Gap Year

Frontier

I really enjoyed camp, the food and the relaxed lifestyle. The staff are great -
very friendly and helpful as are all the other volunteers. It has been great to mix with such a variety of different people.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad is an amazing organization that has helped me achieve my goals, help others, make lifelong friends across the globe, and learn so many things. I was just getting ready to graduate high school and I knew I wanted to travel the world and help others while I am young and able. Projects Abroad made that possible with their Global Gap Year program, which took me to Ghana, South Africa, Peru, Nepal, and Thailand.

From the beginning, Claudia, a project coordinator at Projects Abroad, answered all my questions and provided me with all the information I needed to make the decision to go on the journey of a lifetime. The staff at Projects Abroad are friendly, knowledgeable, and dependable, at home and in country.

There are set projects in some countries and options in others, including; care, teaching, medicine, animal care, building, marine conservation, and others. We really got to experience and do so many incredible things. During the week we worked hard and on the weekends we had time to explore and reflect. Each country we volunteered in came with unique cultures and different volunteer opportunities. Yet the one thing they all had in common was great staff, amazing host families, and friendly people. I am so thankful for the opportunities Projects Abroad provided me with and if you are thinking of taking a gap year, Projects Abroad is the organization for you. You get to help others, see the world, and make lifelong friends. Seeing the smiles on others and the impact you can make, well, there is no better feeling in the world.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Worldwide
Posted: Aug 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

The Intern Group

Since the moment I applied to when I arrived everything has worked as It suppose and better, I mean in 2 weeks after I applied the Staff was telling me that there was a company that fit my interest very well, and in a few weeks later every detail was set up for me arriving here. The process is very easy to follow, and you feel you have someone to ask about any step you are doubtful to take.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Chile
Posted: Jul 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Go Abroad China (GAC) ***Warning Fake Reviews***

I lived in Beijing before for studying and always had this dream to come back and settle in the city, having a proper job and etc. I graduated this year and thought it would be the perfect timing to come back to China. But I didn’t know what to do or where to start… I was a bit lost and didn’t have anything actually planned.
When I found Go Abroad China on Google it immediately came across as a good opportunity for me and fit perfectly to my profile, so I applied online.
Finally, they got a placement for me after weeks of waiting.

I was enrolled to the company I interned. Yeah, I was really lucky! So I was really happy with the internship, with the tasks I had been given and with my marketing team.

So, after 4 months being a hard worker intern, they officially offered me the position of Marketing Assistant, extending it for another 6 months and it will be reviewed with a view to implementing a full-time contract. Couldn’t be happier!
If you have the same aspirations as me and if you are a hard worker, I highly recommend applying for Go Abroad China Internship program! There are no limits to the benefits that you could gain by making part of it.

Program: Gap Year
Location: China
Posted: Jul 11, 2017
Overall:
8
Support:
7
Value:
8

Frontier

My initial impressions and thoughts of this trip have been surpassed by what I have experienced in these past six weeks. As soon as I arrived at the Madagascar base camp I felt a warm welcome, with my fellow travellers, friendly staff and an impressive beach camp. The camp is well segregated into sleeping areas, science space and communal, relaxing area – and in all has a homely feeling.

I was impressed by the organisation of the marine project, and straight away I was involved in the day to day conservation activities (Advanced Open Water course, fish/coral/invertebrate lectures). Thanks to the Marine PI, I managed to go on satellite camp which was the highlight of the trip – amazing diving, great food, great company and a good atmosphere.

The diving in general is great and there is a good variation in marine life in all the sites that we survey which is good in comparatively understanding the degradation of the local coral reefs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my six weeks here and will come back for another frontier trip in marine conservation.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Madagascar
Posted: Jun 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

The central america trail was excellent and i thoroughly enjoyed myself. It all ran smoothly and there were no problems. The camp in Costa rica was also run incredibly well, and the store, showers, running water and toilet were all pleasant surprises.

Program: Gap Year
Location: Mexico
Posted: Jun 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Had a great time during my 4 weeks in Tenerife with Frontier. I was expecting much more basic accomodation, but it was a nice surprise. A big villa with en-suite showers, wifi, a private courtyard and in a sleepy, safe area.

The main part of the project work is going out on the whale watching boats and monitoring whale and dolphin sighting locations and numbers. We also work with the tourists on the boat to promote responsible cetacean watching.

It's a fun project in a great location with lots to do outside the project activities if you want to. You can also get flights really cheap - £100 return or less if you shop around. Recommended!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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

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