Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

In January this year, I was blessed to be able to spend two short weeks of my time in Mandeville, Jamaica. This opportunity was very rewarding and if I could I would of stayed longer! I spent my time volunteering in a local orphanage and seeing the smiles on the children's faces every morning made me realize how truly fortunate I am here in Canada. Projects Abroad was very helpful throughout my whole trip and they were always a call or text away! I would do it all again in a heartbeat and hopefully I will have the opportunity again some day!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Jamaica
Posted: Nov 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

I participated in the beach conservation programme on the Frontier Belize Project for 2 weeks in November 2017. I had a lot of fun in Belize thanks to the staff and all the activities conducted. The reef is absolutely amazing and I was so happy to learn about all the species of coral and fish and help with the important surveys Frontier is conducting there. Camp is basic but still comfortable and the location is absolutely beautiful. The only problems are the sand flies and mosquitoes but this can be overcome and it's totally worth it! Caye Caulker is also a lot of fun off the project with so many bars and beaches!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Belize
Posted: Nov 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Beacon of Hope Uganda

I set out for Uganda on 15th June, this was my third and shortest visit and I met with another volunteer Terry from Canada. Terry arrived after 2 days of my arrival. This was Terry’s first visit so perhaps he was even more excited than me. I arrived around 7pm and as always immigration was easy and even the officials smiled I just wish it were as easy in the rest of Africa
As on the last time, I received a great welcome from Isaac who was waiting for me at the airport.

The new BoHU House was really good and very comfortable, I shared a room with Terry when he came, and there is a nice lounge as well for eating food and recreation when you are not out on some kind of mission or adventure.

As I said I have been to Uganda already and worked with Isaac and BoHU some five or six months in all and have seen the organization grow and now blossom. Volunteering with BoHU is no everyday experience you get the real Africa, the real Uganda warts and all, and working with Isaac is a revelation the guy is an extraordinary person, truly a man and a half at least!!! You can actually see that you are helping to make a difference so any time I am there I get very excited.

First day I take it easy Beatrice, the wonderful and very pretty housekeeper greets us with the most wonderful breakfast includes French toast with avocado and pineapples and really these are the best in the world Yum!!!
The next day we visit the school traveling first by Matatu and then a long Boda Boda ride on dirt roads through the countryside this is really wonderful and great fun as well.

The school is a project that Isaac started last year. I was absolutely amazed at the quality of education at the school, The teachers are incredible , and as well as education the kids all receive a meal each day for some this is the only meal they will have, these kids just melt the hardest of hearts.
I was particularly impressed with both the corn project and the upland rice project. The upland rice has only been going for a couple of months. That evening we returned to Mukono for some more of Beatrice’s good cooking Rice, Matooke, beans and cassava and rested up the next day and getting ready for the next big trip.

This was to be a first for me, Isaac has started up a series of programs going deep into the other villages where no other organization penetrates for this one we were to go deep into the forest to the down village of Mengo, here there are no Boda-Boda so we are to go by car.

The next couple days we spent in this village we set up our clinic there and the village telegraph soon spread the word. Once more we must have treated over 500 people.

By the time we had returned to Mukono and said goodbye to all our friends old and new it was time to return home.

This is just a typical 2-3 weeks volunteering with BoHU you get to work with one of the greatest people I have ever met Isaac Ssamba, who is the founder and current Chairman, Board of directors of the of the organization and you can work on many projects such as the deep village clinics and actually see the difference you make .

BoHU has since opened a school and this serves a very wide area at present we have 5 full time paid teachers and several local volunteers working there, we desperately need foreign volunteers for this as well as other work.

Please if you want to volunteer I promise you that this is the most unique and genuine experience you can have, you will make a difference and you will also have fun

Terry was so impressed by what he witnessed that he has since he returned already raised over $5000 for BoHU and its work and continues to raise more money so that he can return in 2018 and help with bigger and better programs and help set up more agricultural projects. Terry made a difference and continues to do so, Why don’t you?

Jim

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Uganda
Posted: Nov 19, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Involvement Volunteers International

Highlights of the trip:

To be honest, every single thing I did was a highlight and meant equally as much to me. The whole experience I had in Cambodia is a blessing! If I had to pick out some most significant memories and skills I acquired, it would have to be my new Cambodian high school friends and learning to do brickwork. Although I signed up for the construction project placement, I did take on a bit of teaching for an evening class because the original teacher got in a motorbike accident and I volunteered to take over in the meantime. It was due to this unexpected opportunity that I got to meet several of the local high school students, who are now friends I cherish. On the other hand, I did, as expected, learn construction skills. I had never worked with cement, trench-building, or brickwork before. But with the help of the construction coordinator and the other volunteers, we were able to accomplish a long drainage trench that would prevent puddling in the new school area.

Comments on the team, food and accommodation:

The team, food and accommodation all contributed to making this volunteering experience in Cambodia unforgettable. The coordinators and staff at the project site were extremely friendly and easy-going. Not only were they flexible with our various requests, they were also very organized in helping us arrange transportation during the weekends, and providing us any other things/assistance we needed. They made us feel comfortable by acting as our friends and often contributed to our conversations, bringing smiles to our faces and warmth to our hearts. Moreover, the food was both nutritious and abundant. We always had fruit and enough rice, vegetables and other dishes for everyone. They were able to provide both regular and vegetarian/vegan items based on the requirements of the volunteers. Finally, the accommodation itself was decent. The rooms were large enough for 3-4 people and the beds were comfortable. Most importantly, the owner of the accommodation is extremely friendly. Although he could not speak English, he always cared for us in his way, and showed us incredible hospitality.

