Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

Visiting Nepal under the Projects Abroad's High School Special's Medicine Project has proven to be one of the best experiences I have had. The accomodation at Hotel Global in Chitwan, and Hotel Prince in Kathmandu were all very comfortable, with easy access to bottled water. The staff at both hotels were incredibly helpful and friendly, and were all receptive to feedback. The food at Hotel Prince and Global catered for the dietary requirements of volunteers and always ensured a variety of both Nepalese and Western Food. Hot water when showering made my stay at Global and at the Prince more enjoyable.

Projects Abroad ensured that the volunteers got to experience Nepalese culture by attending a dance class, and they organised for a staff teach us basic Nepalese phrases to ensured we had better communication with the locals and during placements. The staff members at Project Abroad implemented many team building exercises and icebreaker games to allow for all volunteers to interact with one another, and they always ensured to take our feedback on board by doing daily breakdowns and reflections.

The staff at Projects Abroad also ensured that we had the freedom and choice to tour around the markets and side streets in Chitwan and in the tourist area near the Hotel Prince, and were helpful in allowing us to exchange our foreign currencies into Nepalese Rupees at the best local rate. The Project was a good balance of working in local hospitals to exploring the local areas as well as ensuring sufficient time to relax and bond in the evenings.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jan 9, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Last summer, I spent 10 days in Costa Rica on Global Leadership Adventure’s “Beachside Service Adventure”. I can honestly say that those ten days were some of the most exciting, transformative, and meaningful ten days of my life. The service we performed was touching and I loved every second of it. The “adventure” excursions were beyond fun and let us explore different parts of Costa Rica. The environment GLA created for us (as students abroad) fostered life-long friendships. I am so happy I got to go to Costa Rica with Global Leadership Adventures!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 5, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had the best time traveling to Guatemala with Global Leadership Adventures! I went to Guatemala for 14 days on the Children of the Maya trip. I learned so many new things about their culture while making an impact on local communities. I would go back in a heartbeat! I loved all the people I met from the others teens on the trip to the staff members! The staff members were so awesome and welcoming and I love the home base, not only that I am still in contact with some of the other girls who went on the trip! I am so glad I was able to go on the trip and I would highly recommend others to travel with Global Leadership Adventures too!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Jan 5, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I had the best time traveling to Guatemala with Global Leadership Adventures! I went to Guatemala for 14 days on the Children of the Maya trip. I learned so many new things about their culture while making an impact on local communities. I would go back in a heartbeat! I loved all the people I met from the others teens on the trip to the staff members! The staff members were so awesome and welcoming and I love the home base, not only that I am still in contact with some of the other girls who went on the trip! I am so glad I was able to go on the trip and I would highly recommend others to travel with Global Leadership Adventures too!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Guatemala
Posted: Jan 5, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My daughter traveled to Ecuador and Galapagos the summer of 2017.
She had an amazing trip and now is taking her second GLA trip this spring break 2018. GLA staff was great. I recommend GLA for teens who are independent, spirited and looking for a way to give back to the world.
Pam Prast mother of 15 year old traveler.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Jan 4, 2018
Overall:
9
Support:
6
Value:
8

African Impact

Volunteering in African Impact's Big 5 Wildlife Research and Conservation Program was a phenomenal experience that went beyond all expectations. African Impact is a very professional organization; I felt safe at all times and the logistics and organization were always impeccable. Dumela Lodge is a great place to stay and the food is great (in case you're worried). You will live wonderful experiences, so don't hesitate to book your trip!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Jan 4, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

The global leadership adventures is a beyond extraordinary program. I am 17 years old in high school and I wanted to go out and do something new I came upon the program as a basic ad lurking on social medias. I spent hours roaming their website from looking to videos, blogs, and pictures. I decided to enroll into the beachside service program in Costa Rica, Global leadership adventures helped step by step they even had checklist for me ! This team made my experience breath taking, I met people from all over the world, learned to be more independent, and I even keep in contact with my mentor. If anyone is looking to travel abroad I would highly recommend global leadership adventures. The trip impacted my life in so many ways I see the world differently I interact with people differently even myself I learned to be more open and willing in many situations. On GLA trips they make you feel like your at home!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 2, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My experience with Projects Abroad in Argentina was absolutely incredible! From my first point of contact with them, I was sure I made the right choice, and felt supported every step of the way. Upon arriving, I quickly felt at home with the Human Rights and Law team and the rest of the members in the office. The field placements were truly unique and meaningful. I wouldn't change anything about my experience, except for maybe the fact that I wish I could have stayed longer. My host family was incredibly welcoming and my coworkers made every day worth it. It isn't easy to work in Human Rights and Law; nevertheless I would recommend this to anyone willing to try. I felt as if though I was able to make a small difference every day, and gained as much back. Since returning home, I constantly refer back to my experience and have taken it forward with me every day since.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Argentina
Posted: Dec 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

My trip to Ghana with OV was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I have travelled, worked and volunteered in Africa before but the experiences in Ghana are my most memorable. Every step of the booking process with OV was extremely professional and supportive and they patiently answered all of my multiple questions. The travel and transfer from the airport were well organised. The accommodation was far nicer than I had expected, with my own room bigger than my first flat, with a huge double bed. Water was limited, of course, but we all managed perfectly well. The staff at the volunteer accommodation were exceptionally kind and helpful and always available if we needed anything. The few issues that did arise, as is to be expected, were swiftly and expertly dealt with. The staff cooked for us one night which was a really nice treat and a great way to bring the group together. The staff managed to maintain exactly the right balance of support without crowding us, always making sure they were available if we needed anything at all. They could not have been more accommodating and helpful. I was worried that I would be older than most of the other volunteers but the group was very mixed and everyone got on really well.
The volunteering work was the most rewarding that I have done and, although it was tiring and emotionally exhausting at times, every member of our group felt that they had been useful somehow. We helped with building an extension to a school, painted educational material onto school walls and taught the children. In the evenings we held a ‘book group’, which was the genius idea of one of the volunteers. We read to the local children and helped the older children read to the younger ones. This was my favourite activity as the children were all so enthusiastic and were working together.
I was so impressed with OV that, since travelling with them to Ghana, I have also been with them to Morocco and am planning next years’ trips with them to Bulgaria and South America. I would thoroughly recommend them to everyone of any age who would like to give something back and really engage with local culture. Thank you OV!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Dec 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

My name is Brooke Stoddard, and I travelled to Kenya in October 2017 to volunteer with Projects Abroad. At first, I was quite nervous about the whole adventure, since it was my first time travelling so far from home. Not only was I travelling far from home, I did not know anyone either. When I first arrived, I, as well as many other volunteers, thought "What am i doing here?". However, once I arrived to the Projects Abroad office in Nanyuki, all my stress had dropped off my shoulders. I was so relived. The staff was extremely welcoming, and make 100% certain that all their volunteers are safe at all times. The volunteers felt like family to me for the 3 weeks I was in Kenya. The volunteering was a life changing experience. I was working in the orphanages, and the children are so appreciative of everything we do for them. They simply may just need a smile, or a hug to make a difference in their day. It is truly heart warming. Every week day, all the volunteers were brought back to the Projects Abroad office where we could all interact and socialize with one another, which truly was great. Also, the staff organized social events every week, in order for the volunteers to simply get together and have fun. I guess i could go on and on about this volunteer trip, but if i have one last thing to mention, its that I highly recommend Projects Abroad. They are all simply amazing. From the moment you sign up for the trip, until the last day you leave the destination to go home. I, for one, loved every second of my adventure, and I will certainly be back to volunteer soon with Projects Abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Dec 12, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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