Volunteer Abroad

Global Crossroad

I came into this program expecting to travel and volunteer at the same time. I easily achieved both and experienced an extreme amount of achievement in the process. The other interns and I became close family and traveled almost every weekend. Though seeing India was an amazing experience, teaching the young children was the highlight of my stay. Everyday going to the school and seeing their smiling faces, they are so eager to learn and talk to you. I will never be able to match the joy i found in those children. I will never forget this experience and highly recommend it to any volunteer or intern who wants to learn and observe a fascinating culture.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

The Projects Abroad team was great at giving me all the support I needed leading up to the trip. If you want to make sure you are secure at all times use this organization. At the airport I was greeted promptly and made to feel right at home right away. My host family was absolutly amazing and everyone in Projects Abroad wanted to make sure I was safe and happy at all times. The materials provided were very useful,and the staff was always available for support at any time. The program itself is a bit expensive and I the only downfall I saw was not enough money from what I paid going into the orphanage I worked at. I feel the price is a bit high, but I am glad I used Projects Abroad for my first volunteer trip to Africa because they always made sure I was comfortable and safe and healthy - so in this sense it was worth the extra cost.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 17, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Very memorable experience. My friend and I both did IVHQ programs but seperately (she went to Ghana and seemed to love it - I am thinking of going there next year). My favourite pieces of the trip were the home stay with the hill tribes and the children we taught (I grew a little too attached to some of them!). Advice for future volunteers would be to pack appropriately (follow the packing list they give you) and book your flight to arrive in Chiang Rai on the morning of orientaion. That way you are picked up from the airport by the staff and makes it your start much easier. I know some other volunteers arrived on the weekends when they do not provide airport pick ups and these volunteers were not that happy about it. I flew Air Asia from Bangkok to Chiang Rai and it was very cheap!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Sep 16, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

I would recommend IVHQ - they are well organized and helped me prepare more than adequately. One of the big draws to them was their low fees. I felt other companies were too expensive and simply could not afford to go with other companies. I also heard some bad stories from other companies when doing research prior to choosing the company I went with and IVHQ's feedback all seemed to be very positive. Go with IVHQ - you will have a good time. Mary.
Mary, thank you for your review. I am looking into volunteering in Thailand in the beginning of 2210. I am a 52 year old male who feel the need to take off the suit and contribute to a country in need. I am a health care professional (31 years) and will have 6 months + to dedicate to this goal. Can you give me any additional info on your experience in Thailand and with HVHQ. I reviewed the CCS program and although the org. seems organized the costs are high. Can you or anyone give me additional insight? Mark Brennan Florida, USA

Global Crossroad

It is my 4th trip to India and the organization has provided with much help and care to ease my stay here. The in-country coordinator, Rajan Bajracharya has been helpful and catered to my needs too as I am a vegetarian and did some last minute changes to my program. Moreover, he also did arrange our tours around India, which made it even easier for me and my fellow interns to experience India itself. The internship site was also satisfactory and the on-site volunteers and teachers were also very friendly and warm. So far, it has been an amazing experience, satisfactory and I would definitely recommend the current program to anyone I know. I might even come back here for my PhD thesis in the future for research as I have formed very good relationship with the people here. Thank you for the amazing opportunity and experience!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 15, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

I arrived in India 14 days ago and have had a really wonderful time. Since I had good time at the orphanage and it was a great fun and rewarding working with the children and staffs. I found the food and the condition at the orphanage was very good, well arranged and clean. Global Crosroad staffs really cooperated nicely.
The Golden Triangle tour of 4 days was amazing. One should visit Taj Mahal. The tour was wel organized and we were taken to lots of different sites. I should say Rajan is a good manager to organize well. He was very helpful and made my experience excellent.
I appreciate the food. The choice of project and the food were excellent. I have found the mini-adventure excellent. I would definitely visit India agian and recommend this program to others. You would also visit many other volunteers in different country. Thanks for a great experience in India.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 15, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

