Volunteer Abroad

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Volunteering in Kpando, Ghana was truly an amazing experience. As one of the leaders for a 12 person group it was extremely important to work with an organized and supportive program. I found the staff at A Broader View to be a major help during the planning period of my trip. All of my emails were quickly answered, Sarah was always available to answer any questions over the telephone, and all of my concerns about safety were addressed. I worked together with A Broader View in order to come up with a great itinerary to provide meaningful service in Ghana. There is such a wide range of volunteer opportunities so no matter what area you would like to focus your service on it is possible through A Broader View.
I urge everybody to go and experience the beautiful country of Ghana. The people were so warm and inviting. Everywhere we went kids came to hug us and adults took us in with open arms. There is so much that can be done in Africa and so much that you can learn from the people there. Going in with an open mind and getting first hand experience is the best way to actually do something about poverty, preventable illnesses, and HIV/Aids education.
. I experienced and learned so much more then I ever thought was possible during my time in Ghana.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Feb 8, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering Solutions

Just came back from an amazing trip! Everything turned out great as people at volunteering solutions were great and helped at every step. A must visit if you are planning for Thailand...

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Feb 8, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Volunteering Solutions

We had the time of our life. Sahil the person at their office was there to help me and my son always and made a perfect trip for us all through. We are already planning another trip with them!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ecuador
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Quest Overseas

Quest overseas was by far the most amazing experience of my life. Within only three months we visited a huge amount of country and did some incredibly amazing things. The people i met on the trip were absolutely brilliant and our leaders were both highly motivated, resourceful, friendly and exciting to be around. The reason i choose Quest overseas for my gap year was its project, we spent 6 weeks working on a building project in Tanzania on the slopes of kilimanjaro, this was incredibly rewarding as it was a well researched project that was actually something the local community wanted and were committed to the development of. While working it felt like we worked with the community as integrated members rather than being a group of outsiders stuffed on a site for a brief period of time.
The expedition part of the trip was absolutely amazing!! it literally felt like we did something incredible everyday, bunjee jumping, walking safaris, trekking, scuba diving, camping in the Botswana delta, tubing, bridge swinging etc. Although Quest is expensive i would definitely say it was worth the money, the reason its so expensive is that everything is included apart from flights, i barley spent any money while i was actually on the trip and a huge part of the cost is a massive donation to the project, without this donation the project is not possible as it pays for materials and wages etc.
I would not hesitate in recommending this trip to anyone who wants to travel widely, volunteer or just escape for a few months!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

Do NOT travel with Frontier! They are absolutely dreadful and it's a waste of your money. I taught in Tanzania and whilst the experience itself was amazing, and I will definitely go back at some point, Frontier let me (and the other volunteers) down big time.
It's hard to summarise, but let's give it a go. Only after paying the full £895 were we told that the school was closed for summer holidays for the entire month we were there. We had no field staff member as promised in the original contract and had to rely on once a week visits from staff at the marine camp.
Frontier kept piling on the costs once we'd paid (such as £160 for internal flights), and on landing on our island we were told that we weren't staying in town as we'd been told all along, but actually living at the school.
They barely provided enough money for food (£6/7 per week) and made no donation to the school - leaving me wondering where £600-700 of my money disappeared to.
Just don't travel with them whatever you do.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Feb 6, 2009
Overall:
1
Support:
0
Value:
2

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered with the healthcare in San Jose. IVHQ paired me up with the company Maximo Nivel. I was very pleased with both organizaitons. Everyone was professional and courteous.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Feb 3, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

hi i'm a doctor and want to goto costa rica or peru with IVHQ. what kind of medical work did you do there? thanks
did u take a laptop or phone- how close were you to amenities?

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

My trip to Peru with A Broader View Volunteers was absolutely amazing, it was so much more enriching than I thought it would be. My time spent with my host family was some of my favorite, they were so warm and welcoming and really made me feel at home. Cusco is a great city to just wander around and think. There is so much history and mystery behind each and every stone. Despite the poverty people are in such high spirits that it really makes one appreciate everything this world has to offer, especially beyond the material things. I have met some amazing people along my journey, some I know I will keep in touch with throughout my life. Thanks to A Broader View!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Feb 3, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Quest Overseas

Quest is probably one of the few volunteer gap year programs that offers volunteer projects that actually benefit the community. For the 6 weeks that i was helping on a building site in the kilimanjaro region of Tanzania i was very aware of and involved in the positive effect we were having on the local community. Quest makes volunteers give an £850 donation to the project. This paid for our food, accomadation, building supplies and wages for the local builders. None of this money went towards quest. The only money quest takes is for the 6 week travel after the project. This whilst being fairly costly is probably one of the best tailor made trips you can find for that price. We did an amazing number of things, all highly enjoyable. Safari, scuba diving, bungee jumping and many other activities were all part of the trip. I had an amazing time and would recommend Quest to anyone without hesitation. I haven't found any other companies that offer either such a genuinely beneficial project or enjoyable travel. The support we received from our 2 group leaders was gerat as well. Without question worth every penny and at the end of it you have actually helped accomplish something beneficial.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Feb 2, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Quest Overseas

I had an amazing time with Quest Overseas; I met some really amazing and interesting people from all walks of life. The places we visited were breathtaking and opened my mind to the world of travel and I would recommend this program for anyone. Quest is also great value for money and also unlike other gap year programs most of the money you give to the organisation goes on the community you live and work with so it’s a very rewarding experience. Thanks Quest team!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Africa
Posted: Feb 2, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

I have no word than thanking to all support of Global Crossroad. I have just finished my program in India. I would say this is the best and eye opening opportunity of my life. From begening to the end, I received full support. Rajan and Dr. Bandhu in India are incredible and most supportive. they made my program most successful.
If you are planing to join india program. Please talk Gloden Triangle tour, it is mind blowing. You can't miss Taj Mahal, while you are in India.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 31, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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