Volunteer Abroad

Projects Abroad

I had the great opportunity to volunteer in Mongolia with Projects Abroad and could not have had a better experience. Traveling to Mongolia was very daunting and I was nervous about traveling abroad independently and trying to adjust to a new standard of living and new customs. My apprehensions immediately diminished once I stepped off the plane and was greeted by a cheerful staff member. She introduced me to my host family, took me around Ulaanbaatar, explained Mongolian traditions, and helped me become comfortable with public transportation. The support system provided by Projects Abroad was phenomenal. Besides feeling safe and well adjusted, my volunteering experience was wonderful. Projects Abroad connected me to a Primary Care Center and I worked for two weeks with infants and toddlers. The staff at the center didn't speak English but we still managed to communicate with hand signals and I gained such an appreciation for nurses and their hard work. Projects Abroad also organized a volunteering excursion to a ger camp where, working with other volunteers, I taught some very basic English, set up arts and crafts, and played basketball with some local children.

The host family Projects Abroad connected me with was so welcoming and kind. They gave me my own room, made large family dinners every night, and taught me about Mongolian history. I am so grateful to Projects Abroad for setting up such a life changing experience and making sure I felt comfortable for the entirety of the trip (except when it was necessary to feel uncomfortable, because sometimes that discomfort is most needed!)

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Mongolia
Posted: Oct 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Original Volunteers

A massive thank you to Original Volunteers and my coordinator, Asim, for an amazing stay in Nepal. This was my first time volunteering and it was an experience I will never forget. I spent almost two weeks at the children's happy home in Pokhara, Nepal not only volunteering but also learning about traditional Nepalese culture. The children were all boys aged between 5 and 16 years and their happiness, friendliness, and warmth on a day to day basis made my stay with them so enjoyable and I miss them dearly. Daily activities included helping the boys with their homework before and after school, helping around the house, and playing with them. As the boys went to school myself and the other volunteers had free time to explore the scenic and picturesque mountain town. As a citizen in a modern and advanced western world it struck me by how hard life is in the village for the poorer community yet for these young boys it is just a normal way of living. I will definitely keep in touch with Asim and I wish to return in the future to help with the developing projects.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Oct 1, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
7
Value:
10

Projects Abroad

I feel so grateful to have been given the opportunity to travel with Projects Abroad to Tanzania this past summer. I have say that this program will definitely change your perspective on life.
I did the medicine in Tanzania High School Special, for volunteers between the ages of 16-19. I was the only 16 year old on my trip; most volunteers were 17 or 18. However, I really didn’t have trouble fitting in. As most did other volunteers, I came by myself. If you’re worried about coming by yourself, it really doesn’t make a difference whether you bring a friend or not because everyone wanted to meet new people and have a great time! As for the flight, I travelled from Canada to the Netherlands to Tanzania. It was my first time flying alone and getting around the airport was fairly simple. Knowing that the Projects Abroad support was available 24/7 really made me feel safe!
My accommodation was perfect! I stayed at the Haus. The family, the food, the beds and the rooms were way above the standards I had in mind! We became very close with Mama’s kids. One of her daughters was my age and it was extremely fascinating to have so much in common with a teenager across the world.
The culture shock was easily managed with the support of the other volunteers and our guides. The best part was definitely my project itself! It’s truly incredible how much knowledge I gained over two short weeks. Each day, we would have a workshop or a medical outreach. The workshops were very educational and we would be able to actually apply each workshop to our outreaches. For example, we had a workshop on first aid and then an outreach where we visited a school to teach teachers first aid. With Projects Abroad, I really felt like I was making a difference and that I was actually helping others. I definitely want to return to Tanzania as an adult volunteer (maybe even in Medicine!) when I’m older. I’m still in touch with the other volunteers on my trip and we hope to someday meet up! The experiences and the friendships you will take with you from Projects Abroad will really last a lifetime!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Tanzania
Posted: Sep 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
9
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I Volunteered in Ubud, Bali in the Wayan House for 3 weeks in August and then explored Bali for a week solo. My project was construction and renovation.
I have to say it was the best month of my life! I met some amazing people that felt like family by the time I was set to leave. I didn't want to go! I also formed a great relationship with the staff who were all young and felt like friends. Our construction site was walking distance from the volunteer house and we worked from 9am - 1pm Monday - Friday. Your work can vary depending on the project for that month but we were mixing cement, carving sidewalks,building walls and painting a community center/temple. It was so cool seeing the progress as we go.
One awesome thing to keep in mind if your considering IVHQ is you have LOTS of free time to explore! Like i said, you get off at 1pm for construction and have weekends free! I got to expplore basically all of Bali withing that month with my new friends!
If you are considering going to BAli and you are over age 30 then you may want to re-think, unless you like haning out with a bunch of kids! haha I would say the age range was from 18 - 30 which is awesome but most volunteers were early twenties. TRANSPORTATION was the easiest part. Although it says on the IVHQ site that you can't rent mopeds and motorcycles, you CAN. It is absolutely the #1 way to get around in Bali and is the Cheapest. you can pay about a $1.50 USD A DAY for a moped depending on where you rent from. The traffic takes a little getting used to but it is not hard. Almost every volunteer had a moped so you can just follow someone experienced and you'll be fine! NOTE: if you do not want to rent one then IVHQ provides a TAXI service.
I will definitely volunteer with IVHQ again. It was amazing!
Thanks Guys,
Matt Dahlberg
Instagram _Matt_Dahlberg