still who you are?? I never seen you when I was in India. you should feel shame writing nonsense against such good orgaization. Have been to Gale Sri Lanka how many houses GC built for fisherman?? stop nonsense
I did write to you "Will". That type of reply below just confirms this is written by some staff member at Global Crossroads.
you never wrote me, I think you are a crazy and psychic. I believe you are the most psychic behaviour at the orphanage and kick orphanage director out you from the project.
i wrote to you will and you never replied. i am guessing this is probably a fake. if you are real please reply to my email because i had a lot of questions in that email and i have only heard a lot of bad reports about this company. does anyone have any other companies they recommend? i do not think i will go with this company. there are far too many bad reports about them on the internet.
I feel bad to learn these comments. will1985blake@gmail.com is my email. Come for chat if you don't believe. While I was in the program, I met, John, Jaqueline, Sureshraj, Hailey, Mr.Rajan, Dr. Bandhu, Mrs. Namrata, Mrs. Shanti, Mr. Arjun, Mr. Dinesh and other many in the tours, Salim at Pratap Hotel in Agra, Ghoogat hotel in Jaipur. Tell me who you are. I want to varify you with them and ask your email ID with Rajan why you are writing. I am still travelling in India. I am available from 5pm to 7pm till October 17. Thanks
it seems some one is going behind this company and all negetive feedback is written by same person and abroadreview is favouring him
I was there recently and never met this person! I am going to post on here but my advice is to avoid this company!! One of the local staff told me American staff ask them to post positive reviews under fake names on this site (silly to tell a volunteer this when they are complaining about the program). I feel sorry for the local staff tho. They try their hardest but are just incompetent. I am going to start an ANTI GC GROUP on FB! I have been so disheartened by my experience I have been researching them. This company is owned by a very wealthy Nepal man who is not even American!
Hello I am Will Blake Rasmussen from Denmark living in unites States.I just completed mini-adventure program in India and I wrote what I experienced with Global Crossraod Program. I can send my pictures with Taj Mahal if you want. Please provide me your email address. For me, Global Crossroad has genuine program in India. you can really trust India program. Do not go to my grammer. Just visit the program and comment. Thanks
Am I wrong in thinking that this company seems to have all its' reviews written with terrible grammar?!? I agree with the comments below that this looks like a SCAM. I am looking to go to India in Summer 2010 but not with this company. Are these reviews moderated at all? Can we somehow contact this person who posted this review so we know it has not been made up?

Global Crossroad

I had an unforgettable and rewarding time volunteering with Global Crossroad in India. My accommodations were much nicer than I had expected. I stayed in a very comfortable apartment during my "cultural immersion" week in Delhi (western-style bathroom/maid cleaned the apartment daily/cook prepared meals twice a day), and I then stayed in the home of a very loving family in Jaipur for seven weeks. I had my own room and bathroom, and the family not only fed me three meals a day but offered continuous support and advice as if I were part of their family.
My experience with the organization I volunteered with in Jaipur also exceeded my expectations. When I arrived in Jaipur, the project I was supposed to work with had slowed down for the summer, so the Global Crossroad representative in Jaipur (who works to place volunteers with the projects that best fit their interests) arranged for me to volunteer with a project that appealed to me even more (working with a network of HIV positive women). While this project had not planned to have volunteers, they went out of their way to teach me about their work and provide me with opportunities to contribute. True, I would have preferred to know before arriving in India that this change would take place/I had the opportunity to work at an organization that better fit my interests, but in my situation, it worked to my advantage to be flexible (note: I can understand that if the situation had been different and my heart had been set on the original project, this could have been disappointing). Throughout the seven weeks that followed, the Global Crossroad representative checked in on me regularly to make sure that both my volunteer experience and homestay were going well/meeting my expectations. The level of support I received from the Global Crossroad representative, the family I lived with, and the organization I volunteered with was exceptional.
I strongly feel that if you approach your trip with an open mind; a certain amount of flexibility; and a determination to contribute in any way you can, meet new people, and learn about their culture (in doing so, accepting differences in organization/efficiency as a reality and part a culture rather than a barrier), you will learn a great deal and and open yourself up to lasting relationships with the people you meet.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Sep 15, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
8

