Volunteer Abroad

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

My high school age daughter has traveled with GLA for the past two summers. Her first trip was the Galapagos program, and she did Bali this past year. She does not have enough great things to say about her trips, and when she got home from the airport after her trips, she could not stop talking about it for hours. Even still she tries to bring her trips into conversation whenever possible. As a parent, I was originally worried about letting her go, even though we had done significant international travel as a family before. We went to an alumni open house event before her first trip, and that solidified my confidence in GLA. She was able to talk to a girl who had gone on trips before, and her parents were able to speak to me about their experience. I was impressed at how well prepared GLA was in helping prospective students feel comfortable and excited about an adventure abroad. While she was abroad, we got frequent updates on the program blog, and seeing her smiling face in pictures reassured me. She has found a new passion for travel, and has been begging me for a third summer with GLA.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

I have spent the last two summers traveling with GLA - Ecuador in 2016 and Bali in 2017. I absolutely loved the time I spent abroad on these programs and I would do anything for just one more day on either of my trips. The people I met, the mentors who supported me, and the experiences I had were all unforgettable. I truly believe that I am a better person, in knowledge and action, as a result of my travels with Global Leadership Adventures. I have gained so much self-confidence from this type of travel, going to a new place, with new people. I wouldn't trade my trips for the world and I highly recommend GLA to any prospective students. They do an amazing job of making the trips extremely meaningful and enjoyable, at the same time. I have learned so many lessons from my travels abroad and not a day goes by that I don't think about my summer trips.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Oct 29, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

RCDP Nepal

Had a really good time in Nepal!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 28, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Had an awesome time on a really well organised project by an organization that made everything so easy. The project coordinator was amazing, I knew the support was there if needed.Everything went very smoothly apart from a few occurrences of 'fijitime' making things difficult!

I would have liked to have known a few more details about the living arrangements and host family prior to departure though.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Fiji
Posted: Oct 27, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

Projects Abroad

I had a great experience volunteering abroad with Projects Abroad! The appeal behind Projects Abroad was that you can get a valuable experience volunteering abroad. I liked how you could pick your own dates and they were super flexible when you could start and stop. Doing Projects Abroad was a great way for me to get legal experience after taking the bar exam and waiting for the results.

My host family was amazing. They made sure I was well fed, felt comfortable and safe at all times. I really enjoyed my dinner conversations with my host family. They made great food and it was a great way to learn about their culture in South Africa and a good way to unwind and learn about each other after a full day of volunteering.

The had a great experience with my placement at the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office. The Human Rights Office does great work by helping indigent clients from local townships and communities who ordinarily can't afford to pay for a lawyer. I handled a high case load full of property, family, consumer, and employment cases. At times it was challenging to a handle lots of cases, but I thought this was a good learning experience that I can apply to my career.

Cape Town was an amazing place! I did lots of neat things in Cape Town and the surrounding areas from several hikes on Table Mountain, Peninsula Tour, Wine Tour, Scuba Diving, Shark Cage Diving, visiting museums, and after the project I went on a 4 day safari at Kruger National Park.

I had a great experience and would do another project with Projects Abroad!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Oct 26, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Projects Abroad

Nepal was my first time out of the country, but it was an experience I will never forget. I knew that if I ever needed anything in Nepal, I had 20 different people I could call for help. The Projects Abroad staff was so awesome and helpful. They made sure to place us with a caring and kind family, and with supervisors who wanted to teach us. My time in Nepal is something I value very much, but the knowledge and background that I now have for physiotherapy and foreign countries is so much more.

My favorite part of Nepal was my host family. I stayed with 3 other volunteers and now have 3 new best friends from around the world. My host mom was the absolute sweetest human being I had ever met. She was constantly making sure that we were all comfortable and happy. Her three sons were always there to help and even pick us up from town if we needed a ride. My roommate could not figure out how to get home from her placement, and kept getting lost. My host family was always ready to pick her up when she was lost and even walked to and from work with her for a week. My host mom had a knack for making maps to help us to get work and to town and I will never forget them. The food was impeccable and we experienced true Nepali culture. My host mom will always hold a special place in my heart.

Outside of work and home, I got to get really close with the other volunteers. Going to a foreign country for 5 weeks could be a taxing challenge, but having 30 other people to do it with made it so much easier. Every Friday, the staff at projects abroad organized a group activity. We learned about Nepal culture and food, while getting to see all the volunteers. This allowed us to get to know each other and have friends to hang out with on the weekends. Besides our Friday night activity, the staff also organized outreaches weekly. This meant that typically once a week, we went out to the community and participated in something related to our placement. In physiotherapy, we typically went with the medical volunteers to talk to schools and kids about hygiene, health and activity. Other times, a doctor or physiotherapist would come in and teach us something new. I valued this experience because it was constantly challenging me in my field. Along with the challenge, I got to exchange information and knowledge with people who valued the same stuff as me. The Projects Abroad staff always made sure that our outreaches pertained to our field and were important for the community or us. Overall, my experience in Nepal is something that I will never forget.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 26, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