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Indonesia
Posted: Sep 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This volunteer program was an amazing experience, I went to Nepal Kathmandu to the medical program. I worked in the hospital for 4 weeks. I did so much and learned much more. I did helped the community doing daily “Health Camps”. We checked blood pressures and blood sugars for early hypertension and diabetes detection. We typically saw 60-80 people in the 2 hours we did the camp. Then it was back to the hospital, where I mostly helped in the emergency department. I helped starting IV drips, medication administration, ECGs (with an old, but very cool ECG machine), vital signs and wound care. I also started following the outpatient department (OPD) physician. He taught me a lot! I saw a patient come into the ward with abdominal pain, assessed with appendicitis), I cleaned his wound the following week. The entire process was interesting and educational. I saw at least 3 endoscopy procedures, one of which was a patient with gastric (stomach) and duodenal (small intestine) worms! Overall, the best advice I can give next volunteer is "you will get out of this experience what you put in". Don’t be afraid to ask questions and offer your help. To help immerse yourself with the hospital staff and especially if you’re staying for longer than 1 week, take the Nepali language immersion class. I was to say things in Nepali to staff members, patients and strangers alike. I think it helped them welcome me more into their culture and lives. I felt very safe at home, including my personal belongings. I felt safe at work too. I had my own locker. Incredibly supportive and welcoming people. My host dad took me to the clinic when I was sick (I went to a local food market..bad idea). My host mom always made sure I was fed. They were so nice and loving people.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 30, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I was with IVHQ for two weeks involved with the wild elephant conservation program in Sri Lanka. I was concerned that my night arrival into the country would affect the volunteering program, but the local staff was not only patient but also approachable, informative, and helpful in answering any questions and concerns we had.

The orientation program was excellent in engaging us with the local culture and lifestyle; this was supplemented with local foods for virtually every meal during my stay! While the staff respected our freedom to do what we wanted, there was also a large emphasis on the safety and livelihood of the volunteers, something I very much appreciated and am sure family members of other volunteers did as well.

If it was not for this program I would not have been able to experience the local lifestyle and appreciate the Sri Lankan culture. For those seeking a local experience in Sri Lanka, I could not recommend IVHQ enough.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
8

Projects Abroad

Last year was the first time I had been overseas by myself before. It was one of the most exciting and scary experiences I have had. Projects Abroad made my time in Samoa so much easier. I had 24/7 support from the friendly staff. It was my first time in Samoa and the team did such a wonderful job at helping me settle in and find my way around a place I now call my second home.

I volunteered in a primary school teaching school sports and it was so rewarding. The children were so appreciative of my efforts and were always so much fun to be around. They would run around, kicking a ball in the dirt and not care how dirty they got. Despite the language barrier, we still managed to communicate the best we could and they seemed to understand the majority of what I was saying, along with some demonstrations. They were bright children and helped make my time teaching so enjoyable.

My host family were the most beautiful family. They welcomed me with open arms and comforted me on my first night when I became overwhelmed.
Every night, rather than watching TV, we would sit outside and play cards (mostly UNO), listen to music and talk and laugh and till it was almost morning. With out my host family, I don't think I would have coped as well as I did.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Samoa
Posted: Sep 25, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer in Sri Lanka with IVHQ. From the moment I began my application, I felt incredibly supported by the IVHQ staff and knew I would be in good hands once arriving in a foreign country. As a solo volunteer traveling from the U.S., I was nervous and had many questions before the trip. The IVHQ staff were more than helpful in answering my questions and easing my worries. The program itself was wonderful. I stayed in a home with a lovely Sri Lankan family and 6 other volunteers. The home was basic but comfortable and clean. I felt as I was getting the authentic experience, which is exactly what I wanted. My program was teaching English in a local pre-school. This experience was also positive, and I really enjoyed the children and the teachers of the school. It was not always easy as the language barrier did make it difficult to communicate with the kids, but overall I felt like I was applying my teaching skills in a meaningful way. I still keep in touch with the teachers, the other volunteers, and the family I lived with. Sri Lanka will always have a special place in my heart, and I look back on this experience fondly. I highly recommend IVHQ for those considering volunteer projects abroad.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Sri Lanka
Posted: Sep 24, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

IVHQ was very helpful in my recent volunteer trip to Nepal. I am originally from Nepal but have been living in the States for a while now. Going back to the country where I am from was a great experience and the fact that I could make a small difference meant a lot to me. I was in the teaching English program in Pokhara and the school where I worked really tried to use me to the best of their abilities. I can speak fluent Nepali so that was really helpful for communication and IVHQ r ally took that into account when trying to find me a placement. The local staff that they had was super helpful and the home stay itself was comfortable. The cost was a little expensive but if you can stay for a few weeks, they get less and less. Overall I had a great experience and will go on another volunteer trip with IVHQ in the future.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Nepal
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
8

Original Volunteers

This was my first volunteering abroad trip ever. I was a little bit worry about traveling alone to volunteer but this all gone since I met the other enthusiastic lovely volunteers in Marrakech, Morocco.

Although my flights were delayed so many times, I did let them know about the changes, they were at the airport when I arrived to pick me up.

I spent two weeks with Original Volunteers in Morocco (August 28, 2017 to September 10, 2017) and it went so fast as if it was two days only.

I really enjoyed my time there.I loved the volunteering projects we did. We did the following activities:
- Cuddling and Playing with orphan kids in Baby Orphanage Centers
- Feeding homeless people.
- Painting old schools' walls for better children’s learning environments.
- Visiting villages to make children learning activities and games

Also, we spent our free time doing so much interesting things like:
Quad biking, waterfalls hike, and camel riding

Over the weekend, we stayed overnight at a barber house to learn how to cook some Moroccan dishes and mint-tea. In addition, we spent one night sleeping in the desert, the stars were so bright on the night it was really amazing.

At the end, basically, this trip is unforgettable as it is one of the best two weeks in my life. The other volunteers make my experience even greater. Original Volunteers coordinators were so friendly.

Thank you Original Volunteers!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Morocco
Posted: Sep 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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