Volunteer Abroad

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I had an amazing time. CCS really looked after us.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 18, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Comments

im just thinking about going to Ghana with CCS. So you enjoyed it? do you feel your efforts were well spent? what sort of things did you do during the day? also how were the living accommodations? sorry i have so many questions.

Projects Abroad

I went on a Projects Abroad placement back in 2005, it was amazing! I was working at a care project teaching English to AIDs orphans. Unfortunately I don't think Projects Abroad have the project in Swaziland anymore but as an organisation I would rate them really high. The support I received and the experiences I had while away were so great and will stay with me forever!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Swaziland
Posted: Nov 15, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Madventurer

Were very helpful right from the beginning. I returned to Cusco on my own to the orphanage I'd worked in when I was there with Madventurer. They still gave me support even when I wasn't with them the second time

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 10, 2008
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
9

Global Crossroad

Jeff Sya (Gao) did the placement. He's nothing but a school teacher with a pretty web page. You will not get support. Avoid!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: China
Posted: Nov 9, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Projects Abroad

I visited Cape Town back in the summer for 2 months as an intern for the Daily Voice Newspaper. I worked closely with Jourmalists in a busy newsroom collecting stories across the townships and Cape Flats and typing up copy back in the office. It was fast paced, lively and very eye-opening into the workings of Journalists and the paradoxical nature of South Africa. I returned with a portfolio of a dozen published articles. Definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: South Africa
Posted: Nov 9, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
9

Comments

I am a journalism student in Vancouver, Canada finishing up my final year of school. I am writing a feature piece on international journalism internships, having completed one last year with a company called Adelante. I am looking for other people who have completed international journalism internships to interview. The article will be published. If you would are interested or would like more information you can email me at carly_sheridan@hotmail.com. Thanks so much! - Carly

Projects Abroad

I worked on a Projects Abroad conservation project in the rainforest for 3 weeks. I had the time of my life! Looking after animals on the release programme; conducting observations; protecting turtle eggs and working on the pilot farm were just a few of the jobs I worked on and all were really worthwhile! The sense of adventure was great being based a relatively long way from normal western civilisation and the social side to living with other like-minded people was also a highlight. Throughout my stay I felt sufficiently independent but had the reassuring knowledge that if anything went wrong helo was at hand. I would love to go back if I had the chance!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Peru
Posted: Nov 6, 2008
Overall:
9
Support:
9
Value:
9

Madventurer

Don't be deceived by the above post. The volunteers take more from the community than they can ever return. If mad was not desperate to expand as a travel agent, it may focus more on not-for-profit projects, where a £600-£2000 project fee went more to a community than paying overhead costs in country. If only all people going to Ghana knew how much rent is paid to keep the Accra house running!
If you are not concened about the wider issues of international development and ethical travel, this company is 100% for you!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Ghana
Posted: Nov 5, 2008
Overall:
5
Support:
5
Value:
5

Comments

This seems an odd comment, talking about management costs. Is this a review? it seems more like a rant from a competitor.

i-to-i TEFL

I have recently joined volunteer program in Tanzania, where I found several organizations placed volunteer in Koranga hospital, which is about 25 KM from Arusha. these organization includes Cross Cultural Solutions, Global Crossroad, I-to-I and so on. I found all they charge money but pay little to the hospital where they need most help. I found Cross Cultural pays USD 250 per month, Global Crossroad USD 400.00. i-to-i USD 300.00 a month. I don't know where the rest of the amount goes.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 29, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

cross cultural solutions, a non profit, director make $400,000 per year. what you say?
Look for non-profit organizations, and read if they donate to the local programs and check the 990 form and see how much the executives get paid, how much they have in expenses in (office supplies, rents, etc)

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I volunteered at an orphanage in
Nepal - a beautiful country full of wonderful people. The program was amazing. I learned alot about myself as well as about another culture. The work was full of challenges, but was incredibly rewarding. Overall IVHQ offered great support and is connected with a very strong program. If you are considering, just go!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 29, 2008
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
8

Comments

Can I ask how long you were there Anna? I am thinking of doing the same thing.

Cross-Cultural Solutions

I spent my summer with CCS-Karanga in Tanzania and it was terrible. The program was very poorly run and the staff was very rude and inconsiderate. While I was there I met many other volunteers from other organizations that paid thousands of dollars less than I did to come and were getting a much better experience while there. The food there was amazing but that is about the only thing CCS was good for there. My placement was somewhere where they didn't really need/want me. The "cultural excursions" were terrible and not informative at all. I was very much looking forward to integrating myself within the local culture and really getting to know the people but that became very difficult with the staff I was with. I had such a terrible time with CCS that I decided to leave the program early and spent the rest of my time in the village along. Once I dissociated myself with CCS I was much more respected in the community and was allowed to really delve into the culture and actually feel like I was making a differences- which is what I came to do!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Oct 28, 2008
Overall:
0
Support:
0
Value:
0

Comments

I had a very similar experience in Costa Rica and I couldn't agree with you more. Don't go with CCS!!!
This comments must be written by Volunteer head quater agent. ccs has great program in Kotanga.
I am looking for a company at the moment too. CCS looks good but I agree too expensive. Two companies I have found that have good feedback and are low cost are GVN and IVHQ. Just trying to decide between the two now.
Mercy ships, which I've never heard of, may be more expensive, but I have done a lot of research and most organizations are much, MUCH less expensive than CCS. And most give at least a portion of your money to the local organizations that you're volunteering with, even if their fees are only around $600/2 weeks. CCS on the other hand charges $2000+ for 2 weeks and can't manage to give any to the locals who need the help most.
actually can i just say CSS is less expensive.. with places like mercy ships they make you pay the amount CSS does just to go to a place in texas where you learn about what you'd be doing and things, THEN pay more to actually go on mercy ships. as for the price, its expensive, but think about EVERYTHING that the money is going to. Doing something like that in the us would be A LOT more.. Its worth the money.
I would love to know the other companies you found because my frineds and I are trying to find a good one to go with. CCS is a little pricey.

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