WLS International

Having volunteered before I looked forward to my trip to Vietnam with WLS. Unfortunately I was most disappointed. I selected Vietnam because WLS had a home base (a good way to meet other volunteers) instead of a hotel. What they don't tell you is that you are staying in someone's house. A house that runs multiple businesses, has different people that you don't know roaming around the house all hours. On top of that the bathroom hygiene was unacceptable (note: I do stay at $10/night places so I wasn't expecting luxury!) I ended up moving to a hotel. The main problem with WLS was the placement. I volunteered at a food kitchen. What a well oiled machine it was there. Many local volunteers of all ages gave up their time to help. It was a great, honest organisation providing meals to those in hospital that would otherwise go hungry. The problem was simple. If the food kitchen runs perfectly well with local volunteers why did I pay around $1000 to volunteer there? If a charity can support itself locally then I would have much preferred to volunteer where my services were actually needed.
The WLS contact gave me incorrect information about the hours the food kitchen operated, particularly the start time and the days of operation. The first day I arrived 30 minutes before their 2 hour break. As no one spoke much English I had no idea what was going on. I sat there waiting the first day not knowing that the volunteers actually start at 7am. So by the time my contact brought me to the kitchen and left, I then sat for an hour not knowing why we weren’t working. Luckily on the 2nd day a volunteer spoke English and I got all the details.
The WLS contact were very nice and friendly but did not know anything that was going on. I do blame WLS for this and not the staff. I am sure they are only paid a small amount to house these volunteers and that’s it.
After the 2nd morning I did not speak to anyone from WLS and even after the trip WLS did not contact me at anytime asking for feedback. If they had I would have let them know how unhappy I was with WLS direct instead of writing it in this forum.
You are doing yourself a disservice by paying large amounts of money to any volunteer organisation which are out of touch with what the local community actually need. I am sure that there are many organisations in Vietnam that could benefit from foreign help, unfortunately mine was not one of them.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Vietnam
Posted: Sep 14, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

Nettie, Can you please tell me where your housing was? Did you volunteer with any other project other than the food kitchen? Thanks. I am considering volunteering and was wondering.

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Great program - really professional from first time I enquired till when I left the program in Costa Rica. IVHQ did everything I needed to get me prepared and the program in Costa Rica was run extremely well. A lot of volunteers were there at the time and Maximo were efficient and seemed to manage everything. Highlights are endless, but found the work very good and price was great compared to what other companies had their volunteers paying that i met. Maybe an increase staff is my only suggestion but I think the program has grown quicker than they aniticpated due to popularity and after talking to local workers, this seemed to be high on the priority list. Aside from that, cannot fault it and highly recommend it. If you are considering ivhq costa rica program then do it - you will have a great time.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Sep 13, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

this company doesn't have any base rather dump volunteer stating that they are very cheap. make sure cheap may be very cheap in quality. Basically i found they don't have stromg ground support
Can you tell me more about your costa rica experience? Is their an email address that you can be reached at? Mine is mmittal72@gmail.com

Global Crossroad

This company exploits the charities that we volunteers are trying to help and make a difference too, they give little or no donation to the charity, they leave you with no supervision or support, they pretend they dont have your money and threaten to terminate your trip, they lie to you constantly and are only nice up until they have your money, they charge you 3 to 4 times more than IVHQ & RCDP nepal and give you nothing more for it, In my strongest opinion and for your own safety DO NOT TRAVEL WITH GLOBAL CROSSROAD!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 7, 2009
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

this is a fake statement, I am sure this is written by same person who is a agent of Global crossroad competitor

Projects Abroad

I lived in Accra, Ghana for a month with Projects Abroad after completing a study abroad program with my university there as well. PA was definitely the better of the two programs, and it taught me so much more than my first placement.
The staff is amazing and they offer just the right amount of support - they don't stifle you or hold you by the hand, but neither do they just throw you out there with no information.
My host mother was kind, courteous, and an amazing cook. She worked hard to make sure we were all comfortable and has hosted volunteers for many years now.
If you decide to go, make sure that you travel outside of Accra on the weekends. No one really enjoys Accra, but it is very convenient and easy to catch a tro-tro out of town for a relaxing weekend at the beach, in Volta Region, etc.
Choosing Projects Abroad was a great decision, and I highly recommend it. I'm definitely a better person for it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Sep 3, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
7

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