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After working in a school in Mongolia, I decided that I wanted to do more overseas volunteering during the summer afterwards. Having looked at a variety of volunteering websites I finally settled on Original Volunteers. I chose to volunteer in a school in the state of Tamil Nadu in India, a place that I had always wanted to visit, this was perfect as it was a free volunteering placement. The conditions that we lived in were basic, a squat toilet, a shed to sleep in and a small kitchen. This however was to no surprise due to the fact that OV had been very clear with what we were letting ourselves into.

There were certain aspects of the volunteering that was wonderful, meeting new people, some of whom my companion and I would eventually travel with, it was also a great way to acclimatise in this crazy crazy country, such as using the local transport, honestly I wouldn't have probably used this in the rest of India without having used it here. It was a great confidence booster.

I look back and think that the teaching wasn't all about the volunteering experience, I learnt invaluable life experience, met wonderful people, and had just memorable experiences in a very, very loveable country.

I recommend this, especially as it was free...

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Posted: August 18, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: JackHider
Age:
20

Volunteering with Original Volunteers in Cambodia was a brilliant experience and definitely value for money. A friend and I did our two weeks when we were 18 and although we were the youngest out of all of the volunteers (only by about a year) we felt very welcomed and after the end of our time we were upset we couldn't stay for longer. The project coordinator was very friendly and along with the other volunteers eased us into the teaching, firstly placing us in classes as helpers and later on we led classes ourselves. The experience was incredibly rewarding and as well as insightful into the Cambodian culture. I have recommended original volunteers to friends who have then volunteered on different projects and have greatly enjoyed their time as well. I felt very secure and at ease, which is remarkable as it was my first time so far away from home without my family or a large group of friends. We were picked up from the airport by our project co-coordinator and trips were organised at the weekend for us to see different areas of the country with the other volunteers, we were very well looked after and had a great time. Hopefully in the future I will be able to go back to that project but I am also keen to branch out and try other volunteering opportunities in different countries organised by Original Volunteers.

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Posted: August 16, 2013
Overall:
9
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10
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9
By: Islaylg
Age:
19

I traveled to Ghana with Original Volunteers and I can say that, without a doubt, it was the best time of my life. I was there for 7 weeks and met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends. I did not think it was possible to get so close to people within such a short space of time. The workers were brilliant and they made everyone feel welcome. The house itself was situated in the middle of a small community and the families around the house were very friendly and I always stopped to talk to them. The people were so happy and always friendly. Working in the schools was so rewarding. Playing with the kids and giving them the time and company is all they want. The smiles on the kids faces will remain with me forever. We worked from 9 to 2 everyday and I did a variety of things. I did some building, painting, teaching and football coaching. The volunteering is very relaxed and you can pretty much do whatever you want with the kids. I am used to doing the same thing in work day in, day out, so I welcomed this with open arms and it gave me a chance to actually use my head and be creative. Weekends were free and we got to do a bit of travelling around Ghana which was so much fun. I have kept in regular contact with my fellow volunteers, the workers from the house, the coordinator and the principal of the school. I am returning in a few weeks and I can't wait to get back.

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Posted: August 4, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: andymurdo
Age:
25

This was honestly the most amazing trip of my life. I am only 16 so signed onto the Morocco project, and I flew out with my best friend on the 15th July 2013. As soon as we entered the house, we were welcomed by everyone and it was just amazing - the house felt like big brother and all the people were so nice! The weather was so hot, and it was a completely new experience for me and my friend. We were taught the ropes by all the other people also staying in the house and were welcomed out on our first project as soon as we arrived. I have never met such nice people and gotten to know them in a short amount of time. The projects and working with children were honestly one of the most rewarding things I have ever done! The smiles that were put on the childrens faces were great and also put a massive smile on my face! The accommodation was lovely and clean, the rooms were small but comfy, with two large living areas and roof terrace, it was a great place to stay. The house was within walking distance of the square, and lots of restaurants. Also the supermarket was only a taxis drive away, which allowed us the opportunity to cook back at the house if we preferred. The trips and days off were also great, as I went to waterfalls and into the sahara. They were amazing experiences spent in the company of tourists and people who were staying in the house. The whole experience was just the best thing I have ever done and I would go back tomorrow if I could. The memories are phenomenal and I will be forever grateful to Original Volunteers for giving me the opportunity!

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Posted: August 1, 2013
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10
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9
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10
Age:
16

I was volunteering in Tanzania with OV last year. This is my first time to Africa and volunteering overseas and I decide to go with OV because of good reviews from the website and stories from my friends. Before arrival, OV emailed the information pack and contact details, which I found very useful and informative for volunteers. I arrived at Dar airport at a very early morning and there was a guy, waiting there to pick me up and send me to bus station for a bus to Iringa. I received the same warm service upon leaving Tanzania. Although there were not many projects available at that time due to school holiday and it was about end of the year, I spent most of my time at a street children protection center, Fisch. Other project running at that time includes conservation project, HIV clinic, teaching orphanage kids and school construction. Due to my background in computing, I mostly help in building the database for street kids for the organization to keep track of the children in the town. I also took sometime to teach Physics to a boy whom travelled miles away from his village to learn at Fisch. Perhaps my most memorable memories are cooking and eating locusts and going on a safari trip to Ruaha Natonal Park. The help of the volunteer coordinators and people at Fisch are incredible. They help me to organize the teaching materials for the kids, getting a mobile sim card and even walk with me around town several times as a translator. It was a rather short trip, about 2 weeks and I even cancel my initial plan to go to Zanzibar and I was in Iringa for my entire trip. Overall, I would recommend volunteering at Tanzania and for first timer abroad volunteer; OV is definitely the perfect organization to go with.

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Posted: July 29, 2013
Overall:
9
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8
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9
By: mnamdamin
Age:
24

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