent opportunity for trying out volunteer work for the first time and I have met some amazing people along the way!
I hope this information helps :)

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Posted: January 10, 2012
Overall:
4
Support:
2
Value:
10
Age:
25

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This is my first time to plan to go volunteer. I didn't register with them yet. Is it worth to go with original volunteer? are their support is enough? Can you give me some suggestions? Thanks :))
Hiya, I have just booked my flights to Marrakech at the end of May. I am glad to hear that it was rewading for you personally. I am slightly concerned however that they seem to be a bit unreliable. Is this the case?

I don't want to write common phrases but unfortunately I can't write anything new: you'll love volunteering and you'll love Mexico Puerto Vallarta. It's a very different world out there and you really have to jump in and taste it. I knew I wanted to give back and help others but wasn't sure exactly how. This was my first trip and I enjoyed every minute of it. The kids and the OV coordinators were fantastic. The kids were a joy and OV gave me the opportunity to be part of something special. Try to smile to everyone and you'll get much more back for sure. The lack of resources in some centers and the poverty the children come from makes you realises how lucky we are. I had an incredible time and wonderful memories.

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Posted: May 21, 2011
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Kelly
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I recommend that you don't volunteer with this company. If you want to make a difference, go direct to the charity. OV and similar companies are only interested in your money.
I know for a fact that OV is involved in aggressive business practices behind the scenes. Forcing vulnerable charities to go exclusive with them, or fear being dropped entirely by them.
Where possible- contact your charity direct. I assure you they will appreciate it!

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Posted: November 4, 2010
Overall:
0 (worst)
Support:
0
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0
By: Anonymous
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What was your experience like?
thank god some body else has had their eyes open and i agree with all you say as i am trying to deal with problems from this company

denis & suvanna are fake. You are left to your own devices, no support, no advice and no contact. The children make up for the volunteer company, but their not here for us, we are here for them. Unfortunatly lack of support can make beneficial lesson plans a challenge. cowboys

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Posted: September 12, 2010
Overall:
5
Support:
0
Value:
5
By: Anonymous
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