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MOROCCO.
twice now in the last year I have used OV to volunteer abroad.. firstly last August I travelled alone to Morocco. Using the travel buddy list, I found a friend prior to departing to fly with, this was super useful as this was my first time travelling alone I felt a little more at ease. Three weeks was spent in the heart of Marrakech and it was amazing! The children that I got to share my experiences with literally made me smile every single day. The reward of spending time with children who have so little yet continue to smile, laugh and play with you as if they are your best friend was overwhelming. The organisation out there were great, however like anywhere, go with no expectations and put into it what you want to get out. Sessions ranged from feeding the street people, taking the street children swimming - which was amazing to see how much they appreciate a day in a pool! seven hours and they didn't get out once, and play time in orphanages. These are to name a few. I went in August so schools were closed! Overall, location wise morocco was a pleasure. The culture is so different compared to England, and I personally enjoyed that, getting lost in the Souks was a personal favourite. Also, staying in a traditional Riad was an experience, basic but you aren't there to stay in a five star hotel :) OV were brilliant overall with this trip, and i'm glad I picked this as my first volunteering experience.
THAILAND.
I have just come back from 4 weeks in Thailand, choosing to teach English for two of the weeks to primary children. This was a difference from Morocco however I loved it! Again, the children were amazing and so willing to learn. Having them knowing little English made it a challenging task but something that was worth it in the end. Being able to organize your own lesson plans was a good as you could adapt it to your own knowledge and skills that you may already previously had. Even the teachers wanted you to help them learn English! This project tests your ability to be patient and persistent, but at the same time is so much fun! if you want to teach in the future it is brilliant for your confidence.

Overall, my two experiences of volunteering with OV have been priceless. I have gained some friends for life, memories that will last forever and more importantly been able to impact some of the most happy and amazing children I am yet to come across. If your thinking of doing, DO! you won't regret it :):)

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Posted: July 9, 2013
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By: chelsey28
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21

I volunteered with Original Volunteers in Nepal last August. I had a fantastic experience and I would recommend them to anyone. Despite only being a short project, I feel like I made the most of the time that I spend there and I really enjoyed teaching in the school. The majority of the work that I did there was working with the teachers to show them different ways of teaching and modelling how to teach lessons in a fun way. Both the teachers and students were really keen to learn and I developed really good relationships with both.
I decided to volunteer on my own and I made lots of friends while I was there. It was great to be surrounded by so many like-minded people and we had great fun there! I'm still in contact with some of the people I met and we can't wait to meet up again to talk about our experiences.
I was also extremely lucky with the host family that I stayed with. The couple treated me like I was part of the family and made me feel so welcome. They even took me out of a couple of excursions and were very supportive with the project. I found that Original Volunteers was really good value for money and I received everything that I expected to get from them and more. The main project co-ordinator was regularly in contact with us to check everything was okay and he even helped to organise a trip for us to the Jungle Safari where we got to ride and bathe elephants! Overall, I had a great time!

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Posted: July 7, 2013
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Age:
27

This was my first time volunteering abroad, I chose this programme, because of the excellent reviews from other volunteers, and wow it definitely lived up to these reviews and comments! Ghana was a fantastic place for first time volunteering, as the locals were the most friendly people I've ever met! When I arrived I was welcomed by Fred and Rebecca, who helped me settle in by showing me round the accommodation, where I would be volunteering, and they took me to the local town, so that I could buy a few essentials.

The accommodation was secure with brick walls all around and security guards there 24/7 so I always felt safe. The children that I taught were so cute and enthusiastic! I was surprised at how well behaved they were as well! The volunteer programme was very relaxed which I liked, especially as I had never done this sort of thing before. You were able to swap and change where you volunteer at any time by talking to the support staff.

In my spare time I explored the local towns with my fellow volunteers, went to the beautiful waterfall, which was a short drive away, where we took a refreshing shower! I also went to Mole national park where I saw elephants bathing in the cool waters! The volunteer house is located in the Volta region, which is near Lake Volta, which is well worth visiting, the largest man made lake in Africa. We explored Cape Coast for the weekend which was one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever been to! A nice way to relax after volunteering.

Over all I would absolutely recommend this programme to anyone, it is extremely rewarding and life changing. You will not regret it!

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Posted: July 7, 2013
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10
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Age:
21

Wow where do I begin!...My experience in Kenya was incredible, the children were a delight to teach, and the volunteer staff were so welcoming and helpful. I stayed with a Masai family who cooked for me, they were so lovely and made me feel at home. I stayed in Kenya, Masai land, for 2 weeks, where I taught in a primary school throughout the week, and in my spare time explored the stunning mountains surrounding where we stayed and visited local towns. I also did a safari, which was well worth doing! An experience I will never forget.

I think price wise, you would without a doubt not get a better deal! However the price did not compromise the care and support that the organisation gives you. I found the 24/7 support very reassuring when I was out there and Original Volunteers would send me emails before my departure informing me on what to take, and information on the project.

I am going to Morocco with Original Volunteers next month and am already planning another trip with Original Volunteers next summer! I would recommend this organisation to anyone, because, you are never on your own, there are always volunteers with you, most who go alone and the staff couldn't be more helpful.

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Posted: July 7, 2013
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10
Age:
21

I went out to Ghana last August. Volunteering with Original Volunteers really allows you to get into the sticks and away from the popular tourist areas. This way you get to properly see how the locals live. Speaking of which the locals in Ghana are extremely friendly and always happy to help, even in a city (Kumasi) where one kind lady offered to guide us though the bus system and then refused to accept payment. With Original volunteers in Ghana you had the option of building, teaching or I think you could work at a library. I selected teaching where the children are just so eager to listen and learn although I could of easily switched between projects. Ghana was a really insightful experience and Original volunteers are an extremely affordable and well organised organisation to go with. For me it was the perfect set up as volunteers could travel independently during the weekends. I always felt safe; In fact I am going back to Ghana for 3 weeks this September with Original Volunteers.

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Posted: July 6, 2013
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10
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10
Age:
18

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