Volunteer Abroad

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Excellent Experience and service!! I would definitely reccomend IVHQ. Great friendly helpful staff, very well organised, they took all the stress and hassel out of it. I researched many volunteer companies and they we're the best by far!!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Volunteering India

The program was great and Saurabh our coordinator at office was wonderful. The food and support from the host family was also very nice and provided excellent meals to all volunteers. Working at the school with young children was a very memorable experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Volunteering Solutions

The best managed trip I have had in my life! People are wonderful and everything was done professionaly. I had a wonderful time working at an orphanage and the coordinator Rajiv is excellent and was helpful in all the ways possible. Volunteering Solutions was a great support and made sure I was comfortable in my trip.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: India
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Let me begin by saying that I absolutely loved everything about my stay in Cusco. I was very surprised that I didn't miss anything from ome. I felt so at home from the moment I arrived. I must say that the most difficult thing I experienced was leaving. I am still having a hard time and I have dreams about being in Cusco every night. Greta, Oscar, and the rest of the family were great. I truly consider them a part of my family now, and I can't wait to see them again. And I can't not mention Greta's awesome cooking, it was the best I had in Peru. The rest of the volunteers and I were so spoiled. My favorite memory of my stay in Peru is walking in to the home and hearing the kids call my name and them coming to greet me. I miss them so much already.
Overall this ABV program was one of the best experiences of my life and I learned so many things not only about myself but about us as people. My experience was great because of the people I was so privileged to meet, especially the children. The children taught me that one can find happiness through the good times and the bad times, and for that I owe them. They taught me more than I could have taught them.
Tip for future volunteers…
Always have small bills and change with you. Always have the number to your home stay with you, or memorize it preferably. Don’t complain, to anyone. If you don’t like something, suck it up, the other volunteers and locals don’t want to hear it. Take warm pajamas. Take at least one outfit for going out; nice shoes, top, bottoms, everything.
I would do this again in a heartbeat. If it weren’t for some responsibilities and commitments that I have here in the States, I would be looking into finding a job teaching English or Spanish in Cusco. I fell in love. I will most certainly be back as soon as possible. I thank A Broader View for the opportunity.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Jan 18, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

If there was an option to give this organisation an 11 on the rating, I would have!
Does it sound too cliché to say my experience in Kenya changed my life and outlook? I spent 6 months in Kenya through IVHQ, my first 5 months teaching in an orphanage in Nairobi and my last month in the rural village of Keumbu. In Keumbu I lived in an orphanage and taught in a primary school. I met the most amazing people throughout my 6 months and would do the whole thing over and over again.
IVHQ were so speedy with responding to any concerns of mine and they sent me emails while I was in Kenya.
Crazily cheap prices for the programmes yet people still pay ridiculously high prices for dud organisations who just don't deliver! Where's the sense?!
As for the girl who complained about cold showers...hmmmn...you went to a developing country with westernised expectations? If you want luxury, stay at home honey :)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Kenya
Posted: Jan 17, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

I was thinking of 6 months as well but am a little afraid that is too long since I've never been to a developing country before. Did you like the rural or urban placement better? I was leaning toward rural, but I'm not sure I'd want to spend the entire time there. Maybe I'll split it up like you did.
Great feedback - that is very helpful and also constructive for us future volunteers! Thanks tons. I'm so excited!!
I totally agree with u!! :)

Madventurer

I went to Ghana with these guys and thought that they were great, from the first phone call to the reunion ball that they put on in Newcastle a couple of months after I got back to the UK they really seemed to go the extra mile for us volunteers.
In Ghana I was staying in a small village with seven other guys from the UK and one Canadian, my time was split between teaching and helping to build a new classroom. We had good support from one of the Madventurer crew on the ground and they were happy to recommend places to visit at weekends and point us in the direction of a good bar in Accra.
I have recommended Madventurer to all my friends at Uni and have no doubt anyone reading this review would be looked after by these guys.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 15, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ is fantastic! Incredible value, there were other volunteers here from different organisations who paid DOUBLE what I paid for exactly the same experience. Email responses were extremely fast. I cannot wait to do another program through IVHQ.
The staff here in thailand were fantastic, i felt so welcomed and they were always trying to help make my stay easier and more comfortable!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Thailand
Posted: Jan 14, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Crossroad

As a Japanese student. I was so confused at the begening after looking some negetive feedbacks of Global Crossroad. But I did talk to some of the volunteers who participated Global Crossroad before. I received varities of feedbacks some were very positive and some were partially positive. But one thing I learned from all participants that projects Global Crossroad works are very good and host are very nice.
After talk to numbers of participants, I did talk to Cheryl and a guy, they gave me so many information but I was not able to decide to join thier program and decided to join Cross Cultural Soluntions. After talking to Cross Cultural Solutions I found that Global Crossroad and Cross Cultural placed volunteers in same project in many places and later decided to join Global Crossroad because Cross cultural solution is 200% expensive than Global Crossroad.
Once I booked thier program to Accra. I received all information within two weeks and gave me access to talk to local coordinator and volunteers who were on field. After talking to volunteers in field provide me more confidence. When I board the plane from JFK, I met other volunteer of Global Crossroad (Christina) we both talk so many aspects of Global Crossroad because we were very suspecious about Global Crossroad, what is going to happen if no one apears at Airport. When we exit the airport we saw my and Christine name on card board holding by one of the Global Crossroad staffs (Mr. Richard) than our suspision culm down abit, we talk to Richard on way to Kasoa. One we arrive in Kasoa, there was room ready for us. which give me more confidence that Global Crossroad is more legitimate than what other expalined in web. Next day, we had orientation, all together we were 10 volunteers. the home base accomodation look very safe and Naomi was so nice and the working project is just next block of the hostel. All my suspision and confusion completely meltdown than I felt so happy that I choose Global Crossroad.
I have seen some problem in Ghana such are people are not on time so the country coorinator. Over all my experience was excellent and rewarding It is no doubt I will go with Global Crossroad because they provide me very secure environment. Once again thanks global crossroad you guys are doing woundful job. Don't listen what other say, keep your metions what you want to acheive.
Inoue, Nihonbashi

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 12, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

i did the ivhq turtle program in costa rica and it was incredible. great bunch of volunteers to work with and amazing location. i worked in matapalo with 4 other volunteers and the local staff. we lived on the beach and had an amazing time. there were other turtle placements around costa rica as well and when alll the volunteers met back up in san jose later in the program for a social evening they seemed really happy with it as well. one volunteer complained about sun burnt though..... take sun screen if you're prone to sun burn!! i'd heard bad reports about many volunteer companies before i did this trip but ivhq certainly bucked that trend! do it - you will love it.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Costa Rica
Posted: Jan 8, 2009
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

What were the living conditions like?

Foundation for Sustainable Development

I learn a lot and had an exposure and a better understanding between theory and field work. Also, it was a total volunteer and it take determination to sustain. But it is not all places the same and what ever may be the case, dont go into a volunteer work with an expectaion of seeking for worth, but focus on labour and what ever you would have should be appreciated.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Jan 1, 2009
Overall:
8
Support:
4
Value:
2

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