Any improvements to help us be better:

I really enjoyed the program and could think of few things that need improvement. The one thing was that I did not know that we could leave the program site during the weekends and come back on Sunday evening. Many of the other volunteers left to spend the weekend in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and other places, which allowed them to combine volunteer work with spare time/sight-seeing. I think it would be good if the welcome pack could include a few sentences about this, and that the local coordinators helped to arrange the transportation/taxis, so that future volunteers could make better plans for their stay in Cambodia.

Thank you,

Angela

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 19, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I had a great experience with IVHQ in Zambia last month . Everything was great and well organized from the first second we reached Zambia till the moment we finished with our program . The experience was extra ordinary starting from the great support done by IVHQ team via internet before travel , giving the full detailed information , passing by the great local team in zambia from drivers , cookers , accomodation workers and teachers at school . The atmosphere inside the accomodation was so great , people are gathering from every part of the world , meeting for meals 3 times a day , hanging out together , sharing their experience . The best part of the experience was the time we spent with the children at the school . Was really great experience and would repeat it again when i have the chance . Thanks to IVHQ i finally had my greatest experience in my whole life .

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Zambia
Posted: Nov 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I spent two weeks in Tanzania with Global Leadership Adventures and it was an incredible and rewarding experience. The staff was so helpful to answer any questions before my trip and there are webinars which give a lot of information to new travelers! Safety was a main concern that my parents had but I felt safe the entirety of my trip. GLA has local staff who know Tanzania very well and has security at the home base as a precaution even though the area was very safe. The local staff was beyond friendly and I loved getting to know them! The international staff was so kind too, I loved getting to know them! The service was so rewarding- we spent time teaching and refurbishing classrooms. The service was interactive and hands-on which really helped us to see the difference in the community. Each day we did a cultural activity, such as going to a coffee farm, painting Batiks, dancing, meeting local families, and going on a safari! I enjoyed every activity and am so grateful I was able to immerse into the culture as we did. I recommend this trip to anybody- it will change your life!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Nov 18, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Globalteer

Great project, lots of support and the Helping Hands project was fantastic. Lots to do and Siem Reap is such a wonderful place to volunteer. We worked as assistants to the Cambodian teachers in English classes but there was loads of things to do with the kids. The project is in the countryside and you can tell how important it is to the kids and community. Globalteer have a big office in Siem Reap next to the hotel so we always had support and help. The hotel was really nice and even had a pool. I would definitely recommend this project and will be back!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Cambodia
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteers Network (IVN)

I spent 2 weeks in a secondary school in Naples Italy.
I am a retired teacher.I didn’t realize how much I miss
students until I met the staff and students in Italy.
The students were so enthusiastic and inquisitive.
They had many questions about America and my life there
I had brought pen pal letters from my granddaughters,
cousins and friends.It was a big hit.I have the Italian
students’ replies. We hope to continue our new friendships

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Italy
Posted: Nov 17, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I had the great opportunity to be as a volunteer in Cusco, Peru. I was part of a group of 10 volunteers that went together throu the company we work for. It has been one of the most greatful experience I'd have.
At the beginning, Projects Abroad assistant was essential, they gave us the information we need to have everything prepared and ready for the trip. Step by step, they'd help us with our doubts and gave us advice. We'd know what type of clothing we'd need, the weather conditions in that period of the year, the coinage, traditions, type of food, among others; so we'd bring with us the stuff we actually need during the trip.
We arrived at Cusco, Peru at early morning, and Projects Abroad staff was already waiting for us with our transportation ready, they took us with our host families with a quick city tour included. The houses we're in, were comfortable, clean and safe, families were very kind, they'd always try to help us with our basic needs and give us some recommendations about the town and places to know.
During our volunteer activities we had the chance to be in primary level schools, where we'd help the teachers with some projects, do some teaching of our country of origin and interchange ideas about our cultures; kids were very happy to know about us and the activities we did with them, they'd participate actively and had great attitude. At the end of the week, it was hard to say good bye to them. We also visited a special school, where we spend time with different groups of students and do some art activities, kids were very emotional and they received us with their open arms. We had the chance to visit a nursing home too, helped with kitchen and cleaning duties and chat and interact with elderly people; this was a very heartwarming experience, we really appreciated it.
At the end of each day, we'd get together with our friends of Projects Abroad to review our journey, prepare next day material requirements and do some feedback about our volunteer experience. Projects Abroad members were always ahead of us, by planning, preparing and coordinating every activity, they demostrated how profesional they are, and how much they are committed to their job. I personally have a great opinion of this organization and its people.
Therefore, I'd recommend you to consider a Projects Abroad volunteer program, since they have many options worldwide, in many varieties of áreas (care, sports, medicine, archeology, teaching and more); I encourage you to live a volunteer trip, it will be definitevly a one life time experience. Have fun!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

This summer I went to China with a group of 24 students. Originally when searching for programs I found that none of them were even close to my price range as they were all too expensive. At first, I selected Global Leadership Adventures because of its affordable price and its service component. But it turned out to be so much more than that! GLA was an experience through which I learned to be more independent and confident. When out in the streets with other students we had to use our language skills to communicate which took a lot of brain power but also a lot of confidence. Making friends while on the China program was not hard at all. All the kids on my program were ambitious and they cared about making a difference. Since I found kids similar to me on the program it was really easy to make friends. Even though it's been a while since this summer we still have our group chat going strong and I even regularly meet up with two of the kids who live close to me. I definitely recommend GLA for other students because it really was a life changing experience for me and I think everyone should experience this great adventure!

The language aspect of this program could be greatly improved. The language classes were extremely informal and I don't feel like I really learned any new Mandarin.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Nov 16, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
6

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