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Volunteering in Ghana with Original Volunteers was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. I spent three weeks helping to build a primary school and I spent a week teaching in one of the classrooms. The work was challenging but was extremely rewarding. Before we began work the school was only a basic shell and by the end of three weeks we had nearly completed the project. Watching the other volunteers working alongside the local people and the progress that we made together as a team was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Days were spent on masonry and labouring, while nights were spent cooking meals and going out with the other volunteers. Not only were the staff amazing but the other volunteers truly made the experience unforgettable. Due to the hard work and the many amazing nights out, I made some wonderful friends and memories that will last a life time. I would highly recommend this program to anyone with the desire to travel, make a difference to other people's lives, and have a wicked good time.

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Posted: July 3, 2013
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Value:
10
Age:
26

In June 2012 my friend and I travelled to Ghana for two weeks through Original Volunteers. It was one of the best experiences of my life so far. The project in Ghana offers many different placements including teaching in schools, building work and helping at the local library. The project is very flexible and you can easily switch between which placement you fancy trying from day to day. The project co-ordinators in Ghana are amazing; they are very friendly and appreciate the contributions of each and every volunteer. The local people are also very friendly and the children are so much fun. It is a very humbling experience when you see how much joy you bring a child just for giving them something so simple as a pencil or crayon. Teaching in one of the local schools was at times challenging yet extremely rewarding. My friend and I took a lot of materials like colouring books, paints and stickers to make interesting lessons and also sports equipment like footballs and tennis balls which the children absolutely loved. During the trip we met so many friendly like-minded people. Many people had travelled alone yet they found it very easy to make friends quickly. This is due to the downtime in the evenings when we were able to go into town and relax in the local bar. On the weekends when we were not working on the placements there was the opportunity to go on a variety of excursions. These included going to the beach or a national park, a slave castle or even on a safari.

I would recommend Original Volunteers to anybody thinking of volunteering abroad and also Ghana for anyone wanting to travel to Africa for the first time. It is a beautiful country, with an English speaking population. We truly had a fantastic trip, we always say our biggest regret of the whole thing was that we didn't stay out their longer than two weeks. After such an incredible and easy experience we had no reservations about travelling with Original Volunteers again. So much so that we have recently booked out next adventure with them to Uganda and can not wait!!!

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Posted: July 2, 2013
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10
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10
Value:
10
Age:
22

Hey all, I recently went travelling for 6 months around South and Central America and volunteered in Merida Mexico on my travels through Original Volunteers. The opportunities they provide are superb, they offer a broad range of opportunities and put you in contact with local community schemes that have a real impact in their local areas. I worked in a children's orphanage where by I helped arrange English lessons, sporting activities and general care of the amazing children that were their. The accommodation is amazing and you meet some really cool people while you are their. Original Volunteers are very helpful at helping you arrange these opportunities as well as helping me arrange the rest of my trip with accurate and up to date information on where else I should visit on my travels. When I spoke to the Mexican woman who dealt with me once I arrived in the country, she informed me that a high percentage of the money you pay goes straight to the volunteer programs and the money is essential to the running of the schemes that they have implemented in the deprived areas that they work. I would highly recommend using Original Volunteers to arrange any travelling plans you may have!! Adios, Ricky x

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Posted: July 2, 2013
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22

I travelled to Pokhara in Nepal in November 2012 for a month after spending time volunteering in India. Nepal is an incredible place and so peaceful a place to unwind and loose yourself in the culture and life. I spent 3 weeks at Happy Home orphanage where there were 15 children. The children were well behaved and a pleasure to be around and made you realise how much you should appreciate family as they were such strong and inspirational children. The home was on the North Side of Fewa Lake up in the village so you really experienced Nepali village life. They had there own vegetable garden which volunteers were expected to give a helping hand in and water the plants. Volunteers were expected to wake the children up for school everyday and walk them to school and help them with their daily routines such as washing, cleaning, cooking, homework and fun evening events. I organised evening dance and drama activities where I taught them ballet and regular dance steps and fun games which the children really enjoyed. In my last week as a special treat after living with the orphans I did a yoga trek to Poon Hill which was incredible and something I will never forget, the views were breathtaking and the yoga teacher and guide couldn't do enough to help and make your trek worth while. This volunteering trip would be something not to be missed and i would advise you to do it. Volunteering in Nepal is an experience not to be missed, you really get a taste of Nepali living and you have the opportunity to make a difference to the children's lives

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Posted: July 2, 2013
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7
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10
By: FTJames
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21

I went on a 2 week volunteer trip to morocco last summer with original volunteers. I went with 2 friends and met the rest of our house group out there. I was really impressed with our accommodation and we all got on really well.
The highlight of the trip was definitely our trip to the Berber mountains- it was so much fun!
The variety of volunteering activities were brilliant, we worked in schools, orphanages and got to paint an orphanage.
The weekend activities were also brilliant an easy to book thanks to our guide- who was wonderful.
Overall I had a great time and would highly recommend it!

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Posted: July 2, 2013
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8
Age:
21

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