Gap Year

RCDP Nepal

My overall experience with RCDP in Nepal was really great. My project (conservation work) was really nice and I especially appreciated my stay at the Host Family. They were always helpful and I learned a lot about the Nepali culture thanks to their open minded attitude.
I was also working in an orphanage because the program was really flexible. The work there was really fulfilling and I had a lot of experiences with the children that I will never forget.
Also I am thankful that most of the organisation was pretty good and I only had little problems at the airport pick up. But the stuff of RCDP was very helpful and always kind.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Nepal
Posted: May 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Namaste!
There's so much to say about this program. First of all: I highly recommend it to first time travelers. If you're young, want to meet people, live with an awesome homestay family, and do some volunteer work at the same time- then IVHQ is for you.
I was lucky enough to spend six months in India working in one of the slum schools of Faridabad. It was a wild and magical experience. The school itself is disorganized, loud, and overwhelming at times. But, that's what makes it volunteer work a memory to last forever. These kids need you more than a highly functioning, well funded school. Here, you really get to know the children individually. Through laughter, the best Hindi you can muster, art, and cultural exchange you see the children for the beautiful beings they are. What I highly recommend to other volunteers is to do some basic research on teaching if you've had no prior experience. That made a difference for me when I started my first week of teaching. I did a lot of projects ranging from science, to math, to writing poetry. The thing with all of those topics is that it's still teaching English- even just talking to them is teaching them something.
As for my homestay family... well, that was the best part of the program. I really lucked out with the house I was placed in, and at the end of my six months I considered them to be my family. They took such good care of me. Always seeing to my needs and cooking me delicious food. The hardest part about leaving was saying goodbye to them.
India is forever part of my heart now and I already can't wait to go back.

Program: Gap Year
Location: India
Posted: Apr 7, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The first few days of camp were about meeting the people who ran the camp everyone was very welcoming we played lots of games before starting on our conservation project.

I most enjoy the conservation work it was really good it was such incredible experience everybody was very friendly and welcoming. I believe the project could be improved by providing more funding towards the research of conservation, the equipment that is used and towards the local government in the country

I recommend that future volunteers google camping and learn more about camping before they come out on the project also make sure you bring lots of sun cream and a quick drying towel.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Fiji
Posted: Apr 6, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Askari WCP

When I first arrived at Askari I was a little bit afraid and wondering if everything was going to work out, but when I got to know the people and the work that is being done at Askari I can safely say that it has been the best time I have ever had!

Program: Gap Year
Location: South Africa
Posted: Mar 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Gi2C China Internship

Gi2c is a verified scam operation that operates under 4 different names that I can find (maybe there are more?). Gi2c, Getin2China, WiseWay Global, and Laowai Career Center. A Russian named Yuri is the owner of all these companies that he runs with a former Russian prostitute girlfriend, that has reformed herself from one crime to another - fraud. At least in her former crime the customer got some satisfaction.

There are many China internship scam companies that want to charge you a fee to work illegally in China, either without a Z visa, or asking you to use a fake university degree or to lie on your visa application. Here are the red flags and confirmations you need to read to understand just how risky going to China illegally can be:

http://opnlttr.com/letter/laowai-career-center-189-other-black-scam-agen...

https://scam.com/entry.php?6435-China-Internship-Reviews-Chinese-Fortune...!

http://opnlttr.com/letter/china-visa-police-using-clever-sting-fake-job-...

http://antifraudintl.org/threads/china-internship-visa-scams.96692/

http://china-briefing.com/news/2015/01/14/employing-foreign-nationals-ch...

Gi2c like other black China companies operate in the gray area of the law and when they have "problems" they merely bribe the officials to look the other way. They also make their interns break the law by lying on their visa applications. Not cool.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Mar 23, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Frontier

The project was a new experience. A lot of hard work but I think it's something that builds character. I'm hapy I did it, I feel a lot more world wise. After this I can do anything and eat anything! Thanks you Chloe for all the hard work you put in to the trail.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Mexico
Posted: Mar 14, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Gi2C China Internship

Very misleading sales people actually advised me to lie on my visa application because they were not authorized to sponsor my visit on the mandatory Z visa required by law. They claimed that they worked with the top 100 universities in America,and Canada, and the U.K. which they called partners, yet none of the 20 universities I called in America ever heard of them.

When I asked the sales girl "Mary" how many interns did they place with Fortune 500 companies last year she replied "dozens". But when I asked her to list just 10 Fortune 500 Companies they worked with in China she changed the subject. When I asked her again, she said she had a bad connection and then hung up on me.

I finally made it to China on my own after getting my own internship directly from KPMG. After arriving in China I met up with three Gi2c interns including a French girl named Maliko and they were all angry with the internships Gi2c obtained for them and two of them were demanding refunds.

We then found this and many more links about them on the internet. They surely are a fraud to be avoided at all costs: https://chinascampatrol.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/is-gi2c-china-internshi...

I also learned that the Russian owner Yuri has a ten year history of running scams in China that target foreigners. Here are the details of all of his scams; https://www.scam.com/showthread.php?704467-UPDATED-China-Liars-List-ESL-...

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Mar 6, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I am taking my gap year with Cross Cultural Solutions, three countries in theee months. So far I have spent a month in Morocco, and I love it. Everyone here is so warm and welcoming that the home base felt like home very early on. All of the staff is absolutely wonderful. The volunteer work feels like you are making a real difference which is exactly what I was looking for. I also love the lessons and discussions we have, specifically Arabic lessons, Moroccan culture, and lessons on Islam. I think it's very special to learn about them first hand from Moroccan people. I always feel very safe in the home base and everywhere we go, especially with the gaurd at the home base all day and night. My next two months will be spent in Ghana and Tanzania and I am very confident they will be just as amazing as Morocco has been. I would absolutely recommend CCS and have had the best experience in Morocco.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Morocco
Posted: Feb 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Intern Group

I have done the program for 3 months in Hong Kong, and I would definitely recommend it. Even though I only know the team in Hong Kong I can tell that the Inter Group as a whole is well-dedicated team, which will always try give you the best solution whenever you need. Also, the experience to work abroad is very valuable in many ways, to learn other cultures, to meet new people, to gain work experience , to have fun and enjoy living abroad, etc. As I said before, I took the 3-months program and after that I decided to stay living in Hong Kong at least for 1 year after all experience gained with the Intern Group,so again, I would recommend 100% to live this experience before its too late. ABSOLUTELY WORTH IT!

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Dec 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

InterExchange

I have done the program for 3 months in Hong Kong, and I would definitely recommend it. Even though I only know the team in Hong Kong I can tell that the Inter Group as a whole is well-dedicated team, which will always try give you the best solution whenever you need. Also, the experience to work abroad is very valuable in many ways, to learn other cultures, to meet new people, to gain work experience , to have fun and enjoy living abroad, etc. As I said before, I took the 3-months program and after that I decided to stay living in Hong Kong at least for 1 year after all experience gained with the Intern Group,so again, I would recommend 100% to live this experience before its too late.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Dec 19, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Gap Year