African Impact

I have always dreamt of visiting Africa & volunteering there. So this July i decided to pack my bags and fly to Tanzania to embark my next adventure as a volunteer with African Impact in Moshi. I was went all by myself & was nervous, happy and very excited! Proud to say it was by far the best cultural experience I've had yet. The people, animals, music, energy, food, gratitude, strength, adventure & love. Had the pleasure to teach English to the Masai tribal men & local primary school kids (who were the cutest!). As well as teach business skills to the beautiful tailors in town & paint murals at the Shiners nusery. A truly inspiring, life changing & challenging experience. Incredibly grateful to have worked with the wonderful staff at African impact & volunteers from all around the world, i felt so welcomed & safe. Met loving, enthusiastic & joyful students which made classes so much fun & rewarding. All the volunteers were super great! It was really rad meeting people from all different races & walks of life. On weekends we went hiking, shopping, swimming & I got to go on my first SAFARI! - Saw Elephants for the first time in the wilderness, which was a very magical experience. Thankyou African impact for an incredible trip, I didn’t want to leave x .

Can’t wait to come back next year!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Nakuru Hope

I have just recently returned from doing three and a half weeks at Nakuru Hope in Kenya.
What a privilege and joy it was to be involved in such a wonderful and inclusive program.
I met Susan and Christopher in May2017 but I had heard about their work prior to this. I new once meeting and talking to them that I really wanted to go and visit and within two months I was on my way.
I was not at all nervous or frightened about going on my own because Susan had maintained steady contact with me all throughout helping me with getting organised with vaccinations flight bookings setting up my accommodation on arrival drivers to collect me from airport and my accommodation helping me get my visa online.
There was nothing she wouldn't do for me and always responded promptly to my messages.
My driver Paul collected me promptly helped with all my luggage and we were off first via the Giraffe Park and Elephant Orphanage then on to Nakuru.
Being from moderate rural Australia I'm quite used to quiet roads open spaces and the like, and moderate living most people I know have two cars a house a couple of children pets medical care on demand and so on, nothing can honestly prepare you for seeing just how many people are here, the living conditions they endure the poverty the complete lack of efficient medical care and lack of Government assistance and intervention unless there is money for the government of course!
So to see this amazing orphanage and school rise up out of the slums is truly Amazing! to know that this has been achieved by a passionate lady who will not give up and her wonderful Director who helps to guide and maintain a steady course along the way is simply inspirational.
The home stay is lovely fresh and clean dormitory style and very affordable.
Lucy the house keeper keeps it clean and tidy and serves up a wonderful African menu for dinner.
It is fantastic to be able to participate in some of the classes with the children.
They do maintain a proper educational program here so our involvement within the classes is monitored and in the best interests of the children.
I spent a lot of my time helping Lydia in the kitchen truly one of the most demanding roles there and she completes her work load happy everyday and it was a pleasure to assist her.
I also went to the farm and picked cabbages and planted kale.
I met Clara the cow who will be having a calf soon and then be able to provide the school with milk.
The farm is absolutely amazing the produce they grow is simply outstanding all by hand lots of sweat and backbreaking work and constant discussion on how things can be improved, I sincerely hope they are able to secure another parcel of land to assist them with their goals of trying to feed more people and care for more children.
I also spent time on home visits. Whilst this is a major shock to see it's also where I got a lot of satisfaction assisting those who desperately need a help up not a hand out.
A wonderful service offered by the foundation that not only helps look after the orphans that come their way but the wider community as well. Everything they do they have given a great deal of thought to how they can best help, is this sustainable can we get them work can we assist in other ways. Simply amazing and so thoughtful and wise.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and I'm planning a return visit in 2018.I think its extraordinary what has been achieved so far and I sincerely hope they receive some financial support to achieve the next Phase.
Volunteering what an amazing thing to do you go in feeling like you are giving the gift of your time and knowledge but you come away receiving so much more.
Many thanks Nakuru Hope for your time, inclusion and constant consideration for me and my well being my tears of sadness when I said goodbye will turn to tears of joy when I return. Asante sana Rennae Martin

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Oct 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I enjoyed the experience in Costa Rica. It was truly an eye-opening, once in a lifetime opportunity. I would love to do more projects around the world like this. I met so many amazing people from around the world, and learned so much about ocean conservation and sea turtles. I cannot recommend this enough. You will not regret going through with this project.
The best memory was when I was helping a mother turtle that was nesting, and another turtle came from the ocean and came right up to me! I was so shocked that a turtle trusted me enough to come to me. She decided to have her front flipper touching me, and started to dig her nest. For me, it was the most beautiful moment. I would have never expected something so amazing to happen.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I enjoyed the experience in Costa Rica. It was truly an eye-opening, once in a lifetime opportunity. I would love to do more projects around the world like this. I met so many amazing people from around the world, and learned so much about ocean conservation and sea turtles. I cannot recommend this enough. You will not regret going through with this project.
The best memory was when I was helping a mother turtle that was nesting, and another turtle came from the ocean and came right up to me! I was so shocked that a turtle trusted me enough to come to me. She decided to have her front flipper touching me, and started to dig her nest. For me, it was the most beautiful moment. I would have never expected something so amazing to happen.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Oct 24, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Volunteer Abroad